College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Open Rank Faculty, Department of Political Science (120792)

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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Comparative Politics/Data Science
Department of Political Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois invites applications and nominations for a full-time, open rank (assistant, associate, or full) tenure-track faculty position in Comparative Politics with a specialization in data science. The position is open with regard to the candidate's substantive research interests in comparative politics. Outstanding senior candidates will be considered for a chair affiliated with the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research. Candidates must possess strong theoretical, analytical, and empirical skills.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an established center for advancement in data science. The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the Center for Advanced Study (CAS), the School of Information Sciences (iSchool), and the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research all offer opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. In this context, the Department of Political Science seeks to build on its current strengths in quantitative and computational social science.

The Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty in the College create knowledge, address critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge, and prepare students for lives of impact in the state, nation, and globally. To meet these objectives, the College embraces and values diversity and difference through hiring faculty candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit .

The successful candidate will show potential to publish in top disciplinary journals and demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching appropriate for the rank sought. Successful candidates are expected to teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, establish and maintain an active and independent research program, and provide service to the department, the university, and the profession.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Political Science or a related social science discipline in hand or show clear evidence of completion before the start of appointment. The anticipated starting date is August 16, 2020; the starting salary is competitive. Candidates with superior qualifications who will complete all Ph.D. requirements within the first appointment year may be appointed at the rank of Instructor. After the Ph.D. requirement is met, the appointment will be changed to Assistant Professor.

To apply, create your candidate profile through and upload your application materials: letter of application (specifying the rank for which the applicant is applying), CV, up to three representative publications or working papers, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research interests, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Applicants should also include a statement detailing how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has contributed to the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in your academic field. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further Illinois’ and the College of LAS’ commitment to diversity. The online application will require the contact information or Interfolio ID for three professional references. For applications at the assistant professor rank, referees will be contacted electronically by the Department within 1-2 business days after submission of the application. After a review of the research record, the search committee may then contact applicants at the associate and full professor rank to solicit letters of reference. Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered.

To ensure full consideration, all required application materials must be submitted by September 27, 2019; letters of reference for applicants at the assistant professor rank must be received no later than October 4, 2019. Early application submission is encouraged to allow time for referees to submit letters of recommendation. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. For further information regarding application procedures or to submit nominations, you may contact Brenda Stamm at [email protected]

College Name or Administrative Unit:Liberal Arts & Sciences Category:1-Faculty Title:College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Open Rank Faculty, Department of Political Science (120792) Open Date:08/27/2019 Close Date:09/27/2019 Organization Name:Political Science




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Posted: 8/28/2019
Application Due: 9/27/2019
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