Political Science: Assistant Professor of Political Science - 000341

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Political Science: Assistant Professor of Political Science - 000341

The University of Richmond Department of Political Science invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with expertise in the politics of development, broadly defined. The department has a strong preference for an area concentration in either Africa or the Middle East, which will complement its existing strengths in the politics of Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The position, to begin in 2021-2022 academic year, is intended to meet and expand curricular goals within the major; to broaden the department’s research expertise; and to contribute to interdisciplinary initiatives in the School of Arts and Sciences and to the University of Richmond’s mission of “preparing students for responsible leadership in a diverse world.” More specifically, the position carries a 3-2 teaching load consisting of a regular offering of a survey course on the politics of development. Other courses would relate to the faculty’s regional specialization, with particular preference for courses on the politics of Africa and/or the Middle East. The new hire would also share responsibility for teaching the department’s ongoing offerings of Introduction to Comparative Politics and/or Introduction to International Relations and, as schedule permits, contribute to departmental First Year Seminar (FYS) offerings.

Applicants must either hold a Ph.D. in Political Science or show credible evidence that they will complete the dissertation by August 1, 2021.

The University of Richmond is a private university located just a short drive from downtown Richmond, Virginia. Through its five schools and wide array of campus programming, the University combines the best qualities of a small liberal arts college and a large university. With nearly 4,000 students, an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 90% of traditional undergraduate students living on campus, the University is remarkably student-centered, focused on preparing students “to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society.”

The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of difference in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. Our academic community strongly encourages applications that are in keeping with this commitment. For more information on the department and its programs, please see https://polisci.richmond.edu/.

Applicants should click "Apply Now" at the top of the page and submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter containing a brief summary of the candidate’s research and teaching interests and indicating commitment to the teacher-scholar model, and separate research and teaching statements. The research statement should expand on the candidate’s research agenda and expertise. The teaching statement should articulate the candidate’s teaching philosophy, interests, experience and goals. It should also address commitment to inclusive pedagogy and to fostering thriving and inclusive intercultural community, as outlined in the President’s Making Excellence Inclusive report (https://president.richmond.edu/inclusive-excellence/report-pdfs/making-excellence-inclusive-final-report-2019.pdf). In addition, please include copies of academic transcripts. Candidates for this position may be asked, at a later date, to provide the names and contact information for three references who will be asked to submit letters of recommendation. Review of applications will commence on October 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

Please address any questions about the application to Dr. Jennifer Erkulwater ([email protected]), Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA 23173.




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Posted: 8/4/2020
Application Due: 11/2/2020
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