Assistant Professor, American Politics (2 Tenure Track Positions)

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Job location: Winston Salem, NC

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-09-22
Req: R0002735
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Job Description Summary

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY’s Department of Politics and International Affairs is seeking applications for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in the sub-field of American politics to start July 1, 2021. As a department, we believe that a diverse community in which varied perspectives and identities are represented and included is a community that supports excellent teaching and scholarship. We therefore seek candidates whose areas of specialty will complement those already represented among American politics scholars in the department.

Job Description:

More information about the department is available at

We invite applications from American politics scholars with expertise in any of the following, listed in no particular order: political thought, political development, political behavior (including mass movements), political psychology, political communication, urban and local politics, and public policy. A Ph.D. or ABD status in Political Science or a closely related field is required.

We have a particular interest in scholars with dynamic research agendas who make connections between subfields, and leverage intersectional and interdisciplinary perspectives. Faculty in the Politics and International Affairs Department engage formally and informally with interdisciplinary academic programs, including Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; American Ethnic Studies; Environmental and Sustainability Studies; African Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies; Middle East and South Asia Studies; and East Asian Studies.

We seek candidates pursing an active research agenda and committed to excellence in teaching who are prepared to teach introductory courses in American politics and/or undergraduate research methods. Candidates will also have opportunities to develop and teach courses that connect with their research agendas. Compelling applicants will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching, mentoring, and advising undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds, including international students, first generation students, and those who identify as members of historically marginalized communities.

Additional Job Description

Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational institution dedicated to academic excellence in liberal arts, graduate and professional education. Founded in 1834, the University is ranked in the top 30 among national universities. With 5,200 undergraduates and 3,200 graduate and professional students, the student-faculty ratio is 11:1. Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities and an active athletics community.

The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, encapsulated in its motto “pro humanitate.” The Office of Civic and Community Engagement works to realize that ideal by serving as a hub for connecting students, staff, and faculty with community partners to create meaningful social change. To learn more about the University, please visit

Interested applicants should apply via the University’s career website at: The application should be submitted as ONE PDF file, which includes all of the following:

  • Cover letter addressing the motivation to join our teacher-scholar community;
  • Curriculum vitae including contact information for three professional references;
  • Research statement describing candidate’s current research and future trajectory;
  • Scholarly writing sample (e.g. journal article, dissertation chapter, or draft);
  • Teaching statement including plan to establish an inclusive learning environment;
  • Sample undergraduate course syllabi;
  • Teaching evaluations or other evidence of effect student engagement;
  • Copy of graduate transcript(s) (official copies only required upon employment).

In addition to the above, we ask that candidates have three letters of recommendation either mailed or emailed directly to the address listed below. Review of applications will begin on November 2, 2020. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but to guarantee full consideration they should be received by November 1, 2020. If access to the internet is an issue, a hard copy of the application can be submitted to Michaelle Browers, Chair, Wake Forest University, Department of Politics and International Affairs, P.O. Box 7568, Winston-Salem, NC 27109.

Inquiries about the application process and document submission may be addressed to Inquiries about the faculty position or department should be directed to Michaelle Browers, Chair and Professor, Politics and International Affairs,

Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and inclusivity and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest University is an AA/EO employer and values an inclusive and diverse learning community and campus climate. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Wake Forest University, and the Department of Politics and International Affairs welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and community engagement.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for final candidates upon their acceptance of an offer of employment.

Time Type Requirement

Full time

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for all final faculty candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.




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Job No:
Posted: 9/23/2020
Application Due: 3/22/2021
Work Type: Full Time