Tenure Track, Open Rank, Democracy and Judicial Politics, Department of Politics

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-12-14
Req: R0020023

In the fall of 2020, with the generous support of the John L. Nau Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Virginia’s Democracy Initiative and College of Arts & Sciences are launching a multiyear faculty hiring project. Over the next four years, we will hire a dozen or more new faculty members at all ranks in the departments of Classics, History, Philosophy, Politics, and elsewhere.

The mission of the Democracy Initiative is to promote excellence in research, teaching, and public engagement on democracy at a global scale —bringing together a diverse range of scholars, government leaders, and practitioners to study and advance the prospects of democracy around the world. The Democracy Initiative is interdisciplinary. It supports and advances the work of faculty, as well as graduate and undergraduate students, in the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences. To that end, the Initiative supports a variety of labs built on models of collaborative work. The Democracy Labs will consist of the John Nau III History and Principles of Democracy Lab (the Core Lab) and a group of rotating labs. In addition to holding appointments in their home departments, each new faculty member hired under this initiative will also be a member either of the core lab—an interdisciplinary hub of research, teaching, and outreach devoted to the study of the history and principles of democracy—or one of the Initiative’s other research labs or projects

With the generous support of the John L. Nau Foundation, nine of these new faculty members will hold positions in the core lab on the history, principles, and philosophy of democracy. The core lab will serve as the nerve center of the entire Initiative, catalyzing key questions, research agendas, and forums for debate. It will find opportunities for cross-lab collaboration by identifying broader concerns that transcend those investigated by any single lab. It will gather philosophers, artists, and scholars of the ancient, modern, and post-modern worlds to research fundamental questions and possibilities of the democratic experiment in its varied global forms.

In addition to the Core Lab, the Democracy Initiative sponsors a series of rotating labs (current labs are focused on corruption and the rule of law, democracy and new media, democratic statecraft, and race, religion, and democracy) and a range of other research projects (including initiatives on Democracy and Public Memory and Race and Democracy). Three or more of the faculty hired through this initiative will be invited to contribute to those projects and/or help develop new programs for the broader Initiative.

As part of this hiring program the Department of Politics will fill four tenure-track positions. This year, the Department of Politics is launching two of those searches. Across all the searches, the Department seeks to appoint scholars who primary research is focused on the study of the principles of democracy, democratic accountability and representation, either to advance the work of the core lab on the history and principles of democracy or to contribute to one of the Initiative’s other projects.

With the support of the John L. Nau Foundation, the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia invites applications for an open-rank tenure-line position for scholars who study democracy and judicial politics. The colleague appointed to this position will join the core lab of the interdisciplinary Democracy Initiative (see above description), so we seek a scholar primarily focused on the history and principles of democracy. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in political science by the time of the appointment. Candidates should have an active research agenda, strong commitment to excellent teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and a willingness to contribute to the scholarly life of the Department of Politics. Scholars with a background in quantitative methods and interest in teaching courses in the department’s methods sequences are also encouraged to apply.

Application review will begin January 11, 2021 and the position will remain open until filled. The appointment begins with the fall semester of 2021. Applicants must have received their PhD by time of appointment.


Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs: search for posting #R0020023 complete the application, and attach the following:

1. Cover letter of application describing (1) areas of research and teaching interest (2) potential research collaborations; (3) your demonstrated past experience working on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and/or working with diverse populations.

2. Current curriculum vitae.

3. Research statement (not to exceed five pages)

4. Teaching philosophy (not to exceed one page)

5. one article-length writing sample

6. Three letters of recommendation must be submitted directly to: pol-judicial-search2020@virginia.edu.

*** Please note all required documents must be uploaded in the 'Resume' box.***

***Applications that do not contain all the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

Questions about this position should be directed to: Jennifer Lawless, Professor and Chair, Department of Politics, at jll9jx@virginia.edu. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to: Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search Advisor at nr7f@virginia.edu.

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

UVA assists faculty spouses and partners seeking employment in the Charlottesville area. To learn more please visit https://dualcareer.virginia.edu. For more information about UVA and the Charlottesville community please see http://www.virginia.edu/life/charlottesville and https://embarkcva.com/.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 11/20/2020
Application Due: 5/17/2021
Work Type: Full Time