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Assistant Professor of Political Science

Georgia Southern University

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Assistant Professor of Political Science—Search # 67796
College of Behavior and Social Sciences, Department of Political Science and International Studies

The Department of Political Science and International Studies in the College of Behavior and Social Sciences invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Professor of Political Science. The home campus for this position will be the Statesboro campus.

Georgia Southern University is a distinctive combination of Southern charm and uncompromising academics. We are a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution serving about 26,500 students through nine colleges on three beautiful oak-lined campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Throughout its degree offerings at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern cultivates community collaboration, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities.

Georgia Southern University was founded in 1906 as a school for teaching modern agricultural production techniques and homemaking skills to rural school children. Its Savannah campus was established in 1935 as Armstrong Junior College for local youth who could not afford to attend college away from home. The Liberty Center in Hinesville was established in 1998 to serve the military and their families at nearby Fort Stewart, the largest military base east of the Mississippi. All three locations came together in 2018 when Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University consolidated. The "new" Georgia Southern University preserves a passion for serving its neighbors while preparing students for lifelong service as scholars, leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities.

Believing that diversity, equity, and inclusion contribute to excellence in the workplace and to the quality of the University's academic environment, Georgia Southern University is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff to support, promote, and serve a diverse student body and promote Inclusive Excellence. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, whose work furthers the institution's Inclusive Excellence goals and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. The Department of Political Science and International Studies embraces a commitment to inclusive excellence, including, but not limited to: creating an equitable and inclusive environment for students, staff, and colleagues; increasing representation of diverse students, faculty, staff, and community partners at all levels of the University; facilitating access to achievement, success and recognition of underrepresented students, colleagues, staff, and alumni; and implementing strong, genuine, and consistently communicated culturally inclusive practices that reinforce the Inclusive Excellence Action Plan of the University.

Within this setting, the fundamental mission of the Department of Political Science and International Studies is to prepare our students for their future roles as active and responsible citizens. We focus on developing in our students a core understanding of politics at all levels of government, both within the United States and internationally. Additionally, a commitment to quality scholarship and service to our students, the University, professional organizations and the community are important means by which we prepare our students for citizenship in our region, our state, our country and our world.

Position Description. Reporting to the Department Chair, the Assistant Professor of Political Science requires teaching, service, and research responsibilities as well as a terminal degree. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in the department; serve on honor's and master's theses; provide service to the community; mentor students; serve on department, college, and university committees; engage in scholarship/creative activity leading to presentations at professional meetings and publications in peer-reviewed journals; and be actively involved in professional associations and outreach activities. The position is a 9-month, tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:
• Earned Ph.D. in Political Science, or closely related field, by August 1, 2021
• Evidence of college/university teaching excellence
• Evidence of potential for strong publication record
• Effective communication skills
• Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives
• Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring, and curriculum design and development
• Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution

Preferred Qualifications:
• Regional specialization in Africana or African Politics (not Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia, South Asia, or MENA)
• Teaching and research specialization in comparative political economy
• Ability to teach introductory course in American Government
• Ability to teach Introduction to Political Science or Political Methodology
• Ability to teach online courses
• Record of extramural funding commensurate with experience

Screening of applications begins January 31, 2021 and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2021. To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University's commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Pillar 3 of our University Strategic Plan: Inclusive Excellence.
A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; a sample of written work and teaching evaluations; and at least three letters of recommendation from professional references. In addition, applicants are required to submit an Inclusive Excellence statement (2 pages). In the Inclusive Excellence statement, applicants should reflect on their experience, vision, and commitment regarding teaching and mentorship of students from diverse backgrounds and discuss past, current, and future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the areas of research, teaching, service, and outreach. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

	Dr. José de Arimatéia da Cruz, Search Chair, Search # 67796
			Georgia Southern University
	Electronic mail: [email protected]
	Telephone: 912-344-2679

More information about the institution is available through or Department of Political Science and International Studies. The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources at 912-478-6947.

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