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Assistant Professor of Political Science and Law

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The Department of Political Science and Law seeks applicants for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Candidates should have primary research and teaching interests in US Public Policy and American Government, with specialization in the intersection between race and/or ethnicity and American public policy, including in the area of urban policy, immigration policy, social welfare policy, environmental policy, or any other appropriate US policy. The successful candidate will be prepared to coordinate the department's undergraduate Public Policy internships. Candidates should be prepared to teach undergraduate courses in Public Policy and American Government, and statistics for public policy. Activities required of all faculty members include curriculum development, grant acquisition, research, recruitment and retention activities, advising, service to the department, college and university. Montclair State University places equal emphasis on both teaching and scholarly activities.


The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the university's largest academic unit with over 5000 undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral students. CHSS awards BA, MA, and PhD degrees through its 16 departments and 9 programs with over 30 majors and 50 minors. Offering traditional and interdisciplinary learning, the College is home to outstanding researchers across all disciplines while its faculty are also superb classroom instructors. The College proudly embraces the university’s diversity and its dual mission of promoting both research excellence and social mobility though transformative, accessible education. The Department of Political Science and Law is recognized both internationally and nationally for the quality of its programs and curriculum. We offer state of the art political and legal theory in the classroom as well as a wide variety of courses in International Relations, Comparative Politics, and American Government. Recent pedagogical innovations include the development of the U.S. State Department’s eDiplomacy program initiative with Turkey, South Korea, and Great Britain. We host internships and practicums in venues running the gamut from municipal, state, and federal opportunities to international NGOs to practical campaign experiences. We pride ourselves on serving our diverse student body, nurturing them to become informed citizens, passionate activists, and lifelong participants in the civic life of their communities, our state and nation.


  • Doctorate in Political Science or Public Administration, with concentrations in Public Policy.
  • Demonstrated scholarship and an active scholarly agenda.
  • Demonstrated record of teaching excellence.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience in administering a public policy internship program is required.


Montclair State University is committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse campus community that is representative of the State of New Jersey through inclusive excellence and equal opportunity. Montclair State University's commitment to access and equity is designed to prepare each graduate to thrive as a global citizen. As an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution we are working to support a campus-wide agenda to foster a community that both values and promotes the varied voices of our students, faculty, and staff. The University encourages candidates to apply who will contribute to the cultural tapestry of MSU and who value teaching a diverse student population, many of whom are first generation students.

SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with experience

STARTING DATE: September 1, 2022


  • Cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample syllabi, research and teaching statements, and representative publications, which can be uploaded during the application process.
  • 3 letters of recommendation, which can be sent to: [email protected]

APPLY BY: The position is open until filled and application review begins immediately.

Department Political Science and Law

Position Type Faculty

Contact Information: For questions or concerns, please contact Human Resources' Workday Recruiting Support at 973-655-5000 (Option 2), or email [email protected].

EEO/AA Statement

Montclair State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution with a strong commitment to diversity.

Additional information can be found on the website at

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Montclair State is required by Title IX and 34 C.F.R. 106 not to discriminate on the basis of sex or gender, and does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in the operation of education programs and activities. The requirement to not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in the operation of education programs and activities extends to admission and employment. For further details, please visit:


Montclair State University was founded in 1908 as the New Jersey State Normal School in Montclair. Today, it is the second largest university in New Jersey and a leading institution of higher education ranked among the top 200 national universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Designated a Research Doctoral University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the University’s ten colleges and schools offer more than 300 majors, minors, concentrations and certificate programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels to a total of 21,000 students. Situated on a beautiful, 252-acre suburban campus just 12 miles from New York City, Montclair State University delivers the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a supportive, sophisticated, and diverse academic environment.

The dynamic diversity of the University’s community has been acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Education through its recognition of Montclair State as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), and by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as a “Top Degree Producer” among institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students, and its long tradition of civic engagement has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching with its Community Engaged Campus designation.




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