Assistant Professor, American Politics

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Position Overview

The Department of Politics at the University of the South seeks applications for a tenure track position in American politics at the Assistant Professor rank, specializing in political behavior, to begin August 2023. ABDs are encouraged to apply but must possess a Ph.D. in political science by the time of appointment.

Position Description

The teaching load for this position is five courses per year. The successful candidate will teach American Government and Politics and upper division courses. Candidates should be able to offer courses in political behavior, such as campaigns and elections, media, and parties and interest groups, as well as specialized courses exploring issues of identity and diversity regarding race, ethnicity, gender, and/or sexual orientation. The candidate should also be able to teach research methods, with a focus on quantitative methods. The successful candidate will show evidence of inclusive and effective classroom teaching and a commitment to scholarly research and publication. The University has committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in scholarship and teaching, and to that end, candidates whose research contributes to DEI are particularly urged to apply.

Attributes of a Successful Candidate

Over the next two years, the University plans to hire 15 new tenure-line faculty, providing the institution with the opportunity to focus on an interdisciplinary study around crucial issues in society. Faculty hired in these cohorts will team with current faculty to explore through research, teaching, and/or community-based learning topics that may include, for example, social justice, data for the public good, and protection of the environment. We expect that the candidate in this position will contribute to knowledge building through a cohort in one or more of such areas.




For preliminary review, applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief writing sample, sample syllabi, course evaluations, graduate transcript, and a statement demonstrating a commitment to and experience with supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion. They should also demonstrate an interest in working across disciplines in a cohort of scholars. Applicants will be asked to supply the names and email addresses of three references, who will receive an auto-request to submit their confidential e-letters of recommendation.




Applicant materials should be submitted through the application portal at jobs.sewanee.edu. Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening. For full consideration, please submit materials by September 30, 2022. Additional information about the department is available on the department’s website.

Supplemental Information

The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, comprises a nationally ranked residential College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. At the University of the South, our commitment to inclusion and belonging is grounded in our core values of community, courage, flourishing, and inquiry. We seek to build a community enriched by our diversity centered on equity, justice, mutual respect, and shared responsibility. Situated on 13,000 acres atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville, AL. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and seeks to support students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds and identities.



The University of the South stands firmly for the principle that its employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have a right to be free from discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy and childbirth, and genetic information. As required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or other protected categories in the educational programs or activities which it operates. This requirement of non-discrimination extends to admission to and employment in those programs or activities. The University is committed to sustaining a community in which the dignity of every individual is respected. Key to this value are efforts to nurture an environment of civility and mutual respect and to foster a culture of reporting concerns so that the University can respond promptly and equitably whenever an incident occurs. All employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have the right to be free from harassment and retaliation.



Additional Information:


Must be able to wear an approved mask for prolonged periods while performing job duties and responsibilities.

Employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to an approved medical or religious exemption.


DEI Institutional Statement:

At the University of the South, our commitment to inclusion and belonging is grounded in our core values of community, courage, flourishing, and inquiry. We seek to build a community enriched by our diversity and centered on equity, justice, mutual respect, and shared responsibility.




Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Organization

Working at Sewanee: The University of the South

Known familiarly as “Sewanee” by its students, faculty, staff and friends, The University of the South offers an unmatched educational experience. The university remains purposefully small and dedicated to building a sense of community. All classes are taught by professors, not graduate teaching assistants, and close faculty-student interaction ensures that each student enjoys a rich and personal educational experience. It is not unusual for students and faculty members to work shoulder to shoulder on research projects and journal articles, to meet for coffee at a local eatery, or to serve together as members of the university orchestra, volunteer fire department, and other civic groups.

The result of such individualized education is clear in the academic success of Sewanee students and alumni. The university has had 26 Rhodes Scholars—a number that puts Sewanee in the top four nationally among American liberal arts colleges—as well as 27 NCAA Postgraduate Fellows, 43 Watson Fellows, and dozens of Fulbright Scholars, and has an acceptance rate to graduate and professional schools that far outpaces its peers. The School of Theology has added to its alumni ranks countless bishops, including three of the last four presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church.

Sewanee offers 36 majors, 32 minors, and 15 special programs, along with pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-law, and pre-business. More than 40 percent of students participate in study-abroad programs, and a comprehensive endowed program that provides financial support for summer internships has greatly strengthened career development for undergraduates. See more about Sewanee in the "Sewanee Snapshot" here.

In an era of specialization, Sewanee upholds the broad-based ideals of liberal education as a surer means to success. At the University of the South, the adherence to outstanding liberal arts education and enduring traditions of honor, community, and respect have transformed many generations of students, and have earned the abiding loyalty and support of alumni who are enjoying lives of integrity, leadership, and service.

The University is located atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sewanee’s physical environment, which includes the 13,000–acre Domain (as the campus and surrounding area is known), provides a remarkable academic and recreational resource, and an unparalleled place in which to study and reflect. It invites students to engage in both a multitude of outdoor activities and careful study of the natural environment.

As the University celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2007–2008, it looked back on a rich history and forward to new opportunities for the next generations. “The essence of Sewanee is consistent from generation to generation,” said Vice Chancellor emeritus Joel Cunningham. “We are a university dedicated to liberal education, to time-honored traditions, and to our commitment to serve our students and this nation. We have been successful in advancing our mission, and I believe we have the resources and the will to ensure that Sewanee’s best years are still to come.”

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