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Associate / Full Professor (Political Science) - International Relations - East Asia and/or China

Job Details

Job no: 515693
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Political Science
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University’s nearly 1,450 acres of campus in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts offers a rich cultural environment in a rural agricultural setting close to major urban centers. The intellectual energy of the region is enhanced by the Five Colleges Consortium connecting the campus with neighboring Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College.

Job Description

The Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks an established scholar at the full professor or advanced associate professor rank whose research is in the area of International Relations broadly defined, with an emphasis on East Asia and/or China. The expected starting date for the appointment is September 1, 2023.


The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in political science or a closely related field.

This is a mid-career or senior-level position, and the candidate will be reviewed for tenure during their first year of appointment. They are expected to have at least five (5) years experience in a tenure-track professorship post in Political Science or related fields. Candidates should also have a publication record that has earned national and international recognition from scholars in the field, a commitment to teaching excellence, demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding, and demonstrated ability to contribute to the intellectual growth of the undergraduate and graduate programs in Political Science.

Additional Information

The Department offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. programs in political science and also houses the university’s Legal Studies Program, the oldest such undergraduate program in the country. The Department of Political Science is committed to excellence in teaching and research, using a broad range of methodological approaches to address important political questions. Through the UMass Poll, the Human Security Lab, the Center for Justice, Law, and Societies, the Computational Social Sciences Initiative, and a range of departmental workshops, the department maintains an active intellectual life. Members of the department also participate in interdisciplinary activities on campus, including the Ethnography Collective, the Data Analysis and Computational Social Science Program, and the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute.

Instructions for Applicants

Along with the application, please submit the following:

  1. A letter of interest addressed to Professor Roberto Alejandro, Search Committee Chair, Thompson Hall, 200 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003 USA.
  2. A curriculum vitae.
  3. Up to three (3) sample works published within the past five (5) years that the applicant believes shows their strongest work.
  4. Evidence of quality teaching (such as summaries of teaching evaluations) and a teaching statement.
  5. A one-page statement outlining the skills, experience, and commitment the candidate will bring to bear in teaching and mentoring students and professional service assisting in achieving equity, inclusion, and diversity for the University’s historically underrepresented and other marginalized groups of students, and in the discipline as a whole.
  6. Names and contact information for three (3) references who are willing to submit letters upon request through the UMass online application system.

Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Professor Roberto Alejandro, the Search Committee Chair, at

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide materials that demonstrate the candidate's eligibility and qualifications to show they meet the criteria and the standards for tenure at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. (

Review of applications begins on Monday, November 21, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.

Advertised: Aug 26 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:


The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the preeminent public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts—often called “The top college town in North America”—the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. 

As one of the nation's top public research universities – as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding – the campus spends more than $180 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. The university works in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunities for students, faculty and the public. 

Eight schools and colleges offer more than 85 undergraduate majors, 68 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and world. UMass Amherst is also home to New England's premier honors college.

The 1,159 full-time faculty members are dedicated teachers and world-renowned researchers and the campus has regularly been listed among the top performers in terms of faculty awards. With over 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries, the student body is the most academically successful in the history of the campus. Students participate in 240 organizations, 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships. With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses approximately 12,000 students on campus. The university is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation. UMass Amherst is part of the Five College consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst colleges.

As an employer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in developing family-friendly policies, benefits and amenities designed to help faculty members develop both productive careers and satisfying personal lives. The university offers one of the nation’s most generous parental leave policies. The university is also part of the Academic Career Network, a regional consortium formed to serve dual-career couples and encourage greater diversity in the academy.


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