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Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science

Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY

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The Political Science Department at Skidmore College invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in International Relations and Comparative Politics with a focus on Latin American Politics. The appointment will begin in Fall 2023. We are especially interested in candidates from underrepresented backgrounds who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


The successful candidate will have expertise in Latin America. We are looking for a candidate who is broadly trained in one or more of the following areas: migration, transnational population flows, illicit markets, international political economy, ethnic and racial politics, the comparative politics of crisis, urban politics, environmental politics or other relevant subfields. The ability to offer courses that contribute to Skidmore College’s Gender Studies, Black Studies Program and/or Latin American & Latinx Studies Program would be valued.

 The position carries a 3-2 teaching load, and the successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in International Relations and Comparative Politics that will include Introduction to Comparative and International Politics and other courses in their specialization.  Demonstrated excellence in teaching is required and experience teaching and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds is valued.

Education: A Ph.D. in Political Science at time of appointment is required.

Application deadline: April 10. 

Required documents to apply: 

  • a letter of application,
  • curriculum vitae,
  • teaching philosophy,
  • diversity statement,
  • sample syllabi,
  • evaluations of undergraduate teaching or other evidence of teaching effectiveness, and
  • the names of three recommenders. 

Pay Range:  Commensurate with experience

In order to prevent or significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at Skidmore College and protect all members of the College community from infection, successful candidates will be required to submit proof of full vaccination as a condition of employment, unless exempted as a reasonable accommodation of a medical condition or sincerely religious belief or practice.



Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.



Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates—approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 47 states and 46 countries.

A great education is all about putting academic theory and creative expression into practice. That’s what our founder, Lucy Skidmore Scribner, believed. Skidmore’s not an ivory tower. Never has been. Never will be. It’s a place where faculty and students work together, then figure out how to use what they’ve learned to make a difference in the world. This practical focus often leads to cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, where students carry multiple majors, student-faculty research is common, and internships and community service are standard. It also leads to interesting and unusual combinations of activities, frequently woven into an intellectual passion.

If this kind of experience resonates with you, why not take a closer look at Skidmore?

Skidmore College is located in the historic resort community of Saratoga Springs, New York.  Set in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, Saratoga is located about 30 minutes north of Albany, the state capital. 

Saratoga is a small, cosmopolitan city of 30,000, noted for its Victorian heritage, famed spas, and thoroughbred horse racing.  The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is a site of top rock, jazz, and pop performances as well as the summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Saratoga is a three-and-one-half-hour drive, train ride, or bus trip from New York City, Boston, or Montreal.


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