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Assistant Professor - Artificial Intelligence in Politics and Policy (tenure-track)

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Assistant Professor - Artificial Intelligence in Politics and Policy (tenure-track)

Waterville, ME
Open Date:
Sep 14, 2023

The Department of Government at Colby College invites applications for a tenure-track position to begin in the fall of 2024. The candidate should have a research and teaching focus analyzing the intersections of artificial intelligence, politics, and policy – as well as the ability to use machine learning/artificial intelligence in this research. The candidate will be expected to teach courses that explore the social, ethical, and policy implications of AI and machine learning, as well as courses on how to apply methodological tools from artificial intelligence/machine learning for social science research. The successful applicant will be expected to teach the department’s introductory course in research methods as well as additional courses chosen in consultation with the department chair.

Colby is a highly selective liberal arts college located in Central Maine with high standards for teaching and research. Our students are motivated, intellectually curious, and easily engaged in the classroom and in independent research. Our department faculty have active research agendas and receive generous support from the college, including a pre-tenure sabbatical during the fourth year, start-up and travel funds, divisional research grant opportunities, and department funded student research assistants. The teaching load at Colby is 4.5 courses per year.

Thanks to the generous gift that created the Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Colby College will be hiring an interdisciplinary cluster of two faculty members and one postdoctoral associate this academic year. Faculty at Colby have numerous opportunities to collaborate on research and teaching related to AI; currently there are faculty pursuing AI-related scholarship in chemistry, philosophy, environmental science,  anthropology, music, physics, economics, statistics, east Asian studies and computer science. The successful applicant for the present position will be expected to contribute to the college’s AI programs and interdisciplinary initiatives. For more about the Davis Institute for AI see


The ideal candidate will hold a Ph.D. in political science, public policy, or a related field (ABD will be considered). The successful candidate will provide evidence of excellence in teaching a diverse student body and present a strong and on-going research program that is open to the inclusion of undergraduates. The college and the department are committed to enhancing the diversity and inclusivity of the campus community and the curriculum; candidates who can contribute to these goals are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in these areas when they apply.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit the following materials: a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a statement outlining the candidate’s research agenda, a recent sample of scholarly writing, a statement expressing the candidate’s teaching experience and philosophy, course descriptions and/or syllabi for three proposed courses, evidence of teaching excellence, a graduate school transcript, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Please submit all of these materials via Interfolio: Review of applications will begin October 15 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about this position should be directed to:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes personnel decisions on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Colby’s educational objectives and institutional needs. The principle of not discriminating on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, caste, national or ethnic origin, marital status, genetic information, political beliefs, veteran or military status, parental status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, physical or mental disability unrelated to the job or course of study requirements is consistent with the mission of a liberal arts college and the law.


Working at Colby College 

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 57 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 1,850 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

Under the leadership of its new president, David A. Greene, Colby is building on this strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes plans for creating innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics.

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