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Assistant Professor in American Politics (Judicial)

University of Florida

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Assistant Professor in American Politics (Judicial)

Job No: 528587
Work Type: Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Social/Behavioral Science, Humanities
Department: 16380000 - LS-POLITICAL SCIENCE

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Job Description:

The Department of Political Science at the University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor in American Politics (Judicial) to begin August 16, 2024. The Department is open to all fields of specialization, including but not limited to the carceral state, citizenship and immigration, digital technology, and more generally on judicial decision-making and the evolution of civil and criminal law in the United States.

The Department seeks to hire faculty broadly engaged in research that is field-bridging, adding to our Department's long tradition of intellectual diversity and pluralism in keeping with the themes of our recent cluster hires. While we are open to fields of study, we are particularly interested in candidates who combine rigorous and original scholarship and evidence of grant activity.

Successful applicants are expected to teach two courses per fall and two courses per spring semester, with a mix of introductory and advanced undergraduate courses and graduate seminars. Of particular interest are course offerings on the courts, constitutional law, or the judicial process at the upper division undergraduate and graduate levels. The ability to develop experiential learning opportunities for undergraduates and excel in mentoring undergraduate research in the Department's Honors and Junior Fellows programs is a plus.

More information about the Department of Political Science can be found at:

UF is the state's oldest, largest, and most comprehensive land grant university with an enrollment of over 50,000 students and was ranked the Number 1 public university in the United States by Wall Street Journal in its “2024 Best Colleges in the U.S.” report. UF is located in Gainesville, a city of approximately 150,000 residents in North-Central Florida, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and 67 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and within a 2-hour drive to large metropolitan areas (Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville). The beautiful climate and extensive nearby parks and recreational areas afford year-round outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and nature photography. UF's large college sports programs, museums, and performing arts center support a range of activities and cultural events for residents to enjoy. Alachua County schools are highly rated and offer a variety of programs including magnet schools and an international baccalaureate program.

Expected Salary:

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the compensation includes a full benefits package.

Employment Benefits include:

Health Insurance: UF participates in state- and university-sponsored benefits programs for individuals, families, and domestic partners, and offers voluntary insurance that includes vision, dental, long-term disability and more.

Retirement Options: Attractive options include Florida Retirement System Pension Plan, State University System Optional Retirement Program, Florida Retirement System Investment Plan, and Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan.

Leave: UF staff enjoy a generous paid leave plan as well as access to a sick-leave pool, maternity/paternity leave, and leave payouts.

Minimum Requirements:

Candidates will have a Ph.D. in Political Science by August 15, 2024.

Preferred Qualifications:

Research that is field-bridging, adding to our Department's long tradition of intellectual diversity and pluralism in keeping with the themes of our recent cluster hires. While we are open to fields of study, we are particularly interested in candidates who combine rigorous and original scholarship and evidence of grant activity.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online. Click on Apply Now at the top of this posting.
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research interests/plans
  • Statement of teaching interests/philosophy
  • A writing sample (a dissertation chapter or one article reprint or pre-print)
  • The names and email addresses of three references must be provided. An email will be sent to your references, requesting them to upload their confidential letter to the submission packet.
    Review of applications will begin October 15, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

    The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

    The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

    The Department of Political Sceince is committed to promoting an environment that welcomes all abilities, classes, ethnicities/races, gender identities and expressions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The university and greater Gainesville communities enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

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    Applications Close: Open until filled

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    The University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

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