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Visting Assistant Professor in International Relations

Colby College
Waterville, ME

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Visting Assistant Professor in International Relations

Waterville, ME
Open Date:
Mar 21, 2024

The Department of Government at Colby College invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position (4 courses) in international relations and/or comparative politics for the 2024-25 academic year.

We are seeking a candidate with demonstrated success in teaching the undergraduate introductory course in International Relations. We are open as to the candidate’s area of specialization, but we are particularly seeking candidates who, in addition to the introduction to IR, will teach courses that will add to our curriculum, for example by offering elective courses relating to Africa, South Asia, or Latin America. 

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; visiting faculty receive conference travel funding and student research assistants. 

The successful applicant will teach Introduction to International Relations, and three additional courses chosen in consultation with the department chair.


Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in political science by September 1, 2024. 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 April 8, 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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