Assistant Professor of Political Science (Public Policy/ Environmental)

Christopher Newport University in Virginia

Date Posted September 13, 2017
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

The Department of Political Science at Christopher Newport University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Political Science, effective August, 2018. Applicants must be committed to undergraduate education and demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching and research with undergraduates. In addition, applicants must have a promising scholarly agenda and commitment to taking an active part in the life and work of the Department and University. The successful candidate will have broad theoretical and methodological training in political science with a teaching and research emphasis in public policy, with a particular interest in environmental policy. In addition to upper level courses in public policy and in their area of specialization, teaching responsibilities will include an introductory course in American politics, and a course in state and local government. The nominal teaching load for tenure track appointments is 3-3. The Ph.D. in Political Science or a closely related field is required for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. In some cases, exceptionally well-qualified candidates may be considered for appointment at a higher rank and ABD candidates who will not hold the Ph.D. by the time of appointment may be considered for appointment at the rank of Instructor. Phi Beta Kappa membership is highly desirable.


The Department of Political Science at Christopher Newport University is composed of 13 dedicated faculty members whose research represents the core areas of the discipline including American politics, comparative politics and international relations, and political theory. Our 300 majors have produced research that has been nationally recognized; many attend prestigious law or graduate schools and go on to successful careers in law, higher education, and local, state, and federal government. The Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, as well as three minors in Political Science, Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, and U.S. National Security Studies. Candidates wishing to know more about the department and its academic programs are invited to visit


CNU is committed to outstanding teaching and learning, undergraduate education, and the liberal studies core; the University is seeking to shelter a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. The Fall 2017 freshman class of 1,290 students was selected from over 7,000 admission applications, and presented average high school GPA and SAT scores of 3.8 and 1210, respectively. Capital improvements (approaching $1 billion) on the beautiful, 260-acre campus, located between historic Colonial Williamsburg and the ocean resort of Virginia Beach, integrate the University’s liberal arts vision, nurturing mind, body, and spirit. These include the state-of-the-art Trible Library; three new academic buildings including a newly opened integrated science building; the Freeman Center athletic complex; and the I.M. Pei-designed Ferguson Center for the Arts, which brings to Virginia the finest performing artists in the world.

Our faculty enjoy an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect that rewards outstanding teaching and fosters active intellectual and creative engagement. Christopher Newport University is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. Faculty are productive scholars and researchers, supported by professional development funds. Faculty and administrators regularly consult and collaborate as the University works to sustain a culture of scholarly inquiry, informed debate, and civic action that enriches students, faculty, and the surrounding community. The result is a supportive and cohesive academic setting in which the University cultivates and carries forward its mission. Competitive salary with excellent health and retirement benefits and a well-designed family leave policy further enhance the CNU workplace. For further information on CNU, please visit our website at


To apply, please provide a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (copies acceptable for initial screening), statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of recommendation.

Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2017. Applications received after October 15, 2017, will be accepted but considered only if needed.




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