Assistant Professor of Global Politics or US Foreign Policy

UMass Amherst in Massachusetts

Deadline September 15, 2014
Date Posted July 21, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst ( seeks a faculty member specializing in Global Politics or US Foreign Policy.  This is a joint appointment with Commonwealth Honors College having the tenure line in the Department of Political Science.  It is a full-time tenure-track position at the assistant professor level to start in September 2015.  We welcome applications from all subfields of political science as well as related disciplines.  Qualified candidates must have the Ph.D. in Political Science or related field in hand by September 2015.


The successful candidate will be expected to teach four courses a year.  Two will be in the Departments graduate and undergraduate programs; the other two, senior capstone or general education courses focused on global politics or US foreign policy, will be open to undergraduate honors students campus-wide. Salary and credit towards tenure will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


We are interested in candidates who specialize in questions of global politics or US foreign relations, and are able to link systemic-level and actor-level analyses to illuminate how international and domestic politics interact.  Geographic and methodological specializations are open.  Candidates may focus on historical as well as contemporary cases, but should be able to engage in substantive debates that cross subfield and methodological lines.  Within the theme of Global Politics, we are particularly interested in questions of national and human security; international political economy; immigration, refugees and internal displacement; the environment; transitional justice; international law; human rights; competition among political cultures; and intercultural conflicts.  Within the theme of US foreign policy, we are particularly interested in the ways in which the US governments foreign policies affect and elicit responses not only from governments of other countries but also from a host of non-governmental actors including popular-based political movements, ethnic diasporas, business firms, scientific and professional associations, and intergovernmental organizations.


This search continues the departments efforts to add to the strength of its diverse and growing faculty with scholars whose work addresses broad political questions arising in one or more of the departments thematic emphases on a) global forces; b) governance and institutions; and c) democracy, participation and citizenship.


Applicants should submit their cover letter, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching excellence (syllabi, student evaluations, teaching philosophy), writing samples and contact information for three reference writers who are willing to submit letters upon request.


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The search committee will begin reviewing applications on 15 September 2014, and continue until the position is filled.  


The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and its departments and programs value diversity of faculty, students and curriculum as a key component of academic excellence. The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity is critical to achieving the University's mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and service in an increasingly diverse globalized society. Therefore, in holistically assessing many qualifications of each applicant of any race or gender we would factor favorably an individuals record of conduct that includes students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degree.


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