Assistant Professor – Political Theory

Southern Methodist University

Department of Political Science
Southern Methodist University

Assistant Professor: Political Theory

(Position No. 00006294) The Political Science Department at Southern Methodist University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in Political Theory, starting Fall 2024. The Political Science Department at Southern Methodist University is currently a faculty of fifteen administering programs in political science, international studies, and public policy for approximately 300 diverse undergraduate majors and minors. Faculty research interests include American political institutions and actors, public policy, comparative politics and area studies in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Russia, and international affairs and national security. Faculty are active in the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute and have access to the resources of the John G. Tower Center for Public Policy and International Affairs.

Teaching responsibilities include an introductory course in political theory, a history of political thought sequence, and upper-level courses reflecting the candidate’s expertise. Candidates with clear and well- developed research and teaching interests in the nexus between equality and liberty, especially in political-economic relationships, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Minimum qualifications include the completed Ph.D. in political science (required at the time of the appointment), experience with teaching undergraduate students in political science, and a detailed research agenda.

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Applications must be submitted electronically via Interfolio and should include a cover letter discussing research interests and projects as well as teaching experience and pedagogical philosophy; a current curriculum vitae; samples of course materials and student evaluations; and at least two letters of recommendation. To ensure full consideration for the position, the application packet must be received by March 12, 2024, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. All applications will be acknowledged. SMU is an equal opportunity employer. We particularly welcome applications from minority and women scholars.

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Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

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