Assistant Professor of Race and US Politics
The Department of Political Science at Amherst College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the field of race and U.S. politics, with a particular focus on the Black political experience, beginning July 1, 2021. Amherst College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. Within the last decade, Amherst College has profoundly transformed with respect to its student body. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst's students are Pell grant recipients; 45 percent of our students identify as domestic students of color; and 9 percent of our students are international students. We expect the successful candidate to excel at teaching and mentoring students who are diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.
Candidates' scholarship should examine racial politics in the U.S. Possible topics include but are not limited to reparations, civil rights, voter suppression, movements for racial justice, the legacies of slavery for contemporary politics, the racial policies and constituencies of political parties, the relationship between racial and ethnic identity, white privilege, police violence, and racial stratification in urban and local politics.
Faculty teach two courses each semester and benefit from ample support for research, including a pre-tenure year-long sabbatical at full pay. We seek a colleague with a record that demonstrates the potential for high-quality teaching and research, and who is committed to excellence in education at the undergraduate level of the aforementioned student body. Candidates should be comfortable teaching courses both within and outside their specialties and in directing undergraduate research projects. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand or have fulfilled all requirements for the degree by the start of the appointment.
Candidates are asked to submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/77688 a letter of application, a CV, three confidential letters of recommendation, and a single-authored writing sample (e.g., article or dissertation/book chapter). The letter of application should describe the main contributions of the candidate's research and the candidate's approach to and experience with teaching. Finalists will be asked to offer a presentation of their research, and possibly, a brief teaching demonstration, both via Zoom. Review of applications will begin on September 14, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by this date will be assured full consideration.
Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons of all genders, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.