Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics

Ohio, United States
Salary Not specified
Sep 29, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Denison University
Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics

The Department of Politics and Public Affairs at Denison University invites applications for a tenure-track vacancy in Comparative Politics, beginning Fall 2021. We seek applicants whose research and teaching emphasizes East Asia and who have demonstrated ability to teach political economy. Our newly inaugurated program offers our students an integrated view of the discipline and emphasizes linkages between theory and practice; our major is structured as a learning community, where undergraduates pursue a track of interest along the lines of the traditional subfields and have multiple opportunities to share their knowledge with peers. We require our majors to complement their classroom experiences with an off-campus learning requirement. We are enthusiastic about our new approach to teaching about politics and public affairs, and we seek a new colleague who shares our excitement.

Preference will be given to applicants who provide evidence of teaching effectiveness and show promise of a strong record of publication. Broad training in political science is expected. The successful candidate is expected to have significant interest in and demonstrated ability to be effective at undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts setting, and in contributing to the integration of the theoretical with experiential elements of our new major. The prospective teacher-scholar also will support the University’s commitment to liberal arts education, be an active participant in departmental and university governance, and develop a program of research leading to peer-reviewed publication.

Denison offers a 3-2 teaching load. After a successful Third Year Review, a one-semester junior leave is available in the fourth year.

Candidates with a Ph.D. in Political Science or similar field by start date is required (ABD will be considered as Instructor until Ph.D. is attained). Independent teaching experience (beyond TA) strongly preferred. Our college is committed to attracting and supporting an academically and culturally diverse faculty; preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a commitment to foster a classroom and research environment that engages students from diverse backgrounds.

Denison offers extensive support for faculty, including professional-development funding, opportunities for student-faculty research collaboration, and a range of workshops and other professional development opportunities to cultivate our strengths as teacher-scholars.

Applications must be submitted online at: and should include: letter of application; curriculum vitae; contact information for three letters of reference; statement addressing the candidate’s teaching interests and scholarly agenda [including estimated time frame of completion of the dissertation if applicable]; transcript [official or unofficial]; teaching evaluations or other evidence of demonstrated or potential excellence in undergraduate instruction [if available]; at least two sample syllabi that reflect the kinds of courses the candidate would teach, e.g. a lower division introductory course in comparative politics and an upper division course in Asian politics.

To ensure full consideration, completed applications must be received by October 23, 2020.

Denison University is an increasingly diverse, highly selective, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 2300 students from across the nation and around the world. Our college is committed to attracting and supporting an academically and culturally diverse faculty. Granville is located just 30 minutes from the Columbus metropolitan area, the state capital.

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to foster a diverse campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, disability, or socio-economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our Diversity Guide at Denison University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to being an antiracist and diverse learning and working community is essential to our educational mission. For more information on ways we are committing to be a campus community dedicated to antiracism please see President Adam Weinberg’s statement and our campus antiracism initiatives site:


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