Assistant Professor of International Studies and Political Science - Tenure-track

Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Oct 28, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Virginia Military Institute’s Department of International Studies and Political Science (IS) announces a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in the subfield of international relations, beginning 01 August 2021.  To be considered for this position, candidates must have completed the requirements for their PhD by Spring 2021. 

The successful candidate will demonstrate a capacity to teach undergraduate-level courses in one or more of the following areas: International Politics; US Foreign Policy; or US National Security Policy.  In addition, the ideal candidate will possess a substantive and/or geographic specialization that augments the existing strengths of the department’s faculty.  Preference will be given to those candidates who provide evidence of their potential to develop and maintain a vibrant research agenda and to apply their research in the undergraduate classroom.  These endeavors are highly valued and well supported at VMI.  Information on the IS department and curriculum can be found at  

Once hired, the successful candidate would be expected to teach courses on campus and in-person, as permitted by the public health situation. 

Salary commensurate with experience.

This position includes a very competitive benefits package.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in Political Science or International Relations at the time of application is preferred, but ABD applicants expecting to complete their dissertation prior to appointment will be considered.
  • Teaching experience at the undergraduate level is required.

Candidates please apply online at:

In addition to completing an online application, please submit a cover letter summarizing your interest in the position and qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and graduate transcripts

Separately, applicants should submit three letters of recommendation via e-mail to the VMI International Studies Department Head, Dennis Foster, at

To receive full consideration, all application materials should be submitted by 15 January 2021.  Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.  Finalist interviews will be conducted on campus and in-person, as permitted by the public health situation.

Virginia Military Institute is a state-supported four-year undergraduate military college of liberal arts, engineering, and the sciences. It is located in the southern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Lexington, population 7,000, is also home to Washington and Lee University and offers a stimulating cultural atmosphere in a pleasant, rural setting. 

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal education and employment opportunities, VMI encourages women, minorities, disabled individuals, and veterans to apply. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are also encouraged to apply. VMI will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with documented disabilities to ensure equal access and equal opportunities with regard to employment, educational opportunities, programs and services.