Political Science Faculty Position (Rank Open) & Faculty Director of the Reiff Center

Virginia, United States
Competitive Salary
Nov 27, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Political Science Faculty Position (Rank Open) &

Director of the Reiff Center


Christopher Newport University invites applications for the position of Political Science Faculty and Director of the Reiff Center, effective August 2021. The successful candidate will have an appointment in the Department of Political Science with teaching and research responsibilities in the areas of international human rights, conflict resolution, ethnic conflict, and genocide studies. Applicants must be committed to undergraduate education and demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching and research with undergraduates. In addition, applicants must have a promising scholarly agenda and commitment to taking an active part in the life and work of the University.

The duties of this position will also include administrative leadership of the Reiff Center. The Reiff Center’s mission is to pursue the study of ethnic conflict, conflict resolution, human rights violations, and genocide through research, campus visits by those with expertise and/or experience in these areas, classes investigating these subjects, and study abroad experiences for students interested in these topics. The Reiff Center currently has an endowment of more than one million dollars. Named in honor of Dr. Theodore R. Reiff, a retired physician, medical educator, and researcher, the Center applies historical, political, social, and international perspectives to its initiatives. For more information visit https://cnu.edu/reiffcenter/. The nominal teaching load is 2-2. An earned Ph.D. in Political Science or a closely related field is required for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. Exceptionally well-qualified candidates will be considered for appointment at a higher rank with tenure. Phi Beta Kappa membership is highly desirable.

CNU is committed to outstanding teaching and learning, undergraduate education, and the liberal studies core; The Fall 2020 freshman class of 1,155 students was selected from 7,300 admission applications, and presented average high school GPA and SAT scores of 3.8 and 1184, respectively. The University has a new and technologically advanced campus, located between Colonial Williamsburg and the Virginia coast. The campus integrates the University’s liberal arts vision, nurturing mind, body, and spirit. Facilities include the state-of-the-art Trible Library; three new academic buildings including a newly opened integrated science building; the Freeman Center athletic complex; and the I.M. Pei-designed Ferguson Center for the Arts, which brings to Virginia the finest performing artists in the world. Opening in 2021 and adjoining the Ferguson Center, the $57 million Fine Arts Center will house over 7,500 sq. ft of gallery exhibition space, state-of-the art teaching and museum learning spaces, studios and classrooms. It will serve the university community and the entire Peninsula region. Our faculty enjoy an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect that rewards outstanding teaching and fosters active intellectual and creative engagement.

Christopher Newport is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. Faculty are productive scholars and researchers, supported by professional development funds. Faculty and administrators regularly consult and collaborate as the University works to sustain a culture of scholarly inquiry, informed debate, and civic action that enriches students, faculty, and the surrounding community. The result is a supportive and cohesive academic setting in which the University cultivates and carries forward its mission. The University is among the highest ranked in the nation for its quality of life and innovative spirit. Competitive salary with excellent health and retirement benefits and a well-designed family leave policy further enhance the workplace. For further information, please visit our website at http://www.cnu.edu.

Candidates wishing to know more about the Department of Political Science and its academic programs are invited to visit



Review of applications will begin on January 3, 2021.

Applications received after January 3, 2021, will be accepted but considered only if needed.

View full job posting & how to apply at http://jobs.cnu.edu/9828

Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully Committed to Access and Opportunity.

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