Visiting Assistant Professor

University of Kansas
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 14, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Title

Visiting Assistant Professor


Political Science

Primary Campus

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Job Description

40% Teaching Responsibilities:
  • Teach two (2) courses per semester at the undergraduate or graduate level in Political Science.
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate/graduate students.
40% Research Responsibilities:
  • Maintain and sustain an active and productive program of research in field of specialization, including scholarly publications and presentations at research conferences.
20% Service Responsibilities:
  • Service to the Department, the College, the University, and the profession.
All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Req ID(Ex: 10567BR)



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Conditions of Employment

Limited Term

Contact Information to Applicants

Dr. Nazli Avdan

Limited Term End Date


Position Number


Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) description of teaching philosophy and research agenda in cover letter or attachments; (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in CV; (3) teaching statement; (4) research statement ; and (5) diversity statement. Selected candidates will be asked to provide reference letters later in the process.
  • PhD in Political Science or a related field by the start date of the appointment.
  • Teaching experience, demonstrated by evidence of successful teaching and/or plans for future courses.
  • Development expertise on Russia and Eurasia, demonstrated by dissertation chapters, working papers, or publications of relevance to the region.

Employee Class


Advertised Salary Range

commensurate with experience



Position Overview

The Department of Political Science at the University of Kansas, in collaboration with the university’s Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES), invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professorship, to begin on August 18, 2021.This appointment is limited for two academic years, ending May 2023. This is a full-time position with a 2:2 teaching load as well as service and research obligations (see below). Applicants are expected to have a PhD in Political Science or a related field by the start date of the appointment.

We seek applications from scholars specializing in international relations, foreign policy, international security, or cybersecurity whose research illuminates Russia and Eurasia’s global influence and situates the region in an international context. Teaching assignments will include existing courses in Russian and Eurasian foreign policy, Russian and Eurasian politics, and the opportunity to develop courses in the candidate’s own areas of expertise. Candidates are expected to contribute to CREES’s interdisciplinary intellectual community and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies as well as political science. In addition, candidates are expected to take part in standing committees in political science and international relations.

The Political Science Department and CREES are committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive educational environment for students, faculty and staff. The successful candidates will have experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.

The University of Kansas is located in the beautiful, historic, and culturally vibrant city of Lawrence, a thriving community 40 minutes from the Kansas City metropolitan area and 30 minutes from the state capitol Topeka. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest school within the campus and plays a central role within the University. Founded in 1865, KU is a designated Carnegie comprehensive doctoral institution and research university and is one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The University enrolls more than 28,000 students, offers students, and faculty opportunities to collaborate in its graduate and professional programs, which include education, public health, medicine, law, and a number of allied social science and humanities disciplines.

The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the start of the appointment.



Application Review Begins


Anticipated Start Date


Additional Candidate Instruction

Evaluation of the requirements will be made through the following documents, please be sure to attach all information to the online application: (1) description of teaching philosophy and research agenda in cover letter or attachments; (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in CV; (3) teaching statement; (4) research statement; (5) diversity statement; and (6) the names, emails and addresses for 3 references. Selected candidates will be asked to provide reference letters later in the process.

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application (response must be within 4,000 characters or less):
  • Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2021 and continue until position is filled.

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