Department of Political Science
The Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and
Sciences invites applications for an open-rank tenure-track
position with research interests in the area of Black
Politics and American Politics. The successful candidate
will be a scholar whose research and teaching engages Black
politics in the United States. Scholars’ research should focus on
people of African descent and fall into one of the following areas:
healthcare or health policy, American political institutions,
American political development, and/or American political behavior.
Substantive areas of teaching should include, but not limited to,
American government and politics, Black politics, healthcare or
health policy, public policy, electoral politics, and/or Black
social movements. We welcome applications from candidates with a
range of theoretical and methodological frameworks and
We seek outstanding applicants with a demonstrated track record of
excellence in research and teaching. Successful candidates are
expected to develop vigorous, extramurally funded research programs
in their areas of expertise, actively participate in the
Department's teaching and curriculum development at the
undergraduate and graduate levels, and mentor undergraduate and
graduate students. Evidence of interest and success in mentoring
underrepresented minority students is highly desired.
Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research
intensive and historically Black private university, provides an
educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate,
graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic
standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational
opportunities for Black students. Howard University is classified
as a Doctoral University: Higher Research Activity research by the
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is a
residential campus of approximately 10,000 students located in the
heart of the nation’s capital, Washington, DC.
The Department of Political Science currently consists of 16
faculty members and offers BA, MA, and PhD degrees in political
science. Founded in 1928 by Nobel laureate, diplomat Dr. Ralph J.
Bunche, the Department counts Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris,
U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, and U.S. Representative
Charles Diggs among its many prominent graduates. The only graduate
program in political science in the world with a specialization in
Black politics and currently the second-largest undergraduate
major, POLS is also the leading department in International
Affairs, the undergraduate Interdisciplinary major, and Community
Development, the undergraduate Interdisciplinary minor.
•Ph.D. in political science or related field (e.g., government,
public policy, etc) from an accreditedinstitution;
• Record of scholarship, teaching, and professional service
commensurate with the rank of assistant professor;
• Effective communication and organizational skills; and
• Evidence of successful grant writing experience.
Complete applications consist of a single PDF file
1) Cover letter addressing the qualifications listed above
2) Current curriculum vita
3) Two-page statement of research accomplishments, interests and
4) Two-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy
5) A writing sample
6) Three letters of recommendation sent under separate cover to the
email below directly from the recommenders.
Questions should be addressed to the Chair of the search committee,
Dr. Richard Seltzer, AmericanBlackPoliticsSearch@howard.edu
Completed applications submitted electronically via
Academic Jobs Online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18074.
Screening will begin on September 20, 2021 and continue until the
position is filled. The desired starting date is August 16, 2022.
Additional details and information can be found at http://coas.howard.edu.
The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender or
gender identity, marital status, religion, disability or protected
veterans status. Veterans and people with disabilities are
encouraged to apply. Inquiries regarding provisions for persons
with disabilities or veterans status, Equal Employment Opportunity
and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations
and Equal Employment Opportunity at 202-806-1280.