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Assistant Professor in Political Science

University at Albany
Albany, New York
Competitive salary and benefits
Posted Date
Dec 13, 2022

Assistant Professor in Political Science

About University at Albany:


Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,900 students in nine schools and colleges across three campuses. Located in Albany, New York, New York State's capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City, and the Adirondacks.


UAlbany has received $75 million from New York State for the Albany Artificial Intelligence Supercomputing Initiative (Albany AI). Through our signature strengths in cybersecurity, climate science, health sciences, and emergency preparedness, UAlbany is uniquely positioned to leverage this computing power to tackle some of society's biggest challenges. 


The University at Albany is currently conducting a large cluster hire of 26 faculty positions in the broad area of artificial intelligence. These positions span the campus to include eight Schools and Colleges in 20 departments. In addition, the recruitment of a Director of the UAlbany Institute for Artificial Intelligence is underway. 


Job Description:


The University at Albany, State University of New York, seeks an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Political Science. The new hire will be a member of the Political Science Department and affiliated with the UAlbany AI Institute.


Analytics, big data, automated decisions, machine learning, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are an increasing part of politics and government in multiple, varied ways. AI promises advances and improvements but also presents serious challenges and dangers.


We seek outstanding candidates with demonstrated research in one or more areas of AI related to political science, including but not limited to: applications of AI in any field of the discipline, including key subject areas like campaigns, elections, redistricting, finance, law and courts, diplomacy, conflict, trade, security and public safety, protest, mobilization, transparency, oversight, and accountability; computational social science; impact of AI on democracy, justice, and equality; critical or normative approaches to AI, including ethics of AI. We are also interested in candidates that complement the department's existing research and teaching strengths, and who are able to work collaboratively to examine big, real-world problems. The successful candidate will address how AI is integral to their research program.




Minimum Qualifications: 


  • A Ph.D. in Political Science or a related field, from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization by May 2023.  Applicants must address in their application their ability to work with a culturally diverse population. Applicants must demonstrate evidence of artificial intelligence in their existing research program. The department's priority is a scholar who addresses big questions in political science related to artificial intelligence, automated decision-making, and technology and their implications for democracy, justice, or equality. Applicants must have a record of, or demonstrated potential for, successfully publishing research on topics that address the big questions described above. Applicants must have a record of, or demonstrated potential for, successfully teaching courses that address the big questions described above.

Preferred Qualifications: 


  • A record of research in the field of Political Science Experience teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses Demonstrated experience in applying for and obtaining external funding. Record of scholarship that is problem-driven rather than method-driven. Record of scholarship that includes normative implications of IA for politics, institutions, and/or democracy.

Additional Information:


Professional Rank and Salary Range: Assistant Professor (10 months)


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Please apply online via


Application Instructions:


Applicants MUST submit the following documents:


  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) Cover letter  Research Statement Teaching Statement Writing sample or publication Available evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. syllabi, student evaluations) Contact information for three references

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A review of applications will start on January 12, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. 

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