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Assistant Professor of Political Science (Comparative Politics)

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This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Position Title
Assistant Professor of Political Science (Comparative Politics)


Assistant Professor

FLSA status

Hiring Salary

Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Position Category

Position Type
Full-Time Tenure Track

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dept of Political Science

Open Date


Refer Applicants To

Contact Name
Dr. Dennis Weng


Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
1901 Avenue I
Box 2149
Huntsville, TX 77341-2149

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Position Details

Duties Performed in the Usual Course of the Job

The Department of Political Science at Sam Houston State University ( SHSU ) invites applications for a nine-month Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position in Comparative Politics starting in fall 2023.
The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching three courses per semester and engaging in research/scholarly activities. The successful candidate will also be expected to participate in service activities such as program and curriculum development, face-to-face and online course development, and student recruitment and engagement.
We are especially looking for scholars who can offer Latin American and general comparative politics courses and whose research focuses on one or more of the following areas in a comparative perspective: Democratization, Democratic Backsliding, Populism, Authoritarian Politics, Immigration, and Comparative Political Economy, broadly construed. Demonstrated competency in one or more Latin American languages will be considered a plus.

Educational Requirements for the Position

The selected candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand by the start date (August 2023). ABD applicants will be considered but must have a granted Ph.D. upon arrival. (August 2023).

Experience Required for the Position
  • Demonstrates evidence of ability and desire to teach and establish research/scholarly projects in Latin American Politics and at least one of the following subject areas: 1) Democratization and Democratic Backsliding; 2) Populism; 3) Authoritarian Politics; 4) Immigration, and 5) Comparative Political Economy.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate the skills and interest in teaching undergraduate and graduate online courses.
Other Requirements for the Position

Required Application Materials:
  • Ph.D. in political science or related discipline by August 2023
  • Cover Letter that identifies their interests, qualifications, and experience for the position.
  • The current CV includes, if applicable, a summary of previous teaching experience and the format of each course taught (i.e., face-to-face, online, hybrid).
  • All graduate transcripts – unofficial transcripts will be accepted during the application process. However, the successful candidate must submit official transcripts documenting all post-secondary degrees.
  • If available, recent student teaching evaluations cover the last two semesters of teaching. Those without teaching evaluations will need to upload a placeholder document in lieu of evaluations.
  • Teaching statement, including a discussion of online pedagogy. If available, sample syllabi for relevant courses.
  • Diversity statement discussing how the applicant would engage Sam Houston State University’s diverse student population and meet the College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ core goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation from supervisors who are familiar with the applicant’s teaching abilities and who have worked with the applicant in the past two years.
“The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sam Houston State University is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the academic community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The college welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community.”

Special Instructions Summary

Please note: References provided in the References section of the application will receive an automated email reference request at the time the application is submitted.

The search committee will start to review applications on February 20,2023. The application process will remain open until the position is filled. Please direct questions to Dr. Dennis Weng ( ).

Open Until Filled

EEO Statement

EEO Statement

Sam Houston State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn about this position?
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • HBCU Connect - Historically Black Colleges and Universities
    • HACU - Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
    • The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
    • Association for Women in Science
    • TWC - Work in Texas
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • HERC - Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
    • SHSU Website
    • SHSU Employee
    • SHSU Recruiter
    • Other
  2. If your response to the question above was 'Other' please indicate from what source.

    (Open Ended Question)

Candidate Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae (Faculty)
  3. Transcripts
  4. Teaching Evaluations
  5. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  6. Diversity & Inclusion Statement
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation 1
  2. Letter of Recommendation 2
  3. Letter of Recommendation 3

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