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Assistant Professor of Politics

Bates College
Lewiston, Maine
Start date
Aug 11, 2023

Job Details

The Department of Politics at Bates College invites applications for a tenure-track position in international relations. We look for candidates whose regional expertise is on East Asia. We are open to a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, but we encourage candidates whose disciplinary focus is in the areas of security studies (broadly defined to include interstate and intra-state conflict, human security, and environmental security), environmental politics, or international governance. We are interested in candidates who can enhance the diversity of perspectives in the department, who are excited to contribute to the college’s ongoing commitment to social and cultural diversity and inclusion, who are attentive to the design of inclusive pedagogy, and who can connect with other disciplinary and interdisciplinary efforts at the college, especially with the Asian Studies program.

The duties of this position include the three main areas of faculty work: teaching, professional achievement, and governance and engagement. Applicants should show a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching, to academic advising, to scholarly research, to the implementation of inclusive pedagogies, and to taking part in our system of governance and engagement. Faculty members teach five courses per year as well as advise individual senior theses. Courses include those required within the major and those that are part of our general education curriculum. The position would start on August 1, 2024.

We strongly encourage applications from individuals with identities that have been historically marginalized in political science, individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to higher education due to societal, economic, or academic disadvantages, and individuals with a demonstrated capacity to advance the college’s continuing commitments to equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist teaching.

About Bates


Bates College is a residential liberal arts college in Lewiston, Maine. Details about the college and its community can be found here. Lewiston is a diverse and growing city in Maine, two and a half hours north of Boston and 45 minutes from Portland, Maine’s largest city.

Bates supports new faculty with a course reduction in the first year of teaching, formal mentoring, and new-faculty development programming. Bates provides tenure-track faculty with a paid pre-tenure leave and support for post-tenure sabbaticals. Faculty scholarship is supported by start-up packages, internal grants, and a robust external grants office. Teaching is supported by a new Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning. Community-engaged learning and study abroad are encouraged and robustly supported.

Bates is committed to supporting educational access for all. Educational access and justice are central to Bates’ history and mission. That work is supported in a variety of ways, a SCHULER Education Foundation Grant to support financial aid for Pell-eligible students, low income, and undocumented students, and a Mellon Foundation Curricular Transformation Grant. Read more about our faculty’s commitment to equity and inclusion here.
Candidates should have PhD in hand or close to completion in Political Science or related field.


Application Instructions: Review of applications will begin on September 22, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit the following: a cover letter addressing interest in the position and Bates College, curriculum vitae, statement discussing teaching philosophy and experience, statement discussing research interests and proposed research program, three confidential letters of recommendation and copies of graduate transcripts. Our vision of success as a department includes the thriving of all students and colleagues. The candidate’s past and potential contributions to equity and inclusion, and their capacity to contribute to and expand upon this vision for a thriving department, should be addressed either in a separate, additional document, or integrated into the teaching and research statements.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.



Bates College

Located in Lewiston, Maine, Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college. We are proud to offer a highly personalized education that centers on deep and sustained interactions among students, faculty, and community. We are engaging the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.

When Bates opened in 1855, it was New England’s first co-ed college. Since then, we have admitted students no matter their nationality, race, religion, sex, or socio-economic status. While this openness was at the core of our founding identity and principles, it has been tested throughout time and requires us to constantly reflect upon and recommit to our mission.

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