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Assistant Professor, Political Science

University of Illinois Springfield
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Sep 29, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Political Science & International Relations
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Political Science Department at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2022. The department seeks candidates with expertise in the politics of race, ethnicity, identity and/or inequality (broadly construed) as well as teaching interests in research methods. We seek applicants whose teaching and research focus on the politics of race, ethnicity, identity and/or inequality in the context of American Politics, Comparative Politics, or International Relations. The successful candidate is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses both online and on-ground in their area of specialization as well as in their broader subfields, contribute to the department’s research methods curriculum, and chair MA theses and comprehensive exams. The candidate is also expected to pursue an active research agenda and engage in service activities.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Political Science by August 16, 2022. Candidates must demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Prior teaching experience at the college or university level is required. The regular teaching load for tenure-track appointments is 3-3. The successful candidate will have opportunities to receive course relief for curriculum development or scholarship.

This is a full-time on-campus position tenure-track academic appointment.  UIS tenure-system faculty are expected to be available and engaged in the campus community, with assigned professional responsibilities for teaching, scholarship, and service.

The UIS Department of Political Science offers excellent academic preparation and opportunities to become engaged in real world politics for both undergraduate and graduate students. We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science, majors in Public Policy and Global Studies, as well as a graduate degree in Public Affairs Reporting. Students also have the opportunity to receive a minor in political science and global studies. Several of these programs are fully online or on campus. The Department has recently undergone a rigorous and exciting academic reorganization into a School of Politics and International Affairs, whose administrative structure will finalize in 2022.

One of the largest departments in the College of Public Affairs and Administration, the UIS Political Science Department offers an opportunity for our students to live politics in the classroom, on the campus and in the community. Engaged political science makes the connections between the classroom and the world explicit as we challenge our students to both grasp the course material and explore hw it has an impact outside of the classroom. The UIS Political Science Department bridges the worlds of the "academic" and "practical" by providing concrete opportunities for the practice of theory and the theory of practice. Our Department supports and values a culture of inclusion and diversity; we encourage applications from women and members of historically underrepresented groups.

About UIS: Located in the state capital, the University of Illinois Springfield is one of three members of the University of Illinois system. The University serves approximately 4000 students in 21 graduate and 31 undergraduate programs. The academic curriculum offers students a strong liberal arts core, a wide range of professional programs, and close faculty interaction. Making the most of its location in the state capital, UIS is broadly engaged in public policy and service. Its diverse student body includes traditional, non-traditional, and international students. Twenty-five percent of majors are in 17 undergraduate and graduate online degree programs and the campus has received several national awards for its implementation of online learning. UIS faculty are committed teachers, active scholars, and professionals in service to society. The University emphasizes excellence in teaching, and faculty are also expected to provide a balance of scholarship and service activities to meet requirements for tenure and promotion. You are encouraged to visit the university web page at and the Political Science Department’s web page at

To apply:

Click the "Apply for Position" button on UIS job portal, create or update your profile, and complete the online application form. Additionally, please upload (1) cover letter addressing the responsibilities of the position, (2) current curriculum vita, (3) a teaching portfolio that includes your teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and sample syllabi, (4) sample of scholarship, and (5) names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three professional references. Only those applicants who complete the online application and upload all required materials by the October 29th, 2021 application deadline will be considered; incomplete applications will not be evaluated. To maintain the integrity and confidentiality of the search process, applicants are asked to upload their own materials. Formal review of applications will begin after October 29th, 2021, and continue until the position is filled or the search is terminated.

Questions about the position can be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Professor Sibel Oktay at

UIS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive campus community. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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