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Assistant Professor of Public Policy

Purdue University Department of Political Science
Indiana, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 20, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences, Political Science & International Relations
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Principal Duties

Purdue University’s Department of Political Science is seeking a tenure-track assistant professor of public policy with research in the area(s) of science and technology policy or science in the policy process.  The successful candidate will maintain an active research program that aligns well with extramural funding opportunities. In addition, the person holding this position will create and disseminate relevant knowledge through student instruction, and through engagement with internal and external audiences. A high level of commitment to PhD student mentoring and support for a culture of diversity and inclusion is expected. 



The candidate must complete a Ph.D. in political science, public policy, or closely related field before the date of appointment. This position requires strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to publish high-quality peer-reviewed research in the area of science and technology policy, or science in the policy process. Preference will be given to candidates who can contribute expertise to the Advanced Methods at Purdue  program through research that utilizes cutting-edge social science research methods. 


The College and University

This position is one of seven hires this year in the  Department of Political Science. The College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University is embarking upon 40 faculty searches for positions to begin in Fall 2022. These positions will advance research within and across disciplines, and intersect with technology, data science, and engineering in relevant and important ways. These positions include teaching in our innovative, nationally-recognized Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Program that educates students across the university.

Purdue is a research-intensive, PhD-granting institution and a public land-grant university. Political Science faculty members are actively involved with many interdisciplinary programs and centers on campus, including the Ecological Sciences and Engineering program, the Building Sustainable Communities initiative, the Purdue Systems Collaboratory, the new Center for Tech Diplomacy, and many interdisciplinary centers at Purdue’s Discovery Park. In addition to the major and the PhD, the Department is home to graduate and undergraduate certificates and minors in environmental politics and policy, public policy, and human rights.   


Application Procedures

To apply, please visit  Applications must be submitted online and include: 1) Curriculum Vitae, 2) Recent research paper or other writing sample, 3) Cover letter of interest that includes a statement describing how the applicant’s research and teaching fit the principal duties of the position, 4) a research statement, 5) a teaching statement, 6) a Diversity and Inclusion statement described below, and 7) contact information for three professional references.  Candidates who advance in the review process may be asked to provide letters of recommendation.


Purdue University’s Department of Political Science is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement.  Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.


Screening of applicants will begin February 14, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. A background check is required for employment in this position. For additional information, contact Dr. Tara Grillos,

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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