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The Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities invites applications for multiple full-time faculty positions in Political Theory beginning fall semester 2022 (08/29/22). The positions will be filled either by tenure-track assistant professors or by a tenured associate professor (please note the different application requirements below).

The appointments will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May), and will be made at the rank of either tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate professor, consistent with collegiate and university policy. Salary is competitive, and dependent on qualifications and experience.

We seek outstanding colleagues committed to scholarly research and teaching at the highest level, and we especially welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

We seek candidates who are deeply conversant in the history of Western political theory, and can teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels that draw upon this canon.

Further, we seek candidates who will advance the substantive commitment of the department’s strategic plan: to investigate “democracy under threat” across its multiple dimensions. Democracy Under Threat is a department-wide initiative to guide hiring and research. It means that we are most interested in work that, in a sustained manner, draws upon global historical knowledge to understand contemporary threats to democracy (such as resurgent authoritarianism, legitimation crises of contemporary liberal democratic institutions, crises of political economy and/or late capitalism, racialized politics and inequalities, etc.). Scholars using intersectional approaches to feminist and democratic theories and/or who focus on such issues as justice and injustice, inequality, or global migration are of special interest.

We also seek candidates who share the department’s ongoing commitment to study the intersection of power, equity, and diversity and its effect on social science inquiry. Finally, we value candidates who actively place their research in dialogue with other subfields in political science, the social sciences and humanities, and with the broader university community and public.

More information regarding the department’s strategic plan can be found under the announcement for this search on the department’s News & Events webpage.

Qualifications:

Required Qualifications:
Ph.D. in political science or related field is required at the time of application.

Preferred Qualifications:
College/university-level teaching experience is preferred.

Candidates will be evaluated according to (a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, (b) contribution of their scholarly research to the department’s academic priorities and fields of inquiry, (c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and (d) strength of recommendations.

Duties / Responsibilities:

Faculty in the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts are expected to maintain an active research program, teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students, and contribute service appropriate for the rank of appointment to the department, college, University, and profession.

The Standards for Promotion and Tenure in the Department of Political Science are available at: https://faculty.umn.edu/sites/faculty.umn.edu/files/polsci.pdf

For information on faculty workload guidelines and principles in the College of Liberal Arts, visit: https://neighborhood.cla.umn.edu/college-knowledge/workload-principles-and-guidelines

About the Department / College / University:

The Department of Political Science is committed to excellence in graduate and undergraduate education and to the conduct of leading social science research. For further information, please visit the department website, http://cla.umn.edu/polisci.

Established in 1868, the College of Liberal Arts supports the University of Minnesota’s land-grant mission as home to disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The College of Liberal Arts is committed to intellectual freedom, the pursuit of new knowledge, and the belief that the liberal arts are the foundation of academic learning. CLA prepares students to be independent and original thinkers, innovators in their chosen fields; to create meaning in their lives and in their life’s work; and to become productive citizens and leaders in their communities and the world. The College of Liberal Arts values diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives as key to innovation and excellent education. https://cla.umn.edu/

Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota, with its five campuses and more than 65,000 students, is one of the largest, most comprehensive universities in the United States, and ranks among the most prestigious research universities in the world. It is both a major research institution, with scholars of national and international reputation, and a state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public engagement.

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

Application Instructions:

For All Applicants:

Applications will be reviewed beginning October 22, 2021.  However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Interviews will be conducted during mid-spring semester 2022.

For questions about the position, please contact the Department of Political Science, at psearch@umn.edu or (612) 624-4144.

For questions about the application process, or to request an accommodation during the application process, please email employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

For Associate Professor Applicants:

Apply online through the University of Minnesota’s Job Center: https://humanresources.umn.edu/content/find-job

  • Job Opening ID: 343150
  • Job Posting Title: Assistant or Associate Professor of Political Science (Political Theory)
  • Job Code: 9402
  • Jobs Posted Within: Last Three Months (or greater)
  • Keyword(s): Political Science

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position, and attach a cover letter and C.V.

Additional materials may be requested from candidates at a future date. Additional documents can be attached after application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section.

For Assistant Professor Applicants:

Apply online through the University of Minnesota’s Job Center: https://humanresources.umn.edu/content/find-job

  • Job Opening ID: 343150
  • Job Posting Title: Assistant/Associate Professor of Political Science (Political Theory)
  • Job Code: 9403
  • Jobs Posted Within: Last Three Months (or greater)
  • Keyword(s): Political Science

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position, and attach a cover letter and C.V. Additional documents must be attached to your “My Job Applications” page, by uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section.

The following required materials must be attached to your online application:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Writing sample (in the candidate’s central area of research)
  4. Brief statement of research interests
  5. Brief statement of teaching philosophy and interests

Additional materials may be requested from candidates at a future date.

In addition to the electronically-submitted materials, applicants at the assistant professor-level are asked to arrange for at least THREE letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the department.

The letters of recommendation may be emailed to psearch@umn.edu, or mailed to:

Political Theory Search Committee, Attn: Alexis Cuttance

Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

267 19th Avenue South, Room 1414

Minneapolis, MN 55455

To apply for this job please visit humanresources.umn.edu.