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Position Title
Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Government, M.A. in Democracy and Governance
Main Campus
Position Type
Faculty – Main Campus Non-Tenure Line – Instructional
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Position Description
The Department of Government at Georgetown University invites applications for a three-year, non-tenure-track position of Assistant Teaching Professor and Associate Director/Director of its dynamic Democracy and Governance (DG) Master of Arts (MA) Program starting in August 2021. The successful candidate will serve as Associate Director of the MA Program for one year and will then assume the position of Director of the MA Program in August 2022. The new Associate Director will work closely with the current Director and program staff, as well as the Department Chair, to manage this transition.

The only program of its kind in the country, the DG MA Program seeks to understand the foundations of democratic and responsive government, and how policymakers can create and implement policies to achieve these objectives. Its graduates pursue exciting careers in democracy assistance, governance reform, politics, and international affairs.

The Associate Director/Director is a pivotal member of the leadership team of the Department of Government. In particular, the Associate Director/Director collaborates closely with the leadership of the department’s two other MA programs to capitalize on the intellectual synergies among the programs, and develop joint initiatives and cross-program curricular offerings, thereby strengthening the ties among the programs and the programs themselves.

As Associate Director, they work with the current Director and the Program’s Advisory Board to guide the intellectual growth of the Program, and envision and implement a plan for its strategic development. They also have critical administrative, teaching, and student-engagement responsibilities. They oversee the day-to-day operations of the Program, and manage Program recruitment and admissions. They also oversee the curriculum, course offerings, and adjunct faculty in the Program. They teach four courses per year and offer skills workshops and other specialized training opportunities each semester. They also serve as academic and career advisors to students: they facilitate internship and job placement, including through working with Program alumni, and participate in student-related events throughout the year, including admissions, orientation, and graduation. In addition, they manage the Program Coordinator and student workers.

Upon assuming the position of Director, the successful candidate will also provide scholarly and institutional leadership to advance the DG Program’s efforts in multiple domains including teaching, research, institution building, and outreach to the diverse professional communities that work in democracy assistance, human rights and development. The Director shapes student-recruitment strategies, devises new courses, and enhances programming that links classroom studies to overseas field research, to grass roots experiential learning, and to effective career building. The Director serves as an “ambassador” and spokesman for the MA program, developing and leading its efforts to have an impact at Georgetown University, and in the wider global arena.

A PhD in a relevant field is required. The position is open to scholars of both comparative politics and international relations, with a strong preference for candidates whose work and research interests cross this boundary. We are particularly interested in scholars who have studied and published on a range of contemporary challenges facing new and established democracies, including, but not limited to, regime transitions, ideological and social polarization, populism, identity conflicts, and the politics of market reform. Familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research methods is preferred. A demonstrated interest in the relationship between scholarship and US democracy assistance programs and policies is essential. Candidates who have relevant and demonstrated administrative and management experience in an academic or think tank setting are strongly preferred. Georgetown University’s Department of Government greatly values new perspectives on the world and is deeply committed to building a more open and inclusive discipline.

Application Instructions
Interested applicants must submit a cover letter outlining professional background and teaching experience, curriculum vitae, and at least three letters of recommendation via Interfolio. Questions about the online application system should be directed to Department Chair Anthony Clark Arend (

Review of applications will begin May 16, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The position is expected to begin on August 1, 2021.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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