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Department of Political Science: Assistant Professor in Political Theory

Job Title: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Political Science (Political Theory)

Background: Loyola University Chicago (LUC), College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science seeks qualified candidates for an appointment as Assistant Professor in Political Theory beginning Fall 2023. The Department has more than 20 full-time faculty members, over 600 majors and 100 minors, and five graduate programs (BA/MA, MA/JD, MA, and PhD in Political Science and MA in International Affairs). For more information about the department, please visit its web site at https://www.luc.edu/politicalscience/.

The search is part of a university-wide, multiyear hiring initiative designed to diversify the faculty. Located on Chicago’s vibrantly multicultural North Side, LUC is committed to creating an inclusive, responsive community of faculty, students, and staff. As an urban department dedicated to mentoring a diverse student body, many of whom come from underrepresented and underserved populations, we especially encourage applications from candidates from underrepresented groups. We also encourage applications from scholars committed to interdisciplinarity (i.e., working with colleagues across different subfields and disciplines) and the successful pursuit of external grants.

Duties and Responsibilities: We seek a political theorist able to teach a range of undergraduate courses in the subfield—including, but not limited to, an Introduction to Political Theory and upper-level political theory courses—as well as an occasional graduate course. Our hope is that the successful candidate will be able to contribute to the intellectual life of the department and its teaching needs. We thus encourage all qualified applicants to apply. However, candidates specializing in the history of political thought, comparative political theory, and/or normative or critical theory, as well as those focusing on topics including, but not limited to, postcolonial thought, political economy, environmental politics, religion, and/or identity politics are of particular interest.  Additionally, they will be expected to support the department’s student-related programming and academic advising according to the practices of the department and to serve on departmental and university committees as designated by the Department Chair. The successful candidate is expected to pursue a strong and active research program, including the pursuit of external grants.

Minimum Qualifications: The candidate will have a Ph.D. in Political Science at the time of appointment. Candidates for the position must clearly demonstrate the potential for excellence in research and teaching and have a record of (or clear potential for) distinguished scholarship, grant-funded research, and student mentorship. The candidate should be willing to support the mission of LUC and the goals of a Jesuit Catholic Education.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Candidates should submit to www.careers.luc.edu (1) a brief letter of interest; (2) a current Curriculum Vitae; (3) a statement outlining the applicant’s research agenda; (4) a statement on teaching experience; (5) a writing sample, and (6) a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to mentoring a diverse student body through research, teaching and other channels and engaging a diverse community through scholarship and service. Applicants should also arrange for three recommendations from individuals prepared to speak to their professional qualifications for this position, especially in terms of scholarship, teaching and mentorship, to be submitted electronically (letter writers will receive an electronic prompt from LUC). Please direct questions to:

Patrick Boyle, Ph.D., Search Committee Chair
Department of Political Science
Loyola University Chicago

1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, Illinois 60660

pboyle@luc.edu

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by October 15th, 2022, will receive full consideration.

Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty. The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity – including a wide range of individuals who contribute to a robust academic environment – is critical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and services in an increasingly diverse society. Therefore, in holistically accessing the many qualifications of each applicant, we would factor favorably an individual’s record of conduct that includes experience with an array of diverse perspectives, as well as a wide variety of different educational, research or other work activities. Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degrees.

As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver a Transformative Education in the Jesuit tradition. To learn more about LUC’s mission, candidates should consult our website at www.luc.edu/mission/. For information about the university’s focus on transformative education, they should consult our website at www.luc.edu/transformativeed.

To apply for this job please visit www.careers.luc.edu.