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Department of Political Science: Assistant Professor in International Relations

Job Title: Assistant Professor in International Relations

Background: Loyola University Chicago (LUC), College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science seeks qualified candidates for an appointment as Assistant Professor in International Relations beginning Fall 2023. The Department has more than 20 full-time faculty members, over 650 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

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: Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to our new MA in International Affairs program as well as to our growing undergraduate program. We are especially interested in hiring a faculty member with both academic and policy expertise, either through career experience or their research interests. They will need to teach policy-relevant topics of interest to our graduate and undergraduate students. Across all specializations, we will prioritize candidates whose research engages directly with ongoing international policy debates and global challenges, such as those of international political economy, as well as those involving the current crises of migration, health, climate, and conflict. We are particularly interested in candidates who would be able to mentor our graduate students in finding policy-related internships and jobs. 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 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 also 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 (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:

Molly Melin, Ph.D.

Search Committee Chair
Department of Political Science
Loyola University Chicago

1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, Illinois 60660-5761


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by October 14th, 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 For information about the university’s focus on transformative education, they should consult our website at

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