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The Department of Political Science at Radford University invites applications for the position of Chair of the Political Science Department beginning August 10, 2021. This is a tenured appointment, subject to budgetary approval, at the rank of associate or full professor, commensurate with qualifications. Specialists in American Government, Public Administration, or Public Policy are preferred as is the ability to teach courses in American Institutions and Race and Ethnicity Politics. The Department Chair is expected to provide administrative leadership to seven faculty members and staff; nurture relationships across campus and with stakeholders; and seek out and steward resources. The chair should model excellence in teaching; maintain an active program of scholarship; and engage in appropriate college-level service. We seek a department chair who is eager to energetically lead the department in the climate of challenges to higher education nationally and in the context of a brand new general education program (known as REAL) at our university.

Required Qualifications: Applicants should possess (1) a Ph.D. in Political Science or a related field; (2) the rank of either Full or Associate Professor; (3) an established record of research and teaching excellence; and (4) previous administrative experience or university service that would demonstrate the applicant’s capacity to carry out the duties of department chair.

Radford University is a comprehensive public university of approximately 9,500 students that has received national recognition for many of its undergraduate and graduate academic programs, as well as its sustainability initiatives. Radford University serves the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation through a wide range of academic, cultural, human service, and research programs and is one of the premier teacher preparation universities in the Commonwealth. Well known for its strong faculty/student bonds, a growing, diverse student population, innovative use of technology in the learning environment and vibrant student life on a beautiful 204-acre American classical campus, Radford University offers students many opportunities to get involved and succeed in and out of the classroom. Information about the current university strategic plan can be found at:
The city of Radford, Virginia is located in the heart of the New River Valley in southwest Virginia. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the region is a haven for music lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Just a short drive from Blacksburg and Roanoke, the region boasts a vibrant art scene and local food culture as well as many community-university partnership opportunities. Radford is also a two-hour drive from the Piedmont Triad and two and a half hours from Charlotte, North Carolina.

As the largest college at Radford University and home to Liberal Arts instruction on campus, the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences is central to the mission of the university. Faculty members strive to develop in their students a range of intellectual skills and habits of mind that will serve them well throughout their academic and professional lives, as well as in their personal lives as productive citizens. Students regularly engage with faculty in experiential learning activities as well as in professional internships that provide opportunities to serve communities while preparing for careers. Faculty members’ scholarly and creative activity is viewed as a vital corollary to the instructional mission of the institution, with faculty encouraged to co-author research with undergraduate and graduate students.

The College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences at Radford University is located in the new 145,000 square foot state-of-the-art instructional facility that is home to all 120+ college faculty members. Centrally located on the main quad of the campus, it is the largest academic building at the university and houses an array of specialized teaching and research facilities. Apply online at Only online applications will be accepted. Candidates should submit the following: 1) a letter of application; 2) a current and complete curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of management philosophy; 4) a diversity statement; 5) evidence of teaching effectiveness (which should include recent teaching evaluations and either a teaching philosophy or a narrative about a new class or revisions to an existing class); 6) a research sample; 7) contact information for three references (not the letters themselves); and 8) copies of unofficial transcripts.

Review of applications will begin March 10, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Radford University is an EO/AA employer committed to diversity. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application process should call (540) 831-5008 (voice) or (540) 831-5128 (TTY). If you need access to a computer, you may visit our office at 600 Tyler Avenue, Radford, Virginia, or the local Virginia Employment Commission.

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