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Syracuse University

Politics & Media

The Department of Political Science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs seeks to hire a tenured Associate or Full Professor whose scholarship focuses on Politics and Media. This faculty member would be located in Washington D.C. and serve as the inaugural Research Director of the newly launched Center for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship, a joint center between the Maxwell School and SI Newhouse School of Public Communication.

The political science department is housed within the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, which is committed to citizenship education at the undergraduate level and to graduate education in public affairs and the social sciences. We seek candidates who complement the broader Maxwell mission and have interdisciplinary interests.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in political science or a related field. The Maxwell School is interested in candidates who can contribute to the inclusiveness and diversity of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service.  This new center will produce applied research, convene and facilitate meetings, and teach students in both traditional and experiential ways.

The center will also include visiting fellows, and Syracuse-based faculty will have an opportunity to participate through events or limited residencies.

We welcome applicants who study political communication. We also are open to multiple methods, and issues in domestic, international, and comparative contexts. This position is open with respect to subfield and geographic focus.  Candidates should have an outstanding record of scholarly publications, the ability to communicate scholarly findings broadly and the ability to teach effectively both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

This position starts in Fall 2023 and is part of a broader Syracuse University Cluster Hires Initiative. The Citizenship and Democratic Institutions (CDI) Cluster draws together a diverse group of scholars who address critical issues related to the contested meanings of citizenship, civic engagement, public management, and the impacts of democratic institutions on social and economic well-being. The successful candidate will help shape future, multi-disciplinary hiring in the CDI Cluster, and lead and contribute to externally funded projects and interdisciplinary research initiatives within the Maxwell School and across the University.


For consideration, candidates must complete an online faculty application (available at and attach online the following: a letter of interest and a CV, a sample of professional writing, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement about diversity, equity and inclusion, and evidence of quality teaching. Files may be no larger than 5MB, but you may submit an external link to a larger file if needed.

In addition, applicants will be required to provide the full email addresses of three references.

Applications will be reviewed as they arrive with full consideration given to those received by October 7, 2022.  However, the department will continue to consider applications until this position is filled.

Our institution does not discriminate against job candidates on the basis of actual or perceived gender, gender identity, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or religion.

Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

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