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Assistant Professor of Political Science | Subfield of American Politics

Department of Political Science

College of Liberal Arts



Towson University’s College of Liberal Arts invites applicants within the subfields of American politics, public policy, or public administration for a tenure-track, 9-month appointment at the rank of assistant professor in the Department of Political Science.  Employment to begin August 2023 for the fall semester.


Applicant must have PhD in hand by the official date of hire in Political Science, Public Policy, or Public Administration.

Candidates must possess a record of teaching excellence, be committed to quality instruction, and be sensitive to the educational needs of a culturally diverse urban population. Those with ability to teach research methods at the undergraduate level are encouraged to apply.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate a strong theoretical background and empirical rigor in their work, and to articulate how their research agenda could further TU’s move to R2 status as well as the university’s new strategic plan ( and mission (

The ideal candidate must be committed to the university’s goal of inclusiveness and have a demonstrated history of working effectively with persons of all races, genders, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, and religions.  To learn more about the importance of diversity and inclusiveness at TU, candidates are invited to review the university’s new Diversity Strategic Plan (


The chief responsibilities of the position are to teach a 3-3 load and deliver excellent instruction, and advance scholarship, regarding one of the following policy areas: environmental justice; immigration and citizenship; or, civil rights and/or social policy.  A successful applicant will possess a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, as well as demonstrate a solid potential for a productive scholarly program.

As the University is striving to achieve Carnegie R2 status, grant-funded research is a priority.  The selected candidate will be expected to pursue such opportunities.

The position is expected to support, through instruction and scholarship, a new interdisciplinary graduate program that will address the safety and well-being of communities.

Other responsibilities include advising students and service to the department, college, and university.

Department of Political Science:

At present, the department ( is comprised of fifteen tenured or tenure-track professors representing a diverse set of backgrounds and academic interests.  The department values a strong commitment to teaching, welcomes innovative approaches to such, and prides itself on the scholarly output of its faculty.  The department prides itself on the ability of its faculty to foster intellectual inquiry and critical thinking to help create leaders committed to the public good and prepared for the endemic and unexpected challenges of the future.

Towson University:

Towson University ( was founded in 1866, is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore’s largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls over 19,000 undergraduates and more than 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has of 900 full-time faculty, and offers 65 bachelor’s 42 master’s, and 4 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

Application Process:

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled and/or the search closed.  Interested applicants should submit the following materials: 1) letter of intent; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) one sample of written work; 4) a statement of teaching philosophy with syllabi and teaching evaluations, if available; 5) a reflective statement on ways the applicant can contribute to diversity and inclusion at TU; 6) graduate transcripts; and, 7) names and addresses, including email addresses, of three references.  If invited for an interview, three letters of reference will be requested.  Submit all application materials in a single PDF file. Please direct all questions about applications to the chair of the search committee,  Dr. Joseph Clark at

Click here to apply. Please note that the search number for which you have applied is CLA-3628.

A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors has been our top priority and the focus of every one of our decisions since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the University System of Maryland (USM) has strongly encouraged full COVID vaccination and up-to-date booster shots (when eligible) for all faculty, staff, and students at all schools in the USM as both a reasonable and necessary means of protecting our health and safety.

Please be sure to visit the Applicant Data Form to complete a voluntary on-line applicant data form. The information you provide will inform the university’s affirmative action plan and is for statistical-related purposes only. The information will not be used for any other purpose.

Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, as detailed in A More Inclusive TU: Advancing Equity and Diversity (2020 – 25). TU is a national leader in inclusive excellence, the only institution in Maryland with zero achievement gap, and 68% growth in minority enrollment over the past 5 years.  We encourage application from a variety of (dis)abilities, cultural, ethnic, race, sex, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, veteran status, color, religious, socio-economic, sexual orientation and belief backgrounds.

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