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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Department of Political Science and Public Administration

Rauch Distinguished Professor, American Politics

The Department of Political Science & Public Administration at UNC Charlotte is recruiting an
outstanding candidate for the Marshall A. Rauch Distinguished Professor of Political Science to begin Fall 2022. The department seeks a scholar of American Politics, at either the full or senior associate level. The essential duties of the position are: 1) producing high quality research in the area of expertise; 2) actively pursuing external research funding; 3) teaching appropriate classes to undergraduate and graduate students; 4) mentoring graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty; 5) collaborating with faculty in other academic departments; 6) engaging in community activities; 7) contributing to diversity initiatives in the Department, College, and University; and 8) actively participating in the interdisciplinary Public Policy Ph.D. program. The term of this endowed professorship is five years, and renewable for a second term.

A qualified candidate will have a distinguished publication record and a history of prior funded research, as well as excellent teaching credentials, appropriate to rank; a commitment to diversity as a value in the department and college; a prior history of mentoring students; and the ability to work with colleagues from several academic departments and the community.

The department seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to maintain the excellence of the University and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. Finalists will be asked during their screening interview to discuss how the topics of diversity and inclusion are incorporated into their work.

Marshall A. Rauch, a long-time state leader in politics and the community who served as state senator, established this distinguished professorship. The endowment that he established allows UNC Charlotte to pay a competitive salary as well annual research funds. There will be a supportive start-up package.

The Department of Political Science and Public Administration has award-wining faculty. It offers an M.P.A., B.A., two minors, two concentrations, and is a core department in the interdisciplinary Public Policy PhD Program. The Department has 25 full-time faculty members. The Gerald G. Fox Master of Public Administration Program is NASPAA accredited and ranks among the top 17% nationwide of all ranked public affairs schools and #48 in national ranking by U.S. News and World Report.

As the largest and most diverse college at UNC Charlotte, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences houses 21 departments in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and military sciences, as well as 28 applied research centers and interdisciplinary programs. With its 34 undergraduate degrees, 56 undergraduate minors, 24 master’s degrees, 10 doctoral degrees, 17 undergraduate certificates, 19 graduate certificates, 23 graduate early-entry programs, and 23 honors programs, the College is connected to the world and its concerns and is particularly supportive of the greater Charlotte region.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a doctoral, research intensive university, located in one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas on an expanding modern campus. One of sixteen campuses in one of the oldest public university systems in the United States, UNC Charlotte offers over 30,000 culturally diverse students a wide range of undergraduate and staff, with many cultural, recreational, and business amenities, and is continually ranked one of the best cities to live, such as by U.S. News (#20).

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. All applicants must apply online at Please attach the following documents with your electronic submission:
● letter of application describing primary and secondary research and teaching interests, and a commitment to diversity
● three names of references; and
● vita.

Finalists will be asked during their screening interview to discuss how the topics of diversity and inclusion are incorporated into their teaching and research.

Please contact Dr. John Szmer, chair of the search committee, at with any questions about the position.

As an affirmative action, equal opportunity and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups.

The candidate chosen for this position will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree and submit to a criminal background check.

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