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University of Tennessee, Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications for a tenure track position in American Politics at the rank of assistant professor to begin in the fall semester of 2023. Applicants from any area of the American Politics field are welcome, but we are especially interested in a scholar whose primary interests lie in American political behavior broadly construed. A research program that addresses fundamental questions about the health, quality, and future of the American democratic system is particularly attractive.

The successful candidate must have strong research skills and a theoretically oriented research agenda that will lead to publication in peer-reviewed outlets (journals and/or books). The successful candidate must also demonstrate evidence of, or potential for, college/university teaching excellence, and exhibit a commitment to diversity and inclusion. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state‚Äôs flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. As a land-grant university, it is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement with society. More information about the Department is available at:  Faculty within the department are also associated with a variety of interdisciplinary programs and working groups across the university, including but not limited to the Global Studies program; the Intersectionality Community of Scholars; and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality program.

All the requirements for a Ph.D. in political science or related field must be finished at the time of appointment.

Application Instructions
All the requirements for a Ph.D. in political science or related field must be finished at the time of appointment.  Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their research and teaching experience, a current CV, graduate transcripts, a sample of scholarly writing, teaching evaluations (if available), and a statement explaining prior experience with and substantive plans for supporting an inclusive climate in the department. Please submit application materials in digital format via Interfolio ( All applicants should request letters from three references to be sent to the committee also via Interfolio.  The review of applications begins September 20, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.  For questions or inquiries, contact Professor Pat Freeland at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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