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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 assistant professor position in Public Policy/Public Administration. Applicants from any area of the Public Policy/Public Administration fields are welcome, but we are especially interested in candidates with research and teaching interests in public budgeting and finance, public service ethics, non-profit and public management, and/or organizational theory.  We are particularly interested in applicants who also have backgrounds in public policy and address substantively important questions related to inequality. We welcome all candidates doing excellent work in these areas, regardless of methodological specialty or approach (including but not limited to those using rigorous analytical approaches including the tools of computational social science and “big data” in their research).

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 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’s 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 Critical Race Collective; the Global Studies program; the Intersectionality Community of Scholars; and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality program.
Qualifications: All the requirements for a Ph.D. in political science, public policy, or related field must be finished at the time of appointment.
Application Instructions:  Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their research and teaching experience, a current CV, graduate transcripts, a sample of scholarly writing, statements of research, teaching, service, and diversity if not included in the cover letter, and teaching evaluations (if available). Please submit application material in digital format via Interfolio (  All applicants should request letters from three references to be sent via Interfolio.  Review of applications begins October 5, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.  For questions or inquiries, contact Professor Michael Jones 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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