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Job Description:

The Department of Political Science at Western Kentucky University (WKU) invites applications for a nine-month, traditional-track, tenure-eligible, International Affairs faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with a begin date of August 2023.

Teaching responsibilities include lower- and upper- level courses in comparative and international politics. The department seeks a candidate who will (a) expand the department’s regional expertise beyond its existing strengths in East Asia and the Middle East and (b) augment thematic offerings by being able to offer courses in areas such as: democratization, authoritarianism, international law, international development, and international political economy. Preferred qualifications include contributing to the department’s offerings in research methods and/or elective courses in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.

Other responsibilities include conducting and publishing research in comparative and/or international politics, The successful candidate will have a productive research agenda and effectively teach introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses in Comparative and International Politics. Additionally, applicants must be willing to advise and mentor students, and engage in appropriate department, university, and professional service including participation in retention and department recruitment efforts.

The Department is committed to increasing the diversity of the University community and to improving the quality of life for students of multicultural backgrounds through a welcoming and supportive environment. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths or experiences in this area.

The Department of Political Science offers Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science, International Affairs, Professional Legal Studies, Legal Studies, and Philosophy and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. The department currently has over 275 undergraduate majors matriculating through its programs. For more information on our department and our programs, please visit our website at


Ph.D. in Political Science, International Relations, or related field at the time of appointment.
Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and active program of scholarly research.

Additional Information:

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy and practice of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all individuals. In accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, no form of discrimination or harassment will be tolerated at WKU on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO). To request an accommodation, report/express a complaint, or ask questions regarding WKU”s Discrimination and Harassment Policy (#0.2040), please contact Mr. Joshua Hayes, EEO Director/Title IX Investigator/University ADA Coordinator, via email at or by phone at (270) 745-5121.

The University is also required to investigate complaints of sex and gender-based harassment, also a form of discrimination, and has designated the Title IX Coordinator as the individual responsible for coordinating the investigation and response to such complaints. The Title IX Coordinator for the University is Ms. Ena Demir, who can be contacted via email at or by phone at (270) 745-6867. Additional information regarding Title IX is accessible via WKU’s website.

Information concerning educational programs offered by WKU are provided at:

Application Instructions:

The following items must be submitted by November 30, 2022, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled:

Letter of Application
Current Curriculum Vita
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Unofficial Transcripts
Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
Sample of Research

Names and contact information of three reference providers will be collected during the application process. Reference letters will be requested by the Search Committee through an online process at a later date.

You will receive email confirmation once you have successfully completed the application process.

About Western Kentucky University:

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a student-centered, applied-research institution committed to providing its students with a transformative academic and social experience and to elevating its surrounding communities. Founded in 1906, WKU is the second largest undergraduate institution in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with approximately 15,035 students (29% first generation, 18% underrepresented minority) and just over 2,500 faculty and staff employees.

Western Kentucky University is committed to empowering its campus community to embrace diversity by building equitable and inclusive learning, working, and living environments. At the heart of our mission, we seek to provide holistic education and employment experiences that prepare students, faculty, and staff to become effective scholars, contributors, and leaders in our diverse and evolving communities.

Located 65 miles north of Nashville, TN, and just over 100 miles south of Louisville, KY, WKU’s main campus is in Bowling Green, KY – a city with approximately 70,000 residents. Our population is ethnically diverse, with more than 85 languages spoken in and around Bowling Green, and people from 35 nationalities call our community home.

Western Kentucky University seeks to attract talented faculty and staff who are inspired individually to contribute to WKU’s strategic plans and ongoing success. We offer comprehensive wellness and health benefits to employees and their families, including domestic partners and other qualified dependents and take pride in providing a workplace culture that supports balancing the responsibilities of work and family life. Paid-time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave, and a tuition discount program for employees and dependents are also provided. Learn more about WKU and Bowling Green at

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