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Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP)
in International Relations (Fall 2022 – Spring 2023)

Deadline: Review begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received before May 23rd, 2022 will receive full consideration  |  Apply Here >>

The Department of Political Science at Northwestern invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP) in International Relations (Fall 2022 – Spring 2023). This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal for the 2023-24 academic year. We seek a teacher-scholar with a Ph.D. degree in political science specializing in the field of International Relations. Candidates nearing completion of their degree requirements, with a defense date by September 2022, will be considered in the search. Successful candidates for the position will teach six courses, distributed across three quarters that comprise Northwestern’s academic calendar. Candidates are welcome to teach 6 unique courses, but applicants should expect to prepare no more than 4 courses, including at least one quarter of Introduction to International Relations.

Excellent candidates for this position will be able to teach an introductory undergraduate course in the field of International Relations, as well as more advanced courses in the candidate’s area of expertise, with a preference for experience teaching American Foreign Policy, International Security, Peace and Conflict, Human Rights, Nuclear Policy, Cyber/Information Security, Chinese Foreign Policy, International Political Economy, International Law, or the European Union in International Affairs. The Visiting Assistant Professor will have additional opportunities for teaching and research collaboration with the Weinberg College Center for International and Area Studies, the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs,  the Global Poverty Research Lab, among other regional and thematic clusters related to the candidate’s expertise. Apply Here >>

Assistant Professor of American Politics

Deadline: Friday, October 15, 2021 | Not Currently Accepting Applications

The Department of Political Science at Northwestern University seeks applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in American Politics to begin on September 1, 2022. We seek scholars studying problems relating to inequality, power, and/or democracy. Within those broad themes, we are open with respect to particular substantive topic and scholarly lens. We especially welcome scholars who study political institutions, the intersection of institutions and behavior, American political economy, American political development, and/or public law. This search is part of a thematic, multi-line search in the areas of inequality, power, and democracy; at least one new colleague should have excellent quantitative skills. The successful applicant will teach a combination of graduate and undergraduate courses. A Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree is expected by the start date. Applications should include a cover letter, current CV, writing sample, research statement, teaching statement, evidence of teaching effectiveness, diversity statement, and three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021, and all applications received by October 15, 2021 will be guaranteed full consideration.

ASSOCIATE Professor of American Politics

Deadline: Friday, October 15, 2021 | Not Currently Accepting Applications

The Department of Political Science at Northwestern University seeks applications for a full-time, tenured Associate Professor position in American Politics to begin on September 1, 2022. We seek scholars studying problems relating to inequality, power, and/or democracy. Within those broad themes, we are open with respect to particular substantive topic and scholarly lens. We especially welcome scholars who study political institutions, the intersection of institutions and behavior, American political economy, American political development, and/or public law. This search is part of a thematic, multi-line search in the areas of inequality, power, and democracy; at least one new colleague should have excellent quantitative skills. The successful applicant will teach a combination of graduate and undergraduate courses. Applications should include a cover letter, current CV, writing sample, research statement, teaching statement, evidence of teaching effectiveness, diversity statement, and the names of three references. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021, and all applications received by October 15, 2021 will be guaranteed full consideration.

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