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Assistant Professor, Political Science and International Relations

Apply now Job Number: 1152
Position Status: Faculty, Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: College of Arts and Sciences, Faculty

Position Title & Department:

Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track), Political Science and International Relations

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Department Description:

The Department of Political Science and International Relations is committed to the liberal arts tradition of intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, and a pluralistic and diverse curriculum.  We provide students with a solid understanding of the theories, practices and institutions of politics, but also with an appreciation of how to create a more just and humane world.  Our courses cover every corner of the globe and prepare students to be keen political observers and actors.  To supplement coursework, we also provide internship, community service learning, and study abroad opportunities that encourage learning outside of the classroom.

The department houses two separate majors.  The Political Science major focuses attention on the shared and contending ideas, values, institutions and processes of public life.  Courses range from the specific study of politics in one country or of a single institution or political process (the judiciary, Congress, the presidency or elections), to more general offerings such as courses on political theory, political development, revolution, race and ethnicity, environmental politics, research methods, human rights, and constitutional law.

The International Relations major is an interdisciplinary field of study designed for students who seek a holistic understanding of international affairs.  The curriculum is rooted in political science and provides students with a strong background in international relations, comparative politics, and international political economy.  At the same time, the curriculum reflects the recognition that international political phenomena are best understood from a variety of perspectives and includes courses from disciplines such as history, economics, religious studies, fine arts and literature.

The department offers the highly-regarded Masters of International Relations (MAIR) degree, which draws on our faculty's vast wealth of international experience and offers a variety of specialized subject matter courses focused on Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.  Areas of strength include international security, intelligence, and environmental policy.  Courses in the program combine academic and professional instruction in an effort to connect theory and practice, both substantively and pedagogically.

Detailed Description:

The Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of San Diego invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level with expertise in East Asia and an ability to teach courses on China.

Successful candidates will be expected to offer a variety of courses that meet the needs of the Department of Political Science and International Relations. They should be prepared to teach introductory, upper division and graduate courses in Asian politics and foreign policy, international relations theory, and research methods, as well as other courses in international relations that fit with the applicant’s interests.

Candidates must be fully committed to liberal arts education and to excellence in teaching and student advising. Candidates must also have a significant scholarly agenda and will be expected to engage actively in service at the departmental, college, and/or university levels after the first year. The normal teaching load is three courses per semester.

Job Requirements:

PhD: Applicants should have completed a PhD in Political Science/International Relations before September 2020.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits. 

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:

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Applicants must submit 1) a cover letter that describes the candidate’s research agenda and the courses they would like to teach; 2) a CV; 3) official graduate transcripts; 4) three letters of recommendation that address both teaching and scholarship; 5) a writing sample; 6) a summary of teaching evaluations and evidence of teaching excellence; 7) a statement of teaching philosophy that includes discussion of how they approach diversity in the classroom. The Department of Political Science and International Relations is committed to diversity and seeks candidates who share that commitment.

Candidates are encouraged to submit application materials at their earliest convenience. To ensure full consideration, applications must be complete by September 15, 2019.

Questions and requests for informal interviews at the 2019 APSA conference in Washington D.C. should be directed to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Avi Spiegel (spiegel@sandiego.edu).

If you have any technical questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu  

Additional Details:

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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