Assistant Professor in Middle Eastern/North African Comparative Politics

Comparative Politics/Middle East/North Africa
Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. This position will have a focus on Middle Eastern/North African Comparative Politics and will begin August 10, 2019.

The Department is particularly interested in applicants with expertise in the Middle East/North Africa region who are broadly trained in political science and social science methodologies, with specializations that address questions in the areas of authority and governance, participation, and/or human security (including energy and environmental issues). They should be prepared to offer a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. There will be occasional travel to attend professional conferences and meetings.

Required qualifications: A Ph.D. in Political Science or a closely related field is required by the time of appointment. Candidates must have a research focus that involves comparative political analysis in the MENA region and demonstrated excellence in research. They also must have evidence of teaching effectiveness to meet the Department’s key teaching needs in its B.A. and M.A. programs. Teaching requirements for this position will be four courses a year.

Desired qualifications: Preference will be given to broadly trained generalists who are comfortable with different methodological and theoretical approaches to the study of comparative politics and who can work with undergraduate and graduate students at the master’s and doctoral levels in political science and international studies along with non-majors in core curricular courses. Prior teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels is helpful.

The Carnegie Foundation classifies Virginia Tech as a university with “very high research activity,” and the Political Science Department also has a strong record of excellence in teaching. Members of the Department work closely with faculty in transdisciplinary programs, including the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought (ASPECT), the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), Women’s and Gender Studies, Africana Studies, and the Department of Science, Technology, and Society.

Interested persons must apply here for posting number TR0180201 where they will submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, recent writing samples, and teaching evaluations, along with contact information for no more than four academic references. Screening of applications will begin January 22, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. All inquiries can be sent to: Dr. Bettina Koch <>, Chair, Comparative Politics/Middle East/North Africa Search Committee, Department of Political Science, 531 Major Williams Hall (0130), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Individuals with additional questions or with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact the search committee chair. For further information on the department, see

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