Assistant Professor of Political Science

Assistant Professor of Political Science

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a tenure track position in Comparative Politics at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The department welcomes applications from candidates who will build on existing programs and areas of strength in the Department and the University, or who could help us increase our strength in African, Latin American, or Middle Eastern politics; comparative race and ethnic politics, or behavioral and experimental approaches to comparative politics, especially in the developing world. Duties will include a combination of research, teaching, and service.

The Department is looking for outstanding candidates with a record that demonstrates the potential to build a high-quality publication record, to secure external funding, and to serve as an excellent teacher and mentor. In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity. Penn State University and the Department of Political Science are committed to the values of equity, diversity and inclusion (see and and we seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to these goals.

A PhD in Political Science or a closely related field is required (PhD in hand by appointment date preferred, ABD by appointment date accepted).

The salary/benefit package is competitive, and the position begins in the fall 2021. To apply, submit via the Penn State jobs website: a cover letter explaining candidate's research and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a statement of teaching philosophy, an example of scholarly research, teaching evaluations (if applicable), and the names and contact information for three references who can address candidates' research, teaching and commitment to enhancing diversity.

Please note there is a 5 document limit on the online application so please upload either all or some of your materials as one document.

Review of applications will begin on January 10, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. For more information on Department of Political Science, see:

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