Stetson University

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Stetson University seeks an assistant professor of political science with primary expertise in comparative politics and focus on the post-communist world. Candidates should have a desire to teach and conduct research in a liberal arts setting. Besides teaching introductory and upper-level courses in comparative politics and offering innovative first-year and/or junior seminars, the candidate will develop courses to complement strengths in the Department of Political Science and contribute to Stetson's Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, as well as the potential to offer courses in other related programs.


A Ph.D. in Political Science is preferred, applicants who are ABD will be considered if they are at the final stage of the dissertation process. Teaching experience beyond typical teaching assistant duties in graduate school is an advantage but not required. Candidates should have a strong commitment to innovative teaching, creative approach to pedagogical design and implementation, and strong commitment to all aspects of diversity.


The teacher-scholar model at Stetson requires tenure-track faculty teach three courses each semester complemented with quality scholarship and service. Primary teaching responsibilities include introductory and upper level courses in comparative politics and the post-communist world. Other courses will be based on the candidate's expertise and may include offerings for the University's requirements in General Education, including First Year Seminars and Junior Seminars. The faculty member is also expected to mentor students academically and professionally.

Candidates should demonstrate a passion for quality teaching, combined with the ability to produce rigorous peer-reviewed academic scholarship. Scholarly activity leading to publication in peer-reviewed journals and service to the Department, the College of Arts and Sciences, the University, and the profession are required. For more information on our expectations in teaching and scholarship, our tenure policies, and our support for faculty professional development, please see the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs website: Salary is competitive.

Starting Date: August 10, 2020

Applicants must send the following for consideration: 1) cover letter summarizing the candidate's interest in the position and qualifications, 2) statement of the candidate's teaching philosophy, a representative sample of teaching evaluations, and other relevant teaching materials (e.g. syllabi, assignments, etc.), 3) a curriculum vitae, 4) copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, 5) three letters of recommendation sent under separate cover by the recommenders via e-mail (at least one of which should include an evaluation of teaching ability), and 6) a statement of research interests and a description of how undergraduate students might participate in that research. Candidates are encouraged to highlight skills and experiences that demonstrate a commitment to social justice, diversity, and inclusion.

Departmental representatives will conduct interviews at the Career Fair of the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, August 29-September 1 in Washington, D.C. Participation in these interviews is not required and non-participation will not affect a candidate's application in any way. Review of applications will begin on October 1 and continue until the position is filled. Please submit all application materials electronically to the search committee at

Stetson University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirms cultural diversity and inclusion as a core value of academic excellence at Stetson University. We are committed to achieving equal access in education, employment, and participation through the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, and to meaningful academic and intellectual transformation in curriculum, research and service. We are dedicated to actions and policies that foster a community in which individuals with various identities, cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints work together to create opportunities for engagement through rewarding and fulfilling careers and personal experiences in a culturally and racially diverse society and a globalized world. We strongly encourage members of historically under-represented and economically-disadvantaged groups and women to apply for employment. Stetson University is an EEO, ADA, ADEA, and GINA employer.

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Last updated: 2019-11-24