Tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor - Department of Political Science
Howard University


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Howard University

Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Comparative Politics.The successful candidate will be prepared to conduct externally-funded research in the areas of comparative politics with a focus on politics in the Black Diaspora. Regional specialization is open to all areas. Qualified applicants should have evidence of research productivity and teaching experience in at least one of the areas covered by the emerging field of data science and computational social science. These may include, but are not limited to: working with "big data," relational data, social network analysis, computational text analysis, machine-learning, agent-based modeling, artificial intelligence, or geospatial analysis techniques, among others.

We seek outstanding applicants with a demonstrated track record of excellence in research and teaching. We envision this position as expansive and methodologically diverse, with a focus on how on-going global changes intersect with historical patterns of power and dominance, and how these factors affect current and future global discourses. The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous, extramurally funded research program in their areas of expertise and have a strong record of and ability to teach in-person and use online tools to design and teach distance learning courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The successful candidate is expected to actively participate in the Department's teaching and curriculum development at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Evidence of interest and success in mentoring underrepresented minority students is highly desired.The candidate will also contribute to the International Affairs undergraduate major, and also work closely with the Center for Women, Gender, and Global Leadership.

Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university, provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students. Howard University is classified as a Doctoral University: Higher Research Activity research by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is a residential campus of approximately 12,000 students located in the heart of the nation's capital, Washington, D.C.

The Department of Political Science currently consists of 17 faculty members and offers BA, MA, and PhD degrees in political science. Founded in 1928 by Nobel laureate, diplomat Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, the Department counts Vice-President Kamala Harris, U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, and U.S. Representative Charles Diggs among its many prominent graduates. The only graduate program in political science in the world with a specialization in Black politics and currently the second-largest undergraduate major, POLS also administers the undergraduate interdisciplinary major/minor for the Program in International Affairs.

Required Qualifications:

· Ph.D. in political science or closely related field (e.g., government, public policy, etc.) from an accredited institution;

· Record of scholarship, teaching, and professional service commensurate with the rank of assistant professor;

· Effective communication and organizational skills; and

· Evidence of writing successful grant proposals.

Complete applications must be submitted as a single PDF file containing:

1) Cover letter addressing the qualifications listed above;

2) Current curriculum vita;

3) Two-page statement of research accomplishments, interests, and future plans;

4) One-page statement of teaching philosophy and experience; and

5) A writing sample.

6) Three letters of recommendation sent under separate cover to the email below directly from the recommenders.

Questions should be addressed to the Chair of the search committee, Dr. David Dixon ComparativePoliticsSearch@Howard.edu.

Completed applications submitted electronically via Academic Jobs Onlineat https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/19418. Screening will begin on December 20, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The desired starting date is August 16, 2022. Additional details and information can be found at http://coas.howard.edu.

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, marital status, religion, disability or protected veterans status. Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities or veterans status, Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at 202-806-1280.


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