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Assistant Professor, Political Science and International Relations

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Political Science & International Relations, Full Time





The University of Delaware invites applications and nominations for a temporary assistant professor in American Politics in the Department of Political Science and International Relations ( Successful candidates should have a scholarly specialization in the field of American Politics. The effective start date is September 1, 2020. Position is for one year, renewable for a total of three years, subject to satisfactory performance, departmental needs and availability of funding.

The Department of Political Science and International Relations (POSCIR) within the College of Arts and Sciences has 25 full-time faculty, nearly 1,000 undergraduate majors and minors and 45 graduate (mostly doctoral) students. The Department offers two undergraduate majors (Political Science and International Relations) and undergraduate minors in Political Science, Political Communication, and Politics and Social Justice, as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science. The department faculty covers four subfields of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international relations and political theory. The faculty is a methodologically diverse and collegial group of research- intensive and nationally and internationally known scholars. They are outstanding teachers, mentors, advisers and public servants.

The Department seeks a temporary assistant professor with a record of strong teaching in American politics. Candidates will contribute to excellence in our teaching mission, teaching up to four courses each semester. Evidence of teaching experience is required, with the ability to teach a wide range of courses in American politics. We have particular needs for teaching the presidency, law and courts, undergraduate research methods, and introduction to American politics. The ability to teach in areas of politics, groups, and identities would also be welcome. Opportunity to develop a “topics” course is likely. Temporary faculty in the Department of Political Science and International Relations receive support for conference travel and may be eligible to compete for research funding from the department.

Applicants who are ABD will be considered, but must have a granted Ph.D. upon arrival. Applicants must be able to demonstrate skills necessary for excellence in teaching.
Using the Talent Link application system, applicants should submit a cover letter outlining interest in the position; current CV; three contact references; statement of teaching philosophy; teaching evaluations and any other evidence of teaching quality. Letters of recommendation may be requested at a later date.

Questions, but not application materials, should be e-mailed to the attention of Professor David Redlawsk (, Chair, Political Science and International Relations. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware ( combines tradition and innovation, offering students a rich heritage along with the latest in instructional and research technology. Located in scenic Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., the University is one of the oldest land-grant institutions in the nation, one of 19 sea-grant institutions, and one of only 13 space-grant institutions. With external funding exceeding $200 million, the University ranks among the top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering and has nationally recognized research (Carnegie rated, very high research activity). With 23 academic departments, 27 interdisciplinary programs and centers, and more than 10,000 students, the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college on campus ( The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from minority group members and women.

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