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Assistant Professor, Global Security (tenure track faculty position)

Job Description:

The Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level with research and teaching in Global Security to start in September 2018. The Department welcomes applications from political scientists and scholars in closely related fields and is open to all methodological approaches. 

Successful candidates will be expected to teach courses in the Department's graduate and undergraduate programs, including Introduction to World Politics. Salary and credit towards tenure will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


We seek candidates who specialize in global security: how states, non-state actors and global networks create or respond to new security threats, policies and governance. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research focuses on emerging technologies in a significant functional domain of global security (strategic defense, cybersecurity, disarmament, environmental or human security, transnational political violence, armed conflict prevention and mitigation, or other topics). The ideal candidate will understand the security-seeking strategies of states at different levels of development, as well as those of non-state actors; will be conversant with the broader theoretical international security literature; and will able to help provide general coverage of the international relations field in teaching including graduate-level seminars and an introductory level World Politics course.

This search continues the Department's efforts to hire scholars whose work spans traditional fields of political science and deals with one or more of these thematic emphases: (a) global forces (economic, religious, and demographic change; social movements; other globalizing forces that redefine national identity or redistribute political and economic power); (b) governance and institutions (the origins or consequences of political institutions or processes, including public policy and administration; the role of networks, information and communication technologies; the interplay of structure and action; institutional effectiveness; American, comparative or global political development); (c) democracy, participation, and citizenship (democratic institutions and practices; political participation; migration; citizenship; conflicts between political ideals and social inequalities; variations in the meanings of democratic practice); and (d) the politics of the law (the relationship between law and legal systems and the political, economic, social and cultural processes in which they are embedded, including the production, implementation, politicization and transformation of the law at tribal, local, national, transnational, or global levels).

A Ph.D. in Political Science or a closely related field in hand by September 2018 is required.

Additional Information:

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University's goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit the following: (1) cover letter describing current and future research plans, (2) teaching statement describing teaching philosophy and, if available, sample syllabi and teaching evaluations, (3) curriculum vitae, (4) two writing samples, and (5) contact information for three professional/academic references.

To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by 2 October 2017.  Please direct questions concerning this position to Professor Charli Carpenter, Search Committee Chair, Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

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