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Associate/Full Professor - Political Behavior

The Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst ( invites applications for a position at the Associate or Full Professor rank. We seek an accomplished scholar whose research addresses fundamental questions about the health and quality of the American democratic system, including those who study the United States from a comparative context. The successful candidate should be an expert in survey research and methodology, and exhibit a track record of publishing innovative empirical research on issues related to political behavior, public opinion, and/or institutions. This faculty member will also serve as a core contributor and member of the leadership team of the UMass Poll, a high profile survey organization that seeks to assess the political behavior, public opinion, and civic health in Massachusetts, the United States, and abroad. Preference will be given to individuals with an outstanding record of publishing research in top peer reviewed journals, a record of attracting external funding in support of high impact research, and experience in training graduate students in survey research methods. The appointment is expected to begin September 1, 2020. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications. A Ph.D. in political science or in a closely related field is required at the time of appointment.

Candidates should submit a letter of interest, a CV, up to three samples of current scholarship, a brief statement of teaching and mentoring philosophy, and contact information for three individuals who can provide recommendations. In addition to the materials noted above, applicants should also submit a one-page diversity statement that discusses the candidate’s  skills, experiences and commitment to: teaching and mentoring diverse and historically underrepresented student populations, professional service that assists in achieving equity, inclusion, and diversity, and how the candidate’s past or future research addresses fundamental questions important to an increasingly diverse and global society.  

Consideration of applications will begin November 1, 2019. Materials should be submitted electronically through the UMass careers portal: Please direct questions concerning this position to Professor Tatishe Nteta, Search Committee Chair, Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and its departments and programs value diversity of faculty, students and curriculum as a key component of academic excellence. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.