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Assistant Professor of Political Science – American politics

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Job Title Assistant Professor of Political Science – American politics
Classification Title
Tenure Information Tenure Track
Job Description

Assistant Professor of Political Science – American politics. (Specializations: Judicial politics and law, Constitutional Law, public law).

The Political Science Department at Rhodes College invites applications for a tenure-track position in American Politics with a focus on judicial politics and law, to begin fall of 2018. Candidates must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. in Political Science, or a closely related field, by August 2018. Rhodes College is especially interested in attracting candidates from historically underrepresented groups and/or those with a demonstrated commitment to working with diverse and historically underrepresented populations. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to teaching and conducting research in a liberal arts environment. Teaching responsibilities will include five courses a year. Courses may include the introductory U.S. politics course; Constitutional law; civil rights and liberties; judicial politics, policy, and process; and/or other upper-level courses in the candidate’s area of specialization. Ability to teach research methods is a plus. The Department also welcomes candidates who could contribute courses to interdisciplinary programs such as Africana Studies, Educational Studies, Environmental Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Political Economy, Search for Values (interdisciplinary Humanities program), and Urban Studies.

The College has sabbatical leave opportunities, generous travel funding, and reimbursement of relocation costs within the College’s policy. Further, it provides start-up funds and additional opportunities to apply for funding in support of teaching and research.

Founded in 1848, Rhodes College is a highly selective, private, residential, undergraduate college, located in Memphis, Tennessee. We aspire to graduate students with a lifelong passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world. We encourage applications from candidates interested in helping us achieve this vision.

Rhodes College values an inclusive and welcoming environment. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workforce.

Memphis has a metropolitan population of over one million and provides multiple opportunities for research and for cultural and recreational activities.

Please apply online at; only online applications will be accepted. Completed applications will include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, syllabi, teaching evaluations, copies of transcripts, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to address in their letter of application their interest in teaching at a liberal arts college, their teaching philosophy, their vision for their teaching contributions to the department, and their research plan. The application must also include a separate statement that addresses how the applicant will enhance the diversity of offerings and educational experiences in the department and in interdisciplinary programs, and how their experiences with teaching, scholarship and/or service might contribute to a college community that includes a commitment to diversity and inclusion as one of its core values.

Review of completed applications will begin November 8, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. The online application system will solicit letters of recommendation electronically from the candidate’s recommenders once their contact information has been entered by the candidate and the search committee requests them. Background checks are required before candidates can be brought to campus for interviews. For further information, please contact Dr. Amy Jasperson, chair of the search committee, at

Required Education

Candidates must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. in Political Science, or a closely related field, by August 2018.

Required Qualifications
Preferred Qualifications

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F00030P
Open Date 09/22/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Recruiter/Contact for Applicant Dr. Amy Jasperson
Contact Email for Applicant
Contact Number for Applicant 901-843-3818

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Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Course Syllabi
  4. Evidence of Teaching Performance
  5. Unofficial Transcript 1
  6. Writing Sample
  7. Diversity and Inclusion Statement
Optional Documents
  1. Unofficial Transcript 2
  2. Unofficial Transcript 3