The Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Western Carolina University is searching for a tenure-track assistant professor in American politics, with particular emphasis on Congress and the Presidency. The successful candidate will contribute to the Political Science program by teaching six courses per year (including a course in Congress, a course in the American Presidency, and sections of American Government and Politics—a key component of our university's general education program), contributing to the discipline through publications and research activity, and conducting service appropriate for the position. The ideal candidate will have independent teaching experience at the university level, a promising research trajectory, and a doctorate in Political Science or a related field from an accredited institution. Exceptional ABD candidates will also be considered. The position begins August, 2018 and the salary is competitive.
Western Carolina University (WCU) is a 10,000-student campus in the University of North Carolina system that offers 120 areas of study for undergraduates and more than 50 graduate-level programs. The campus is located in the picturesque Cullowhee valley between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville, North Carolina, and 150 miles northeast of Atlanta. The Western North Carolina region is noted for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities.
ABD from an accredited university in Political Science, or a related field.
PhD from an accredited university in Political Science, or a related field, independent teaching experience at the college level.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
All applications must be made online. Review of applications will begin October 2, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit vita, cover letter (which should address teaching and research), evidence of teaching effectiveness, a research sample, and the names and contact information for three references. Please do not send individual reference letters at this stage. For more information about the department please visit our website at http://politicalscience.wcu.edu.
For questions or additional information, please contact Dr. Todd Collins, Search Committee Chair at 828-227-3898.
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.