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Assistant Professor of Political Science

Assistant Professor of Political Science

VIRGINIA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY (www.vwu.edu) invites applications for the on campus tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Political Science, with expertise in Comparative Politics and International Relations, starting in Spring 2023. An earned doctorate in political science or a related field is required at the time of appointment.

We are particularly interested in applications from candidates with research and teaching interests in African politics, security studies, terrorism, and violence. Teaching responsibilities include core undergraduate courses in political science. We welcome candidates who can support our existing programming with their teaching and research.

The University seeks a candidate with a strong commitment to teaching, cross-disciplinary collaboration, student advising, and research. The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse multicultural community. The teaching load is three four-credit courses per semester with a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package.

Applicants should submit, electronically (as a single PDF), a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, a statement on experience teaching students from diverse backgrounds, transcripts (unofficial are acceptable at this point), and three letters of reference to Human Resources, at employment@vwu.edu. A review of applications will begin on July 17thth, 2022. Questions about the position should be addressed to Dr. Antje Schwennicke, Department Chair, at aschwennicke@vwu.edu.

About Virginia Wesleyan University

Virginia Wesleyan University is Coastal Virginia's premier university of the liberal arts and sciences. Situated on a 300-acre park-like campus in Virginia Beach, the University annually enrolls approximately 1,600 students in undergraduate, graduate, and online programs. Undergraduate degrees include a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Musical Arts, and Bachelor of Social Work with 39 majors, 31 minors, and 19 pre-professional tracks. Graduate degrees include a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Education, and Master of Arts in Education. Students thrive in average class sizes of 15 and through the University's experiential learning, high-impact leadership, and career-development programs. An inclusive community dedicated to scholarship and service grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, Virginia Wesleyan University inspires students to build meaningful lives through engagement in Coastal Virginia's dynamic metropolitan region, the nation, and the world. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and conducts background checks on applicants for employment.


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Statement of Non-Discrimination

Virginia Wesleyan University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered on the basis of skills, experience, and qualifications without regard to race, religion, color, creed, gender, national and ethnic origin, age, marital status, covered veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, the presence of non-job-related medical disability, or any other legally protected status.