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The Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities invites applications for two full-time, tenure track faculty positions in Political Theory beginning fall semester 2019 (08/26/19). We seek outstanding colleagues committed to scholarly research and teaching at the highest level, and we especially welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

We seek candidates who are deeply conversant in the history of Western political theory, and can teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels that draw upon this canon.

Further, we seek candidates who will advance the substantive commitment of the department's strategic plan: to investigate "democracy under threat" across its multiple dimensions (please see below). We are most interested in work that, in a sustained manner, draws upon global historical knowledge to understand contemporary threats to democracy (such as resurgent authoritarianism, legitimation crises of contemporary liberal democratic institutions, crises of political economy and/or late capitalism, racialized politics and inequalities, etc.). Such candidates will also be committed to addressing issues of political theory as they present themselves as problems that arise in contemporary global settings. Scholars using approaches such as feminist theory, queer theory, critical race theory, and/or who focus on such issues as justice and injustice, inequality, or global migration are of special interest.

We also seek candidates who share the department's ongoing commitment to study the intersection of power, equity, and diversity and its effect on social science inquiry. Finally, we value candidates who actively place their research in dialogue with other subfields in political science, the social sciences and humanities, and with the broader university community and public.

Find more information about the department's strategic plan at the annoucement for this search.

Appointments will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May), and will be made at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, consistent with collegiate and university policy. Salary is competitive, and dependent on qualifications and experience.

Apply online through the University of Minnesota’s Job Center:

  • Job Opening ID: 325614
  • Job Posting Title: Assistant Professor (Political Science: Political Theory)
  • Job Code: 9403
  • Jobs Posted Within: Last Three Months (or greater)
  • Keyword(s): Political Science

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the APPLY button and follow the instructions.  You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position, and attach a cover letter and C.V.  Additional documents must be attached to your “My Activities” page, and can be attached after submission of the application by exiting and re-entering the Job Center, accessing your "My Activities" page (in the top list of hyperlinks), and uploading documents there.

Applications will be reviewed beginning October 1st, 2018.  However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

For questions about the position, please contact the Department of Political Science, at (612) 624-4144.

For questions about the application process, or to request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

Complete information about the position is available with the job posting, including required materials for the application.