Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. The Department of Political Science invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor of International Relations and Global Studies position to begin in August 2023.
West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a public, comprehensive institution committed to offering high-quality undergraduate education, selected post-baccalaureate and graduate programs, and a variety of educational and cultural resources for its students, alumni, and citizens of southeastern Pennsylvania. The University offers more than 100 graduate and undergraduate programs in the sciences and mathematics, business and public management, arts and humanities, health sciences, education and social work, music, and interdisciplinary studies. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.
The mission of the Department of Political Science, part of the College of Sciences and Mathematics, is to promote scholarship and responsible citizenship by providing a comprehensive curriculum that exposes students to the principal subfields of the discipline and encourage critical analysis and communication skills. The department’s faculty are actively involved in research, teaching, and applied scholarship. They mentor students by encouraging academic challenge and civic involvement in an environment that values diversity.
The ideal candidate’s experience, substantive specializations, and pedagogical training will serve to strengthen the department’s mission and vision. The faculty member will use innovative teaching skills and demonstrate attention to the learning and teaching needs of the students; and teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses offered in-person and online in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. The faculty member will collaborate with other departmental faculty and staff.
Teach undergraduate and/or graduate level courses in the areas of International Relations, Comparative Politics, Global Studies, and regional & transnational focus on issues related to Human Rights, Sustainable Development, Energy Policies, and Climate Change. Additional courses within area of specialization may be assigned based on departmental needs.
Engage in scholarly activities such as research, presentations, and publications.
Serve the University and the community through participation in various committees.
Mentoring and advising students.
Other duties as assigned.
Ph.D. in Political Science (ABD may be considered. Must be completed on or before August 2023).
Experience teaching courses in International Relations, Comparative Politics, and/or Global Studies.
Experience teaching specialized courses in Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and/or transnational issues.
Experience developing course curriculum.
Ability to develop specialized courses in International Relations, Comparative Politics, and /or Global Studies.
Review of applications will begin October 10, 2022 and continue until the position has been filled.
Finalist must successfully complete an interview, teaching demonstration, and research presentation.
Required Documents for Consideration
To be considered as an applicant for this position, please submit the following:
Cover letter (Describing teaching and research interests)
Evidence of teaching effectiveness (Such as student class evaluations and peer or supervisor observations)
List of three references with contact information
Unofficial graduate transcripts (Official transcripts will be required at a later date)
Diversity statement (See below)
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
West Chester University has joined EAB’s Moon Shot initiative for Equity in Higher education. This initiative is designed to support faculty, students, and staff who are typically excluded and therefore are underrepresented. As part of your application for a tenure-track faculty position, we request a Diversity Statement. This request highlights our department's commitment to promote diversity and inclusiveness and to cultivate a campus environment that welcomes all. This commitment reflects the Diversity Theme of West Chester University's Strategic Plan and supports initiatives of our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (WCU Diversity Equity Inclusion). We expect that each applicant's statement will be unique, as informed by their own experiences and goals. Some topics you might address in a 1-2-page statement include the following: (1) How have you supported diversity and inclusion in your interactions with others in classroom and research environments? (2) What have you done to help students from diverse communities (such as underrepresented minorities, non-traditional, LGBTQ, veteran, rural, and/or first generation) succeed, including any programs for these students in which you have participated? (3) Describe your commitment to working toward achieving equity and enhancing diversity at WCU. How might you contribute to our current diversity initiatives, and do you have any other ideas to help promote equity on our campus?
All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all preemployment criminal background checks.
Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances West Chester University’s educational mission and strategic Plan for Excellence. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action – Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
About West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester University (WCU) of Pennsylvania is among the top regional comprehensive public universities in the nation, serving more than 17,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a national reputation for excellence, value, and student success. Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester offers more than 118 undergraduate and 103 graduate programs in more than 50 fields of study. In addition to the main campus in West Chester, the University offers programs through its graduate center, the Philadelphia campus, and online. Five colleges and two schools comprise the University: Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and the Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the School of Music, and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Located in Chester County (25 miles from downtown Philadelphia) the area combines the best of enjoyable daily living with easy access to the full spectrum of country and city attractions. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.