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Tenure-track Assistant Professor position available – Virginia Tech

Assistant Professor – Modern/Contemporary Political Theory

ASPECT and the Department of Political Science

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

Virginia Tech

The interdisciplinary doctoral program ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought) and the Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech invite applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Modern/Contemporary Political Theory, with strengths in at least one of the following areas: Environmental Political Theory; Security and Political Theory; Political Theory and Governance. Candidates should demonstrate strong analytical and research skills with the potential to achieve a national research profile along with excellence in teaching and service. The standard teaching load is four courses per academic year, including at least one course to be offered for the ASPECT PhD program and typically a large Introduction to Political Theory lower-division course. This position will begin August 10, 2016.

Required qualifications: Earned doctorate in political science or related field at the time of application or degree in hand by August 10, 2016. Candidates must have a clear specialization in modern and/or contemporary political theory. Applications demonstrating strong research interests in environmental, security, or governance issues approached from a theoretical perspective are especially encouraged. Additionally, successful candidates will need to demonstrate an ability to mentor doctoral students in ASPECT and in the department’s MA program, and will have documented  effectiveness in teaching large introductory lecture sections of political theory courses at the undergraduate level.

Desired qualifications: Preference will be given to political theorists who can teach a wide array of courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the areas listed above. Ability to work in disciplinary and interdisciplinary settings (and collaborate in terms of teaching and research with colleagues across disciplines in the context of the ASPECT program) is highly desirable. Prior teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level is strongly preferred. Commitment to work effectively with a diverse campus population is key.

Interested persons must apply at posting # TR0150121, where they will submit a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, no more than one recent writing sample representative of their research, teaching evaluations, a short research précis (1-2 pages) that stresses the applicant’s theoretical background and contributions, and no more than four recent letters of support from academic references. Screening of applications will begin on December 11, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. All inquiries can be sent to: Dr. François Debrix ( or Dr. Timothy Luke (, chairs, Modern/Contemporary Political Theory Search Committee, ASPECT, Major Williams Hall, Room 202 (0192), 220 Stanger St., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Individuals with additional questions or with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact the search committee chairs.