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Assistant Professor of Political Science

Apply now Job no: 492891
Work type: Faculty
Location: Gambier, OH

Kenyon College, a highly selective liberal arts college in central Ohio, invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Department of Political Science, with a specialty in American politics, effective July 1, 2023. 

Teaching responsibilities consist of five courses per year.  Qualified applicants will have a strong teaching and research background in American politics, knowledge of American history, and the ability to teach our introductory American course, “Liberal Democracy in America,” and to offer upper-level American politics courses and seminars.  Area of specialty is open, but we especially seek candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: political parties and elections, Congress, voting behavior, media and politics, and/or American political development. The ability to teach our quantitative analysis course is desirable.  Candidates may have opportunities to contribute to interdisciplinary programs in Public Policy and American Studies.  Opportunities for teaching and research support and public engagement are available through the College’s Center for the Study of American Democracy.  Strong preference will go to those with a demonstrable record of excellence in teaching and research. Candidates must be committed to undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts setting and have an active research agenda. Candidates must also have a Ph.D. or be near completion by the beginning of the appointment. 

A complete application will include a cover letter, CV, transcript, statement of teaching philosophy which also addresses experience with teaching diverse student populations, as well as how inclusivity is addressed in the classroom setting, writing sample, and a list of names and contact information for three references.  The applicant's cover letter should give details of their teaching experience and research interests. Letters of recommendation will be requested of candidates who advance to the interview stage.  

All application materials must be submitted electronically through Kenyon's employment website: Review of applications will begin on September 15th and continue until the position is filled.  Completed applications received by September 15 will be guaranteed full consideration. Initial interviews will be conducted remotely. 

Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and are commensurate with experience. There are a number of faculty development opportunities (e.g. travel, research funds, etc.) for which appointees are eligible.

In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Faculty Handbook.

Kenyon is a great place to live and work. To discover why it should be your next home, click here.

Kenyon College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion.  Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.

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