Tenure-Track position in Political Science (American Politics)

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Political Science

Bucknell University’s Department of Political Science invites applications for a tenure-track position in American Politics beginning in the fall semester of 2020. We expect to hire at the Assistant Professor level but are open to considering outstanding candidates at other ranks. We seek candidates whose scholarly and teaching interests include race and ethnic politics in the U.S.  The successful candidate will be prepared to teach a core course in American politics, a course in race and ethnic politics, a course in quantitative or qualitative research methods, and other American politics courses in the candidate’s areas of specialization. 

We are especially interested in candidates whose teaching and research will contribute to the department’s commitment to both diversity and academic excellence. Evidence of teaching experience and excellence as well as the promise of being a productive scholar are critically important.  The teaching load is five courses over two semesters.  By the start date of the position, candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. in Political Science with a sub-field specialization in American politics, but ABD candidates will also be considered with the understanding that the Ph.D. must be completed before the beginning of the second year. 

For additional information and to apply, please go to careers.bucknell.edu. The application should include a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of commitment to diversity, three letters of recommendation, graduate transcripts, sample publications or papers, course evaluations, and sample syllabi relevant to this position.  Questions about the position should be addressed by email to: Professor Scott Meinke at smeinke@bucknell.edu. The review of applications will begin on September 23, 2019.

Candidates who wish to meet for an optional preliminary interview at APSA should email a CV to smeinke@bucknell.edu by August 14 and indicate their expected availability during the conference. 

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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