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IR or Comparative Politics TT Professorship at Colby

The Department of Government at Colby College invites applications for a tenure-track position in international relations and/or comparative politics with a focus on conflict and human security, starting in the fall of 2024. Possible strengths might include human rights, the intersection between climate change and conflict, migration and refugees, gender and sexuality, and/or global health. We are particularly interested in candidates whose work analyzes human security within the Global South, or in the connections between the Global South and the Global North. We welcome candidates whose regional expertise can complement our department’s existing strengths in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East, and who can contribute to important interdisciplinary programs on campus.

Colby is a highly selective liberal arts college located in Central Maine with high standards for teaching and research. Our students are motivated, intellectually curious, and easily engaged in the classroom and in independent research. Our department faculty have active research agendas and receive generous support from the college, including a pre-tenure sabbatical during the fourth year, start-up and travel funds, divisional research grant opportunities, and department funded student research assistants. The teaching load at Colby is 4.5 courses per year.

We seek highly qualified candidates who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and who are committed to working with an increasingly diverse student body. The successful applicant will teach Introduction to International Relations, and either an introductory comparative politics course or an introductory course in research methods, as well as additional courses chosen in consultation with the department chair.

Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in political science by September 1, 2024. The successful candidate will provide evidence of excellence in teaching a diverse student body and present a strong and on-going research program that is open to the inclusion of undergraduates. The college and the department are committed to enhancing the diversity and inclusivity of the campus community and the curriculum; candidates who can contribute to these goals are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in these areas when they apply.

Applicants should submit the following materials: a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a statement outlining the candidate’s research agenda, a recent sample of scholarly writing, a statement expressing the candidate’s teaching experience and philosophy, course descriptions and/or syllabi for three proposed courses, evidence of teaching excellence, a graduate school transcript, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Please submit all of these materials via Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/132183. Review of applications will begin October 1, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about this position should be directed to:
government-chs-search@colby.edu.

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes personnel decisions on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Colby’s educational objectives and institutional needs. The principle of not discriminating on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, caste, national or ethnic origin, marital status, genetic information, political beliefs, veteran or military status, parental status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, physical or mental disability unrelated to the job or course of study requirements is consistent with the mission of a liberal arts college and the law.

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