Apply Now: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Political Theory at Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Political Theory


The Political Science Department at Southern Methodist University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in Political Theory, starting Fall 2024.

Teaching responsibilities include an introductory course in political theory, a history of political thought sequence, and upper-level courses reflecting the candidate’s expertise. Candidates with clear and well-developed research and teaching interests in the nexus between equality and liberty, especially in political-economic relationships, are particularly encouraged to apply.


Minimum qualifications include a completed Ph.D. in political science (required at the time of the appointment), experience with teaching undergraduate students in political science, and a detailed research agenda.

To Apply

Please submit the following at

  1. a cover letter discussing research interests and projects as well as teaching experience and pedagogical philosophy;
  2. a current curriculum vitae;
  3. samples of course materials and student evaluations;
  4. and at least two letters of recommendation.

For more information and to apply, click here >>

To ensure full consideration for the position, the application packet must be received by March 12, 2024, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.



From the department:

The Political Science Department at Southern Methodist University is currently a faculty of fifteen administering programs in political science, international studies, and public policy for approximately 300 diverse undergraduate majors and minors. Faculty research interests include American political institutions and actors, public policy, comparative politics and area studies in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Russia, and international affairs and national security. Faculty are active in the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute and have access to the resources of the John G. Tower Center for Public Policy and International Affairs.

SMU is a nationally-ranked, private, non-sectarian research institution located in one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas. Departmental faculty are part of an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community of internationally recognized scholars across the humanities, social sciences, mathematical sciences, engineering, and business. We offer the rare confluence of a comprehensive global research institution and a close-knit intellectual enterprise in the liberal arts tradition.

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