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

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Wesleyan University:  Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship in Political Theory


The Department of Government at Wesleyan University seeks applicants for a tenure-track position in political theory. The appointment begins July 1, 2021.

Applicants should be prepared to teach the introductory political theory course and other courses in political theory. The teaching load is two courses per semester. Additional duties include advising and mentoring students, carrying on a program of research, participating in faculty governance at the department and university levels, and regularly teaching relevant classes in the College of Social Studies.


To be hired as an Assistant Professor, candidates must have in hand by the time of appointment a Ph.D. in political science or a related field. A successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not yet have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but must complete the Ph.D. in political science or a related field within one year of hire.

Application Instructions

For a complete application, applicants must submit the following documents:

  1. A cover letter;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. graduate school transcripts;
  4. an article-length writing sample (e.g., the first chapter of a dissertation);
  5. a statement about your teaching philosophy and methods;
  6. teaching evaluation statistics or other evidence of teaching effectiveness (but please do not send copies of individual student evaluations);
  7. sample syllabi (if available);
  8. and the email addresses of three referees from whom which may be obtained confidential letters of recommendation (please double-check the accuracy of the email addresses of the referees named to insure that they are the most up-to-date email addresses for each one).

As part of the teaching statement (or cover letter), applicants are invited to describe their cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body.

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Applications received by September 18, 2020, will receive full consideration.



From the school:

Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand.

Our student body of approximately 3,000 undergraduate and 200 graduate students is housed on a beautiful 316-acre historic New England campus that offers the comfort of an intimate and collaborative learning environment supported by renowned faculty, cutting-edge facilities, and unique research opportunities.

With our distinctive scholar-teacher culture, creative programming, and commitment to interdisciplinary learning, Wesleyan challenges students to explore new ideas and change the world. Our graduates go on to lead and innovate in a wide variety of industries, including government, business, entertainment, and science.”

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