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Department of Politics and International Affairs at Furman University: Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Political Thought


The  Department of Politics and International Affairs at Furman University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Political Thought at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor to begin in the fall of 2021.

The candidate’s teaching responsibilities will include Introduction to Political Thought and upper-level Political Thought courses. The position is open to all specialties in political thought, and the ideal candidate should complement the department’s existing strengths in that subfield and other areas of political science. The candidate must demonstrate the potential for superb teaching, including the ability to work with a diverse population of students, and excellence in scholarship. The Politics and International Affairs Department is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to being “a community in which every member is treated with dignity, and all are welcomed to participate in the life of the department and in the respectful exploration of ideas,” and the candidate should show interest in and aptitude for contributing to this endeavor. The teaching load is five courses per academic year. A Ph.D. is required by August 1, 2021.

Application Instructions

A complete application must include the following:

  1. a letter of interest containing a statement of teaching philosophy and research agenda;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. sample course syllabi and teaching evaluations;
  4. a copy of graduate transcript(s);
  5. a sample(s) of professional writing (published, single-authored work preferred);
  6. and a statement describing how their teaching, scholarship, mentoring and/or service might contribute to a liberal arts college community that includes a commitment to diversity as one of its core values.

Additionally, applicants should ask three recommenders to submit letters of recommendation to Politics and International Affairs Department Assistant Lori Schoen via interfolio (

Please contact the chairperson of the search committee, Benjamin Storey, at, with any questions you may have.

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The application deadline is February 1, 2021.



About the school and its location:

Furman University is a selective private liberal arts and sciences college committed to helping students develop intellectually, personally, and interpersonally and providing the practical skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly-changing world. Furman professors are exceptional teacher-scholars who mentor undergraduate students within a campus community that values and encourages diverse ideas and perspectives. The school’s recently-launched strategic vision, The Furman Advantage, promises students an individualized four-year pathway facilitated by team of mentors and infused with a rich and varied set of high impact experiences outside the classroom that include undergraduate research, study away, internships, community-focused learning, and opportunities to engage across differences.

Furman is located in Greenville, South Carolina, which is one of the fastest growing cities in the Southeast and is ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine. The charming downtown features excellent restaurants, in-town parks, shops, museums, galleries, music venues, and theaters. The city also has excellent public and private schools and a vibrant international community. A 20-mile bike and running trail connects the university to Greenville and to Travelers Rest, which was named “one of America’s coolest small towns.” The surrounding area abounds with outdoor recreational activities and has some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers, and mountains in the country. Greenville is within easy reach of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Atlantic Beaches. The newly renovated Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, located just 25 minutes from downtown, runs daily flights to major cities and airline hubs. Greenville is 2 1/2 hours from Atlanta and only one hour from Asheville, North Carolina. It is an ideal place to live and work.

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