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Assistant Professor, International Affairs

Western Kentucky University
Plum Springs, KY
Closing date
Jul 1, 2023

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Location: Bowling Green, KY Category: Faculty Posted On: Wed Nov 2 2022 Job Description:
The Department of Political Science at Western Kentucky University (WKU) invites applications for a nine-month, traditional-track, tenure-eligible, International Affairs faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with a begin date of August 2023.
Teaching responsibilities include lower- and upper- level courses in comparative and international politics. The department seeks a candidate who will (a) expand the department's regional expertise beyond its existing strengths in East Asia and the Middle East and (b) augment thematic offerings by being able to offer courses in areas such as: democratization, authoritarianism, international law, international development, and international political economy. Preferred qualifications include contributing to the department's offerings in research methods and/or elective courses in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.
Other responsibilities include conducting and publishing research in comparative and/or international politics, The successful candidate will have a productive research agenda and effectively teach introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses in Comparative and International Politics. Additionally, applicants must be willing to advise and mentor students, and engage in appropriate department, university, and professional service including participation in retention and department recruitment efforts.
The Department is committed to increasing the diversity of the University community and to improving the quality of life for students of multicultural backgrounds through a welcoming and supportive environment. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths or experiences in this area.
The Department of Political Science offers Bachelor's degrees in Political Science, International Affairs, Professional Legal Studies, Legal Studies, and Philosophy and a Master's degree in Public Administration. The department currently has over 275 undergraduate majors matriculating through its programs. For more information on our department and our programs, please visit our website at
Job Requirements:
- Ph.D. in Political Science, International Relations, or related field at the time of appointment.
- Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and active program of scholarly research.
Additional Information:
Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.
Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy and practice of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all individuals. In accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, no form of discrimination or harassment will be tolerated at WKU on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices.
Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO). To request an accommodation, report/express a complaint, or ask questions regarding WKU''s Discrimination and Harassment Policy (#0.2040), please contact Mr. Joshua Hayes, EEO Director/Title IX Investigator/University ADA Coordinator, via email at or by phone at (270) 745-5121.
The University is also required to investigate complaints of sex and gender-based harassment, also a form of discrimination, and has designated the Title IX Coordinator as the individual responsible for coordinating the investigation and response to such complaints. The Title IX Coordinator for the University is Ms. Ena Demir, who can be contacted via email at or by phone at (270) 745-6867. Additional information regarding Title IX is accessible via WKU's website.
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