US Political Behavior and Research Methods

Department of Political Science 

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences 

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in U.S. Political Behavior and Research Methods with strengths in Race & Ethnicity, Political Psychology or Political Communication; additional specialization in Public Opinion is also of interest. The standard teaching load is four courses per academic year. This position will begin August 10, 2016. 

Required qualifications: Earned doctorate in political science at the time of application or degree in hand by August 10, 2016. Candidates must have a clear specialization in one of the central areas of U.S. Political Behavior and demonstrate a strong grounding in Research Methodologies, including facility in quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods. Additionally, successful candidates will have documented effectiveness in both undergraduate and graduate teaching as well as program development to meet the department’s key needs in its B.A. and M.A. programs. 

Desired qualifications: Preference will be given to broadly trained candidates who have grounding and skills in a variety of theoretical, analytical, and methodological approaches to U.S. politics, and who can work with undergraduate and graduate students (at the master’s and doctoral levels) in political science and international studies along with non-majors in core curricular courses. Prior teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level is strongly preferred. 

Interested persons must apply at posting, TR0150068, where they will submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, recent writing sample, teaching evaluations, along with the recent letters of support from three to five academic references. Screening of applications will begin October 25, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. All inquiries can be sent to: Dr. Karen Hult <>, U.S. Political Behavior and Research Methods Search Committee, Department of Political Science, Major Williams Hall, Room 531 (0130), 220 Stanger St., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Individuals with additional questions or with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact the search committee chair. 

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