The Department of Political Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications for two tenure track, assistant professor positions in American Politics to begin Fall 2016. We are looking for candidates who can support the American politics field in the Ph.D. program. We seek candidates with primary research and teaching interests in American national institutions, (including but not limited to the presidency, Congress, or the federal bureaucracy), and/or mass political behavior (including but not limited to voting, campaigns and elections, political socialization, or political attitudes and opinions). The successful candidates must have strong research skills, including training in quantitative and/or formal methods, and must have a clear research agenda that will lead to publication in peer-reviewed journals. We are particularly interested in applicants who address substantively important questions using rigorous analytical approaches. Preference will be shown for applicants with teaching and research interests that complement existing departmental interests, have a record of extramural funding commensurate with experience, and demonstrate evidence of college/university teaching excellence. The positions are 9-month, tenure-track appointments, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. As a land-grant university, it is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement with society. More information about the Department is available at: The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.


Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their research and teaching experience, a current CV, graduate transcripts, a sample of scholarly writing, and teaching evaluations (if available). All applicants should request letters from three references to be sent directly to the search committee. All the requirements for a Ph.D. in political science must be finished at the time of appointment. All materials should be mailed or sent electronically to: Professor Nathan Kelly, 1001 McClung Tower, Department of Political Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-0410. Review of applications will begin October 5 and will continue until the position is filled. For questions or inquiries, contact Professor Nathan Kelly [].