Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
The Department of Political Science and the Kellogg Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Virginia Tech invite applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate for this position will be a regular faculty member in the Department of Political Science and a PPE Core Faculty member in the Kellogg Center.
We seek applications from outstanding political scientists and philosophers in the analytic tradition who are, or promise to be, active members of the PPE community. The desired research and teaching specialization for this position is in theory-driven formal research methods (in particular game theory, public choice theory, and/or social choice theory) that focus on U.S. political institutions and practices, particularly those tied to foundational questions in political economy and institutional process in the U.S. The successful candidate must have a promising interdisciplinary research agenda in PPE (demonstrated through dissertation work, publications in leading outlets in PPE, and/or work in progress) that allows research collaborations with PPE Core Faculty.
This position includes research, teaching, and service responsibilities. Teaching responsibilities include regular courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Department of Political Science (especially theory-driven formal research methods courses) and core courses for the PPE degree programs that the Kellogg Center oversees (including introductory, gateway, and capstone courses in PPE). The standard teaching load is four courses per academic year.
In their cover letter, candidates must explain how they meet the qualifications for this position and clarify existing experience in PPE. We value candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment through teaching, research, and/or service. Members of groups historically underrepresented in the professoriate are especially encouraged to apply.
The starting date for this position is August 10, 2022. A Ph.D. in Political Science or PPE-related field is required by the time of appointment. Occasional travel to national conferences is required. The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check. Salary competitive.
Ph.D. in Political Science or PPE-related field by appointment start date.
Research specialization in theory-driven formal research methods (in particular game theory, public choice theory, and/or social choice theory) that focus on U.S. political institutions and practices, particularly those tied to foundational questions in political economy and institutional process in the U.S.
Evidence of research excellence and interdisciplinary research agenda in PPE.
Potential for research collaborations with PPE Core Faculty.
Ability to teach PPE core courses (in particular PPE introduction, gateway, and capstone courses).
Evidence of teaching effectiveness to meet the teaching needs (especially theory-driven formal research methods courses) at the B.A. and M.A. levels of the Department of Political Science.
Occasional travel to national conferences is required.
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.
Active member of the PPE community (evidenced by association with PPE programs and attendance of PPE-related conferences, workshops, etc.).
October 11, 2021
Interested persons must apply at www.jobs.vt.edu, Job No. 517459, where they will submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, writing sample, graduate transcript, and teaching dossier. As part of the online application process, applicants will be asked to provide the contact information for at least three confidential letters of recommendation that must be uploaded by the letter writers. Interviews via Zoom. Complete applications received by October 11, 2021, can expect full consideration. All inquiries should be sent to the co-chairs of this search: Timothy W. Luke (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Michael Moehler (email@example.com).
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination.
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