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Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics

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Please submit all application material online. Teaching evaluations should be uploaded to the ‘Other Document #1’ section. If your letters of recommendation will be sent by your placement coordinator, or if any of your references experiences technical issues while uploading their letter, please have them send their letters directly to Contact our office manager, Bill Zachmann, at if you have any questions.

Position Information

Position Information

Faculty Rank Assistant Professor
Posting Number 2017_00521F
Posting Type
Working Title Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics
Title Code 55100
Retirement Plan TRS or ORP
Salary Range Negotiable
Job Summary

The Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia invites applications for a tenure track position in comparative politics at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in the fall of 2018. While we seek a scholar who is broadly trained in the concepts, methods, and approaches used in the study of comparative politics, we are particularly interested in candidates with teaching and research interests in comparative institutionalism.

Through our new Presidential Hiring Initiative, SPIA seeks an expert who advances the Signature Research Theme of “Safeguarding and Sustaining Our World” by focusing on human security and wellbeing in a comparative institutional context. An expert in comparative legislative, judicial or executive institutions is sought, who focuses on how the state and society address threats from terrorism, interstate conflict, refugee or migration flows, climate change, threats to human rights, food security, or energy security. How relevant institutions are sustained, and how they change over time, are of interest.
Candidates are expected to have a demonstrated ability to produce high quality research, show promise of attracting external funding, and be well trained in research methods, broadly defined.

The School of Public and International Affairs, of which the DIA is one of three departments, has two state of the art experimental research laboratories – one for group surveys and experiments; the other for one or two-person observations (with eye-tracking equipment and technology to record skin conductance, heart rate variability, and electromyography). Candidates who can make use of these state-of-the-art research facilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Department of International Affairs is committed to enhancing the diversity of the department and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to these goals are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths and experiences in this area in their cover letter.

Prospective candidates should send a cover letter indicating interest and qualifications, a current curriculum vita, teaching evaluations demonstrating excellence in instruction, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references in electronic form to the UGA Faculty Job site at Questions or hard copies of letters of recommendation can be sent to Bill Zachmann, Department of International Affairs, University of Georgia, Candler Hall 309, Athens, GA 30602 ( Applications received by November 12, 2017 will be assured full consideration.

Georgia is well known for its quality of life both outdoor and urban activities ( UGA ( is a land/sea grant institution located 75 miles northeast of Atlanta.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The Department of International Affairs is committed to enhancing the diversity of the department and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to these goals are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths and experiences in this area in their cover letter. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ( Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.

Minimum Qualifications

The Ph.D. degree in political science or near completion of dissertation is required. For ABD applicants, the degree must be completed by August 1, 2018.

Preferred Qualifications
Degree Level Doctorate
Posting Date 10/09/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Closing Date
Appointment Status Regular
Location of Vacancy Athens Area

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Teaching Portfolio/Philosophy
  2. Research Portfolio/Philosophy
  3. Writing Sample
  4. Unofficial Letters of Recommendation
  5. Other Document #1
  6. Other Document #2
  7. Sample Publications