The Davidson College Political Science Department invites applications for a tenure-track position in comparative and/or international politics at the assistant professor level.
Read the full job description and apply online by September 20, 2017. The position will begin July 1, 2018.
Davidson College, located 20 miles from Charlotte, NC, is strongly committed to achieving excellence and inclusivity. We welcome applications from women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and others who bring additional dimensions to the college's mission.
The Political Science department at Davidson aspires to offer one of the best undergraduate educations in politics in the country. Political Science has consistently been the largest major at Davidson College over the past ten years, with 12-15 percent of graduating seniors majoring in Political Science. Seventy-one majors graduated in 2016, 65 in 2017, and 82 are currently rising seniors.
The Political Science curriculum prepares students for a wide range of careers. Our alumni populate high-level positions in the government and in international organizations, are CEOs and innovative entrepreneurs in the private sector, and are civic leaders in the non-profit sector.
Our majors have won numerous national awards and fellowships, and count among the college's most successful graduates. Since 1995, we have produced a Rhodes Scholar, a Marshall Scholar, multiple Truman Scholars, a Pickering Fellow, a Luce Scholar, numerous Fulbright Scholarship recipients, and multiple Watson Fellows.
In our most recent graduating class ('17), one Political Science senior earned the Smith Scholarship (the top academic award at the college, providing a year of study in the UK for post-graduate work), and another earned a Truman Scholarship. Our alumni have been accepted at top graduate programs and law schools in the country, including, since 2004, Harvard, Princeton, Johns Hopkins-SAIS, University of Pennsylvania, Duke, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, Ohio State, Emory, and the University of Toronto.
The department is currently composed of 11 tenured or tenure track instructors. The department's instructors have won five college and state teaching awards since 1990. The faculty has produced 18 books since 2000, and has published articles in top political science journals, including the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, International Security, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Democracy, Orbis, Political Theory, Polity, and Democratization. Many of the political science faculty are also members of interdisciplinary majors or programs, including Environmental Studies, Africana Studies, Chinese Studies, Latin American Studies, the Humanities program, and the first-year writing course program. This gives the department a strong inter-disciplinary flavor that encourages students to integrate the study of politics with other fields of inquiry.
Classes in Political Science are built around a variety of pedagogical approaches, but all involve extensive student discussion and debate, and significant analytic writing exercises. Flexible requirements allow multiple paths through the major. Students can focus on theory, American Politics, or Global Politics while gaining a comprehensive exposure to the discipline of political science.
We typically offer 50-55 courses per academic year. Courses range from the philosophical ("Foundations of Liberalism") to the technical ("Methods and Statistics") to the practical ("Philanthropy and the Non-Profit Sector"). Seminars are typically more narrowly focused, allowing students and faculty to explore issues in a small group setting. Examples of recent seminar topics include "Politics of Reproduction," "State-building and Peacebuilding," "Society, Politics, and the Law," "Citizens, Consumers, and the Environment," and "Politics of the Supreme Court."
Since 1982, the department has offered Davidson students an opportunity to take on summer internships in Washington D.C. while earning two course credits in evening classes with a department member. The Davidson in Washington Program is a highly sought after experience for our majors, and has been a gateway to full-time employment in the capital for many students. Evening seminars in Washington are structured around guest speakers, and have included eminent figures such as Francis Fukumaya, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, Jim Zogby, Nicholas Kristof, and Congressman John Spratt.
Most of our majors study abroad at some point in their years at Davidson, and many engage in more than one overseas educational experience. In addition to conventional semester and year abroad study programs, our majors take advantage of numerous funding sources at the College—the Dean Rusk International Studies Program, Abernethy Grants, and Kemp Program scholarships, among others—to finance summer experiential learning abroad.
Our faculty looks to engage in collaborative research with our students as opportunities arise. Since 2000, we have co-authored over two dozen book chapters, journal articles, and academic conference papers with current or recent majors.
Many of the Political Science faculty play an active role in the policy world, and make use of that experience in the classroom. Faculty have worked on Capitol Hill in both the Senate and House of Representatives, in a U.N. Peace Operation, on the staff of the National Security Council, in the Department of Defense, at the U.S. Army War College, and in consultancies with the Department of State, USAID, the World Bank, the World Wildlife Fund, and UNICEF. Department members have testified before Congress on eight occasions.
We also produce policy-oriented research and advocacy through a number of think-tanks and foundations, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and the US-China Foundation. We maintain an active role in radio and TV news media as well. Department members have appeared on CNN-International, BBC, NPR's All Things Considered, NPR's The Diane Rehm Show, MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, Fox News, Al Jazeera, PBS News Hour, NPR's Charlotte Talks, and Charlotte NBC affiliate WCNC.
The department alumni are an important part of our success. They maintain strong links to the college and the department, and have been exceptionally helpful in communicating internship and job opportunities, giving career advice to current students, and serving as speakers on campus and in our Davidson in Washington Program.