Assistant Professor of American Political Behavior

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Classification Information

Classification Title Assistant Professor of American Political Behavior
Department Politics
FLSA Status Exempt (Overtime exemption status is determined at the time of hire based on the rate of pay)
Work Schedule
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Appointment Regular
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Primary Function

The Department of Politics at The University of the South seeks applications for a tenure-track position in American politics, specializing in political behavior, to begin August 2018. Advanced scholars are encouraged to apply with some consideration given to faculty who are tenured or on the tenure track. The Department is also hiring for a tenure-track position in political theory, so academic couples are welcome to apply.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities

The teaching load for this position is five courses per year. The successful candidate will teach American Government and Politics and upper division courses. Candidates should be able to offer courses in political behavior, such as campaigns and elections, media, and parties and interest groups, as well as specialized courses exploring issues of identity and diversity regarding race, ethnicity, gender, and/or sexual orientation. An ability to teach quantitative methods is a plus.

Job Specifications/Position Qualifications (minimum)


A Ph.D. in political science is required. ABDs must possess the degree by the time of appointment.


The successful candidate will show evidence of effective classroom teaching and a commitment to scholarly research and publication.

Special Instructions

Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief writing sample, sample syllabi, course evaluations, graduate transcript (unofficial accepted), and at least three letters of recommendation* through the application portal. To be considered for an interview at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, applications must be received by August 15, 2017. For full consideration, applications must be received by September 30, 2017.

*Letters of recommendation may be submitted electronically directly from the referees or via dossier services to Kristen Kleinfeld, Assistant for Finance and Administration, at

Work Environment

Physical Requirements and Work Conditions

Work is primarily performed in an office, classroom, lecture hall, auditorium, laboratory, and other University facilities.

University Employment Information

University Information

The University of the South comprises a well-regarded College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a distinguished School of Theology. It is an institution of the Episcopal Church that welcomes individuals of all backgrounds. The University is located on a striking, 13,000-acre campus on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau.

EEO Statement

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Employment Prescreening Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening
Non-Discrimination Statement

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Transcripts
  3. CV
  4. Syllabi
  5. Teaching Evaluation
  6. Writing Sample
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation 1
  2. Letter of Recommendation 2
  3. Letter of Recommendation 3
  4. Letter of Recommendation 4
  5. Letter of Recommendation 5
  6. Miscellaneous 1
  7. Miscellaneous 2