Virginia Commonwealth University — Assistant Professor: (Tenure-Eligible, Political Science)

The Department of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University is seeking applications for a tenure eligible faculty position at the Assistant Professor rank to begin August 2018.

The Department of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University is seeking applications for a tenure track faculty position to begin August 2018 to support the Department’s teaching and research mission in the area of American Politics with expertise in American Institutions (especially, Congress), and Contemporary Political Theory. In addition to subfield expertise in Congress, specialization(s) in gender, race, sexuality, class, and/or ethnicity politics is preferred.  The successful candidate will also be able to teach our undergraduate and graduate level research methods.

The faculty member will be central to the political science department’s concentrations in U.S. Government, Civil and Human Rights, Politics and Government, Policy and Administration, Political Theory & Methodology, among others.  We are seeking active researchers who study issues related to the U.S. Congress and/or American Political Theory.

In addition to the faculty member’s research responsibilities, the teaching responsibilities will include courses at the undergraduate level in her/his areas of specialization, as well as providing support to the Department’s core curriculum and general education requirements, including Introduction to American Politics, Introduction to Political Theory, and Senior Seminar, a 400-level Capstone course.  Specifically, this candidate will teach courses in legislative politics, advanced research methods, and political theory.  The ability to teach courses in Contemporary Political Theory (e.g., Black Political Thought, Feminist Theory, Queer Political Theory) is preferred, but not required.  This position also includes an expectation of service to the Department.

The faculty member will serve on departmental, College, and/or University committees as necessary, as well as in a professional capacity in their field, e.g., reviewer, conference organizer, etc.


  • PhD in political science or closely related field at the time of employment
  • Demonstrated expertise and potential for publication in the faculty area of research
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU


  1. Cover Letter
  2. Three Letters of Recommendation
  3. CV/Resume
  4. Statement of Teaching Interests
  5. Statement of Research Interests
  6. Teaching Evaluations (Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness)
  7. Graduate Transcript (unofficial is accepted)
  8. Writing Sample
  9. Statement on Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Only electronic applications will be accepted. Please apply online at Please submit the required documents with your online application (please submit statements of interests, teaching evaluations, graduate transcript, statement on Diversity, and writing sample as one single PDF under “Other Documents”).  Questions should be directed to Dr. Alexandra Reckendorf at Application deadline is December 15, 2017. Start date will be August 16, 2018.

 As an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, VCU promotes the full realization of employment opportunity for all persons, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans.   Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.