University of Pittsburgh — GSPIA Assistant Professor (Tenure-Stream), International Affairs & Intelligence

The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a tenure-stream faculty position at the assistant professor level in the field of international affairs with a focus on intelligence studies, broadly defined, to begin in the fall term of 2021.

Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in history, international affairs/relations, political science, public affairs, public policy, social psychology, or related field by the time of hire with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. The successful candidate will have both research and teaching interests related to intelligence while also having the capacity to contribute to GSPIA’s core teaching in public and international affairs. While expertise in intelligence (e.g., comparative intelligence, the U.S. intelligence community or intelligence services/leaders/operations around the world, national security organizational processes, bureaucratic politics, cybersecurity, big data, artificial intelligence) is required, we seek candidates with interdisciplinary interests and whose research and teaching complement existing strengths of the School. To that end, our ideal candidate will have broader research and teaching interests; examples could include areas such as international security, foreign policy, human security, international organizations and law, migration, NGOs and non-state actors, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, among other specialties. Applications from candidates with specific regional expertise (e.g., East Asia, Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Russia and Eastern Europe) are especially welcome. Theoretical and methodological approaches are open.

As a School devoted to public service and to the values of liberty, equality, and justice, GSPIA is committed to helping realize the vision of a more equitable and inclusive society. We embrace the diversity of experience of all members of our community, including those arising from differences of race, gender and gender identity, ethnicity, abilities/disabilities, age, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, socioeconomic status, geographic region, migrant/immigrant/refugee status, and veteran status. Our goal is a diverse, cosmopolitan community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, will contribute to advancing this goal. Applicants are encouraged to address these issues in their application materials.

GSPIA is a dynamic, multidisciplinary school with a top-ranked international affairs degree program and a highly successful security and intelligence studies major. The successful applicant will have many opportunities for collaboration within the school and across the University, including with research centers such as the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, Ford Institute for Human Security, Center for Analytical Approaches to Social Innovation, Center for Governance and Markets, Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership, the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security, and the University Center for International Studies, which houses several federally-funded area studies centers.

Additional questions for the position may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Luke Condra at

Questions about the application process may be directed to Kaytlynn Pierra at

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, a writing sample for consideration, and three letters of recommendation. The cover letter should address research interests, relevant teaching interests and experience, and plans to address diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching, and service. Application files must be submitted through Pitt’s Talent Center site, but letters of recommendation can be emailed directly to Kaytlynn Pierra at Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2021 to receive full consideration.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity.