University of Utah — Assistant Professor, International Relations

The Department of Political Science at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in International Relations at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2022. This is a position in International Relations with a focus on 1) international organizations (IOs), global governance, and/or international institutions, this includes 2) organizations and institutions such as but not limited to the United Nations, the European Union, the World Health Organization, the Association of Southeast Asian Natioins, the African Union, and the Organization of American States, or other regional organizations; with 3) potential themes including global public health, international human rights, and/or security (broadly defined) as an additional emphasis within IOs. We welcome applicants from all approaches to these topics, including those using gender, race, class and/or historical perspectives. The successful candidate will have expertise and substantial training in interpretive, qualitative, and/or quantitative methods, a record of research productivity, and a willingness to contribute to interdisciplinary research and teaching. We expect the successful candidate to add to the College of Social and Behavioral Science’s and the Political Science department’s strengths in seeking and attracting external funding grant potential. The CSBS is home to NEXUS, an interdisciplinary research institute for researchers across the University of Utah who desire to collaborate on research projects concerning society’s grand challenges.

The Department of Political Science is committed to removing barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented groups, strives to recruit faculty who will further enhance our diversity, and makes every attempt to support their academic, professional, and personal success while they are here. Enhancing the diversity of our faculty to better represent diversity within the field of political science, as well as our diverse body of political science majors and students, is part of the department’s strategic plan. The Department has a history of mentoring Assistant Professors from underrepresented groups and providing a supporitive environment for attaining their academic and professional goals and milestones. The University of Utah recognizes that a diverse faculty benefits and enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community.

Applications should include a cover letter detailing research and teaching interests and experience, a CV, a writing sample, and three references who can be contacted for letters of recommendation. As part of the cover letter, we invite you to describe how your work and other experiences contribute to the success of underrepresented students. The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students. Applications should be submitted by a best consideration date of September 24, 2021, although those received after this date will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Applications should be filed using the online system at

The University of Utah has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the 115 research universities with the “highest research activity” in the nation and is the flagship of the Utah System of Higher Education. The University is located in Salt Lake City at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. It includes the Bennion Center, a community engagement hub at the University of Utah that inspires and mobilizes people to strengthen communities through learning, scholarship, and advocacy. Salt Lake City offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation, with ten world-class ski resorts and five national parks within hours of the city. It is the home to a number of vibrant international groups and organizations, such as the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy. Salt Lake City is the center of a metropolitan area with a population of approximately one million residents, has extensive arts and cultural activities, and has a major international airport with a Delta Airlines hub and direct flights to most U.S. cities and direct international flights to Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Mexico City. The area has received international recognition for its new light rail system, foodie culture, downtown renewal, and increasing diversity. In 2017, U.S News and World report ranked Salt Lake City as the 10th best place to live in the nation.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.