Georgetown University — Core Faculty position in Comparative Politics, open rank (Assistant, Associate or Full Professor)



Open Date

Sep 11, 2022


Nov 15, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


Georgetown University in Qatar invites applications for a core faculty position in Comparative Politics, open rank (Assistant, Associate or Full Professor).

Applications from candidates with a geographic specialization in one or more of Europe; East / South East / Central Asia; or Russia, are especially encouraged. The successful candidate will be able to teach the required undergraduate course in Comparative Political Systems and the course on Scope & Methods in Political Science, as well as upper-level electives. Ability to teach, and mentor, quantitative research in politics and international relations, will be an advantage.

The successful applicant will take their place at a top-ranking research institution, and will have as colleagues a team of internationally-recognized scholars. GU-Q was established in 2005 alongside eight other elite international universities in Education City in partnership with Qatar Foundation. GU-Q is an integral part of Georgetown University, delivering the renowned School of Foreign Service's Bachelor in Foreign Service: a liberal arts program offering majors in International Politics, International History, Culture and Politics, and International Economics. Several MA programs are in development. Degrees are issued by Georgetown University. GU-Q is a research-focused, student-oriented institution with a globally competitive research and publications record; it houses its own Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS). We value interdisciplinarity. Faculty and students also benefit from the opportunities offered by the wider academic eco-system of Education City.

Core faculty positions are full-time positions designed to replicate the institutional commitment to academic freedom and professional opportunities associated with tenure-track and tenured appointments, in conformity/compliance with Georgetown University's academic governance guidelines.

The teaching load for core faculty is 2-2. Assistant Professors are eligible for a one-semester fully-paid Junior Faculty Research Fellowship, typically taken in the third or fourth year of service at GU-Q. Senior faculty are eligible for a research semester after 6 years of service. GU-Q provides generous research support and support for conference travel. Faculty at Georgetown University in Qatar are eligible to apply for Qatar National Priorities Research Program grants from the Qatar National Research Fund. QNRF also offers competitive research grants for early-career scholars. GU-Q boasts best-in-class teaching facilities including a Global Classroom for classes joining students in Washington, D.C. and Doha.

Qatar offers a diverse, safe and family-friendly environment. Ranked the safest country in the world in 2020, it is connected by direct flights to over 160 destinations in 90 countries. The iconic new National Library, adjacent to GU-Q in Education City and designed by Rem Koolhaas, provides free membership to all faculty and students. Public parks, beaches, sports facilities, museums, cafes and restaurants abound, and a state-of-the-art metro system connects all parts of Doha and nearby locations (see Education City has its own extensive sports facilities.

Compensation is very competitive in relation to the US academic market and even more so to that of the UK and Europe. It includes an annual summer research stipend for active scholars, amounting to 2/9 of the base salary. The expatriate benefits package includes: fully-furnished high-quality housing, transportation allowance, annual family home leave allowance, health insurance (worldwide coverage), generous private school tuition support for accompanying children, etc.

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Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of three scholarly references via Interfolio. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

Applications should be submitted by 15 November 2022 to ensure full consideration. Initial interviews will be conducted virtually in late November/early December, to arrive at a final shortlist. Candidates shortlisted will, Covid-regulations permitting, be flown out to GU-Q in Doha (Business Class) for a 3-day visit in mid-January 2023 to present their research and teaching, discover GU-Q and Doha (including options for accommodation and schools where relevant), and get to know our students, staff and faculty.

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Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.