Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
2020-21 Search in the College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Political Science
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Political Theory

Job Title: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Political Science (Political Theory)

Background: The Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Chicago (LUC) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, for academic year 2021-22.

As part of a University-wide, multiyear hiring initiative designed to diversify the faculty, the department seeks applicants with expertise in Political Theory. We are searching for diverse and qualified applicants whose research contributes to the development of Democratic Theory or explores normative and historical questions regarding Political Justice. Of particular interest is work in areas including, but not limited to, political economy, health or the environment, inequality and distribution, punishment and violence, or identity politics. Innovative research in comparative political theory or the history of political thought will also be prioritized. As an urban-based Department of Political Science dedicated to mentoring a diverse student body, many of whom come from under-represented and under-served populations, we especially encourage applications from candidates from under-represented groups. We also encourage applications from scholars committed to interdisciplinarity (i.e., working with colleagues across different subfields and disciplines) and the successful pursuit of external grants. The successful candidate will be joining a department with more than 20 full-time faculty members, over 600 majors and 100 minors, and four graduate programs (BA/MA, MA/JD, MA, and PhD). For more information about the department, please visit its website at http://www.luc.edu/politicalscience/index.shtml

Duties and Responsibilities: The successful applicant can expect to teach an introductory course on Political Theory on a regular basis; upper-level undergraduate courses on topics such as Democratic Theory, Contemporary Political Thought, and Political Justice on a rotating basis; and the occasional graduate seminar. Successful candidates may also develop special topics courses in conversation with the Department Chair and according to departmental needs. Additionally, they will be expected to support the department's student-related programming and academic advising according to the practices of the department and to serve on departmental and university committees as designated by the Department Chair. The successful candidate is expected to pursue a strong research program, including the pursuit of external grants.

Minimum Qualifications: The candidate will have a Ph.D. in Political Science at the time of appointment. Candidates for the position must clearly demonstrate the potential for excellence in research and teaching and have a record of (or clear potential for) distinguished scholarship, grant-funded research, and student mentorship. Experience working or conducting research in the specialty area of Political Theory is desirable. The candidate should be willing to support the mission of LUC and the goals of a Jesuit Catholic Education.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Candidates should submit to www.careers.luc.edu (1) a brief letter of interest; (2) a current Curriculum Vitae; (3) a statement outlining the applicant’s research agenda; (4) a statement on teaching experience; and (5) a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to mentoring a diverse student body through research, teaching and other channels and engaging a diverse community through scholarship and service. Applicants should also arrange for three recommendations from individuals prepared to speak to their professional qualifications for this position, especially in terms of scholarship, teaching and mentorship, to be submitted electronically to the above website (letter writers will receive an electronic prompt from LUC). Candidates may forward additional materials related to teaching excellence and samples of scholarly publications to:

Robert Mayer, Ph.D., Search Committee Chair
Department of Political Science
Loyola University Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, Illinois 60660
Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.
LUC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty. The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity – including a wide range of individuals who contribute to a robust academic environment – is critical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and services in an increasingly diverse society. Therefore, in holistically accessing the many qualifications of each applicant, we would factor favorably an individual’s record of conduct that includes experience with an array of diverse perspectives, as well as a wide variety of different educational, research or other work activities. Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degrees.

As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver a transformative education in the Jesuit tradition. To learn more about LUC’s mission, candidates should consult our website at www.luc.edu/mission. For information about the university’s focus on transformative education, they should consult our website at www.luc.edu/transformativeed.

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Nora Rybarczyk
[email protected]
Loyola University Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, 60660
773-508-3047