Assistant Professor of Political Science

Sweet Briar College
  • Location
    Sweet Briar, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 13

Position description

Sweet Briar is a liberal arts college for women with a long history of forging female leaders. Sweet Briar College is repeatedly named by the U.S. News and World Report as one of the most innovative liberal arts colleges in the nation.  Sweet Briar College is growing rapidly, attracting students who are drawn to it for its excellent liberal arts program, coupled with distinctive programs in women leadership, engineering, sustainability, arts and its legendary equestrian program. Its finances are robust, and validated by balanced budget and positive bond ratings.

Located in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains approximately 12 miles north of Lynchburg and 54 miles south of Charlottesville. Its campus is one of the nation’s most spectacular, replete with nature sanctuaries, lakes, forests, trails, and most recently, vineyards, apiary and greenhouses.

The College boasts a modern core curriculum focused on women's leadership in the 21st century and undergraduate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities, as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching. It is one of only two women’s colleges in the United States with an ABET-accredited engineering degree. The women’s leadership core curriculum is innovative and energizing.

When students graduate, they are persuasive communicators who know how to think on their feet and bring people together. No matter what they study or where they go, Sweet Briar women are prepared to lead. The campus community is a family of faculty, staff, coaches, and alumnae who support and encourage students and each other. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, students lead research, ask questions and forge supportive relationships with faculty that can last for decades.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Sweet Briar College is committed to enhancing our community and encourages applications from qualified individuals with varied backgrounds, experiences and ideas who would increase the diversity of the College.

Job Title:   Assistant Professor of Political Science

Classification:  Full-time, benefits eligible, tenure-track faculty position

Reports To: Social Sciences and Humanities Division Head

Job Summary/Objective:

Sweet Briar College invites applications for full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Political Science beginning Fall 2024. We are seeking candidates with expertise in a wide range of fields including comparative politics, international relations, state and local politics, political theory, and American politics; we are particularly interested in candidates whose research and teaching interests are interdisciplinary both within political science and across the social sciences.  Our teaching load is 3 course equivalents per semester. The College’s academic calendar, with immersive three-week terms bookending traditional 12-week terms, creates an opportunity for innovative courses to take advantage of close student faculty interactions and collaboration across disciplines. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to make contributions to our women’s leadership and core curriculum.

Candidates ready to work with a diverse student body are especially welcome. Sweet Briar prides itself on creating a learning environment that encourages young women to fulfill their highest potential. Leadership in all walks of life is fostered by the special connections our faculty make with their students, and Sweet Briar women translate their academic experiences into interesting and important lives.


Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Political Science, International Relations or equivalent discipline (exceptional all but degree candidates will be considered);
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching; 
  • Demonstrated interest in working across disciplines and engaging in collaborative scholarship, teaching, and service; and 
  • Excellent communication skills.

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