UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.
The Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks an established scholar at the full professor or advanced associate professor rank for the Leonard J. Horwitz Professorship in Latin American Politics and Studies. The expected starting date for the appointment is September 1, 2024.
The department is especially interested in candidates with expertise in comparative politics who can build on our past and current strengths in interdisciplinary scholarship. The areas of specialization in comparative politics or related fields are open, but we are particularly interested in innovative scholars in areas that include contentious politics, gender and sexualities, race and ethnicity, indigeneity and colonialism, political economy and development, environmental politics, violence, democracy, and authoritarianism.
Candidates should have a demonstrated track record of outstanding academic scholarship and research, as well as evidence of excellence in teaching. The selected candidate will be expected to offer undergraduate-level Introduction to Comparative Politics and Latin American Politics courses and graduate level courses in their area of expertise, as well as contributing to the training of doctoral students. The selected candidate will also be expected to play a significant role in the Center for Latin, American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies (CLACLS), which promotes research, training, and public engagement on the histories, cultures, and politics of Latin American and Caribbean peoples across the Americas and throughout the world. Fluency in English and command of Spanish or Portuguese is required, as well as field experience in the region.
This is a mid-career or senior-level position, and the candidate will be reviewed for tenure on an expedited basis if the qualifications permit.
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in political science or a closely related field, and a demonstrated record of internationally recognized excellence in Latin American politics and studies.
In order to be reviewed for tenure on an expedited basis, the selected candidate must have at least five (5) years of experience in a tenure-track professorship post in Political Science or related field(s). Candidates should also have a publication record that has earned national and international recognition from scholars in the field, a commitment to teaching excellence, demonstrated ability to secure external funding to develop and strengthen communities of research, learning, and community support, as well as a demonstrated ability to contribute to the intellectual growth of the undergraduate and graduate programs in Political Science and other related fields.
UMASS Amherst has a long-established and active, interdisciplinary community of scholars and students in Latin American studies. Outstanding resources of support include the Center for Latin, American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies (CLACLS) and the Five College Consortium, connecting faculty across our neighboring colleges of Amherst College, Hampshire, Mt Holyoke, and Smith Colleges. Many of our faculty and students are also connected to Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies, and to the Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) programs through the consortium.
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