Job: Assistant Professor of Political Science at Virginia Tech

Josette Torres josette at
Tue Sep 18 17:33:32 UTC 2012

Job listing at Virginia Tech sent at the request of Tim Luke. Please forward to interested colleagues. Thank you.


Environmental Politics, Policy, and Ethics 
Department of Political Science 
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences 
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a tenure-track position of assistant professor in North American, Anglo-American, or advanced industrialized government and politics with strengths in environmental politics, policy, and ethics; additional specializations in sustainability and urban development or climate change adaptation and social resilience with respect to their regulatory, legal, institutional, or economic impact also are of interest. This position will begin August 10, 2013. 

Required qualifications: Earned doctorate in government, political science, public policy, or a closely related field at the time of application or degree in hand by August 10, 2013. Candidates must have a clear teaching specialization and research program in one of the central areas of environmental ethics, policy, and politics in the U.S. ideally as these issues relate to transnational, global or cross-national comparisons. Demonstrated effectiveness in both undergraduate and graduate teaching is necessary to meet the department's key teaching needs in its own B.A. and M.A. programs as well as its allied interdisciplinary PhD programs in the social sciences. Teaching requirements for this position will be four courses a year, including undergraduate and graduate courses on a regular (annual or biennial) basis. 

Desired qualifications: Preference will be given to broadly trained candidates who have grounding and skills in a variety of theoretical, analytical, and methodological approaches to the workings of U.S. government and politics as they relate to environmental politics, policy, and ethics, and who can work with undergraduate and graduate students (at the master's and doctoral levels) in political science and international studies along with non-majors in core curricular courses. Prior teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level is preferred as well as familiarity with on-line instructional techniques. Proven success with sponsored research contracts and grants tied to the position’s key research foci also is preferred.

Interested persons must apply at posting #0122220 where they will submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, recent writing samples, teaching evaluations, along with letters of support from three to five academic references. Screening of applications will begin October 15, 2012, and continue until the position is filled. All inquiries can be sent to: Professor Timothy W. Luke, <twluke at>, Chair, Environmental Politics, Policy, and Ethics Search Committee, Department of Political Science, 531 Major Williams Hall (0130), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Individuals with additional questions or with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process also should contact the search committee chair. 

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Agency Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to diversity and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates, including women, veterans, minorities and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the Chair of the Search Committee or the Virginia Tech Relay Service, 1-800-828-1129.


Josette Torres
Instructor, Department of Political Science
Manager, Center for Digital Discourse and Culture
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
josette at

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