Currently Available Faculty Positions

Position title: Assistant Professor (American and/or Comparative Politics)

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the assistant professor level for candidates working in the field of political behavior with an emphasis on issues tied to the study of race, ethnicity, and politics. The successful applicant must demonstrate strong theoretical interests, appropriate methodological skills, an active and coherent research agenda as evidenced by conference papers and/or publications, the potential to secure external funding for research, and an interest in and ability to teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop courses in political behavior and race, ethnicity, and politics at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. We are seeking applicants who can, in addition, contribute to the Department’s graduate methods sequence, or contribute to developing and teaching a graduate-level proseminar in American politics. The teaching load for assistant professors is two courses per semester. Completion of the Ph.D. in political science by August 15, 2013 is required.

The Department of Political Science has a faculty of 19 and offers a full range of academic programs (B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.). West Virginia University is designated a “research-high activity” university with more than 29,000 students. The city of Morgantown, which is often ranked among the best small cities in the United States, is conveniently located within driving distance of Pittsburgh, Columbus, Ohio, and Washington, D.C.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of application with a curriculum vita, at least three letters of recommendation, a summary of teaching experience and evaluations, and samples of written work to: Erin Cassese, Chair, Political Behavior/Race Search Committee, Department of Political Science, West Virginia University, Box 6317, Morgantown, WV 26506-6317. Review of applications will begin on October 4, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. Direct questions to the Political Behavior/Race Search Committee Chair (Erin.Cassese@mail.wvu.edu). West Virginia University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and members of underrepresented groups.

Position title: Assistant Professor (American Politics)

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in judicial politics. The successful applicant must demonstrate strong theoretical interests, a broad knowledge of and interest in the diverse approaches to the study of judicial politics, appropriate methodological skills, an active research agenda as evidenced by conference papers and/or publications, a potential to secure external funding for research, and an interest in and ability to teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The teaching load for research-active graduate faculty is two courses per semester. The ability to teach effectively a section of the department’s undergraduate judicial politics introductory course and advanced undergraduate courses on constitutional law and civil liberties, interdisciplinary law and society studies, trial courts, or related topics is required. The successful candidate for the position will have the opportunity to develop a graduate seminar about American constitutional development with a theoretical or substantive focus of her or his choosing. Completion of the Ph.D. in political science by August 15, 2013 is required.

The Department of Political Science has a faculty of 19 and offers a full range of academic programs (B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.). West Virginia University is designated a “research-high activity” university with more than 29,000 students. The city of Morgantown, which is often ranked among the best small cities in the United States, is conveniently located within driving distance of Pittsburgh, Columbus, Ohio, and Washington, D.C.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of application with a curriculum vita, at least three letters of recommendation, a summary of teaching experience and evaluations, and samples of written work to: John Kilwein, Chair, Judicial Politics Search Committee, Department of Political Science, West Virginia University, Box 6317, Morgantown, WV 26506-6317. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. Direct questions to John Kilwein (John.Kilwein@mail.wvu.edu). West Virginia University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and members of underrepresented groups.