Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations (tenure-track)

Saint Michael's College
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About the Job

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations

Saint Michael’s College seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor starting in August 2024 to teach in the Political Science and International Relations Department and in the Criminology Program. The position requires a candidate with a Ph.D. in-hand by Aug 2024, or ABD with Ph.D. to be completed within six months of appointment.

The ideal candidate will have experience in research or teaching on racism and racial justice. The position requires teaching Introduction to American National Politics, Quantitative Research Methods, and Criminal Justice, a required course with a focus on racism and racial injustice. Additional upper-level Political Science and Criminology electives and capstone seminars will draw from the candidate’s expertise. The ability to teach courses such as American Constitutional Law, Congress, and/or the Presidency and courses that emphasize intersectional approaches to race and racism would be a strength. The teaching load is three courses a semester. The College seeks teacher-scholars who are committed to excellence in teaching and peer-reviewed scholarship. Junior faculty have access to summer funding, support for domestic and international conference travel, and reimbursement for research expenses. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate teaching and be supportive of the mission of Saint Michael’s College.

Our lived experience impacts how we self-assess our skills, experience, and qualifications. In particular, data and statistics have shown that candidates who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, women, people from working-class backgrounds, people with disabilities, and others with minoritized and marginalized identities may not apply to jobs when they do not believe they meet 100% of the requirements and expected responsibilities listed in the job descriptions. Some responsibilities and skills are teachable and can be learned on the job. If you can imagine yourself in this position, bringing value to our students and community and meeting most of what we are looking for, please apply.

Benefits include health, dental, vision, employer paid life and disability insurance, voluntary life, critical illness and accident insurance options, parental leave, flexible spending accounts (healthcare and dependent care), 401(k), employee and dependent tuition benefits, employee assistance program, well-being programs and opportunities, discounted gym membership, paid volunteer time, use of the athletic facilities and the library, and countless opportunities to attend presentations, lectures, and other campus activities.


Applicants must have the following:

  • A Ph.D. in-hand by Aug 2024, or ABD with Ph.D. to be completed within six months of appointment
  • Teaching experience with demonstrated evidence of teaching excellence preferred
  • Demonstrated willingness to collaborate and actively engage in department, program, and college events and meetings; program assessment; on-campus student recruitment; open houses; and student academic advising

An offer of employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Application Instructions:

Please be prepared to attach the following documents after clicking on Apply Now button:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A cover letter
  • A statement of teaching and research interests
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • A statement of contributions to or interest in cultivating equity, diversity, and inclusion in academic communities
  • The names and contacts of three reference-writers (reference letters will be requested from short-listed candidates)

The materials should be addressed to the Chair of the Political Science Search Committee. The initial round of interviews will take place over Zoom or other video conference technology, and short-listed candidates will be invited early in the spring semester of 2024 for campus interviews.

For full consideration, please submit application materials by December 10, 2023. The position remains open until filled.

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Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

Saint Michael's College delivers a world-class education in a beautiful Vermont setting. Our close community allows students to form strong and enduring relationships with one another and with accomplished faculty and staff, providing an ideal learning environment where they have the space and support to challenge themselves and their peers. A fully residential college located minutes from Burlington, Saint Michael's offers an unparalleled mix of academic, spiritual, cultural, service, and wilderness experiences.

Saint Michael's is among the elite ranks of only 286 colleges and universities nationwide allowed to host a Phi Beta Kappa national honor society chapter on campus and is ranked 3rd in Best Colleges in Vermont by Niche, a popular college ranking website. In 2022, Saint Michael’s was once again named by The Princeton Review as one of the Best 388 Colleges, one of the Best Green Colleges, and one of the Best Northeastern Colleges. Situated next to Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains, nearby Burlington, Vermont, consistently ranks as one of the best places in America to live. This includes America's 10 Great Places to Live (Kiplinger's), Top 10 Cities for Outdoor Recreation (Outside Magazine), Top 10 Small Cities for State of Well-Being (Gallup-Healthways), Top 10 Tech Hubs in the U.S. (Forbes), Top 5 Healthiest Places for Women in America (Self Magazine), Top 10 Greenest Cities in America, and Top Public Square in America (USA Today). It was also recently named a “climate haven” and ranked in the 10 Best Places in America to Live for Climate Resilience.

At the heart of our Edmundite Catholic mission is a belief that experiencing new perspectives, cultures, traditions, and ideas helps us become fuller, more compassionate people. As a Catholic higher education institution with a social justice mission, we are called to be even more intentionally inclusive, celebrating the complexity and individuality that each person brings to our community. Each of us at Saint Michael's carries an obligation to ensure all students, faculty, and staff encounter a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive environment.

Building a culture of inclusion is an ongoing and evolving journey. We are continually striving to ensure our processes, policies, and behaviors support and encourage diversity, meeting the needs of all individuals, especially those from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups. Saint Michael's College's vision of inclusion and diversity embraces not only racial and ethnic identities but also gender, age, religion, language, ability/disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, military service, geographic origin, and first-generation/multi-generation college experiences.

Saint Michael's College is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity, in compliance with applicable provisions of state and federal law that prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, age, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, religion, sexual orientation, veteran or military service status, HIV-positive test result status, genetic information, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic, as such characteristics and prohibitions are defined by applicable law. The College will not rely inappropriately on such characteristics, or upon related stereotypes or biases, in making employment-related decisions. Also, unless doing so would result in an undue hardship or otherwise would not be required by applicable law, the College will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, as well as any employee who is limited in their ability to perform the functions of their job because of pregnancy, childbirth or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.

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