Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of American Politics

Furman University - Greenville, SC (30+ days ago)

The Department of Politics and International Affairs at Furman University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant, Associate, or Full rank in American politics to begin August 1, 2019. The candidate’s teaching responsibilities will include introductory courses in American government and upper level courses in the area of constitutional law. The ability to offer classes in policy, jurisprudence, legal theory, criminology, civil rights (including voting rights, immigration, criminal justice reform) and other related areas would be particularly welcome. S/he must demonstrate the potential for superb teaching and excellence in scholarship. The teaching load is typically five courses in a semester system.

Furman University is a selective private liberal arts and sciences college committed to helping students develop intellectually, personally, and interpersonally and providing the practical skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly-changing world. Furman professors are exceptional teacher-scholars who mentor undergraduate students within a campus community that values and encourages diverse ideas and perspectives. Our recently-launched strategic vision, The Furman Advantage, promises students an individualized four-year pathway facilitated by team of mentors and infused with a rich and varied set of high impact experiences outside the classroom that include undergraduate research, study away, internships, community-focused learning, and opportunities to engage across differences.

Furman is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits.

The Furman student experience is supported by a rich network of centers and institutes that includes The Riley Institute, The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, The Institute for the Advancement of Community Health, The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education, The Cothran Center for Vocational Exploration, The Shucker Center for Leadership Development, The Malone Center for Career Engagement, and our newest addition, The Center for Inclusive Communities.

Furman is located in Greenville, South Carolina, which is one of the fastest growing cities in the Southeast and is ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine. The charming downtown features excellent restaurants, in-town parks, shops, museums, galleries, music venues, and theaters. The city also has excellent public and private schools and a vibrant international community. A 20-mile bike and running trail connects the university to Greenville and to Travelers Rest, which was named “one of America’s coolest small towns.” The surrounding area abounds with outdoor recreational activities and has some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers, and mountains in the country. Greenville is within easy reach of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Atlantic Beaches. The newly renovated Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, located just 25 minutes from downtown, runs daily flights to major cities and airline hubs. Greenville is 2 1/2 hours from Atlanta and only one hour from Asheville, North Carolina. It is an ideal place to live and work.

Minimum Qualifications
Ph.D. is required by August 1, 2019.

Preferred Qualifications
The department has a preference for a person who possesses or is a candidate for a Ph.D./J.D. and those licensed in the practice of law from any of the 50 states in the United States of America.

Physical Demands Work Environment
Typical classroom setting.

Posting Detail Information
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Employment Period: 9 Month
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants should submit a letter of interest, CV, three letters of recommendation, sample course syllabi, teaching evaluations, copy of graduate transcript(s), and a sample(s) of professional writing (published work preferred). Candidates should also include a statement describing how their teaching, scholarship, mentoring and/or service might contribute to a liberal arts college community that includes a commitment to diversity as one of its core values.

We will begin reviewing applications on October 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

We will also meet with interested and qualified candidates at the American Political Science Association convention in Boston, MA.

For any questions please contact the chairperson of the search committee Teresa Cosby at

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter
Unofficial Transcripts
Letter of Recommendation 1
Letter of Recommendation 2
Letter of Recommendation 3
Sample Work
Diversity Statement
Additional Document
Optional Documents