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Asst. Prof. Postcolonial Theory / ASPECT/PSCI

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Asst. Prof. Postcolonial Theory / ASPECT/PSCI
Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor
Posting Number: TR0170155
About Virginia Tech:

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Position Summary:

The interdisciplinary doctoral program ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought) and the Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech invite applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Postcolonial Theory and Global Governance/Globalization Theory with an emphasis on human security and sub-specializations in critical gender or race perspectives, the governance/management of displaced populations, urban/rural dynamics, and qualitative methodologies. Evidence of excellence in research and demonstrated experience in teaching are required. Ability and desire to mentor/advise graduate students in interdisciplinary and theory-driven ASPECT doctoral program are essential. ASPECT and the Department of Political Science encourage applications from a diverse pool of applicants. The standard teaching load is four courses per academic year, including at least one course to be offered for the ASPECT PhD program. This position will begin August 10, 2018.

The successful candidate also will have the opportunity to engage in transdisciplinary research, curriculum, and/or outreach initiatives with other university faculty working in the Integrated Security Destination Area. The Integrated Security Destination Area is focused on understanding and fostering a world in which individuals, institutions, and nations are secured by technology and social systems that follow ethical principles and promote values of social justice. Faculty working together in this area are bringing a transdisciplinary approach to the complex range of human and systems security challenges. The successful candidate will have additional opportunities to join University colleagues in research and teaching initiatives in the Policy Strategic Growth Area (

Required Qualifications:

Earned doctorate in political science or closely related field at the time of application or degree in hand by August 10, 2018. Candidates must have a clear specialization in postcolonial theory and global governance/globalization theory with an emphasis on human security. Applications demonstrating strong research interests in critical gender or race perspectives, the governance/management of displaced populations, urban/rural dynamics, and qualitative methodologies are especially encouraged. Additionally, successful candidates will need to demonstrate an ability to mentor doctoral students in ASPECT and in the Political Science department’s MA program and will have documented effectiveness in teaching postcolonial, global governance/globalization, and security courses at the undergraduate level.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to political theorists who can teach a wide array of courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the areas listed above. Ability to work in disciplinary and interdisciplinary settings (and collaborate in teaching and research with colleagues across disciplines in the context of the ASPECT program and the cross-university Integrated Security Destination Area and Policy Strategic Growth Area) is highly desirable. Prior teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels is strongly preferred. Commitment to work effectively with a diverse campus population is key.

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How to Apply for this Job:

Interested persons must apply at posting #TR0170155 , where they will submit a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, no more than one recent writing sample representative of their research, teaching evaluations, a short research précis (1-2 pages) that stresses the applicant’s theoretical background and contributions, and contact information for no more than 4 academic references.

Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year? Standard Academic Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Competitive
Department: Political Science
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 10/12/2017
Review Begin Date: 01/05/2018
Job Close Date: (if applicable)
Restricted to university employees only? No
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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Portfolio
  2. Candidate Statement
  3. Teaching Statement
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  5. Other Doc #2
  6. Transcript
  7. Research Statement
  8. Letter of Reference #1
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  10. Letter of Reference #3