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About Us

Assistant Professor of Politics

The Lake Forest College Department of Politics invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in comparative politics, to begin August 2019.  The Department is open to regions of expertise but will seek applicants who can address global, transnational issues such as environmentalism, human rights, migration, political and economic development, or others. 

The College has a significant program in International Relations which is interdisciplinary but relies heavily on the Department of Politics for courses and advisors; the successful candidate will contribute to IR.  The College also has programs in Asian Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Islamic World Studies, Latin American Studies, Legal Studies, and Social Justice; contribution to any of those is a plus.     

We seek an instructor to teach multiple sections of Introduction to Global Politics in addition to offering other courses in comparative and global politics.  Candidates must be able to teach a research methods course, required of students majoring in politics or international relations, that includes quantitative methods.

Candidates will be expected to have a record of demonstrated teaching excellence and evidence of scholarly productivity, commensurate with experience.  A Ph.D. in political science must be completed by the time of appointment.  Our teaching load is 3/3, with small classes (typically 15-25 students).  We support faculty research through provision of student research assistants and summer research funds; successful passage of the third-year review earns a half-year sabbatical at full pay, in the fourth or fifth year of service.  Tenure review takes place at the start of the sixth year.  

A highly selective liberal arts college located on Chicago’s North Shore, Lake Forest College enrolls approximately 1,600 students from more than 40 states and from more than 70 countries.  At Lake Forest College, the quality of a faculty member’s teaching is the most important criterion for evaluation. The College also expects peer-reviewed publications and active participation in the College community.  Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

All application materials must be submitted electronically.  Applicants should send a letter of application, CV, sample syllabi for no more than two courses, an unofficial transcript (we will ask for official transcripts only of candidates invited for on campus interviews), evidence of teaching effectiveness (in the form of student evaluations), and a brief writing sample (no more than ten pages; it may be an excerpt from a longer work) to Polsearch2018@lakeforest.edu.  Please arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent to Polsearch2018@lakeforest.edu.  Review of completed applications will begin as early as October 1, 2018.  Questions about the position should be addressed to the department chair, Professor Siobhan Moroney, moroney@lakeforest.edu.

The Department will conduct a few interviews at the APSA meeting in Boston.  If you are interested in scheduling one, send only a cover letter and CV to Siobhan Moroney, moroney@lakeforest.edu.  We will give full consideration to applicants not attending the APSA conference.