The Department of Political Science (POLS) in the College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with research interests in the area of International Relations and Public Law. The successful candidate will be prepared to conduct externally-funded research in the area of international relations, comparative politics, and law and politics. We envision the successful candidate’s expertise as expansive and methodologically diverse, concerned with how the law constitutes and orders political and social relationships around the world, inclusive of judicial behavior and politics, constitutional development, comparative constitutional politics, international law and courts, and law and society. The successful candidate will be expected to play a key role in our undergraduate prelaw program, the POLS Bachelor of Arts to Juris Doctor (B.A.-J.D.) joint degree program, and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in international relations, judicial politics, and comparative constitutional law.
We seek outstanding applicants with a demonstrated track record of excellence in research and teaching. Successful candidates are expected to develop vigorous, extramurally funded research programs in their areas of expertise, actively participate in the Department's teaching and curriculum development at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Evidence of interest and success in mentoring underrepresented students is highly desired.
Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university, provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis on educational opportunities for Black students. Howard University is classified as a Doctoral University: Higher Research Activity research by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is a residential campus of approximately 10,000 students located in the heart of the nation’s capital, Washington, DC.
The Department of Political Science currently consists of 15 faculty members and offers BA, MA, and PhD degrees in political science. Founded in 1928 by Nobel laureate, diplomat Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, the Department counts Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris, U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, and U.S. Representative Charles Diggs among its many prominent graduates. The only graduate program in political science in the world with a specialization in Black politics and currently the second-largest undergraduate major, POLS is also the leading department in International Affairs, the undergraduate Interdisciplinary major, and Community Development, the undergraduate Interdisciplinary minor.
Procedure of Candidacy
Complete applications consist of a single PDF file containing:
- Cover letter addressing the qualifications listed above
- Current curriculum vita
- Two-page statement of research accomplishments, interests and future plans
- Two-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy
- A writing sample
- Three letters of recommendation
Completed applications should be addressed to the Chair of the search committee: Dr. Michael Fauntroy at IRSearch@Howard.edu. Applications can be submitted electronically via Academic Jobs Online here. Screening will begin on March 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The desired starting date is August 16, 2021.
View position announcement here