The Department of Political Science at Penn State
Whether studying election campaigns, government processes or court decisions, political science is a constantly changing, always exciting discipline. The Penn State Department of Political Science is a key player in those discussions because of its commitment to teaching, research, and service.
Our faculty members are leading scholars in American politics, international politics, comparative politics, and methodology who frequently collaborate with peers from other disciplines throughout the University. We strive to provide an array of experiences for our undergraduate and graduate students — and help them find jobs once they graduate.
The Department of Political Science, as part of the College of the Liberal Arts is committed to maintaining a fearless and inclusive environment that supports an open and respectful exchange of ideas.
The Department of Political Science and Social Data Analytics is Searching for an Open Rank (Tenured or Tenure Track) Position
The Department of Political Science and the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University at University Park, PA, USA, invite applications for a tenured or tenure-track Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor of Political Science and Social Data Analytics to begin in Fall 2023 for faculty whose substantive research interests on politics are informed by, or inform the development of, data-intensive or computationally-intensive techniques. The substantive research area is open. Candidates should be able to contribute to our undergraduate Social Data Analytics (https://soda.la.psu.edu/) major, which offers upper-level undergraduate courses that fuse substantive material and data analysis, and our graduate courses offerings in Social Data Analytics and political methodology. Faculty positions at Penn State involve substantial research support; in addition, junior positions offer significant release time.
Candidates for Assistant Professor must have demonstrated ability as a teacher, scholar and researcher in a field relevant to the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences and have shown evidence of scholarly or professional achievement. Duties will involve a combination of teaching, research, and service, based on the candidate’s qualifications.
Candidates for Associate Professor must have demonstrated excellence as a teacher, scholar and researcher in a field relevant to the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences and have an established reputation in scholarly or professional achievement. Duties will involve a combination of teaching, research, and service, based on the candidate’s qualifications.
Candidates for Professor must have demonstrated excellence as a teacher, scholar and researcher in a field relevant to the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences and evidence of a substantial record of advanced research as well as leadership in their field of specialization. Duties will involve a combination of teaching, research, and service, based on the candidate’s qualifications.
Applicants for all ranks should possess a terminal degree (Ph.D.) in a field relevant to the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences. Candidates must have their Ph.D. in hand by appointment date.
Candidates for all ranks should have a record of publication in high-quality venues, and demonstrate the potential for external funding.
In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity.
This position is co-funded by the College of the Liberal Arts and the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences. As an ICDS co-hire, the successful candidate is expected to engage in interdisciplinary research that relies substantially on some combination of big data, simulations, machine learning, or related methodologies, as applied to pressing theoretical questions within the discipline of political science. The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS; https:icds.psu.edu), one of Penn State’s five university wide research institutes, connects researchers from numerous disciplines to answer critical scientific questions and societal issues through cyber enabled research and methodology. ICDS has nearly 300 affiliated faculty, with over 20 tenure-track, co-hired fellows faculty, engaged in interdisciplinary computation and data enabled research. Our affiliated faculty utilize our ICDS-operated advanced computing (Roar), Penn State’s high performance research cloud, which is in the top 15 among our peers.
Application review will begin on October 25, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their research and teaching experience, a current CV, samples of scholarly writing, and contact information for three references. Apply online at https://hr.psu.edu/careers.
System limitations allow for a total of 5 documents (5mb per document) as part of your application. Please combine materials to meet the 5-document limit.
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