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Assistant Professor of Political Science

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Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Environmental Studies, Instruction, Political Science

Department: Department of Political Science
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline

September 30, 2022; position open until filled

Required Application Materials

Please submit the following application materials by September 30, 2022 to ensure consideration:
• Application letter describing research and teaching interests, experience, and potential contributions to our diverse and pluralistic community
• Curriculum vitae
• Academic transcripts
• Three letters of recommendation
• A writing sample
• Syllabi and teaching evaluations, if available

Position Announcement

The University of Oregon’s Department of Political Science invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Political Science—with a focus on U.S. environmental justice, to begin in the fall 2023.

Competitive applicants will be capable of outstanding research and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

This position is part of an eleven-position cluster hire that reflects the UO’s commitment to investing in transdisciplinary research and teaching in climate solutions and environmental justice.

Department or Program Summary

Our faculty employ diverse theoretical and methodological approaches but share the pursuit of meaningful answers to big questions with real-world implications. The department features a strong pole of research and teaching about environmental politics and social justice. The successful applicant will join national and international leaders in environmental politics and racial justice and an American politics subfield with a long-demonstrated commitment to researching and teaching about social, economic and political power through an intersectional lens. We particularly welcome applications from scholars who are from populations historically underrepresented in the academy, and/or who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.

Minimum Requirements

Ph.D. in Political Science or related field by time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications

Competitive applicants will be capable of outstanding research and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

About the University

The University of Oregon has a long tradition of environmental research and activism and is nationally known for our interdisciplinary study of the environment. Environmental justice in the U.S. has been a core concern of scholarship in environmental studies, and this hire promises to add to the UO’s expertise and to expand our departmental focus. UO is also one of a shrinking number of universities committed to teaching about racial, gender and LGBTQ justice. Our university requires students to take courses that focus on power and inequality. Our Provost has dedicated university resources to advancing programs that support faculty who teach these courses through awards, fellowships and mentorship. We are especially interested in candidates, therefore, who can support this work in mentoring, research, teaching, and outreach with women, first-generation students, communities of color, and other underrepresented groups. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, and strongly encourage women, faculty of color, LGBTQIA faculty and faculty with disabilities to apply. All applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will contribute to this work.

The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body, as well as campus-wide efforts to build a welcoming, inclusive community. UO’s beautiful, 295-acre campus features state-of-the art facilities in an arboretum-like setting. We are located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 157,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.


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The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

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