The Department of Political Science at Oklahoma State University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in American politics, with a substantive focus in campaigns, money in politics, and/or lobbying, to begin in August 2024. Competitive candidates will demonstrate the potential for a productive research agenda and an ability to teach and mentor both undergraduate and graduate students, effectively, at a leading, land-grant university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to teaching courses with significant real-world applicability and experiential-learning opportunities. A Ph.D. in Political Science is expected at the time of appointment.

The teaching load for the successful candidate is two courses per semester. These offerings will be drawn from sections of introductory American government, requirements for the department’s popular Campaigning, Lobbying, and Policymaking degree option and Campaigns and Lobbying minor, and undergraduate and graduate seminars that reflect the candidate’s research expertise. In addition, the department keeps the service load of new, assistant professors to a minimum and provides generous start-up funds and travel support to support research.

Oklahoma State University is one of the state’s two comprehensive research universities. Its Stillwater campus has a population of over 23,000 students. The Department of Political Science is housed within the College of Arts and Sciences and offers B.S. and B.A. degrees, with degree options in campaigning, global politics, pre-law, and public policy. It also offers M.A. degrees in Politics and Policy Studies, as well as Peace, Conflict, and Security Studies. The department will give full consideration to applications received by October 5, 2023, but the search will continue until the position is filled.

Application Instructions

Applicants can submit their materials through Interfolio https://apply.interfolio.com/130504, including the following items:

  • letter of application, which should address their commitment to the education of all students, regardless of background
  • CV
  • graduate transcripts; the department will accept unofficial transcripts as part of the initial application submission but will expect receipt of official transcripts before a candidate interviews on campus
  • a list of three references; the department will expect receipt of recommendation letters from these three referees within one week of contacting candidates for a preliminary Zoom interview
  • evidence of successful teaching and scholarship
  • statements of teaching and research interests

Candidates may also address their perspectives on furthering the understanding of, and interest in, the challenges and opportunities facing all populations in their statements on teaching and research interests, as appropriate. The department is committed to promoting a welcoming and supportive culture in which all students, professors, and staff members feel that their contributions are valued. As such, the department seeks a rich and deep pool of applicants. Please, contact Dr. Howard Sanborn ([email protected]) with any questions about this position. For more information about the department, please visit polsci.okstate.edu.

Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.  Oklahoma State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions.  For more information, visit https:///eeo.okstate.edu. This position is contingent upon availability of funds.