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Assistant Professor in Educational Studies and Political Science

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Categories: Faculty
Department: Educational Studies

The Departments of Educational Studies and Political Science invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor specializing in Education Politics and Policy to begin July 1, 2020. Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching, active and high-quality scholarship, and commitment to student advising and support are essential. We are interested in candidates whose teaching and research interests focus on contemporary educational policy issues in the United States including, but not limited to, inequality, educational change, K-12 education, and/or higher education. The candidate should be broadly enough trained to be able to contribute to wider course offerings in the field of public policy. We are especially interested in candidates with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion. Successful candidates will demonstrate potential to make a major contribution to the college’s aspirations to build its curricular and co-curricular offerings in policy studies. This includes potential to establish community and college connections through education policy initiatives.

Candidates holding Ph.D.s in Educational Policy, Political Science, or Public Policy are preferred but we welcome candidates with other degrees that give them strong grounding in the theory and practice of policy analysis. We welcome applications from candidates with strong multi-methodological skills, and with a pluralistic approach to social science methodology; with trans-disciplinary interests that complement Davidson College’s growing inter-disciplinary programs; and with potential to contribute to the college’s existing strength integrating liberal arts education with policy engagement. The successful applicant will be expected to offer five courses per year (four in the first year of employment). Candidates will generally teach 3 courses per year in Educational Studies, principally serving the Education Policy track, and 2 courses per year in Political Science, such as Introduction to Policy Analysis, Public Policy, Comparative Public Policy, and/or State and Local Politics. We welcome candidates who are enthusiastic about teaching a first-year writing seminar annually or every other year. Applications from both Ph.D.-holders and very advanced ABDs will be considered.

The following materials are required: letter of application; curriculum vitae; three letters of reference; statements addressing the candidate's teaching experience and interests and research agenda; graduate school transcript; and evidence of demonstrated or potential excellence in and enthusiasm for undergraduate teaching. Also include a statement on how teaching, research, and/or service might contribute to Davidson’s institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion. Answers to additional questions can be found at The deadline for receipt of applications is October 1, 2019. All application materials can be submitted at http://employment.davidson.edu.

Davidson is a highly-selective, nationally-ranked, residential, four-year liberal arts college located 20 minutes north of Charlotte in Davidson, N.C. Davidson is strongly committed to achieving excellence and cultural diversity, and welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the college’s mission.

At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community.  In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures, and national origins.






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