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Apt 9 Revolution Cover Letter

We could talk all day about numbers. Were 250,000 people on hand to see Donald Trump take the oath, or more like the 1.5 million he says he saw? The women, men and children (but mostly women) who a day later filled the streets of cities across the nation--did they total a million? Two million? More than three? Does it matter? The numbers that count were tallied on Nov. 8, the votes that lifted Trump onto that majestic semicircle on the Capitol's west terrace and into the rarified air sniffed by fewer than four dozen men since the dawn of the Republic. But the job of President of the United States arrives with aching expectations, a collective yearning for wise leadership that, fortunately for the novice, can be managed only through the rituals that have governed the postelection behavior of every winning candidate in living memory. The protocol is not written down. It exists in behaviors--humility, respect, a high-minded posture of restraint that reminds us that civic life is service in pursuit not just of office but of something larger than ourselves. The 10 weeks that run through November, across the Christmas holidays and into the new year is literally a grace period, designed to reliably deliver on Jan. 20 a sense of equilibrium. Instead of where we find ourselves now.

There is no precedent in U.S. history for the show of collective outrage that answered Trump's Inauguration. But then, there is no precedent for Trump, either: impetuous, thin-skinned and, for his trouble, entering office facing a grassroots opposition that heated up faster than a cup of ramen.

The face of that Democratic opposition--some call it the resistance--is female, which is to say it's a face that as a private citizen Trump liked to judge on a scale of 1 to 10, and as a candidate measured by worthiness of his sexual attention. The billionaire made the 2016 presidential campaign about women even before Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination, sliming the Republican primary field by insulting the looks of its only female candidate ("Look at that face!") and then moving on to Ted Cruz's wife. So it was that the Women's March--marches, really, as demonstrations were logged in more than 600 U.S. locations--became the occasion for recovering, in the space of just a few hours, spirits that since election night had spiraled into deep troughs of despair, dread and worse.

Terror is the word that came to Margo Kelly, on a National Mall so crowded with kindred souls, it was difficult to move. "It's a matter of remaining plugged in and acting on that terror, getting off the couch," says Kelly, a physician, of what brought her all the way from Portland, Ore., with her ninth-grade daughter, Beatrice. "If there's any silver lining, it's that this is a call to action."

In a time of unexpected loss, there's an instinct to keep busy. How many dishes are washed and lawns mowed after a death in the family? Who isn't happy for the distraction? But if the grave is eternal, a presidential term lasts just four years. There are midterm elections in 2018. The entire House of Representatives will have to stand--and a third of the Senate. There's work to be done--the collective Republican majority hovers near a seven-decade high--and the question hanging over the Mall after the buses headed back home was: Where do we go from here?

Isaac Newton got there first. For every action, there is an equal and opposition reaction, "directed," the physicist noted, "to contrary parts." Parts don't come much more contrary than Trump and feminists, and the battle now joined was surely coming sooner or later. That it happened in the first 24 hours of his term says something about the urgency.

Protest organizers actually calculated that framing the march as pro-women rather than anti-Trump would work wonders. Feminism remains an epithet in parts of society, evoking the scolding tone of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who answered the indifference of many young women toward Clinton by recalling that "there's a special place in hell for women who don't help each other." That didn't help. Beyond Clinton's own limitations, there was the millennials' preference for ad hoc individual action over membership in any organization.

But the embrace of the term by the likes of Beyoncé and Emma Watson in recent years has eroded much of the stigma. After the election, as interest in the Women's March swelled online, it became clear that a pro-women's-rights event that also convened an array of marginalized populations was getting far more traction than protests billed as just anti-Trump. By the look of the demonstrations, the Access Hollywood tape also became a uniquely unifying factor. What Trump dismissed as "locker-room banter"--"I moved on her like a bitch ... Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything"--gave Jan. 21 its palette (pink), its signature attire (the pussy hat) and its rules of engagement.

"Keep your tiny hands off my rights." "Can't build wall, hands too small." "We want a leader, not a creepy tweeter." "We shall overcomb." The signs were as bawdily exuberant as the crowds, which inevitably skewed activist but included many who had never demonstrated before, and who experienced in the gatherings both a stirring well of fellow feeling and sudden momentum. People who were at Woodstock said, Yeah, it was great, but the real thrill was stopping for gas three states away and finding that everyone else at the pump was going to the same place. There was some of that on the New Jersey Turnpike on Friday night, where almost everyone in the Walt Whitman service plaza was female (a cashier said it had been like that all day). On the Mall, the Smithsonian's men's room was commandeered, but there were enough men present for a call and response: "Our bodies, our choice"/"Your bodies, your choice." Many said it was the best they've felt since Election Day.

Meet the Men Who Joined the Women's March on Washington

Across the country, the low estimate for turnout on Jan. 21 was 3.2 million, according to researchers at the University of Connecticut and University of Denver--leaving aside the demonstrations on every other continent, including, thanks to an expedition tour, Antarctica. Even if its locus was the urban centers where Democratic activism operates most comfortably, the tally raised the question of whether this was a protest or a movement. There were a couple of those in 2016. Bernie Sanders' surprise following exploded from the young and the left. Trump's filled auditoriums in states both blue and red, and carried him to the most powerful position on earth.

The problem, of course, is how to sustain an insurgency from the highest office in the land. Barack Obama faced the same dilemma upon entering the office in 2009, trying without success to permanently mobilize supporters through something called Organizing for America. No luck. They'd done their work getting him there. It was his turn. It's much easier to storm the gates from outside, which is why Jan. 21 looms large.

The day produced physical evidence of a grassroots opposition with every bit as much potential as the Tea Party, the diffuse, small-government uprising that started small but soon bedeviled both Obama and the GOP establishment, and ultimately cleared the way for Trump. On the surface, the two insurrections share similarities. Like the Women's March, the Tea Party movement was deliberately leaderless. But that didn't stop its members from quickly arriving at a clear understanding of the movement's goals. By April 2009, it had coalesced around a set of simple policies: limited government, lower taxes, upholding the Constitution. By that summer, it had seized upon another bogeyman: Obama's health care bill. The anger that boiled over at congressional town halls during the August recess were a vivid illustration of the movement's budding power.

The Women's March, even in its striking success, offered more in the way of catharsis than clarity. Its full statement of principles runs more than 1,000 words and includes issues ranging from reproductive rights to gender justice, from the minimum wage to immigration reform, from clean water to criminal profiling to arming police with military-grade weaponry. It's hard to distill a complicated platform into concrete change when your organizing principle--"intersectional feminism," a jargony mouthful--opposes elevating any one person's goals over another's.

Even so, there was no shortage of intramural dissent. Some female black activists noted that 53% of white women voted for Trump (versus the 94% of black women for Hillary). Transgender activists complained that the vagina is not an apt symbol for those who identify as women but might not have one. In San Diego, the protest organization was so ad hoc that two marches surprised each other on the street. Neither group could agree whether they had come out to transform, upset about the election, into connective tissue among disparate progressive sects or just be angry out in public.

But these are good problems to have. Populations once not only marginalized but in some cases barely identified are fighting to hold ground gained only over the past few years. Millennials are paying attention. Clinton's nomination, despite how it ended, had much the same empowering effect on women that President Obama's had on African Americans. The two San Diego marches ended up merging and taking turns at the mike.

"It's messy, and that's the beauty of it," says Erika Andiola, political director of Our Revolution, the successor organization to Sanders' presidential campaign, which boasts hundreds of affiliated chapters. "Part of organizing is that we're not all going to be marching in the same rhythm." Our Revolution boosted turnout to the marches by targeted emails on the list compiled during the Sanders campaign, which through the primaries was as vibrant a movement as Trump's. Andiola claims that local groups that had been seeing 15 or 20 people have been seeing 100 and 200 since Nov. 8. Such are the advantages, to activists, of defeat.

"If people come out of an election and everyone's despairing, everyone's in a collective civic funk, we don't get anything done," says Cornell William Brooks, president of the NAACP. "Simply reminding people of how bad things are and what you lost, nobody's moved by that. People are moved by the sense of possibility, a sense of hope that can be realized with small efforts. Small and sustained efforts."

That was the incongruous message that came out of a huge turnout--possibly the largest in U.S. history: go home and think small. While holding the White House for the past eight years, Democrats lost big at the state level. With control of only 14 state legislatures (to the GOP's 32), and 16 governors, the consensus preached at every rally is that the party needs to rebuild from the ground up. "I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking, Maybe I could run for political office," said Gari Ann Dunn, who traveled to D.C. from Cincinnati, where she will look into local leadership positions when she returns home.

The marchers were way out in front of the Democratic Party in other ways. Though several Senators addressed the Washington crowd, six of the seven candidates vying to become the party's next chair skipped the rallies to attend a high-dollar donor event in Florida organized by Clinton ally David Brock. That reflects the continuing tension between the centrist elite and the populist leftist wings of the party, played out in the primary battle between Sanders and Clinton. The contest will produce more bloodletting and infighting, but at this point, it's a healthy competition in an opposition that takes many forms. The ACLU, which greeted Trump's election with the promise, "We'll see you in court," saw a record $38 million spike in contributions since Nov. 9, and is hiring some 100 new staffers, mostly litigators. At Yale Law School, a seminar convened to prepare legal challenges to the Trump Administration.

In California, Governor Jerry Brown vows to do the same, while former attorney general Eric Holder leads an effort to address the structural advantages enjoyed by Republicans, who by holding state legislatures get to draw safer and safer congressional districts after each census. Meanwhile, former Hill aides who saw the rise of the Tea Party firsthand now volunteer for the Indivisible team, which has assembled an online primer on how to lobby Congress, much of it gleaned from the Tea Party's success. It's been downloaded more than 500,000 times. The Sunday morning after the Washington march, Emily's List held a training workshop for 500 women on how to support female candidates, and had requests from 400 more. Four in 10 were under age 35, says executive director Jessica O'Connell. "The election has been a tipping point," she says.

March organizers, a diverse group of women operating by consensus, prepared a discrete plan of 10 follow-on actions, starting with a mail-in postcard to Congress. Meanwhile, on Facebook, a link circulating a few days later read: "It starts with the House." Winning back control is a very heavy lift; the Democrats are down 47 seats, and young people and minorities are notorious for their low turnouts in midterm elections.

But in January, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which raises funds for House races, added 500,000 addresses to its master email list of 3 million. As for the Democratic leaders in the House and the Senate, after witnessing eight years of GOP obstruction, they were already inclined to use whatever available procedural levers could impede Trump's agenda--threatening, for instance, to hold up indefinitely any Supreme Court nomination deemed insufficiently "mainstream." After Jan. 21, they understand the mantra of their activist, fundraising, networking base comes down to one word: resist.

Photographing the First Days of Donald Trump's America

Jobs and Post-Doctoral Opportunities


General and Interdisciplinary Ethics Fellowships

McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society

Stanford University

Deadline: December 11, 2017

For 2018-19, the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford seeks to appoint up to three postdoctoral fellows. Selected fellows will be designated as either General Ethics Fellows or Interdisciplinary Ethics Fellows. The two types of fellows have some distinct training opportunities and responsibilities, but they form a common community at the Center and participate together in the Center’s intellectual life. All applicants will be considered for both types of fellowships and do not need to tailor their application for one or the other fellowship.

General Ethics Fellowship

Some selected fellows will be part of our longstanding postdoctoral program that is open to candidates with substantial normative research in any area within philosophy or political science. For 2018-19, we are especially interested in candidates with research interests in inequality, immigration, global justice, environmental ethics, and ethics and technology, but we welcome all applicants with strong normative interests. General Ethics Fellows participate in the intellectual life of the Center for Ethics in Society (attend weekly workshops; events; professional training opportunities), teach one class per year, interact with undergraduates in the Ethics in Society Program, and contribute to an interdisciplinary ethics community across the campus.

Interdisciplinary Ethics Fellowship

2018-19 will be the third year of this fellowship program at the Center. The program is rooted in the Center’s commitment to bringing ethical reflection to bear on pressing social problems. Addressing many of these social problems involves knowledge of the work of social science, law, and the life sciences. The premise of this program is that the normative scholarship of our fellows will be enhanced by engagement with empirically-oriented scholars. To that end, each fellow in the program will be matched with a partner research center at Stanford that is dedicated to interdisciplinary research. For 2018-19, we are especially interested in candidates with research interests in engineering/computer science or biomedical ethics, but all applicants whose work may intersect with empirically-oriented scholarship will be considered. Applicants need not name a possible partner center on campus or tailor their materials for this type of fellowship. The Interdisciplinary Ethics Fellows and partner centers will be selected based on the natural match between their work. Fellows will participate in the regular intellectual life of the partner center and the Center for Ethics in Society (e.g., attend weekly workshops; events; professional training opportunities), interact with undergraduates in the Ethics in Society Program, and contribute to an interdisciplinary ethics community across campus.

Applicants for both fellowships must have normative training and hold a PhD in Philosophy or Political Science. Scholars with a PhD in Law will also be considered so long as their work focuses on ethical dimensions of public policy or law.

For additional eligibility requirements and application information, please visit http://bit.ly/ethicspostdoc

Application Due Date: December 11, 2017

ethicsinsociety.stanford.edu @stanfordethics


Virginia Tech
ASPECT Program and Department of Political Science
Assistant Professor in Global Governance Theory
http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/80535
Applications By: December 4, 2017

Global Governance Theory/International Policy Theory: The interdisciplinary doctoral program ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought) and the Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech invite applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Global Governance/International Policy Theory with an emphasis on human security governance and sub- specializations in critical social theory, the critical, theoretical, gendered, and race-based dimensions of human governance/security, and qualitative methodologies in the social sciences. Evidence of excellence in research and demonstrated experience in teaching are required. Ability and desire to mentor/advise graduate students in interdisciplinary and theory-driven ASPECT doctoral program are essential. ASPECT and the Department of Political Science encourage applications from a diverse pool of applicants. The standard teaching load is four courses per academic year, including at least one course to be offered for the ASPECT PhD program and there will be occasional travel to attend professional conferences and meetings. This position will begin August 10, 2018. Earned doctorate in political science or closely related field at the time of application or degree in hand by August 10, 2018.


Virginia Tech
ASPECT Program and Department of Political Science
Assistant Professor in Postcolonial Theory
http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/80542
Applications By: January 5, 2018

Postcolonial Theory: The interdisciplinary doctoral program ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought) and the Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech invite applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Postcolonial Theory and Global Governance/Globalization Theory with an emphasis on human security and sub-specializations in critical gender or race perspectives, the governance/management of displaced populations, urban/rural dynamics, and qualitative methodologies. Evidence of excellence in research and demonstrated experience in teaching are required. Ability and desire to mentor/advise graduate students in interdisciplinary and theory-driven ASPECT doctoral program are essential. ASPECT and the Department of Political Science encourage applications from a diverse pool of applicants. The standard teaching load is four courses per academic year, including at least one course to be offered for the ASPECT PhD program and there will be occasional travel to attend professional conferences and meetings. This position will begin August 10, 2018. Earned doctorate in political science or closely related field at the time of application or degree in hand by August 10, 2018.


The University of North Carolina Greensboro
Assistant Professor in Political Science: Political Theory
Due date: October 30, 2017

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a tenure-track position in political theory at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 1, 2018. Candidates should have a Ph.D. by time of appointment. Applicants should have teaching experience and an active research agenda. The faculty member will be expected to teach introductory and advanced undergraduate classes in political theory. The ability to teach in a second field in women’s and gender studies, environmental politics/policy or minority politics is desirable. The department has fifteen full-time faculty and has strong B.A. and M.P.A. programs. Salary is competitive.

UNCG is proud of the diversity of its student body and we seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool. UNCG is a Minority Serving Institution, with an undergraduate student body consisting of approximately 28% African Americans and 8% Hispanic or Latino Americans. UNCG and the Political Science Department foster an environment of collaboration across departments and schools. We are an EOE/Affirmative Action/F/D/V employer and are strongly committed to increasing faculty diversity.

Applicants should submit all materials electronically (to apply, visit https://jobsearch.uncg.edu and click on “Faculty” and apply to position #998942), including a cover letter, a CV, a description of their research program, up to three representative writing samples, sample syllabi, and a statement of teaching interests. Applicants are asked to provide the names and email addresses of at least three (3) references in the References section of the electronic application. These references will be solicited by The UNCG jobsearch system via email. They will be asked to provide a confidential letter of reference/recommendation on behalf of the applicant. This will occur as soon as the applicant successfully submits the application and receives a confirmation number from the UNCG jobsearch system.

Inquiries can be sent to Professor Ruth DeHoog (rhdehoog@uncg.edu). The program webpage is https://psc.uncg.edu. The review of applications will begin on October 30, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.


University College, Dublin
School of Politics and International Relations
Lecturer/Assistant Professor (Above the Bar)
Deadline: September 15, 2017

Applicants are invited for a permanent appointment as Lecturer/Assistant Professor (ATB) in Political Theory, UCD School of Politics and International Relations.

The person appointed will be expected to contribute significantly to research and teaching in political theory, and to work closely with colleagues in the school. The principal motivation for this post is to further strengthen the School’s established profile of excellence in normative political theory, to help in promoting cooperation with other areas of the school (particularly with other colleagues interested in human rights, citizenship and democracy, gender and conflict, deliberation, and political theory more generally), and to develop links across the College of Social Sciences and Law, UCD more generally, and with national and international organizations.

Salary: Lecturer / Assistant Professor (above the bar): €51,807 - €79,194 per annum.  Appointments will be made on scale and in accordance with the Department of Finance guideline

Closing date: 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on Friday 15 September 2017

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD do not accept late applications.

For further information and details on how to apply, please follow this link.


California State University, Long Beach
Assistant Professor of Political Science (Political Theory)
Application Deadline: October 1, 2017

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Ph.D. in Political Science or appropriate related discipline with specialization in Political Theory. 
  • Degree at time of application or official notification of completion of the doctoral degree by August 1, 2018.
  • Record of, or demonstrated potential for, effective teaching.
  • Record of, or demonstrated potential for, successful research and publication.
  • Experience with, or demonstrated potential for, effective participation in faculty governance. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population.

Desired/Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of broad training in the canon of Western political theory. 
  • Evidence of ability for excellence in teaching and research grounded in political theory and focusing on topics central to the discipline at large: e.g., ancient, modern, and contemporary theories;democratic theory; critical race theory; immigration; the carceral state; postcolonial theory; identity; hybridity; intersectionality; queer theory; deconstruction’s focus on alterity; globalization, and neoliberalism. 
  • Evidence of ability to effectively teach current University course offerings in political theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels (e.g., Classical Political Theory, Modern Political Theory, Recent Political Theory, Senior Seminar in Political Theory, and Graduate Seminar in Political Theory).
  • Evidence of ability to develop new course offerings in political theory that engage issues of diversity, particularly as related to race and ethnicity. 
  • Evidence of support for and/or experience related to the University’s strong commitment to the academic success of its diverse student body.
  • Evidence of ability to engage in research leading to conference participation and publication.
  • Evidence of interest in and/or experience with department, college, university and community service.

A complete position listing can be found here.

All required documentation should be submitted electronically here: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9408

Requests for information should be addressed to: Teresa Wright, Department Chair and Professor at (562) 985-4705 or E-Mail: teresa.wright@csulb.edu


Oxford College, Emory University
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Assistant Professor

Oxford College invites applications for a: Tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies to begin August 2018.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop Oxford College’s existing WGSS program and strengthen ties to the WGSS program on the Atlanta campus. Emory University’s WGSS is home to a leading Ph.D. program and rich undergraduate curriculum of which Oxford College is a part.

Teaching responsibilities include three courses in WGSS each semester at the introductory and intermediate level. Core courses in the university’s undergraduate curriculum include Introduction to WGSS, Introduction to Studies in Sexualities, and Feminist Theory. The successful candidate will also teach courses in their area of specialty, which should contribute to one or more of the following cluster areas in the WGSS curriculum: global perspectives; race, ethnicity, economics; bodies, sexualities, science, and health; culture and the arts; ethics, religion, politics and law.

Preferred Qualifications

PhD in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies or a closely related discipline by time of appointment, strong interests in teaching excellence at the undergraduate level, and an active research agenda, preferably in one or more of the following cluster areas: global perspectives; race, ethnicity, economics; bodies, sexualities, science, and health; culture and the arts; and ethics, religion, politics and law.

Additional Job Details

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, research statement, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial acceptable), three letters of recommendation, and evidence of teaching effectiveness (including student evaluations of teaching) via Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/43886. Complete applications with cover letters submitted by October 1, 2017 will receive full consideration.

Located 36 miles east of Atlanta on Emory’s original campus in Oxford, Georgia.  One of Emory University's four schools partnering in undergraduate education, Oxford College provides 950 first- and second-year students of high academic profile an intensive liberal-arts program for the first two years of their Emory bachelor’s degree.  We are interested in candidates with a commitment to working with a remarkably diverse student body in an inclusive learning community. Applications from women and historically underrepresented minorities are particularly welcome.

For more information about Oxford College and for a full listing of open positions, visit http://oxford.emory.edu/hiring.

EEO/AA/ Individuals with Disabilities/ Veteran Employer


Butler University
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Tenure-Track
Application deadline: October 22, 2017

Position Overview

The Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Classics at Butler University seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor whose area of specialization is contemporary social and political philosophy and ethics, and whose scholarly interests involve critical reflection on social justice and diversity, and applied ethics. Teaching competency in some of the following is also desirable: the history of ethics and social/political philosophy, international ethics, ethics of war and peace, philosophy of law, philosophy of race/class/gender, and ethics in non-western traditions. 

In addition to the undergraduate philosophy program, candidates would be expected to regularly teach courses in Butler’s First Year Seminar and/or Global and Historical Studies programs (parts of Butler’s core curriculum), and to contribute to one or more of the college’s interdisciplinary programs: International Studies; Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies; Peace and Conflict Studies; and Science, Technology, and Environmental Studies. The candidate will also be expected to help lead the department’s Ethics minor. The successful candidate will display clear indications of being a program builder with an interest in helping grow the number of Philosophy/Ethics majors and minors, and will demonstrate an inspiring enthusiasm for undergraduate teaching. Teaching load is 3/3. Candidates should expect to complete their PhD by August 1st, 2018.

Apply

Applicants must submit the following: a CV; a one- or two-page cover letter briefly outlining research interests and teaching philosophy/experience; unofficial transcripts; three letters of recommendation; a writing sample; thorough evidence of teaching experience/excellence (evaluations, detailed statement of teaching philosophy etc.). 

Direct search inquiries to Tiberiu Popa (tpopa@butler.edu), chair of the search committee.  Please have complete applications and letters of recommendation e-mailed to Claudia Johnson (ckjohns1@butler.edu) by October 22, 2017. 

Butler University is committed to enhancing the diversity of the student body and our faculty and staff. In addition, hiring decisions are made on the basis of an individual's qualifications, past experience, overall performance, and other employment-related criteria. Butler University, founded by abolitionists, provides equal opportunities for employment and advancement for all individuals, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, color, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.  Women and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.


Assistant Professor of Political Science
University of Notre Dame
Deadline: September 22, 2017 

The Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) seeks to hire a tenure-track, assistant professor in political science (AOS/AOC: Political and Social Theory), beginning August 2018. PLS is a Great Books department with 150 undergraduate majors. Founded in 1950, it has its own tenure-line faculty drawn from various disciplines and committed to an integrated program of studies. Undergraduate teaching responsibility will be a 2-2 course load, including the Program’s Great Books seminars plus a course in political and social theory.  The candidate will be expected to design the course to fit into the Program’s integrated curriculum and to focus on primary texts in three principal areas: ancient (e.g., Aristotle’s Politics), early modern (e.g., Locke’s Second Treatise), and contemporary political philosophy and social theory.  The candidate may also contribute to other disciplinary-based courses in the department as appropriate. See our website, http://pls.nd.edu, for current course descriptions. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Ph.D. required. Strong publication program, evidence of superior teaching, and a commitment to undergraduate education expected. Salary and research support more than competitive.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Before applying, candidates are advised to consult the department description on our website (http://pls.nd.edu) and the university mission statement (https://www.nd.edu/about/mission-statement).  Catholics are strongly encouraged to apply.  Please submit letter, CV, three confidential letters of recommendation, and a brief writing sample. Deadline: September 22, 2017.

Apply with Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/43720


Assistant Professor in Political Theory
University of California, Santa Cruz
Deadline: September 29, 2017 for full consideration

The Politics Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Political Theory in areas of non-Western political and legal thought. Recognizing that ‘non-Western’ is a contested concept, we are open with respect to geographical area; we are interested in scholarship that examines political and legal thought of subaltern, marginalized, or indigenous people from any geographic area (including e.g., African American political thought), as well as scholarship that examines the political and legal thought from the Global South (e.g., Islamic, East and/or South Asian thought). In relation to a focus on legal thought, the successful candidate’s work might engage social movements, decolonial struggles, political economy, gender and sexuality, race, sovereignty, and/or religion. We seek scholarship that contributes both to political theory and to legal studies through critical interpretive work with texts, archives, and/or ethnographic sources, drawing out the origins, diverse interpretations, and manifestations of legal thinking. We are interested both in scholarship that examines the politics of legal thinking, and/or that examines the intersections of political thought and the law.

Candidates will be expected to teach in both the undergraduate Politics and Legal Studies majors, and the Politics Ph.D. program. The successful candidate will work well with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds.  We welcome candidates whose understanding of the barriers facing underrepresented women and minorities in higher education careers is evidenced by life experiences and educational background, and who have experience building equitable and diverse scholarly environments with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a high proportion of first-in-family undergraduate students. We encourage both domestic and international candidates to apply.

RANK: Assistant Professor (tenure-track)

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (9-month) basis.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in field related to the study of politics expected to be conferred by June 30, 2018; Demonstrated record of research and teaching.

POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2018, with academic year beginning September 2018. Degree must be conferred by June 30, 2019 for employment beyond that date. 

TO APPLY:  Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system and must include required materials: letter of application, curriculum vitae, 1 to 2 samples of written work, research statement, up to 3 sets of teaching evaluations (if available), and 3 confidential letters of reference*. Applicants are invited to submit a statement addressing their contributions to diversity through research, teaching and/or service. All documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. 

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm

Apply at https://recruit.ucsc.edu/apply/JPF00458

Refer to Position # JPF00458-18 in all correspondence. 

CLOSING DATE:  Review of applications will begin on September 29, 2017. 

To ensure full consideration, applications must be complete and letters of recommendation received by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than 6/30/2018. 


Humanities Institute
University of Connecticut
Project on "Humility and Conviction in Public Life"
Apply by: August 1, 2017 for full consideration

The University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, is accepting applications for a postdoctoral researcher with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2017. The researcher will work under the auspices of Humility & Conviction in Public Life (HCPL), an applied research project generously funded by the John Templeton Foundation aimed at understanding and revitalizing meaningful public discourse over such topics as morality, politics, science and religion. The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. For more information on the project, please see its website.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Completed requirements for a Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in a humanities field (broadly construed) by start date of employment; evidence of a strong research/publication trajectory; and active research and public engagement interests integrating well with the stated aims and interests of the HCPL project.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Evidence of excellence in research; a research profile that indicates strong interest in applied research relevant to public discourse, interest in or knowledge of research on intellectual or epistemic humility, public deliberation and dialogue; and the ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of project and Institute missions.

FULL JOB POSTING: https://careers.insidehighered.com/job/1398780/postdoctoral-fellow-humanities-institute/

(Please disregard the notification stating that the job is no longer available).

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Western University, London Ontario Canada

Department of Political Science

Political Theory

Deadline: September 30, 2017

The Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Science at Western University invites highly qualified applicants for a full-time Probationary (tenure-track) appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor or a Tenured appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. Rank to be determined based on qualifications and experience. The position will be in the field of Political Theory with a starting date of July 1, 2018.  We seek candidates who will contribute to one or all of the Department’s signature areas in Global Justice, Democratic Engagement and Multilevel Governance, and who have built or are building an international research profile in one of those three areas. The successful candidate will have a PhD in Political Science or a related field. 

We seek an outstanding individual with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in research, teaching and service. The candidate should be capable of supervising graduate student research, teaching graduate and undergraduate students, and securing external research grants. All faculty members are expected to participate in administrative committees at the level of the department, faculty, and/or university, including service external to the university.  For more information, please visit http://www.politicalscience.uwo.ca

Applications should include the following: 

1) application form, 

2) cover letter, 

3) curriculum vitae, 

4) statement of teaching and research interests, 

5) copies of publications, 

6) transcript, 

7) the names and contact information for three referees, 

8) employment authorization, if applicable. 

This material should be sent to: 

Professor Donald Abelson, Chair 

Department of Political Science 

Western University 

Room 4154, Social Science Centre 

London, Ontario, CANADA N6A 5C2 

EMAIL: polisci-recruitment@uwo.ca

FAX: (519) 661-3904 


Grants


None at this time.


The successful candidate also will have the opportunity to engage in transdisciplinary research, curriculum, and/or outreach initiatives with other university faculty working in the Integrated Security Destination Area. The Integrated Security Destination Area is focused on understanding and fostering a world in which individuals, institutions, and nations are secured by technology and social systems that follow ethical principles and promote values of social justice. Faculty working together in this area are bringing a transdisciplinary approach to the complex range of human and systems security challenges. The successful candidate will have additional opportunities to join University colleagues in research and teaching initiatives in the Policy Strategic Growth Area (http://provost.vt.edu/destination-areas.html).

Required qualifications: Earned doctorate in political science or closely related field at the time of application or degree in hand by August 10, 2018. Candidates must have a clear specialization in global governance theory/international policy theory. Applications demonstrating strong research interests in human security, critical social theory, the critical, theoretical, gendered, and race-based dimensions of human governance/security, and qualitative methodologies in the social sciences are especially encouraged. Additionally, successful candidates will need to demonstrate an ability to mentor doctoral students in ASPECT and in the Political Science department’s MA program and will have documented effectiveness in teaching global governance, international policy, and security courses at the undergraduate level.

Desired qualifications: Preference will be given to political theorists who can teach a wide array of courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the areas listed above. Ability to work in disciplinary and interdisciplinary settings (and collaborate in teaching and research with colleagues across disciplines in the context of the ASPECT program and the cross-university Integrated Security Destination Area and Policy Strategic Growth Area) is highly desirable. Prior teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels is strongly preferred. Commitment to work effectively with a diverse campus population is key.

Interested persons must apply at www.jobs.vt.edu posting #TR0170154, where they will submit a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, no more than one recent writing sample representative of their research, teaching evaluations, a short research précis (1-2 pages) that stresses the applicant’s theoretical background and contributions, and contact information for no more than four academic references. Screening of applications will begin December 4, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. All inquiries can be sent to: Dr. François Debrix (fdebrix@vt.edu) or Dr. Karen Hult (khult@vt.edu), chairs, Global Governance Theory Search Committee, Department of Political Science, Major Williams Hall, Room 531 (0130), 220 Stanger St., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Employment conditions: Must have a criminal background check. Individuals desiring assistance/accommodation in the application/interview process should contact us at (540) 231-8477 voice or (540) 231-7227 TTY.

For further information on the departments, see https://liberalarts.vt.edu/departments-and-schools/alliance-for-social-political-ethical-and-cultural-thought.html and https://liberalarts.vt.edu/departments-and-schools/department-of-political-science.html. Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

The successful candidate also will have the opportunity to engage in transdisciplinary research, curriculum, and/or outreach initiatives with other university faculty working in the Integrated Security Destination Area. The Integrated Security Destination Area is focused on understanding and fostering a world in which individuals, institutions, and nations are secured by technology and social systems that follow ethical principles and promote values of social justice. Faculty working together in this area are bringing a transdisciplinary approach to the complex range of human and systems security challenges. The successful candidate will have additional opportunities to join University colleagues in research and teaching initiatives in the Policy Strategic Growth Area (http://provost.vt.edu/destination-areas.html).

Required qualifications: Earned doctorate in political science or closely related field at the time of application or degree in hand by August 10, 2018. Candidates must have a clear specialization in postcolonial theory and global governance/globalization theory with an emphasis on human security. Applications demonstrating strong research interests in critical gender or race perspectives, the governance/management of displaced populations, urban/rural dynamics, and qualitative methodologies are especially encouraged. Additionally, successful candidates will need to demonstrate an ability to mentor doctoral students in ASPECT and in the Political Science department’s MA program and will have documented effectiveness in teaching postcolonial, global governance/globalization, and security courses at the undergraduate level.

Desired qualifications: Preference will be given to political theorists who can teach a wide array of courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the areas listed above. Ability to work in disciplinary and interdisciplinary settings (and collaborate in teaching and research with colleagues across disciplines in the context of the ASPECT program and the cross-university Integrated Security Destination Area and Policy Strategic Growth Area) is highly desirable. Prior teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels is strongly preferred. Commitment to work effectively with a diverse campus population is key.

Interested persons must apply at www.jobs.vt.edu posting #TR0170155, where they will submit a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, no more than one recent writing sample representative of their research, teaching evaluations, a short research précis (1-2 pages) that stresses the applicant’s theoretical background and contributions, and contact information for no more than 4 academic references. Screening of applications will begin January 5, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. All inquiries can be sent to: Dr. François Debrix (fdebrix@vt.edu) or Dr. Timothy W. Luke (twluke@vt.edu), chairs, Postcolonial Theory Search Committee, ASPECT, Major Williams Hall, Room 202 (0192), 220 Stanger St., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Employment conditions: Must have a criminal background check. Individuals desiring assistance/accommodation in the application/interview process should contact us at (540) 231-8477 voice or (540) 231-7227 TTY.

For further information on the departments, see https://liberalarts.vt.edu/departments-and-schools/alliance-for-social-political-ethical-and-cultural-thought.html and https://liberalarts.vt.edu/departments-and-schools/department- of-political-science.html. Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution. 

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