Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow/Assistant Professor, Political Science

Illinois, United States
15 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Type: Faculty  



Position Description:

The Harris School of Public Policy invites applications for one or more tenure-track positions from scholars working in political science. The search is open with respect to sub-field within political science, but the Harris School has a particular interest in empirical or theoretical work in the areas of race and ethnic politics, political representation, and urban politics. 

Successful candidates, demonstrating a strong promise for a scholarly career, will be appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor, or as a Provost Postdoctoral Fellow with an initial two-year tenure track faculty appointment at the rank of Instructor. This initial period is intended to serve in lieu of a postdoctoral appointment for the same period, during which the Provost Postdoctoral Fellow will teach one class per year, receive research support, join a cohort of scholars, and participate in programming designed to help support them in the transition to Assistant Professor. Provost's Postdoctoral Fellows will ordinarily be promoted to Assistant Professor at the end of their 2-year term. A goal of the search is to increase the diversity of the Harris School's faculty, and we therefore welcome applicants who come from groups that are historically underrepresented in the disciplines noted above, such as black/African American, Hispanic/Latin, American Indian or Alaskan Native. 

Appointments will begin on July 1, 2019. Review of applications will begin on December 8, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. Candidates are expected to have a PhD by the start of the appointment. Applications must include: 1) a cover letter; 2) a CV; 3) two writing samples; and 4) three letters of reference. Applications must be submitted through the University of Chicago's Academic Career Opportunities website: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The Faculty Search Committee will conduct interviews with final candidates who will be invited for an on-campus visit. 

Additional Information or Requirements:


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Required Applicant Documents:

Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae
Reference Contact Info 
Writing Sample 1
Writing Sample 2  

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