Co-Director, International Relations Program

Pennsylvania, United States
09 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
09 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Job Description Summary

Working with the Director, the Co-Director of the International Relations Program sets policy for and oversees all aspects of the International Relations Program

Job Description


  • The Co-Director directs and manages the day-to-day operations of an undergraduate program servicing on average over the last decade 150 declared majors, and up to 50 prospective majors in any given year.
  • The Co-Director designs, implements and oversees the curriculum and the advising and instructional protocols for the program, and is the primary academic advisor for all students in the Program.
  • The Co-Director hires, supervises and mentors program staff, including 3 Lecturers, 1 Program Coordinator, 3–5 work-study students, and part time staff.
  • The Co-Director oversees all instruction offered by the program, including the senior thesis program, the senior projects program, and independent student research.  The Co-Director is expected to be able to instruct in any one of the full gamut of courses (introductory level courses, advanced topics courses, research methods, and senior thesis/project seminars) offered by the Program, and will be expected teach one course per year (required to offer 1CU of instruction in-load).
  • The Co-Director is the primary liaison with other university offices, including the College, Undergraduate Council, Registrar, Institutional Research, Penn Global, Liberal and Professional Studies, Center for East Asian Studies, Human Rights Certificate Program, Brown Center for International Politics, and all contacts with other schools of the university.
  • The Co-Director plans and implements co-curricular program initiatives, chairs the annual Undergraduate International Relations Research Conference, supervises the Journal of International Relations, and supervises the activities of the International Relations Undergraduate Student's Association.


  • PhD or equivalent in Political Science (IR), Diplomatic History, Economics, International Relations, or other related disciplines, or PhD or equivalent in Education is required.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in academic administration at the program or department level is required, preferably in an inter-disciplinary or multi-disciplinary program.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in academic and career development advising of students is required.
  • Demonstrated success in the classroom teaching courses in international relations generally, and specifically in the area of research methods (with a particular emphasis on statistical and quantitative methods) is required.
  • Demonstrated success in developing co-curricular events and activities is required.
  • Experience mentoring junior faculty is required.
  • International experience is preferred.
  • Experience as editor of an academic journal and/or conference chair is preferred.
  • Experience working with a large and engaged alumni community is preferred.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range

$59,703.00 - $113,435.00

Affirmative Action Statement 

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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