Assistant/Associate Professor in Political Science

Kyrgyzstan (KG)
16 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Title: Assistant/Associate Professor in Political Science
Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
Deadline: 31 January 2017 Commencement Date: May/June2017

UCA Background
The University of Central Asia (UCA) is a private (not for profit), secular University whose charter has been signed by the Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan, ratified by the parliaments of the founding states and registered with the United Nations. UCA is the first internationally chartered university in the world. The mission of UCA is to foster the socio-economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain societies, while helping the peoples of the region preserve and draw upon their rich cultural heritages as assets for the future. UCA consists of the School of Arts and Sciences (undergraduate), the School of Professional and Continuing Education and its three research institutes including the Institute of Public Policy and Administration, the Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit and the Mountain Societies Research Institute. The University provides three additional initiatives to build teaching and scholarly capacity in the region through its Central Asian Faculty Development Programme, the Aga Khan Humanities Project, and its Research Programme. For more information, please visit

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
The University of Central Asia is seeking a Faculty Member in Political Science to teach at UCA’s two campuses in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan, and Khorog, Tajikistan. The faculty position involves teaching in the Central Asian studies minor offered at the Naryn campus. It also involves teaching a course in the Liberal Arts programme delivered at the Naryn and Khorog campuses. As a Faculty Member, you will have the opportunity to engage with research projects undertaken by the Institute of Public Policy and Administration, which is one of the region’s leading policy centres and offers a range of resources and access to an international network of researchers. The successful candidate will have an academic background in Comparative Public Policy, International Political Economy with an area studies concentration in Central Asia.

Central to the vision of UCA is to create an outstanding teaching and research institution that excels in the generation and application of knowledge. We seek an individual with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and student mentoring. You will be helping students develop an informed acquaintance with a variety of topics that are related to politics and government in Central Asia and the region and their relationship to global political systems and forces. Academic programmes combine the student-centred environment of a liberal arts college with the intellectual excitement of being at the frontiers of knowledge offered by a research university. The language of instruction for undergraduate studies is English, with a requirement that all undergraduate students be fluent in their native language and Russian. As a Faculty Member, you will be dedicated to teaching in small classes and providing each student with personal academic attention to ensure they master and apply the material.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD or equivalent from an internationally recognized university in Comparative Government, International Political Economy with area studies concentration on Central Asia.
  • Fluency in English is required, knowledge of Russian, and one of the national languages of the region are significant assets.

Teaching Experience

  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching and students; preferably at least 3 years of experience at the undergraduate level;
  • Demonstrated understanding of teaching i.e. developing new and interesting courses grounded in a discipline area and interdisciplinary in nature;
  • Experience using innovative teaching methods and evaluation methodologies ;
  • Experience in developing and delivering training modules to teachers, tutors and mentors;
  • Experience in teaching in Central Asia would be a valuable asset.

Research Experience

  • A proven ability to publish research in peer reviewed journals related to your areas of expertise;
  • Experience with international research projects;
  • Experience in conducting research in Central Asia would be a valuable asset.

Timing and Location
You should be prepared to move to Central Asia by May/June 2017 or earlier for acculturation and to prepare for teaching. Your position will be based at the Naryn Campus, Kyrgyz Republic. Regional travel is to be expected.

Salary and Package: Salary and package to attract the best candidate. The job description is subject to change.

How to Apply
Please send us (1) an up-to-date resume; (2) a sample of any published work; (3) two references (one to attest to your teaching experience, and another to your research experience) and (4) teaching evaluations from the last three years of employment (if available) to by 31 January 2017. As your application e-mail subject, please write: “Political Science Faculty Member” and indicate how you heard about us.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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