The Department of Political Science at Southwestern University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Political Science position beginning August 2023. The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in political science (ABD, with completion by August 2023, will be considered) and specialize in American Politics, with a focus on race & ethnic politics in the United States.  We are particularly interested in applicants whose work falls into the subfields of Black or Latinx politics and who can offer classes that expand beyond our existing strengths in American political behavior and psychology. We strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented backgrounds who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community to apply.

Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to excellence and inclusivity in undergraduate teaching and a willingness to foster undergraduate research. The typical teaching load is five courses per year; this will include 2 sections of our introductory American Politics course and at least one other course that is accessible to nonmajors. Campus-wide responsibilities include advising students and university service.

Building on Southwestern University’s commitment to academic excellence and making connections within and across disciplines, we are pleased to share that this position is part of a diversity, equity, and inclusion cohort hiring initiative in the thematic areas of race, ethnicity, and social justice.  The thematic hire initiative seeks to recruit and retain a diverse community of teacher-scholars from multiple disciplines in the humanities and social sciences (including English, Feminist Studies, History, Political Science, and Sociology) who will strengthen the University offerings in race, ethnicity, and social justice as well as increase curricular coverage of areas related to diversity and inclusion. As part of the thematic hiring process, Southwestern will provide members of the cohort with opportunities and resources to enhance their success and well being such as participating in mentoring networks, research and writing workshops, and additional ongoing professional development.

 The Political Science Department and Southwestern University are committed to recruiting candidates who both excel in teaching and research and can best serve our diverse student population. As of the Fall 2021 semester, over 40% of students enrolled at Southwestern are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education and we are committed to further increasing and supporting the diversity of our students, faculty and curriculum. The Department seeks candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to, and will take an active role in, enhancing diversity, inclusion, and equity across the University, including fostering a sense of community and belonging for students. In your application materials, please include specific and detailed information about how you have worked to enhance diversity and inclusion through your teaching practices, research, and/or service experiences within the college or university setting.

Southwestern University (Georgetown, Texas) is a selective undergraduate residential liberal arts institution located in the greater Austin area.  Established in 1840, Southwestern enrolls approximately 1,500 students and maintains a student–faculty ratio of 12 to 1. The university provides a highly interdisciplinary and holistic education that values high-impact learning experiences, such as study abroad, internships, and faculty-student research. A member of the recently formed Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance, Southwestern is committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and encourages applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in academia. Additional information about the university can be found at our website:

To apply:  Candidates should submit a cover letter, C.V., three letters of recommendation, a teaching statement, brief descriptions of 2-3 possible courses and/or sample syllabi, and a research statement by September 23 on  We strongly encourage applicants to include specific and detailed information in these documents about how you have worked to enhance diversity and inclusion through your teaching practices, research, and/or service experiences within the college or university setting. We will be speaking with interested candidates at the APSA Annual Meeting; to set up an appointment or ask questions about this position, please contact the chair of the committee, Emily Sydnor (

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of the University’s Background Check Policy process.  Southwestern University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  EOE/M/F