Chair, Department of Political Science



Job description

Birmingham, AL

REVISED 2/25/2019

Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences invites individuals interested in serving in a Christian university environment to apply for the position of chair of the Department of Political Science beginning August 2019. The successful candidate will demonstrate a record of publication and achievement commensurate with full professor rank in the Department of Political Science at Samford University. This full-time tenure-track faculty position is a 9-month appointment.

Qualified candidates will hold a Ph.D. in the field of American Politics. Prior university administrative experience is preferred. A commitment to academic excellence and the ability to work effectively with faculty, students and colleagues is expected. Candidates should be published scholars with successful records in academic and administrative leadership. Candidates must have a demonstrated history of effective collaborative and collegial leadership with evidence of judicious use of fiscal and spatial resources, and of active scholarship that incorporates into research activities, presentations and publications. Preference will be given to candidates prepared to guide the department in the possible development of an interdisciplinary master’s program in Public Policy in 3-5 years.

The chair will oversee the department’s mission, assist with faculty and curriculum development, faculty recruitment, and recruit prospective students. The department chair will receive one course release per semester to facilitate the duties and responsibilities of the position. The chair plays a pivotal role in representing the department to the faculty and to the administration of the university.

The Department of Political Science has 4 full-time faculty positions and over 100 majors, with a Political Science major and interdisciplinary majors in International Relations, Public Administration and Law, Politics and Society.

Samford University ( is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution for higher learning in Alabama. Located in suburban Birmingham, the university was founded in 1841 and has 366 full time faculty and more than 5,500 students. Samford is ranked 3rd in the South among regional universities by U.S. News & World Report and has been nationally recognized for academics, affordability and value by a number of prestigious publications and rankings. The university is dedicated to the promotion of rigorous academic inquiry in a Christian setting. The university offers competitive salaries with a generous benefits package.

Review of applications began December 1, 2018 and will continue until May 6, 2019. Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vita with names and contact information of three references, evidence of teaching effectiveness, description of leadership experience, and research interests and activities.

How to apply

Applicants must complete an “Application for Faculty Position” ( and the Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement (

Please submit all materials in a PDF format to:
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ATTN: Chair of Political Science Chair Search
Samford University

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