Assistant Professor – Russian and/or Eurasian International Relations

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23401BR

Political Science

Position Overview
The University of Kansas (KU) Department of Political Science of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in collaboration with the university’s Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Russian and/or Eurasian International Relations beginning August 18, 2023. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate methodological training that is appropriate with their theoretical approaches as well as provide evidence of the capacity to publish in major journals or presses in political science. Preference will be given to applicants with research and/or teaching specialty in Russian and Eurasian international relations including foreign policy, security, political economy, and the opportunity to develop courses in the candidate’s own areas of expertise.

Candidates are expected to contribute to the political science department as well as CREES’ interdisciplinary intellectual community and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. The Political Science Department and CREES are committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive educational environment for students, faculty and staff. The successful candidates will have experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.

The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university, an R-1 institution and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). Our university consistently earns high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university (engaging in $275 million of externally funded research annually).  KU has 21 programs ranked in the U.S. News & World Report top 25 among public universities, including #1 rankings for graduate programs in public administration and special education. KU has 65 ranked graduate programs and is ranked 24th in best value among public institutions in 2022. KU offers 5,000 courses, 400 degree and certificate programs, and more than 200 fields of study. The University values global engagement with more than 150 programs of international study and cooperative research and offers more than 130 study abroad programs.  Student enrollment for the Lawrence-Edwards was 23,958 representing all 50 states and 112 countries.

At KU we make it our mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world.  We aspire to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and advances society.  KU’s strategic plan Jayhawks Rising is focused on objectives to accomplish this vision through three mission-based priorities of student success, healthy and vibrant communities, research, and discovery.

KU’s research residential campus is in the center of a vibrant and culturally-rich community – a quintessential college town. Visitors, students and new employees from outside the area enjoy discovering the many wonders of Lawrence, including a thriving downtown, diverse local and regional events, area lakes, vibrant arts and music scenes, and an indelible history.  Home to nearly 95,000 people, Lawrence is located 45 minutes west of Kansas City and 30 minutes east of Topeka, the state capital. Along with the music, arts, culture and sports experiences offered at KU and in Lawrence, the short drive to Kansas City provides quick access to historic jazz clubs, museums, world-class music and theatre venues, and professional sports teams.

At the University of Kansas, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are an important part of our culture and university strategic plan. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged, noting the value that differences bring to our organization, students, staff, faculty, and community. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the date of the appointment.

Job Description
Position Overview continued:
The College emphasizes interdisciplinary, experiential learning and global awareness, houses a vibrant university wide Honors Program that highlights undergraduate research and service activities, and has created strong affiliations with outstanding cross-disciplinary research centers. Faculty and academic staff have emphasized the importance of continuing and expanding on relationships with centers and entities including the Biodiversity Institute, Kansas Biological Survey, Kansas Geological Survey, the Hall Center for the Humanities, the Life Span Institute, the Institute for Policy and Social Research, the Spencer Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum. These relationships have brought a broad range of disciplines together to pursue and conduct sponsored research and education at the international, national, state, regional and local levels, and have created employment structures in which faculty and academic staff share appointments to emphasize collaboration. College faculty and research staff are welcomed as members in all KU’s designated research centers and institutes. The College is home to internationally recognized scholars and scientists who brought in $44M in research funding in FY 2021, nearly 30% of the total funded research at KU Lawrence.

Job Duties:
40% Teaching:
1) Teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in Political Science. Load is 4 courses per academic year, a 2:2 load.
2) Hold regular office hours for students.
3) Participate in the academic advising of undergraduate students.
4) Mentor graduate and undergraduate students in research.

40% Research:
1) Maintain an active and productive research program.
2) Publish monograph for tenure.
3) Publish in peer reviewed journals and edited volumes.
4) Attend professional conferences

20% Service:
1) Serve on committees at the departmental, College, and University levels as opportunities arise.
2) Participate in professional service.
3) Participate in broader interdisciplinary initiatives relating to ethics and social justice in the University and in the Lawrence community.
4) Participate in departmental meetings.Faculty Code:
Faculty members are expected to carry out their responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, currently viewable at: http://policy.ku.edu/FacultyCodeKULawrence/faculty-code-of-rights 

Required Qualifications

  1. A doctorate in Political Science. If ABD, the dissertation must be successfully defended by the position start date.
  2. Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level.
  3. Demonstrated ability or plans to develop an innovative body of research and scholarship as evidenced by scholarly publications, presentations, and/or other scholarly activities.
  4. Expertise on Russia and/or Eurasia, demonstrated by dissertation chapters, working papers, or publications of relevance to the region

Contact Information to Applicants
Clayton Webb
Search Committee Chair
[email protected]

How to apply

For further details and a full position description go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/23401BR.   A complete application package includes: 1) a cover letter summarizing research goals and teaching experiences and interests 2) curriculum vitae, 3) Teaching Statement showing evidence of teaching ability, 4) a research statement with goals and research potential (samples of published work or conference papers); and 5) the names, emails and contact information for 3 professional references.  ABD candidates need to include advisor contact information.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission.  As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application.  The response must be within 4,000 characters or less:  Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

For more information, please contact Clayton Webb, Search Committee Chair: [email protected].

Initial review of applications begins on October 15, 2022 and will continue until no longer needed.

Application Review Begins: 15-Oct-2022

Anticipated Start Date: 18-Aug-2023

Position Number: 00003457

Primary Campus
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

FTE: 1.0

Reg/Temp: Regular

Employee Class: F-Faculty

Disclaimer
The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX, [email protected], Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).