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Full Professor and Chair of Political Science

Northeastern University

Northeastern University

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Monday, December 25, 2023

About the Opportunity

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities and its nine tenure units are the home of the Experiential Liberal Arts. Through its research, teaching, and engagement missions, the college collaborates across the university, the Northeastern network, and partners around the globe. We are strongly committed to fostering excellence through diversity and enthusiastically welcome nominations and applications from members of groups underrepresented in academia. Successful faculty in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities will be dynamic and innovative scholars with a record of research and teaching excellence and a commitment to improved equity, diversity, and inclusion. Strong candidates for this position will have the expertise, knowledge, and skills to build their research, pedagogy, and curriculum in ways that reflect and enhance this commitment.

Northeastern University’s Department of Political Science invites nominations and applications for a tenured Full Professor and Chair of Political Science. Northeastern’s Political Science Department includes a dynamic, interdisciplinary faculty as well as a significant undergraduate major and minor, two MA/MS degrees, and a robust PhD program. The successful applicant will be an innovative and forward-looking researcher, educator and leader. Candidates should be prepared to expand and build relationships in Northeastern’s global network of campuses, develop innovative learning and teaching programs, and support faculty efforts to attract external research funding. Ideal candidates will leverage the growing opportunities our university offers to engage in innovative research and teaching that crosses disciplinary boundaries.

The search is open to any sub-field within political science and could include a joint appointment in another department. We invite scholars from a broad and diverse set of backgrounds, including those who employ qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods approaches to research.


A successful candidate will have a strong scholarly record, significant experience in teaching, a track-record in administration, and the capacity to support the mission of the college, campus network, and the experiential liberal arts. The successful candidate should have research, teaching and service experience that has prepared them to contribute to our goals of diversity and inclusion; a commitment to promoting a positive climate for faculty, staff and students through leadership and mentoring; and enthusiasm for working with colleagues in creative and forward-looking ways to engage in problem-focused, interdisciplinary research with the potential for impact in the world.


  • Ph.D. in Political Science by the appointment start date
  • Commitment to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion and bringing creative strategies to address the challenges of recruiting and retaining students, staff, and scholars from historically underrepresented groups
  • A record in teaching, funded research, scholarship, and service, sufficient to merit tenure upon hire at the rank of Full Professor
  • Commitment to faculty development and mentoring
  • Commitment to engaging in research and innovation with impact
  • Commitment to the continued development of Northeastern University’s signature experiential learning model

Documents to Submit:

Applicants should submit a cover letter detailing interests in research, teaching, and academic leadership, a curriculum vitae, a statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and names and contact information for three references. Referees will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior consent.

In the diversity statement, please describe how you can support Northeastern’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Describe how your teaching, service, research, and/or leadership (as applicable) has supported the success of students and/or colleagues; and/or describe the impact others have had on you as relating to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please address nominations and questions to Serena Parekh Chair, Search Committee at s.parekh@northeastern.edu

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Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/ for more information.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see www.northeastern.edu/diversity.