Assistant Professor, Political Science (6007BR) - Rochester Institute of Technology

Requisition Number: 6007BR

School/Department: Political Science

College : College of Liberal Arts

Faculty Rank : Assistant Professor
Tenure Status: Tenured-Track

Anticipated Start Date: August 2022

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The Department of Political Science at Rochester Institute of Technology invites candidates to apply for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in Political Science for the 2022-2023 academic year, starting August 2022. We seek an energetic and enthusiastic colleague who will serve as an instructor, researcher, and mentor for our undergraduate majors and minors. The ideal candidate will have a background in American politics or political theory and will also be interested in questions of innovative governance. In particular, the department is interested in applicants with a background in public choice, PPE (politics, philosophy, and economics), common pool resource governance, or other innovative approaches to analyzing and approaching traditional questions in political science and policy. Candidates who can contribute pre-law courses or politics of science courses to the curriculum, including philosophy and politics of law or courses on politics and biomedicine, are strongly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will: (a) have teaching experience or will demonstrate the potential for quality teaching at the college/university level; (b) demonstrate potential to conduct independent research and to attract external funding; and (c) demonstrate interest in mentoring undergraduate students. The hire will be expected to teach a minimum of five undergraduate-level Political Science courses per year. Specific teaching assignments will be based on candidate qualifications and program needs, but are likely to include innovative approaches to state and local and American politics, and upper-level classes in areas relating to political economy, law, and governance. The position also requires academic advisement and ongoing mentoring of undergraduate students, participation in program assessment and evaluation activities, and service to the Department, College, and Institute

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. We are seeking individuals who are committed to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.


The Department of Political Science offers a B.S. degree in political science and is part of the pre-law minor. The program in Political Science at RIT offers coursework and programs that are unique and innovative, integrating traditional fields of American government, legal studies, and international relations with explorations of the interactions between politics and governance on the one hand and innovation, science, and technology on the other. The department teaches not only the mechanics and strategies of the political process, but also examines limitations on government authority and responsibilities of citizens.

The College of Liberal Arts is one of nine colleges within Rochester Institute of Technology. The College has over 150 faculty in 13 departments in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The College currently offers fourteen undergraduate degree programs and five Master degrees, serving over 800 students.


Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. Find out more at


  • Doctoral degree (PhD.) in political science or related field, expected by July 1, 2022;
  • Expertise in American politics or political theory;
  • Demonstrated interest in public choice, PPE, common pool resource governance, or other related fields;
  • Demonstrated potential to teach at the college/university level;
  • Demonstrated potential for conducting independent research;
  • Demonstrated potential to attract external funding;
  • Demonstrated interest in mentoring undergraduate students;
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.


Apply online at; search openings, then Keyword Search 6007BR. Please submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachments:

You can contact the chair of the search committee, Nathan Dinneen, Ph.D. with questions on the position at:

All application materials should be submitted by October 15, 2021.

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to