The Department of Political Science ( at Northeastern University seeks nominations and applications from leading scholars in political science or related fields to lead the Department as Chair at the rank of Full Professor with tenure. The successful candidate will have a distinguished scholarly record of publication and demonstrated potential for excellence in leadership. The candidate’s field of expertise is open. The Chair reports to the Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities with an expected start date of July 1, 2016.
The Chair will support the University’s commitment to innovation and interdisciplinary research in security, sustainability, and health as well as build upon the Department’s and College’s expertise in security and resilience studies, network science and big data, international affairs, and public policy. The candidate will lead the Department in identifying and implementing strategies to align the Department’s activities with the mission and goals of the University; ensure its ongoing contributions to the University’s interdisciplinary research themes; enhance the quality and standing of the PhD program; and continue to maintain the Department’s excellence in scholarship and teaching. The candidate will also foster continued collegiality in an academic unit with faculty engaged in different research methodologies in a multidisciplinary environment. The Department is strongly committed to fostering excellence through diversity and enthusiastically welcomes nominations and applications from members of groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in the field.
The Department has 26 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, two teaching professors, one lecturer, and three staff members. 10 faculty hold joint appointments in other academic units including the International Affairs Program, the Department of Philosophy and Religion, the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and its Master of Public Administration Program, and the College of Computer and Information Science. The robust undergraduate and graduate programs include 550 undergraduate majors and 60 graduate students in the Master of Arts in Political Science, Master of Science and Graduate Certificate in Security and Resilience Studies, and PhD in Political Science programs. The Department supports seven student organizations and many faculty-led study abroad programs.