Global Crises (Assistant Professor, Tenure-Line)

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The School of International Service (SIS) at American University (AU) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-line position in Global Crises at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 1, 2022.
We welcome applicants who work on how global crises affect aspects of human wellbeing, such as political-economic stability, existing inequalities, human rights, and social cohesion. Crises can include, but are not limited to pandemics, extreme environmental change, migratory pressures, financial contagion or global supply chain interruptions.
The successful candidate will be enthusiastic about working in a multidisciplinary environment that includes political scientists, geographers, sociologists, anthropologists, economists, and international relations scholars.  Preference will be given to applicants whose work is theoretically grounded, empirically tested, and policy relevant.
The successful candidate will also be enthusiastic about teaching international affairs from a multidisciplinary perspective at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Willingness to mentor PhD candidates in our vibrant PhD program is also desirable.
The successful candidate will also share a commitment to the university’s diversity and inclusion plan.
Applicants should hold a PhD or the highest equivalent degree in a social science discipline by the start date, though ABD applications will be considered.  The standard course load for a tenure line faculty is 2/2, with an annual service requirement.  Salary and benefits are competitive. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Applications must be submitted electronically via the Interfolio application system Applications should include the following:
  • A cover letter detailing the applicants research, teaching and service record to date
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Sample publications
  • A short teaching portfolio with statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching evaluations)
  • A statement describing past examples of your contributions to diversity and inclusion in your scholarship, the classroom and/or in other professional settings.
  • You will be asked to submit the names and email addresses of three references and to request that the Interfolio system contact them for a confidential letter of recommendation.
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American University is a private institution of higher education in the nation's capital  (Please visit for more information). American University's School of International Service (SIS) is a top-ten school of international affairs with 3,000 students, 120+ full-time faculty and more than 20,000 alumni worldwide. SIS faculty produce transformational research and our prime location provides opportunities for collaboration with professionals in government, the private sector, and think tanks and other non-profits.  Learn more about SIS at
American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.  The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual's genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively Protected Bases) in its programs and activities. American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.
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