New Technology and Security (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 faculty appointment in New Technology and Security at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 1, 2022.
We seek scholar-teachers whose research focuses on new technologies and emerging security threats, especially the strategic, ethical, legal, and governance concerns related to their past and future evolution. These include (but are not limited to) artificial intelligence, autonomy, social media, cyber security, robotics, additive manufacturing (or “3-D printing”), unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”), gene alteration, human enhancement, quantum computing, and other technologies or initiatives associated with what’s known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Preference will be given to candidates whose research focuses on the advantages and disadvantages of new technological innovations as they relate to the past, present, and future security of human beings and whose work is theoretically grounded, empirically tested, and policy relevant.
The successful candidate will be enthusiastic about working in a multidisciplinary environment and may hold a terminal degree in anthropology, biotechnology, computer science, economics, engineering, history, international relations, mathematics, political science, science and technology studies, or a range of other fields.
The successful candidate will be enthusiastic about teaching international affairs from a multidisciplinary perspective at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  They will also be involved with the collaborative research and activities of our Center for Security, Innovation, and New Technology.  Willingness to mentor PhD candidates in our vibrant PhD program is also desirable.
The successful candidate will also share a commitment to the university’ diversity and inclusion plan
Applicants should hold a PhD or the highest equivalent degree in their discipline by the start date, though ABD applications will be considered.  The standard course load for tenure line faculty is 2/2, with an annual faculty 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 applicant’s 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, if applicable, the classroom and/or in other professional setting
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.
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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