Political Science - Associate/Full Professor - UMass Poll/Political Behavior

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Political Science
Categories: Faculty

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Description:

The Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst ( invites applications for a position at the Associate or Full Professor rank. We seek an accomplished scholar whose research addresses fundamental questions about the health and quality of the American democratic system, including those who study the United States from a comparative context. The successful candidate should be an expert in survey research and methodology, and exhibit a track record of publishing innovative empirical research on issues related to political behavior, public opinion, and/or institutions. This faculty member will also serve as a core contributor and member of the leadership team of the UMass Poll, a high-profile survey organization that seeks to assess the political behavior, public opinion, and civic health in Massachusetts, the United States, and abroad.  Preference will be given to individuals with an outstanding record of publishing research in top peer reviewed journals, a record of attracting external funding in support of high impact research, and experience in training graduate students in survey research methods.



A Ph.D. in Political Science or in a closely related field is required at the time of appointment.


Additional Information:

The appointment is expected to begin September 1, 2020. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications.


Application Instructions:

Candidates should submit a cover letter, a CV, up to three samples of current scholarship, a brief statement of teaching and mentoring philosophy, and contact information for three individuals who can provide recommendations. In addition to the materials noted above, applicants should also submit a one-page diversity statement that discusses the candidate’s  skills, experiences and commitment to: teaching and mentoring diverse and historically underrepresented student populations, professional service that assists in achieving equity, inclusion, and diversity, and how the candidate’s past or future research addresses fundamental questions important to an increasingly diverse and global society.  

Consideration of applications will begin November 1, 2019. Materials should be submitted electronically. Please direct questions concerning this position to Professor Tatishe Nteta, Search Committee Chair, Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and its departments and programs value diversity of faculty, students and curriculum as a key component of academic excellence. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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The University of Massachusetts is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.