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Search for the Head of the Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University seeks applicants for the position of Head.  The position will be available July 1, 2019, with a five-year renewable term reporting to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Applicants must have a PhD in Political Science or a related field and scholarly credentials commensurate with the rank of Professor.  The field of specialization is open.  The successful applicant will have an excellent record of research and teaching, experience attracting external support, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Candidates must also have demonstrated abilities in leadership and administration. 

Duties include providing vision and leadership in discovery, learning, and engagement; managing and generating departmental resources; recruiting and retaining faculty, staff, and students; fostering excellence in teaching; mentoring faculty who are working toward tenure and/or promotion; advocating on behalf of the department’s mission; interacting with alumni and fundraising; and representing the department to administrative offices and on the Council of Department Heads.

Founded in 1869, Purdue is a research-intensive institution and a public land-grant university. Purdue is a member of the American Association of Universities and a top five public research university according to the Wall Street Journal. Faculty members in Political Science are actively involved with several interdisciplinary programs and centers, including the Advanced Methodology cluster, the Building Sustainable Communities initiative, the Center for the Environment, the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion, Peace Studies, the Human Rights Program, Asian Studies, the Purdue Systems Collaboratory, the Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement, and the Purdue Policy Research Institute. The department is also home to Politics, Groups, and Identities, an official journal of the Western Political Science Association.  The department offers graduate certificates in Social Policy and Environmental Policy to students across campus.

Application materials should be submitted electronically as .pdf attachments to PolSciHeadSearch@purdue.edu.  Applications should include a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest. This letter should outline approaches to departmental leadership, a vision for advancement of the department, as well as the candidate’s scholarly interests.  Purdue University’s Department of Political Science is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their letter of interest, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2018, but applications received after this date will be accepted until the position is filled. Names of references will be requested from finalists.  Please address questions to search committee chair Dr. Linda Renzulli, renzulli@purdue.edu. A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans, are encouraged to apply.

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