Politics Faculty

Southern Virginia University invites applications for a full-time, continuing-status track position in politics, in the areas of international relations or American politics, to begin August 2017. The appointment will be at the assistant professor or associate professor rank. Southern Virginia University is an equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourages women, members of U.S. racial and ethnic minority groups, veterans, and candidates with disabilities to apply.

Ph.D. in political science is required. ABD applicants will be considered if there is convincing evidence that all Ph.D. requirements will be completed by August 2017.

Southern Virginia seeks faculty who can teach within a rigorous curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences. Prior teaching experience and a commitment to student learning are strong positives. Southern Virginia emphasizes excellence in teaching, but the candidate should also be committed to scholarly research. Additional responsibilities include typical committee work and academic advising.

A specialization in either American politics or international relations is required. The standard teaching load is 4/4, with typically 2 or 3 preparations per semester, including introductory courses. Upper-division electives will be determined by the specialization and interests of the instructor.

Send a cover letter, CV, at least two letters of reference, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a copy of graduate transcripts electronically to provost@svu.edu

We prefer electronic applications, but will also accept paper applications mailed to:

Politics Search Committee
Office of the Provost
Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416

The cover letter should discuss the applicant’s familiarity with and support for Southern Virginia University’s mission statement. Applicants are not required to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A review of applications begins Dec. 1 and will continue until the position is filled. A writing sample will be requested at the interview stage.

Southern Virginia University is a liberal arts college with over 800 students, approximately 90 percent of whom are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Located in the Shenandoah Valley, Southern Virginia is one hour from Roanoke, 75 minutes from Charlottesville, and three hours from Washington, D.C.