003762-2017 - Department Head

The Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University seeks applications for position of Head.  The position will be available July 1, 2018 with a five-year renewable term as Head reporting to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.  Applicants should have scholarly credentials commensurate with the rank of full professor.  The field of specialization is open.

The successful candidate will have an excellent record of research and teaching and a PhD in Political Science, Public Policy, or a related discipline. Desired qualifications include a record of attracting external funding, teaching excellence, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Candidates must have a record of research and publications suitable for an appointment as a full professor with tenure and should demonstrate leadership/administrative ability.

Duties include stewardship of the programmatic and intellectual agendas of the Department of Political Science; management of department resources; recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students; demonstration of a commitment to excellence in teaching; guidance of faculty working toward tenure and promotion; advocacy on behalf of the department’s mission; and representation of 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. The Political Science Department is home to the journal Politics, Groups, and Identities.  We have strengths in cross-cutting research areas including the politics of groups and identities (race, class, ethnicity, and gender), environmental politics and policy, and human security and political violence.  Faculty members are actively involved with several interdisciplinary programs and centers, including the Advanced Methods cluster, the Building Sustainable Communities initiative, the Center for the Environment, the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion, Peace Studies, Asian Studies, the Purdue Systems Collaboratory, and the Purdue Policy Research Institute. Many faculty hold joint appointments or affiliations with other departments and programs, including Communication, African American Studies, Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The department offers graduate certificates in Social Policy and Environmental Policy to students across campus and anticipates developing a professional master’s program in public policy. The department is also home to the director of the award-winning C-SPAN Archives, located at the Purdue Research Park. 

Application materials should be submitted electronically as .pdf attachments to PolSciHeadSearch@purdue.edu.  Applications should include a curriculum vitae and a letter of application. The letter should outline approaches to departmental leadership and research and teaching interests. Names of references will be requested from finalists. 

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 cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interests of activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Review of applications will begin on December 8, 2017, but applications received after this date will be accepted until the position is filled. 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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