Assistant Professor of Government

The Department of Government and International Relations at Connecticut College invites applicants for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor in the U.S. politics subfield, whose focus is on constitutional law and public policy, and who can teach a range of courses in both fields. In addition to an introductory U.S. politics course, the successful candidate must be able to teach a two-course sequence in constitutional law, including both an institutions course (e.g. separation of powers, check and balances) and a course on civil rights and civil liberties. The successful candidate’s research and teaching focus will also include public-policy making. The new hire should be able to teach an introductory public policy course, along with upper-division courses in the particular policy area in which the candidate specializes. These policy courses could, for example, focus on health, immigration, anti-poverty initiatives, education, or criminal-justice reform.

Required: ABD in Political Science. Candidates must have the Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment to be hired as an Assistant Professor; a candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but is required to complete the Ph.D. within one year of hire.

Salary is competitive.  In addition to providing ongoing support for teaching and research, the College offers the following resources for pre-tenured faculty: a 2-2 teaching load in the first year, a research fund in the first two years, and a semester’s sabbatical (at full salary) after a successful third-year review. 

The College’s Board of Trustees, President, administration, faculty and staff share a commitment to diversity.  To this end, the College, located in New London, CT is continuing what has been a very successful initiative to diversify its faculty, staff, and student body. We encourage applications from candidates who share this understanding and will contribute to the diversity of our college community, including members of historically underrepresented groups. The College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Please visit our website,, for more information about the College and our faculty searches. 

Offering two popular majors (a government major and an interdisciplinary international relations major), Government and International Relations is a collegial department with 11 full-time faculty members.  There are also opportunities for collaboration with interdisciplinary programs on campus. Moreover, the College’s general education program, Connections, provides ample opportunity for collaborative and interdisciplinary teaching. For an overview of this innovative curriculum, please visit

Applicants should upload a letter of application, a C.V., teaching evaluations, a writing sample, graduate transcripts, and at least three letters of recommendation to: E-mail inquiries should be sent to Tristan Anne Borer, Chair of the Department of Government and International Relations, at Applications received by October 8th will receive full consideration.