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Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science (9-Mo-TT)

Samford University
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Political Science

Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences invites individuals interested in serving in a Christian university environment to apply for an assistant professor position (American Politics) in the Department of Political Science, beginning August 2024. This tenure-track, full-time faculty position is a 9-month appointment.

Qualified candidates will hold a Ph.D. degree in Political Science from an accredited institution. Postdoctoral research and/or teaching experience is desirable. Primary teaching responsibilities will be in American political institutions, processes, policy, and public administration, with additional duties in general education and methodology. The successful applicant will be expected to develop an active research program in American Politics (broadly defined) involving students. The successful applicant will be expected to participate in various service activities in the department, college and larger university community.

The department currently comprises three full-time faculty members, offers majors in Political Science; Law, Politics, and Society; International Relations; and Public Administration. For more information, see the department web page:

Samford University ( is a leading nationally ranked Christian University. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. It is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution for higher learning in Alabama. Located in the Birmingham, Alabama, suburb of Homewood, with 425 full-time faculty and more than 5,700 students representing 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 22 countries. Samford is ranked #10 in the U.S. for the quality of career preparation provided to its students according to a newly published ranking, “The Top U.S. Colleges for Career and Learning-Related Opportunities,” in The Wall Street Journal. The University is dedicated to the promotion of rigorous academic inquiry in a Christian setting. The University seeks and prefers employee applicants of the Christian faith and offers competitive salaries with a generous benefits package. Samford University and the Howard College of Arts and Sciences embrace diversity in their faculty, students, and staff and encourage applications from those who would add to the diversity of our academic community. 

Review of applications will begin February 15, 2024 and applications will not be accepted after this date. Please submit (via email below in .pdf format), an application letter, curriculum vitae with names and contact information of three references, description of teaching experience and interests, description of research plans, along with an Application for Faculty Position and the Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement (links below). Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. The successful candidate must pass a background check. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States, as Samford will not sponsor any employment visas for this position.

Application for Faculty Position can be found at:

Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement can be found at:

Please submit all materials in PDF format to: Questions may be addressed to: Dr. Lee Trepanier, Search Committee Chair 

ATTN: Political Science Faculty

In accordance with applicable federal and state laws, such as Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act and ADA Amendments, the University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, religion, or any other protected status under federal, state or local law applicable to the University, in its education policies, programs, and activities, in its admissions policies, in employment policies and practices, and all other areas of the University. As a faith-based institution, the University is exempted from certain laws and regulations concerning discrimination.

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