Vanderbilt University, Political Science

Position ID:Vandy-PSCI-VU-TTTPROFESSOR [#12077]
Position Title: Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, and Associate Professor/Professor with Tenure (Two Positions)
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Nashville, Tennessee 37203, United States [map]
Subject Area: Political Science / Public Policy
Appl Deadline:2018/11/15help popup finished (2018/09/21, finished 2019/05/19)
Position Description:    

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The Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations (LPO) in Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College and the Program in Public Policy Studies within the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University invite applications for two joint faculty positions: 1) a tenured associate or full professor position; and 2) an assistant professor on the tenure track, for which both new and advanced assistant professor candidates are encouraged to apply.

Ideal candidates will show evidence of substantive interest in a true joint appointment between LPO and an Arts and Science department such as economics, political science, or sociology. The primary tenure home (and, for the junior candidate, the primary evaluation unit for the tenure decision) will be either in LPO or in an A&S department, chosen in consultation with the candidate. Both positions will carry appointments with the Program in Public Policy Studies.

We seek applicants whose research employs quantitative methods to address questions of fundamental importance to public policy at the local, state, and federal levels in the areas of education, human capital accumulation, labor/workforce outcomes, human development, and/or health. For one of the positions, we seek a scholar whose research focuses on education and human and economic development in international settings and contexts.

Senior candidates should have a strong record of accomplishment and a history of working collaboratively with colleagues and students. Senior candidates should also have an exemplary record of teaching, research, and service that includes mentoring and training future researchers within his/her research projects. A successful external funding record is expected for senior candidates; for junior candidates, the potential for the research agenda to attract external funding is a plus.

The mission of the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations is to understand and improve the political, economic, organizational, and social contexts in which human learning takes place. The department embraces a range of disciplinary traditions and encourages multiple methodological approaches in the study of education policy and practice. The department operates highly regarded masters, Ed.D., and Ph.D. programs in K-12, international, and higher education leadership and policy, as well as an undergraduate major in Human and Organizational Development. These programs are ranked among the highest in the nation.

The mission of the Program in Public Policy Studies is to prepare students to be informed and engaged consumers and producers of public policy through rigorous training in social science and social context, exposure and access to top public policy researchers and scholars, and a deep commitment to creating positive and lasting change. The Program is in the midst of exciting and substantial growth, naming a Director and hiring two tenure-track faculty in the past year and engaging in this trans-institutional search for two new faculty positions. The Program offers an undergraduate major in the College of Arts and Sciences and seeks to grow trans-institutionally in the near future. The new faculty hired under this program have the potential to play a strong role in the program’s future direction.

Application Instructions For inquiries about the position, please contact search co-chairs Carolyn Heinrich (Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor, LPO: and/or Kitt Carpenter (Director, PPS and Professor, Economics:

All application materials should be submitted by November 15, 2018; review of applications will begin as they are received and continue until the positions are filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter addressing their qualifications and interest, a full curriculum vita, and a representative research paper. Senior candidates should submit the names and contact information of three people who may serve as references. Junior candidates should submit three letters of reference.

To apply for the senior position go here: To apply for the junior position go here:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Vanderbilt University has a strong institutional commitment to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups, in particular, are encouraged to apply. Vanderbilt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

In compliance with federal law, including the provisions of Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990,the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Executive Order 11246, the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 as amended by the Jobs for Veterans Act, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, as amended, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, Vanderbilt University does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, military service, covered veterans status, or genetic information in its administration of educational policies, programs, or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and loan programs; athletic or other university-administered programs; or employment. In addition, the university does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their gender expression. Requests for information, inquiries or complaints should be directed to these offices: Faculty and staff - Equal Employment Opportunity, Anita J. Jenious, Director,, telephone (615) 343-9336; Students - Title IX and Student Discrimination, Molly Zlock, Title IX Coordinator and Director,, telephone (615) 343-9004, 110 21st Avenue South, Suite 975, Nashville TN 37203; Students - Student Access Services, Tiffany Culver, Interim Director; telephone (615) 343-9727.

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Contact: Kitt Carpenter
Email: email
Postal Mail:
230 Appleton Place
PMB 505
Nashville, TN 37203-5721
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