|The Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks a Director of Legal Studies (http://polsci.umass.edu/legal/) to lead the program into its next phase of development. Leadership will involve working with existing faculty to pursue new initiatives enhancing the programâ€™s stature, strengthening its focus in the social sciences while maintaining its interdisciplinary character, generating greater collaboration with socio-legal scholars across campus and in the Five College area, and fostering graduate level research on law and society by PhD students across the university. The Director will also lead the faculty in developing
research initiatives on the broad theme of Law, Societies and Global Justice. The Legal Studies program strives to become a center for ambitious intellectual activity and research that addresses important questions about the place of law in societies around the world while helping to produce the next generation of social science law and society scholars.
Legal Studies at UMass is the oldest undergraduate liberal arts program for the study of law and society in the country, and the only one in New England at a public university. The program is housed in the Department of Political Science and runs its own undergraduate major. The Political Science Department is committed to teaching and research that crosses traditional disciplinary and sub-field boundaries and engages a broad range of methodological approaches. This search continues the Political Science departmentâ€™s efforts to add to the strength of its diverse and growing faculty.
Applicants should be at the associate or full professor rank with a PhD in Political Science or in a closely related field, and strong engagement with the Law and Society community. Appropriate leadership skills and experience and a strong personal research and funding record are expected. The appointment is expected to begin September 1, 2014. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications.
Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, up to three samples of written work, and contact information for three letter writers through the Academic Jobs Online website at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/2890. Online applications are strongly preferred but paper applications may be sent to Mr. Stephen Marvell, Department of Political Science, 322 Thompson Hall, UMass Amherst, 200 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003-9277. Inquiries about the position can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of application materials begins on October 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and its departments and programs value diversity of faculty, students and curriculum as a key component of academic excellence. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.
The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity is critical to achieving the University's mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and service in an increasingly diverse globalized society. Therefore, in holistically assessing many qualifications of each applicant of any race or gender we would factor favorably an individualâ€™s record of conduct that includes students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degree.|