Posted On: Friday, September 21, 2012
Position Type: Faculty
College/Division: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Political Science
Contact: Brendon Swedlow |


The Department of Political Science and the Institute for the Study of the 
Sustainability and Energy at Northern Illinois University anticipate hiring a 
tenure-track assistant 
professor in environmental policy, beginning August 2013. The position is open 
to applicants from 
any subfield in political science. Reflecting NIU’s commitment to 
interdisciplinary collaboration in 
education and scholarship, the position will hold joint appointment status, but 
will be tenurable in 
the Department of Political Science. 

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong record of or potential for 
scholarly research, 
teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and the 
ability to work with 
diverse student populations. The successful candidate will be expected to teach 
a core course in 
environmental studies.

The Department of Political Science has 30 faculty members and offers B.A., 
B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. 
degrees. The Institute has 19 faculty associates, offers B.A. and B.S. degrees, 
and is developing a 
graduate program. For more information, please visit 
and NIU is located in DeKalb, a welcoming and rapidly growing city 
65 miles west of 
downtown Chicago. It has an enrollment of more than 24,000 students, including 
a graduate 
student body of over 6,400.


An earned Ph.D. in political science is required by the starting date of the 


Preference will be given to candidates who can teach an introductory course in 
public policy.


Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. 
Applicants must 
send a cover letter, a statement describing how their scholarship will 
contribute to the missions of 
both the Department and the Institute, a curriculum vitae, writing samples, 
evidence of teaching 
effectiveness, appropriate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to 
Brendon Swedlow, 
Chair of Environmental Policy Search, at

Review of completed applications will begin on November 1, 2012 and will 
continue until the 
position is filled.

In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of 
employment is made, the 
university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which 
includes a criminal 
background check.

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal 
opportunity employer and 
does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, 
sex, religion, age, 
physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual 
orientation, gender identity, 
gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to 
professional qualifications, 
and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and 
orders pertaining to 
nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes 
Dual Career issues.

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