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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Position Number: 3831791
  • Location: Chattanooga, TN
  • Position Type: Liberal Arts - Political Science

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science - 200000000O


The Department of Political Science and Public Service at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor position in American Political Behavior beginning Fall 2020. A multi-year contract is available.

We are seeking an American political behavioralist to teach research methods each fall and spring (a required course for all of the majors in the department at the 3000-level) and with a capacity to offer a range of courses in political behavior (such as media and politics, public opinion, campaigns and elections, and parties and interest groups, and upper-level seminars in their area of expertise). We do not need a methodologist per se, but a colleague who desires to work with undergraduates on the foundations of research design and social science methods. The successful candidate will participate in the life of the department, including supporting senior thesis projects and student engagement outside of the classroom, with civic engagement as a particular focus.

Candidates should provide evidence of prior teaching experience and their capacity to provide instruction through a variety of approaches, including online, and their experience and desire to engage with diverse populations. Review of applications will begin January 27; while preference will be given to applications received by that date, the review will continue until the position is filled.

Further information about the department is available at


Successful candidates will possess the following requirements:
  • Ph.D. in Political Science or closely-related field. We will consider ABDs with scheduled completion dates prior to the start of the position.
  • Demonstrated experience in political behavior and research methodology.
  • Ability to teach introductory/advanced courses in American Political Behavior and Research Methods.
  • Willingness to engage in a variety of instructional modalities, including online instruction.
  • Willingness to engage in assisting the UTC campus in its ability to reach additional goals as specified in UTC's Strategic Plan, including a demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Application Procedures

Applicants should submit the following information within our online application system for consideration:
  • Cover letter/letter of interest
  • CV, including up-to-date, personal contact information (email, phone, etc.)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness, including teaching philosophy, course evaluations, and sample syllabi
  • Statement of research agenda
  • Statement of approach to teaching and working with diverse populations

Additionally, candidates will need to include names, titles, and email addresses for three (3) references.

Inquiries may be made to Dr. Jessica Auchter, search committee chair, at

Review of applicants will begin on January 27, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second-largest school in the University of Tennessee System and serves a diverse student body of more than 11,600 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blend of private and public school traditions with a commitment to achieve excellence, embrace diversity and inclusion and offer experiential learning opportunities for students. As an urban university, we also are dedicated to inspiring positive change and enriching our community. Each day, we strive to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve. Our goal is to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.

Our definition of student success is a graduate who has the knowledge required to succeed in the workplace and the personal development to show up on time, how to collaborate and work with others and to execute the steps to complete a project. We have held the line on the cost of education with record low tuition increases over the past four years. But we still have $325 million invested in eight ongoing renovations to campus buildings and construction of new facilities.

Chattanooga, the fourth-largest city in the state, is located in Southeast Tennessee on the Georgia stateline and only a few miles from the stateline of Alabama. Because of our location, UTC enrolls students from those states as well as Tennessee. The city itself has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront on the Tennessee River. For two straight years, Outside magazine has twice named Chattanooga as the Best Town Ever, the only city to achieve that distinction. Lonely Planet magazine says we are one of the Top 10 U.S. destinations, and Money Inc. calls us one of the nation's most underrated cities.

Chattanooga also is home to the first 10-gig internet network in the United States, the fastest internet service in the Western Hemisphere. The city's ongoing dedication to advancing technology has attracted dozens of startups to join companies already here such as Volkswagen, Amazon, Unum, McKee Foods, U.S. Xpress, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United. Attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, the Creative Discovery Museum for Children, Civil War battlefield sites and the African American Museum in the Bessie Smith Cultural Center bring thousands of people to the area, as do events such as the Southern Writers Conference and the musical festivities of Riverbend, Nightfall and Jazzanooga. People who love the outdoors are coming to Chattanooga in vast numbers for its multitude of offerings such as hang-gliding, kayaking, rock climbing, biking, fishing and caving expeditions. The world-famous Ironman Triathlon and Ironman 70.3 half-marathon have contracted to take place in Chattanooga until at least 2023.

In short, Chattanooga is internationally recognized as a forward-thinking city that's rich in tradition, history and wide-ranging activities. We are an exciting and vibrant place to live and work. Whether you're raising a family or single, Chattanooga has something for you.

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.


Primary Location

Political Science Campus/Institute Chattanooga


Job Posting
Jan 9, 2020, 1:45:25 PM

EEO/AA Statement /Non-Discrimination Statement
The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), ADEA (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 201 Human Resources Center, Dept. 5455, 615 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598, telephone (423) 425-5468. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity

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