Open Rank Professor of Political Science

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Work Unit:
College of the Liberal Arts
Political Science


The Department of Political Science at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track position focused on race and ethnicity in any subfield of political science, with particular emphasis on American, Comparative or International Politics. This is an open-rank search that is part of a cluster hire within the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State ( The department particularly seeks individuals who build on the strengths of the department. Note that this position is separate and in addition to a simultaneous search being conducted by the Department of African American Studies, and interested candidates may apply to both positions (posting available at Faculty positions at Penn State involve substantial research support; in addition, junior positions offer significant release time. Tenure track candidates should have a record that demonstrates potential to build a strong publication record, to secure external funding, and to serve as an excellent teacher and mentor. Tenured applicants should already have developed a strong record in each of these three areas. Candidates must have their Ph.D. in hand by appointment date. Applications must be submitted online, and should include as attachments a cover letter explaining their research and teaching experience, a current CV, samples of scholarly writing, and teaching evaluations (with a key). All candidates for the rank of assistant professor should request letters from three references to be sent directly to; candidates seeking a tenured appointment should e-mail the names and contact information for three individuals who have agreed to serve as a reference to that address. Application review will begin on October 10, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088