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    Postdoctoral Fellow in International Politics

    (Deadline to apply: May 13, 2016)

    The Department of Politics at Saint Vincent College seeks a visiting two year Postdoctoral Fellow in International Politics, beginning in the fall of 2016. Late-stage ABD candidates will also be considered. Contracts will be offered for one academic year, with the expectation of renewal for a second, contingent on satisfactory performance.

    The Department of Politics is situated within the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government—one of the four major divisions of Saint Vincent College, the oldest Benedictine institution of higher learning in America. With this position, the Department intends to link the study of international politics to the American constitutional order, including the means of preserving constitutional liberty in an increasingly dangerous world. The position will allow the Department to play a key role in mentoring scholars and teachers, and preparing them for careers in academia.

    The teacher-scholar we seek will have a strong and sympathetic orientation toward the Great Books of Western civilization and the great political writings of the American tradition, and must be able to teach courses in international politics, broadly conceived. The fellow’s teaching load will be one course each semester (1-1), which will allow the successful candidate to gain valuable experience as a fully integrated member of a collegial and dynamic politics department, while also preparing scholarly materials for publication. We anticipate that courses will include international politics and comparative politics.

    The fellow will be expected to speak intelligently to the economic and/or security challenges and opportunities facing America in the contemporary world, including especially how free institutions might be preserved and strengthened in the face of those challenges. A commitment to teaching politics with reference to primary sources—including, where appropriate, the U.S. Constitution and the works of classic and contemporary thinkers—is essential, as is the ability to work cooperatively in a small department.

    The fellow will receive an annual stipend of $30,000. The fellow will also enjoy affiliation with the Center for Political and Economic Thought, a research and educational arm of the McKenna School. The Center is dedicated to the scholarly exposition of freedom, Western civilization, and the American experience, and is home to some of the best and most active political and economic lecture and conference programs of their kind in the nation. As a visiting fellow of the Center as well as the Department, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved with program planning. The Center will offer a modest stipend for this activity, in addition to the base stipend. The McKenna School will provide the fellow with a well-equipped office in its Department of Politics. The fellow will be eligible to participate in Saint Vincent’s generous benefits programs, and have full access to College facilities, including a modern library with an efficient interlibrary loan system. The fellow will also enjoy generous support for attending academic conferences, and for other professional development activities. Finally, the fellow will enjoy the close mentoring support of Department members and regular Center fellows, and will gain valuable insights into the practical workings of American higher education.

    Saint Vincent College is a Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts and sciences college of about 1700 students. It is located in the Laurel Highlands region of western Pennsylvania, which is a pleasant, low cost of living, suburban/rural area about an hour from the city of Pittsburgh. Saint Vincent is an equal opportunity employer.

    To apply, applicants should submit a letter detailing teaching and research interests, as well as the applicant’s perceived fit with the job description, the Department of Politics, and the Center for Political and Economic Thought. Applicants should also send a complete CV listing at least three references, a writing sample, and graduate transcripts to:

    Personnel Director
    Saint Vincent College
    300 Fraser Purchase Road
    Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650-2690

    Application deadline is May 13, 2016. Applicants should list references, but need not send letters of recommendation or teaching materials at this time; candidates who make the short list will be asked for teaching materials and no fewer than 3 letters at a later date. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Bradley C. S. Watson, Department Chairperson, bwatson@stvincent.edu


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    Saint Vincent supports faculty families with flexible family leave and disability policies. Any faculty member welcoming a new child into his or her household (including adoptive parents) is eligible for a two-week parental leave at full pay. This parental leave supplements disability leave granted for pregnancy. New full-time faculty are eligible for either 8 weeks of disability leave or the remaining number of weeks of the semester in which a disability occurs, whichever is longer, at full pay. Depending upon length of service, the disability plan provisions generously provide for pay at varying percentages for up to 26 weeks. Faculty who are new parents may also request an extension of the tenure probationary period, under the provisions of the faculty handbook. Saint Vincent is also willing to provide reasonable accommodations to allow a faculty member to fulfill their contractual duties without the need for leave or, if leave is necessary, to assist the college in arranging appropriate coverage during their absence. Please see here for detailed explanations of these policies.

  • All positions require the incumbent to be able to fully embrace the unique mission and identity of the College as a Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts institution. Saint Vincent College is committed to diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. EOE

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