Assistant Professor, Political Science

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Work type: Full-time Faculty
Location: Macon, GA
Categories: Political Science

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Assistant Professor, Political Science


Political Science


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Macon, GA

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The Department of Political Science at MERCER UNIVERSITY invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Political Science, with specialization in Public Policy, American Politics, and/or Public Administration. Start date is August 1, 2023. 

Teaching expectations include at least two sections of Introduction to American Government each year, as well as one section of Law, Public Policy, and Ethics, and one section of a new course tentatively titled Ethics in Law and Government.   The successful candidate will also be responsible for teaching Environmental Politics and Policy on a biennial basis.  Additional opportunities for teaching can include content areas of public policy (such as healthcare policy, city planning, and/or local government) or other areas according to the successful candidate’s preparation and interests.  Additionally, the successful candidate for this position is expected to contribute to the college’s innovative interdisciplinary foundational studies program. 

The crucial elements that we seek in a new colleague are a commitment to excellence in teaching (required for tenure), an active scholarly agenda, and a willingness to take on service both internally to the university and externally to the community.  We seek candidates who enjoy working collegially within the department and across disciplines and are committed to seeing students thrive.  This includes a willingness to collaborate on research and service projects with students, advising student organizations, and engaging fully in the life of the university.


A Ph.D. degree in Political Science, Public Policy, or related field from an accredited college/university is required. ABD candidates will be considered at the Instructor rank but are expected to complete their degree requirements within one year of starting at Mercer. We are searching for a colleague who has the training and experience to teach American politics as well as public policy.

Additional Information

Mercer University is a private university distinguished by its commitment to teaching, empowering and inspiring its students to create, discover, and serve. The university offers rigorous programs to more than 8,700 students enrolled in schools of liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, business, law, pharmacy, medicine, nursing, health professions, education, theology, and professional advancement. The highly selective, residential, undergraduate-only College of Liberal Arts and Sciences enrolls over 1900 students. Among the freshmen in 2021, 27% are 1st generation college students, 36% are Pell-eligible, and 51% are Black/African American, Asian, or Hispanic/Latinx. The College, which hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, is dedicated to cultivating intellectual curiosity, respectful dialogue, and responsible citizenry. It is located in the historic city of Macon, Georgia, which is the educational, medical, cultural and commercial hub of Middle Georgia, an hour and a half south of Atlanta.

For additional information about Mercer and the Political Science Department, please email Dr. Chris Grant, co-chair of the department at , or consult the program web site that can be reached at

Background Check

Selection of the final candidate is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience

Required Documents

CV, Cover Letter, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Statement of Research Interests, References

Special Instructions to Applicants

Candidates should complete the brief online application and attach a letter of interest, current CV, statement of teaching philosophy including your approach to teaching a diverse student population, a statement on scholarship and scholarly interests (include in “Research Interests” section), and the names and email addresses of three references. Upon request, candidates should also request that their referees email their letters to, or mail their letters directly to: Dr. Lori Johnson, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Political Science, Mercer University, 1501 Mercer University Dr., Macon GA 31207.

Review of applications will begin in November and will continue until the position is filled.

EEO Statement


Mercer University recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

All faculty and staff, excluding student employees, on-call staff and adjunct faculty teaching online only, are required to have the COVID-19 vaccine or an approved medical or religious exemption by the University. New hires will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination card or receive approval for a medical or religious exemption by the University before their first day of employment.

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