Lecturer-University of Pennsylvania International Relations (IR)

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 2:30pm
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Lecturer-A International Relations

The undergraduate International Relations (I.R.) Program of the University of Pennsylvania is searching for a full-time Lecturer in International Relations for Academic Year 2017-18. The I.R. Program is a multi-disciplinary major in the College of Arts and Sciences that serves 200 - 300 majors. Its primary missions are to instruct, advise, and promote the career development of its students. Most of their curricula consist of courses offered by affiliated or related departments across campus, especially Political Science, History, and Economics. The I.R. staff itself is responsible for year-long seminars in which every senior in the program completes an original thesis. Helping the seniors conceptualize, research, and write their senior theses is the primary responsibility of our Lecturers.

The requirements of this position include the teaching of four course units of instruction (two courses per term), in most cases two senior seminars capped at 20 students. The successful candidate should also be able to teach International Relations Theory and Practice and a praxis course on research methods for international relations (an undergraduate level survey course). When enrollments permit, however, we encourage Lecturers to offer a course in their own expertise through a related department (e.g., history and political science) and may have the opportunity to offer such courses as overload in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. Lecturers are also expected to assist in general advising of I.R. majors for two - three hours per week in addition to office hours associated with their courses. All I.R. staff members are encouraged to participate occasionally in extracurricular activities sponsored by the I.R. Program.

This appointment is for one year -- renewable annually for up to an additional two years upon satisfactory performance and approval of the Dean. Candidates should have a completed doctorate in International Relations or related field, including diplomatic history. Applications are accepted at http://facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/postings/1366. Include a letter, CV, writing sample and, if available, teaching evaluations for the last two years. While not required, applicants can submit the names and contact information of up to two individuals who have agreed to provide a letter of recommendation. Recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit a letter of recommendation to the website. For answers to questions please contact Dr. Frank Plantan, Co-Director, by email at [email protected].

The International Relations Program is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see: http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v58/n02/diversityplan.html). The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.