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Lecturer in International Relations (Social Science)

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia County, PA
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Jan 16, 2022

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The undergraduate International Relations (IR) Program of the University of Pennsylvania is searching for a full-time Lecturer in International Relations for Academic Year 2021-22. The IR Program is a multi-disciplinary major in the College of Arts and Sciences that serves approximately 150 students. Its primary missions are to instruct, advise, and promote the career development of its students. Most of its curriculum consists of courses offered by affiliated or related departments across campus, especially Political Science, History, and Economics.

The IR staff itself is responsible for a year-long seminar sequence (INTR390/391) in which every senior in the program completes an original thesis; a course on research methods and practice in international relations (INTR350); and an introductory level course on International Relations Theory and History (INTR101). When enrollments permit, however, we encourage Lecturers to offer a course in their own expertise, and they may also have the opportunity to offer such courses as overload or summer courses in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies.

This appointment is for one year, and is 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 social science field (such as Political Science, Economics, or Public Policy). The responsibility of the successful candidate is to instruct one section each semester of the senior seminar sequence (INTR390/391), supervising approximately 15 senior theses over the course of the year, plus teach a course on research methods and practice (INTR350) each semester. The candidate must be proficient in quantitative methods applied to International Relations research, able to provide technical guidance to students conducting quantitative research, and be familiar with a broad spectrum of both quantitative and qualitative research methods employed in the social sciences. Applicants experienced in teaching research methods at the undergraduate or graduate level will be preferred.

Lecturers are also expected to assist in general advising of IR majors for two-three hours per week in addition to office hours associated with their courses. All IR staff members are encouraged to participate occasionally in extracurricular activities sponsored by the IR Program.

The Program is committed to promoting a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and under-represented communities.

Applications should onclude a cover letter, CV, writing sample, teaching statement and, if available, teaching evaluations for the last two years. Also, submit the names and contact information of 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 further information contact Dr. Tomoharu Nishino, Co-Director, by email at

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: The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action ( and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).
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