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Position Announcement: Global Urban Studies Assistant Professor, Washington D.C.

Position Announcement: Global Urban Studies Assistant Professor, Washington D.C.

Malini Ranganathan lets us know that The School of International Service (SIS) at American University (AU) invites applications for a full- time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 1, 2015. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. or the highest equivalent degree in a relevant discipline by August 2015. The position is for  Assistant Professor in Global Urban Studies.

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We seek scholar-teachers whose work is theoretically grounded, empirically tested, and policy relevant. Candidates should demonstrate excellence in research and teaching and a commitment to university service. Candidates should also share the School’s commitment to diversity.

The ideal candidate will be a scholar specializing in the study of global urbanism. Possible areas of expertise include (but are by no means limited to) rural-urban migration; urban governance, infrastructure and planning; globalization and cities; urban security, violence, and conflict; urban health; and urban informality. Geographical focus is open: we are interested in scholarship on cities in the developing world, on cities in countries with higher levels of human development, or that incorporates various forms of comparison across regions and other categories. The SIS faculty consists of a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary orientations; scholars from any relevant social science discipline are encouraged to apply, as are scholars with interdisciplinary backgrounds.

Salary and benefits are competitive. Review of applications will begin September 15 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit applications via: Attach a letter of application, curriculum vita, three letters of recommendation, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), and copies of recent published papers or working papers. Applications are strongly preferred in electronic format. Non-electronic applications should be addressed to:

Chair, Global Urban Studies Search Committee
c/o Jennifer Napolitano, Faculty Affairs Coordinator School of International Service
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8071
Tel: 202-885-1672


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Established in 1957, American University’s School of International Service (SIS) produces cutting edge research addressing the world’s most pressing challenges and trains the next generation of global leaders. Our programs aim to foster a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world.

A top ten school of international relations located in Washington, DC, SIS provides opportunities for research, professional training, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.

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American University is an Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or protected Veteran status. American University is a tobacco- and smoke-free campus.



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