Visiting Assistant Professor in U.S. National Security Policy

Posted Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Virginia Military Institute’s Department of International Studies and Political Science (IS) announces a one-year, full-time visiting assistant professor position in U.S. National Security Policy, beginning 01 August 2018.  The appointment is for a 4-4 teaching load. 

The primary teaching responsibility is an undergraduate course on the history, development, and future of U.S. National Security Policy, which is a mid-level core requirement in the IS curriculum.  Candidates would also be expected to teach two upper-level undergraduate elective courses on security studies-related topics.  The visiting professor may be eligible for other professional resources during his/her one-year appointment, such as on-campus housing and travel funding.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Political Science or International Relations is preferred, but ABD applicants expecting to complete their dissertation prior to appointment will be considered.  Teaching experience at the undergraduate level is required.

Applicants should complete an application and submit a cover letter summarizing their interest in the position and qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and graduate transcripts online at:

Separately, applicants should submit three letters of recommendation via e-mail to the VMI International Studies Department Head, Dennis Foster, at

To receive full consideration, all application materials should be submitted by 15 April 2018.  Representatives of the IS department will be at the International Studies Association Conference in San Francisco in early April, and will seek to set up meetings with select candidates.  

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.

Virginia Military Institute is a state-supported four-year undergraduate military college of liberal arts, engineering, and the sciences. It is located in the southern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Lexington, population 7,000, is also home to Washington and Lee University and offers a stimulating cultural atmosphere in a pleasant, rural setting. 

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, VMI encourages women, minorities, disabled individuals and veterans to apply.  AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are also encouraged to apply.



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