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Lake Forest College, Department of Politics, invites applications for one Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position, to begin August 2012. We seek an individual with broad interests in comparative politics, demonstrated excellence in teaching, and evidence of scholarly productivity commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will teach advanced level courses on the politics of the Middle East, as well as another region, thematic courses at the intersections of comparative politics and international relations (such as transitions to democracy, third world politics, and international political economy), and several sections a year of an introductory course in comparative and international politics. The Department is especially interested in candidates who can offer courses on the politics of the Islamic world and assume a leadership position in Lake Forest College’s Islamic World Studies program.

PhD in political science or related field is required by the time of appointment. Applicants should expect to teach three undergraduate courses per semester and carry out an active program of research that could involve undergraduates as co-investigators. Classes are small (typically 15-30 students). Funding is available for student research assistants and summer research. At Lake Forest, all assistant professors that pass third-year review are granted a half-year sabbatical, at full pay, in their fourth or fifth years of employment. Tenure review takes place in the sixth year.

A highly selective liberal arts college located on Chicago’s North Shore, Lake Forest College enrolls approximately 1,400 students from over 45 states and 65 countries. At Lake Forest College, the quality of a faculty member’s teaching is the most important criterion for evaluation. The College also expects peer-reviewed publications and active participation in the College community. Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women and members of other historically underrepresented groups.

Applicants should send a CV, teaching and research statements, sample syllabi, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and writing sample to Three letters of recommendation and official graduate school transcripts should be mailed to: James Marquardt, PhD, Chair, Department of Politics, Box E15, Lake Forest College, 555 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest IL 60045. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but review of applications begins on October 15, 2011.

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