Professor- Political Science

Clemson, SC

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Our beautiful college campus sits on 1,400 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along the shores of Hartwell Lake. But we also have research facilities and economic development hubs throughout the state of South Carolina — in Greenville, Greenwood, Columbia and Charleston.

Professor- Political Science

The Department of Political Science at Clemson University invites applications for an Associate Professor or Professor in domestic, comparative, or international public policy; policymaking processes; or public administration, to begin in August 2025. We welcome applicants from all subfields in political science, especially those that have an interest in the development and promotion of our Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Ph.D. Policy Studies programs, as well as mentoring graduate students. This is a nine-month faculty position, and qualified candidates will be considered for tenure on arrival. 

The successful candidate also will be expected to pursue an active research agenda resulting in a strong record of peer-reviewed publications. We especially encourage applications from candidates with a history of external research funding or definite plans to apply for grants. The position’s teaching responsibilities will include offering courses in public policy, public administration, or in related areas within the Department’s Ph.D., MPA, and undergraduate programs. The expected teaching load is two courses per semester.

The Department of Political Science offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in political science, along with its master’s degree in public administration and Ph.D. in policy studies. The Department has 26 full-time faculty and 3 full-time staff. Clemson University is a land-grant institution located in western South Carolina in the Greenville metropolitan area. Its strategic plan—Clemson Elevate—articulates three dynamic goals: delivering the #1 student experience in the nation, doubling research productivity by 2035, and transforming lives statewide and beyond. These overlapping priorities are intended to continue Clemson’s development as a leading public research university, sustain its Carnegie R1 status, and position itself for membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU).