Assistant Professor of International Relations, Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

Position Title: Assistant Professor of International Relations 

Organization: Colorado State University 

Anticipated Start Date: August 16, 2022

Salary: $73,000 – $79,000

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Description of Work Unit:

The Department of Political Science at Colorado State University provides quality undergraduate and graduate educational programs leading to the B.A., M.A. and PhD degrees. Our curriculum covers the breadth of the Political Science discipline including American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and public policy and administration. The Department has a unique specialization in environmental politics and policy, which is reflected in the undergraduate and graduate curricula as well as faculty research and outreach. The Department serves 500 majors and minors along with more than 40 graduate students and houses the Straayer Center for Public Service Leadership. Approximately one-third of the undergraduate majors are first-generation college students. Our 16 tenure-track faculty conduct research to advance knowledge about government and politics and to identify solutions to societal problems in the United States and around the world. Faculty members are actively involved with interdisciplinary programs at CSU, including the School of Global Environmental Sustainability; the Center for Women’s Studies & Gender Research; the Center for Public Deliberation; the Center for Environmental Justice; the Political Economy Graduate Interdisciplinary Program; the One Health Institute; the Partnership for Air Quality, Climate and Health; the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences; and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Minor.

Colorado State University, with an enrollment of about 30,000, is a public, land-grant institution classified as RI (highest research activity) in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The university is located in Fort Collins, a dynamic community of 150,000 located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles north of Denver. Northern Colorado is known for its natural beauty, economic vitality, and abundant cultural and recreational opportunities. 

Position Summary:

The Department of Political Science at Colorado State University invites applications for an entry-level tenure-track Assistant Professor position in International Relations with a specialization in international environmental politics. We are open with respect to theoretical orientation and methodological approaches. This is a full-time, tenure-track, nine-month appointment, beginning August 16, 2022.

The Department defines international environmental politics broadly to include scholarship on natural resources, forms of collective action, and all interactions between humans and the natural world. This definition could include scholars whose work fits into any subfield of International Relations.

The Department values both strong teaching and research. Successful candidates will be expected to offer courses in International Relations at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including an upper-division undergraduate course in Global Environmental Politics and a graduate-level course in International Environmental Politics. Additional teaching assignments will depend on the candidate’s interests and expertise as well as departmental needs. The normal teaching load is 2-2.

Faculty members are also expected to advise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students; demonstrate an active research agenda; and provide service to the department, college, university, and community. Approximately one-third of undergraduate political science majors at CSU are first-generation college students. The Department offers programs of study leading to the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. The doctoral degree emphasizes the study of environmental politics and policy.
  • Teaching / Advising (50%)
    • Successful candidates will be expected to offer graduate courses in international relations, including international environmental politics. Additional teaching assignments will depend on the candidate’s interests and expertise as well as College needs. The normal teaching load is 2-2. Faculty members are expected to advise and mentor graduate students. 
  • Research (40%)
    • Faculty members are expected to develop an active research agenda. 
  • Service (10%)
    • Faculty members are expected to provide service to the degree program, school, college, university, and community. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Primary teaching and scholarly emphasis in International Relations
  • Evidence of an active research agenda focused on an aspect of International Environmental Politics, together with plans to sustain a research agenda focused on International Environmental Politics
  • Demonstrated ability to teach political science graduate-level and upper-division courses in International Environmental Politics
  • PhD in Political Science or related field by August 16, 2022
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness 
  • Must pass a background check 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to enhance the Department’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Scholarly interest in the politics of gender; 
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to one or more of the Department’s new MA specializations (Environmental Politics; Power, Justice, and Democracy; and Political Analysis
  • Ability to contribute to methods training (qualitative, quantitative, or research design).

How to Apply: 

Application Deadline: September 8, 2021

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with identified required and preferred qualifications of the position, a current CV, and three letters of reference. For more information visit our website.

Please note, your referees will be emailed a request for a letter of reference immediately upon submission of your application. As such, applicants should allow sufficient time for their letters to be submitted by September 8, 2021 to ensure full consideration. Application materials of semi-finalist candidates, including letters of reference, will be made available for review by the entire faculty in the Department of Political Science. 

If you have questions, please contact Kate Sherman at

Required Documents:

  • Curriculum Vita
  • Cover Letter
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Writing Samples
  • Sample Syllabus or syllabi
  • Class or Student Evaluations
Optional Documents:
  • Course Materials
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy