Assistant Professor of Political Science, Tenure Track

Faculty Boston, Massachusetts


The Politics and Public Policy program at Suffolk University invites applicants for a full time, tenure-track position in the Political Science and Legal Studies (PSLS) Department.  The Department is interested in recruiting a scholar and teacher with a focus on civil rights and liberties, race and ethnic politics, the role of identity in politics, or the impact of economic, social, or political inequality on marginalized groups. 

The successful candidate will contribute to a rich tradition of community-engaged teaching and experiential education that prepares our diverse, substantially first-generation college students—40% of whom are Pell eligible—for careers and civic engagement.  Department faculty take advantage of our location in the heart of Boston to design exciting real-world learning opportunities at the Court House and the State House.  Co-curricular events such as Our Issues, Our Voices, Our Votes, a virtual speaker series, provide students with access to civic leaders and insight into the application of classroom skills and knowledge.  The successful candidate will have a commitment to inclusive pedagogy and curricular diversity, mentoring and advising students—especially first-generation college students—as well as conducting impactful research. 

The Political Science and Legal Studies Department has a strong commitment to student development by providing high quality instruction to a diverse student body. The PSLS department offers 3 undergraduate majors and 2 graduate programs: the  major in undergraduate law (320 students); a major in political science, and a major in International Relations, a Master’s in Applied Politics and a Master’s in Global Public Policy.  Faculty in the department are award-winning teachers recognized for innovative pedagogical practices, community leaders civically engaged in advancing social justice, internationally recognized policy and political consultants and active researchers and scholars.  Initiatives such as Suffolk Votes, the non-partisan university-wide initiative to raise political awareness and impact by increasing student voter participation, reflect the department’s key role in Suffolk’s Community Engagement Carnegie Classification.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are woven into Suffolk University’s very fabric.  We have been providing access and expanding opportunities for students of color for more than a century and this mission is lived through our decisions at every level.  U.S. News ranked Suffolk University among the top 100 universities in the country for social mobility.  Suffolk was also listed 14th nationally in percentage of international students.  Through student, faculty and staff recruitment and support, community engagement, curriculum development, and research, the University community works to advance equity for every student, every day.  Learn more about how we manifest the core values of our mission at Suffolk DEI.

Candidates should provide evidence of commitment to excellent teaching and scholarly potential including a research agenda and plans for peer-reviewed publication. The successful candidate will teach at the undergraduate and graduate level; previous teaching experience is required. Candidates must hold a PhD at the time of appointment.

Application should be made through the Suffolk University Human Resources website.   A complete submission will include: cover letter (including research agenda); CV; undergraduate and graduate transcripts; research writing sample; statement of teaching philosophy; student course evaluations; and contact information for three professional references. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by December 1st.  Initial interviews will be via Zoom followed by on-campus interviews. 

Suffolk University is a private, comprehensive, urban university located in downtown Boston, and is an equal opportunity employer committed to faculty diversity. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. To learn more about Suffolk University visit our website at  To learn more about the department, go to

Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment. Suffolk University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in candidates who, through their training, service and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.