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Civic Education Assistant Professor

Job #12777
School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership
Arizona State University

The School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time faculty position, Assistant Professor, in Civic Education, with an anticipated start date of August 2019. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Arizona State University as the most innovative university in the country for the past three years, ahead of Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute for Technology. Contributing to that No. 1 ranking with regard to "Innovation in Leadership" is the new School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, which aims to create a new kind of leader, blending tradition and innovation, and exploring questions of freedom and governance. The School is an interdisciplinary department that seeks, in its curriculum and public programs, to reconnect liberal education and civic education in the American university. It houses the Center for Political Thought and Leadership, whose primary focus areas are in civic education and American political thought as foundations for civic, political, and professional leadership.

The successful candidate will play a leading role in developing the Center's civic education initiatives at both the university and K-12 levels, and will pursue research and teaching for the School at the intersection of American political thought and civic education - thus serving the School's broad mission and the dual focus of the Center. As with any Arizona State University professor, the successful candidate will be expected to develop or continue an excellent research and publication program; engage undergraduate and graduate students through effective teaching; participate in service to the university and profession; and build productive relationships with faculty both within and beyond the School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership.


Required qualifications include: a doctorate in political science, or closely related field; an established, successful, and ongoing research program in the area of American political thought; and an established record of successful university teaching experience. Desired qualifications include: expertise and interest in civic education at both the university and K-12 levels; interest in the study, teaching, and discussion of the great texts and debates of American political thought; demonstrated success meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities; demonstrated potential or an established record of research and publication appropriate for tenure and promotion at a Carnegie R1 research University.


Initial deadline for review of complete applications is April 8th, 2019; if not filled, review of complete applications will continue on the 1st and 15th of each month thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment.

Applicants must send:

  1. A letter of interest outlining their qualifications
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Reprints of representative publications
  4. Contact information (including email addresses) for three references
  5. Copy of graduate transcript; to: Civic Education Search Committee, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, at scetl@asu.edu

For more information, see the full description or contact the Search Committee Chair: Dr. Adam Seagrave, email: Adam.Seagrave@asu.edu.