The International Communication Section (ICOMM)

of the International Studies Association

Assistant or Associate Professor Position at Virginia Tech

Integrated Security
Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

The Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the area of Integrated Security. This faculty search is part of a cross-college cluster hire being conducted in the Integrated Security Destination Area (, which is one of several focused Virginia Tech initiatives to recruit and support world-class groups of faculty that bridge disciplinary strengths. This initial hire focuses on multiple aspects of today’s embedded cyber- physical/human systems. We seek a colleague who will build upon our departmental, college, and university strengths in the study of all dimensions of governance, privacy, and security at the interconnections of the digital and physical worlds as humans, groups, institutions, and systems link these domains of complex action. Over the next four years, the number of Internet- connected devices will more than double, changing the ways people interact with technologies and their environments; however, fundamental security and privacy challenges have yet to be adequately addressed for these new technologies. This cluster hire will foster cross-disciplinary collaborations that explore these challenges through the lenses of technology, law, governance, ethics, and business.

We are interested in applicants who can demonstrate research and teaching expertise in one or more of the following domains of inquiry: human security and insecurity (broadly defined) in “the Internet of things”; the effects of these new developments on politics, governance, and security in organizations, states, or other entities; U.S. national, subnational, or transnational responses to network security threats; human governance of cyber-physical systems, property regimes, or regulatory organizations; security and governance questions related to immigration, refugee flows, cross-border movements, and displaced populations; security and class, gender, and/or race/ethnicity. Focusing on these governance issues and public policy responses in North America is the main emphasis but other cross-national perspectives are welcome. Applicants who approach these concerns from a theoretical and critical perspective are encouraged to apply. The standard teaching load is two courses per semester. This position will begin August 10, 2017.

Required qualifications: Earned doctorate in political science or related field at the time of application or degree in hand by August 10, 2017. Successful applicants will demonstrate a strong interest in conducting research, teaching courses, and seeking grants and contracts in how the Internet of things affects concerns of human security/insecurity as they relate to governance of the public, private, and non-profit sectors as well the class, gender, locational, and racial dimensions of security in cyber-physical/human systems at any scale in U.S. national, subnational, and transnational contexts. Successful candidates will have documented effectiveness in both undergraduate and graduate teaching as well as program development in order to meet the Political Science department’s key needs in its B.A. and M.A. programs and those of doctoral students in cognate programs involved in the Integrated Security Destination Area. Potential for excellence in research and teaching is required.


Desired qualifications: Preference will be given to broadly trained candidates who have grounding and skills in a variety of theoretical, analytical, critical, and methodological approaches to security and governance, and who can work with undergraduate and graduate students. Prior teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels is strongly preferred as well as documented success in collaborative activity in transdisciplinary teams.

Interested persons must apply at posting, TR0160157 (or, where they will submit a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a recent writing sample, teaching evaluations, along with names and contact information for three academic references. Screening of applications will begin on February 6, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. All inquiries should be sent to: Dr. Timothy W. Luke <>, chair, Integrated Security Search Committee, Department of Political Science, Major Williams Hall, Room 531 (0130), 220 Stanger St., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Individuals with additional questions or with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact the search committee chair.

Virginia Tech recognizes the critical importance of diverse teams of scholars. It seeks to diversify its faculty along multiple dimensions, including those that have been historically marginalized and excluded given the institutional history and legacy of the university. Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Agency
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Office of Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.


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