The Department of Political Science at Auburn University created the Election Administration, Policy & Law Fellows program to enable recent doctorate recipients to use and expand Auburn’s extraordinary resources to tackle complex election-related challenges and to provide a platform for new research in the field of election sciences as it evolves and changes. We seek candidates who possess a passion for, and a demonstrated research agenda in, the field of election administration. The Fellow will work with Auburn faculty members in the Election Administration concentration in its graduate programs at the masters and doctoral levels, and the newly created Institute for Election Administration Practice and Research to generate new knowledge while also strengthening connections across the election administration community. The Institute is a partnership between Auburn’s election administration faculty and the Election Center, also known as the National Association of Election Officials, and has been established to conduct and share research and advance and share best practices for the benefit of the election administration community.
The position begins January 1, 2023 (or August 16, 2023, starting date is negotiable) with a one- year appointment and is renewable for a second year contingent upon funding. The successful candidate must have strong, demonstrated basic or applied research and interests in the administration of elections, which we define as topics and questions related to election policy and administration, election reform, data transparency, electoral institutions, election security, and election law. It is expected that the person in this position will teach two courses per semester (Fall and Spring) on the Auburn campus, with primary teaching responsibilities in the Election Administration graduate curricula and in undergraduate political science courses. Candidates with applied experience are highly valued, as are candidates with scholarly interest in contemporary public service including collaboration, intergovernmental relationships, networks, and nonprofit organizations.