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Assistant Teaching Professor of Society, Technology & Policy (Non-Tenure Track)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Posted May 13, 2019
Title Assistant Teaching Professor of Society, Technology & Policy (Non-Tenure Track)
University Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Social Sciences - General

Assistant Teaching Professor of Society, Technology & Policy (Non-Tenure Track)


Social Science & Policy Studies

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

The Department of Social Science & Policy Studies (SSPS) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) invites applications for the non-tenure track position of assistant teaching professor in the Society, Technology, and Policy (STP) program. The new faculty member will serve in a leadership role for the program and teach courses in and advise STP students. This position will begin in summer 2019. WPI and SSPS are committed to building and supporting a multi-cultural and otherwise diverse educational community, with an active focus on diversifying the faculty, staff, and students.

At WPI, many students select the STP degree as a double major/minor option to complement one of WPI's STEM disciplines. The course work is broad in an effort to create graduates who are technically literate and able to translate complex scientific, policy, and regulatory information to varied audiences.

SSPS seeks candidates who have expertise in international relations, comparative politics, and/or public policy. Additional expertise in the areas of science/technology policy and/or environmental issues is also valued. They should be able to teach undergraduate courses in American government, public policy, international politics with expertise in science, technology, and environmental policy. In addition, all WPI faculty are expected to participate and advise students in the university's unique undergraduate projects program.

We seek individuals with a Ph.D. in political science, public policy, global public policy or a cognate discipline. The successful candidate will join a unified department of social scientists that has seven different program areas: (1) economics, (2) global public health, (3) international development, environment, and sustainability, (4) learning sciences and technologies, (5) psychology, (6) STP, and (7) system dynamics. In addition, SSPS has many course offerings and faculty members whose work focuses on issues of social justice, both in the department and across campus.

The assistant teaching professor position is for one year, with a potential for a second year renewal. Applications should include the following information in their application materials: (1) a cover letter outlining experience with teaching, scholarship/expertise, service, and commitment to/experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion; (2) a vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy and inclusive methods used to reach diverse populations; (4) evidence of teaching effectiveness; and (5) contact information for three professional references. The review of applications will begin immediately and will remain open until the successful candidate has been identified.

Founded in 1865, WPI is one of the nation's first technological universities. A highly selective private university located within an hour of Boston, WPI is consistently ranked among the top 70 research institutions by US News & World Report. The university is home to an innovative and intensive project-based curriculum that empowers students with the knowledge and skills to address real-world problems around the globe. WPI is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community for faculty, staff, and students, where all community members feel a connected sense of belonging.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or disability. We are looking for individuals who value creativity, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration.

United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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About WPI

WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI

WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.


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