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Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies (EXPIRED)

Peace and Conflict Studies, Swarthmore College

Job category Faculty (open rank) / Tenure-track or similar
AOS Peace and Conflict Studies
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, United States
Start date Fall 2023
Job description


The Peace and Conflict Studies Department of Swarthmore College invites applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position, beginning Fall 2023. Rank is open. Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on Faculty Diversity and Excellence at Swarthmore, see https://www.swarthmore.edu/faculty-diversity-excellence.

Founded in 1864 by abolitionist Quakers, Swarthmore College seeks to provide learners of diverse backgrounds a transformative liberal arts education grounded in rigorous intellectual inquiry and to empower all who share in our community to flourish and contribute to a better world. A focus on the study and pursuit of peace and justice dates from the founding of the College, and the Peace and Conflict Studies Department began as a formal interdisciplinary program in 1991. We study violence, oppression, and powerful nonviolent ways to secure more just and peaceful futures, within an interdisciplinary learning community committed to equity and inclusion. The Swarthmore College Peace Collection, the Friends Historical Library, and the Global Nonviolent Action Database are also housed at the College. For more information about the department, please visit our website at https://www.swarthmore.edu/peace-conflict-studies   


Candidates should demonstrate expertise in peace and conflict studies. We welcome applications from candidates in the humanities and social sciences with regional expertise in areas besides Europe. The successful candidate for the position will be expected to teach four courses per year in our interdisciplinary undergraduate program. We seek a candidate with a serious commitment to scholarship and a strong research agenda, robust teaching skills, and a passion for peace studies that will support student advising and contribute to the further development of a dynamic department. Candidates with leadership skills and administrative experience are highly desirable. The strongest candidates will demonstrate a commitment to an active research program and creative teaching that speaks to and motivates undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. A terminal degree (PhD/MFA/DFA) in peace and conflict studies or in another discipline should be in hand by September 2023, accompanied by intellectual and professional engagement in the field of peace and conflict studies.

Effective July 21, 2021, Swarthmore is requiring all new employees to show proof of being fully vaccinated by their start date, unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption. For more information about Swarthmore's vaccine requirements, please visit the Swarthmore COVID-19 Response website.

Application Instructions

Full consideration will be given to all complete applications received by 11:59 pm October 21, 2022. Applications will be accepted thereafter until the position is filled but cannot be guaranteed consideration. Candidates should send the following:

  • a cover letter of 2-3 pages, including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, and research agenda. We invite applicants to discuss if and how they have addressed (or plan to address) issues of inequality, diversity, and inclusivity through their teaching, scholarship, or service activities.

  • a curriculum vitae

  • a writing sample of not more than 40 pages

  • three letters of recommendation.

Finalists may be asked to submit evidence of teaching effectiveness, along with course syllabi. 

Please via Interfolio apply at apply.interfolio.com/111487   Direct inquiries to the Department Chair, Lee Smithey, at [email protected]

How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://apply.interfolio.com/111487
Hard deadline October 21, 2022, 11:59pm EST
Web address for more information https://www.swarthmore.edu/peace-conflict-studies
Contact name Lee Smithey
Contact email
Time created September 20, 2022, 2:51pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date October 21, 2022, 11:59pm EST
Expired on October 23, 2022, 12:46am EST
Last updated December 23, 2022, 3:00pm UTC
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