This is a position for a tenure track Assistant Professor of Political Science, focused on American Institutions and Public Policy.  We are seeking a candidate who is interested in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment that values teaching and an active and applied research agenda.  Our faculty have conducted award winning research, developed exciting new courses, and managed large and innovative National Science Foundation grants, all while also mentoring students as part of a supportive and inviting community.  Our department includes professors of political science, sociology, economics, anthropology, geography, social work, and history.  We thrive on and celebrate that diversity while each maintaining a commitment to the importance of our respective disciplines.  The Applied Social Science B.S. program is a central focus of the department, but faculty also collaborate creatively with the other 50 programs on campus, as well as with other universities (within the University of Wisconsin system and beyond). 

The anticipated start date is August 24, 2020.


  • Minimum Ph.D. in Political Science by the beginning of the appointment
  • Preference will be given to candidates with:
    • Subfields in American Institutions and Public Policy
    • Minor subfields in Race and Ethnicity in American Politics; Research Methods
    • Demonstrated potential to teach undergraduate majors and non-majors
    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary setting
    • Scholarly promise and the potential for service within the UW shared governance ethic


Contribute to instruction, research/scholarship, and university/community service.

Teach 12 credit hours per semester, assess student learning, schedule and maintain appropriate office hours, and be available to students for consultation and academic advisement. Attend and participate in meetings of the Social Science Department and History/Politics discipline.  Courses will include Introduction to American Government, along with other courses in public policy and American Institutions which complement and expand the department’s current offerings, and contribute to the University’s commitments to general education, diversity, global understanding, and the interdisciplinary Applied Social Science B.S. Program.  The ability to teach courses in Race and Ethnicity in American Politics, and Research Methods is also desirable.

Show the ability to work collaboratively and engage in professional service, scholarly activities, and the pursuit of external funding.  Interdisciplinary collaboration with faculty in conducting applied research in non-profit, business and industry, social service, and/or government sectors is encouraged.  Interest in online delivery is a plus.


The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers a rich, dynamic and collaborative environment in which to work and grow. A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the system–it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences and a solid liberal arts foundation.

UW-Stout offers 50 undergraduate and 24 graduate degrees, including two terminal degrees. Average student enrollment is 9,000.

UW-Stout faculty enjoy opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry, and faculty are encouraged to maintain strong ties and seek collaborative projects within their disciplines and industries.

All undergraduate students participating in traditional, on campus-based programs are issued laptops. Faculty use the university’s online course delivery system and must be available for online interactions and/or alternate time frames for teaching. Faculty members teach, advise students, conduct research, assess student learning and engage in service activities.

Menomonie, Wisconsin, is a town of 16,000 located in the beautiful Chippewa River Valley, 25 miles west of Eau Claire and 60 miles east of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

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Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.

 As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout is committed to inclusive excellence and is actively seeking applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans and individuals with disabilities.

An offer of employment is contingent upon the final candidate passing a criminal background check and a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.

A successful candidate must have authorization to work within the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Screening of applications will begin November 18, 2019 and may continue until the position is filled.

 Your online application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached, and all required fields are completed.  Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

Please be sure you have included the following documents:

– Cover letter specifically addressing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications

– Current Curriculum Vitae

– Evidence of teaching ability (e.g. student evaluations, peer evaluations/observations, teaching philosophy)

– Conference paper or journal article (published or submitted)

– Names and contact information for a minimum of three current references

– Unofficial copies of transcripts; official transcripts required at time of hire

Before starting the online application process we recommend you preview the frequently asked questions (FAQs) available at:

It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual’s disability.

If you have application questions, contact:

Beverly Deyo-Svendsen, Recruitment Coordinator

Phone: 715-232-2287