The School of Peace and Conflict Studies (SPCS) invites applications for an Open Rank position beginning in August 2020.
Additional Basic Function – if applicable:
Examples of Duties:
Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following:
We seek applicants whose research examines the intersection of peace, conflict, and development, broadly considered. We are particularly interested in candidates with a focus on environmental conflict, sustainability, and conflicts connected to climate change, but are open to a broader perspective on the interrelationship between peace, conflict and development. This includes (but is not limited to): the relationship between licit or illicit political economies and dynamics of peace and conflict; the interaction between governance (local, regional or global) and peace, conflict and development; the political economy of aid; the role of gender in peace, conflict and development; and the intersection between health, human security and development. This is an Open Rank position, but we are particularly interested in candidates at the advanced Assistant or Associate Level.
Additional Examples of Duties – if applicable:
Applicants should have a record of research, teaching and applied work (appropriate to the level of appointment) that engages with the broad field of peace, conflict and development. The person appointed will be able to demonstrate the potential to make an outstanding contribution to the research, teaching and applied work of the School. Competitive candidates will have:
A demonstrable record of research excellence (appropriate to the level of appointment).
A record of active participation in the peace and conflict studies epistemic community (appropriate to the level of appointment).
A demonstrable ability to contribute to the collegiate academic management of the School, including serving on appropriate committees, engaging with necessary university processes, and supporting the overall mission of the School and the University.
Candidates at a more senior level will be able to demonstrate a strong record of academic publications (including in peer reviewed refereed journals) and a record of external funding for research and/or applied work.
Applications will be accepted from candidates whose work in the field of peace, conflict and development is rooted in disciplines including (but not limited to): politics, international relations, sociology, geography, history, development studies, economics, and anthropology.
Applications will be accepted from candidates working in any methodological and theoretical tradition, including those from less mainstream theoretical approaches such as critical theory, feminism, and postcolonialism.
Preferred Qualifications – if applicable:
Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which require assessments
Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:
Light work-Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Incumbent must be able to communicate with others. Incumbent may be required to travel from building to building frequently and off campus occasionally.
Submit a curriculum vitae, a letter of application, a research plan, a teaching statement, samples of publications, teaching evaluations, representative course syllabi, and names and contact information for three references. Questions regarding the position can be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Landon Hancock, Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at email@example.com .
SPCS is an important part of Kent State’s institutional responses to the shootings of May 4, 1970, when Ohio National Guardsmen killed four and wounded nine Kent State students during a demonstration against the US wars in Vietnam and Cambodia. The School’s predecessor, the Center for Peaceful Change, was founded in 1971 as Kent State’s original living memorial to the killed students. The creation of SPCS in August 2017 denotes a strong Kent State commitment to growth in the area of peace and conflict studies. This latest appointment is part of a series of strategic appointments designed to grow both the critical mass of the School and its intellectual footprint.
First established in 1973, the School’s robust undergraduate courses enroll over 1,000 students per year. School faculty also teach graduate courses in the Conflict Analysis and Management track in the Political Science program. We seek scholars who want to join our expanding School of Peace and Conflict Studies and who are dedicated to the peaceful resolution of deep-rooted social conflicts and the creation of a more just society. A feature of the SPCS approach is our emphasis on a normative commitment to the promotion of modes of governance, economy and human interaction that facilitate the attainment of positive peace, as well as a collective concern to ensure research is disseminated to both the academic community (via academic publications) and the wider user community (via policy and practice-orientated outputs).
Kent State University, located 30 minutes from the Cleveland and Akron metropolitan areas and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, enrolls more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on the Kent campus. Kent State is ranked among the top 100 national public universities in U.S.
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The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Directly related experience/education beyond the minimum stated may be substituted where appropriate at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities.
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About Kent State University
Kent State University's eight-campus system, among the largest regional systems in the country, serves both the development of a true living/learning approach at the Kent Campus and the regional needs on seven other campuses throughout Northeast Ohio.The Kent Campus provides the resources and facilities of a large, diverse Ohio university, while the Regional Campuses – Kent State University at Ashtabula, Kent State University at East Liverpool, Kent State University at Geauga, Kent State University at Salem, Kent State University at Stark, Kent State University at Trumbull and Kent State University at Tuscarawas - offer the friendly, casual atmosphere of small liberal arts colleges. Today, Kent State has become an engine for economic, cultural and workforce development locally and internationally as one of the premiere Ohio universities. Kent State is ranked among the nation's 77 public research universities demonstrating high-research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Liquid Crystal Institute, for example, conducts research that translates into technologies used globally in laptops, calculators and flat screen televisions.