Job Opening Description

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Distinguished Diplomat-in-Residence

The School of International Service (SIS) at American University (AU) invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track faculty appointment for Fall 2019.  Rank is dependent on experience and stature in the field.[1] This appointment is a 9-month term position with successive renewable re-appointment for additional two or three-year terms and will commence on Monday, August 26, 2019 through May 31, 2020.

SIS has a commitment to enriching students’ education and to preparing them for meaningful careers by including on the faculty both academically-oriented scholars and practitioners. the decision to create this position was a result of the School’s experience with several prominent practitioners, one of whom is retiring at the end of this Academic Year. The position will require the incumbent to teach the equivalent of one undergraduate or graduate courses for the first semester and two such courses in subsequent semesters.  All faculty are expected to hold office hours and participate in School and University activities and service.  Applicants should share the School’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

[1] Academic rank and qualifications for term faculty are defined in the American University Faculty Manual, May 2018, p. 45.


We are seeking candidates who have experience and who specialize in one or more of the following thematic areas:

Candidates with extensive experience in the practice of international diplomacy or closely related aspects of foreign policy and international affairs. We welcome applications from candidates with senior levels of expertise in areas including but not limited to: Diplomatic practice, public diplomacy, national security or with specific countries or regions. Successful candidates must demonstrate professional excellence and leadership in diplomacy, normally through distinguished service in senior-level government positions over an extended period of time.

Successful candidates also must exhibit a commitment to international relations education as a means to develop future leaders in American foreign policy and international affairs.  Candidates must express a high interest and ability to teach both undergraduate and graduate students, mentor and advise them on professional and career development, and engage effectively with scholarly researchers. The Distinguished Diplomat-in-Residence will have full-time teaching responsibilities as an instructor in both core and elective courses.   Service responsibilities will include participating actively in the governance of SIS, including service on relevant faculty committees. A graduate degree in a field related to international affairs is preferred, and a minimum of 10 years of experience in diplomacy, national security or closely related aspects of international affairs is required.  Candidates with an advanced degree in their field of study are especially welcome to apply.


Application Instructions

The successful candidate will assume duties as early as July 1, 2019 but no later than August 26, 2019. We will give first consideration to applications received by April 1, 2019 but will consider applications until the position is filled. Candidates should submit the following materials on Interfolio at A comprehensive Curriculum Vitæ; a personal statement outlining relevant professional experience, interest in the position, and medium- to long-term plans; and a statement describing how the candidate’s work would contribute to the SIS and American University’s strategic goals of diversity, equity and inclusion. Candidates will be asked to submit the names and contact information for three professional references who will receive from Interfolio a request for a confidential letter of recommendation. If applicable, we encourage applicants to submit any sample teaching materials and student evaluations from courses the applicant has taught in the past.

Compensation and benefits are competitive.  Queries about the search may be sent to  Queries about the online application system may be sent to


American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts. For more information about American University, visit

Established in 1957, American University’s School of International Service (SIS) is a top-ten school of international affairs located in Washington, D.C.  SIS faculty produce transformational research and prepare our students for global careers in government, nonprofits, and business. SIS’s prime location provides opportunities for research, professional training, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.

Housed in a beautiful LEED-Gold certified building, which reflects our commitment to sustainability and ecological stewardship, SIS is a diverse and inclusive community of 3,000 students, 120+ full-time faculty and more than 20,000 alumni worldwide. Our offerings feature a comprehensive liberal arts program for undergraduates, professional education in international affairs for masters-level graduate students, and a multidisciplinary program for doctoral students. Learn more about SIS at


American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively Protected Bases) in its programs and activities. American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.


American University is an AA/EO employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.