Assistant Professor, Foreign Policy & Global Security (Full-Time, Tenure Track)

The Department of Foreign Policy and Global Security in the School of International Service (SIS) at American University (AU) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-line position in foreign policy and global security at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 1, 2024.

American Univ. welcomes applicants from any discipline whose work examines aspects of foreign policy or global security. This can include, but is not limited to, work exploring U.S. foreign policy; the foreign policies of other countries; the behavior of other international actors; international cooperation; geopolitical competition; war; peace; conflict; political violence; emerging security challenges, such as cyber threats or artificial intelligence; diplomacy; economic statecraft; foreign assistance; defense; or intelligence. Preference will be given to applicants whose work is theoretically grounded, empirically tested, and policy relevant.

The successful candidate will also be enthusiastic about teaching international affairs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Preference will be given to candidates who are willing and able to teach courses that will meet curricular needs and student demand. Willingness to mentor PhD candidates in our vibrant PhD program is also desirable.

The successful candidate will also share a commitment to the university’s diversity and inclusion plan.

Applicants should hold a PhD or the highest equivalent degree in their field or discipline by the start date, though ABD applications will be considered. The standard course load for a tenure line faculty is 2/2, with an annual service requirement. Salary and benefits are competitive. Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

American University is a private institution of higher education in the nation’s capital (Please visit for more information). American University’s School of International Service (SIS) is a top-ten school of international affairs with 3,000 students, 120 full-time faculty and more than 20,000 alumni worldwide. SIS faculty produce transformational research and our prime location provides opportunities for collaboration with professionals in government, the private sector, and think tanks and other non-profits. The Department of Foreign Policy and Global Security offers several graduate degree programs, including a Master’s in U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security, a Master’s in International Affairs Policy and Analysis, and a Master’s of International Service – International Studies Track. Department faculty also teach undergraduate courses as part of the School of International Service’s Bachelor’s degree in international studies, which includes thematic areas focused on foreign policy and national security as well as peace, global security, and conflict resolution. Learn more about SIS at and the department 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.

Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.


Applicants should hold a PhD or the highest equivalent degree in their field or discipline by the start date, though ABD applications will be considered.

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted electronically via the Interfolio application system. Applications should include the following:

  • A cover letter detailing your research, teaching and service record to date
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Sample publications
  • A short teaching portfolio with a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g.,teaching evaluations)
  • A statement describing past examples of your contributions to diversity and inclusion in your scholarship, the classroom, and/or in other professional settings
  • The names and email addresses of three references that Interfolio system can contact for a confidential letter of recommendation

Queries about the search may be sent to the search chair, Professor Jordan Tama ( Queries about the online application system may be sent to SIS faculty affairs coordinator Alissa Iwaniuk ( and