Political-Science-Public-Administration-Full-Time-Faculty-Position (Open-Rank) 403 views

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This regular faculty appointment is a full-time, nine-month, non-tenure-track faculty position, one-year, three-year renewable, with the potential to be converted to a multi-year position. Teaching responsibilities include a four/four teaching load consisting of both introductory and upper-level pre-undergraduate and undergraduate courses, with the optional potentiality to teach graduate classes in our various Master’s programs. Depending upon enrollments and course availability, faculty may also be offered optional summer courses for supplementary income. In addition to teaching and mentoring, AUAF faculty responsibilities include attention to professional, collaborative work climate accountability, field-specific scholarship and university service.

Skills Required:


Requires travel to provinces:


Skills Description:

Duties & Responsibilities:

Duties and Responsibilities


Faculty fulfill the roles and responsibilities described in the Faculty Handbook and the university policies and procedures, which detail specific faculty duties. Major responsibilities are listed below.



Except for holidays, university closures, weekends, and other breaks, faculty are expected to be working on campus in Afghanistan during the base contract period. The base contract period refers to an academic year, consisting of two main semesters, especially including pre- and post-semester faculty professionalizing workshops and team advising. The contractual period extends from one week before the start of the first semester to one day after spring graduation, which full-time faculty are required to attend.



Teaching and Mentoring

•          Teach a range of undergraduate courses in Political Science and/or Public Administration, mostly at introductory, but also advanced levels of specialization.

•          Teach four undergraduate or graduate courses (12 credits) per term, evaluating student work and building upon the field-based consensus of student learning outcomes.

•          Hold regular office hours and work meaningfully with individual students, acting as an academic mentor.

•          Remain engaged and current in the academic field, the humanistic cross-disciplines, and the division projects.






•          Remain scholarly active, contributing scholarship that goes beyond professional engagement to include the creation of intellectual products that are available to internal and/or external audiences.



University service

•          Contribute beneficially and ethically to the overall well-being and development of the university work climate.

•          Service to the university includes both internal activities and external outreach on the behalf of the institution.

•          Service can take many forms, including fostering collegiality, participating in the life of the university, assisting in curriculum review, participating actively in committee work, attention to a balanced work climate, developing the capacity of external stakeholders on the behalf of AUAF, consulting and grant-writing for the university, and service to the external community.


Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul


•          Ph.D. in Political Science, Public Administration or Public Policy (or other closely related subjects), from an accredited university.

•          Significant teaching experience in western higher education and evidence of excellence in university teaching.

•          Excellent oral and written English skills.

•          Publications and evidence of professional engagement.

•          Experience teaching in international, multicultural, developing and/or post-conflict settings preferred.

•          A strong sense of values and ethics, consistent with the mandate of the American University of Afghanistan.

•          Demonstrated experience with a learning management system, Canvas preferred.

•          Fluency in Dari Farsi or Pashto is desirable, or willingness to learn one of the local languages of Afghanistan.

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Political-Science-Public-Administration-Full-Time-Faculty-Position (Open-Rank)

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Benefits and Environment

This is an exceptional opportunity to work at a recently formed university in an emerging and rapidly changing society.


The American University of Afghanistan offers a generous benefits package that includes a competitive salary, air transportation, university-provided accommodation, and paid international health care insurance for international employees.


International faculty and staff live and work on AUAF’s 50-acre main campus or the 5-acre campus across the street. The AUAF campuses utilize state-of-the-art security infrastructure and protocols and are protected by a large professional security corps. Transportation between the adjacent campuses or to approved locations and the airport is by armored, guarded vehicles.


To Apply

To apply, please send as a single PDF document: a cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV), statement of teaching purpose, and contact information for three references to jobs@auaf.edu.af Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please, include Vacancy# AF-Int-19-2020 and Job Title “Political Science – Public Administration Full-Time Faculty Position (Open-Rank)” in the subject line of the email, otherwise, the application will not be considered. Applications in languages other than English will not be reviewed. Please be advised that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. A written test or example of work may be used as a form of screening.


If hired, the successful applicant is expected to provide official proof of academic degrees (transcripts sent from the degree-granting school directly to AUAF).


AUAF does not charge recruitment fees to applicants.


AUAF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. AUAF follows a strict non-discriminatory policy in its selection and employment practices. All applicants will receive equal consideration and applicants from all ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


AUAF strives to ensure that all employees work in safe environments, but safety and security are to a great degree contingent on various factors within Afghanistan that are outside of AUAF’s control. Applicants should carefully consider and evaluate their safety and security in Afghanistan.

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