Visiting Assistant Professor - International Studies

University of North Carolina, Wilmington, Department of International Studies
Wilmington, North Carolina
Commensurate with experience
Feb 18, 2021
Mar 20, 2021
Position Type
Non-Tenure Track
Full Time
Organization Type

Visiting Assistant Professor - International Studies

Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The Department of International Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is seeking a nine-month visiting assistant professor in International Studies.

This is a 2 year fixed-term appointment starting August 2021 through May 2023.

The Department seeks to hire a visiting assistant professor in International Studies who specializes in International Political Economy and focuses on an area that compliments existing offerings in the department, with particular interest in development, public health, and/or the environment. Candidates with a regional focus on Latin America are especially welcome. The new faculty member will teach courses in his/her area of specialization along with introductory courses in international studies and in interdisciplinary research methods.

This position carries a teaching load of 12 contact hours per semester. Selected candidates will engage in departmental meetings, committees, and special project work to further goals of the department.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Doctoral degree in International Studies, Global Studies, International Relations at the time of employment. Candidates with a Doctorate in a related field or a closely related field, will also be considered.

Applicants who are ABD for the terminal degree may be considered depending on expected completion date.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
The successful candidate for this position will: 1) be committed to exceptional teaching at the introductory level and upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in their specialty; 2) support the established undergraduate programs and the future graduate degree programs within the Department of International Studies.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The Department of International Studies offers a BA in International Studies, and a Minor in International Studies and contributes to a number of interdisplinary minors in Asia Japanese Studies, Europe, Russia and Security Studies. International Studies is presently developing an MA program in International Studies with a possible launch date in 2022 or 2023. Fundamental to UNCW’s International Studies program is the mission to prepare its students to meet the many complex challenges facing our world, most of which do not fall within the strict confines of a single discipline, but rather require a broader interdisciplinary perspective.

College/School Information
The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit, employing 450 full-time and 150 part-time faculty members and awarding approximately two-thirds of the university’s academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts & sciences college comprising the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.

The College’s twenty-five units offer a variety of undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Science. The College also offers a full complement of minors, including interdisciplinary minors such as Africana studies, Asian studies, Forensic studies, Latin America studies, Middle East & Islamic studies, Native-American studies, and Women’s and Gender studies, among others. 

Applied learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the College’s departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to integrate various strands of knowledge and to apply that knowledge to broader, real-world or real disciplinary situations. Through applied learning, students in the College gain direct hands-on experience with the skills of their major fields as an essential part of their preparation for life and career.

In addition to its undergraduate major and minor programs, the College is chiefly responsible for the curriculum that comprises the UNCW’s University Studies Program, through which all UNCW undergraduates gain a foundation in the liberal arts and develop the transferable skills essential for life in the twenty-first century. The College strives in its undergraduate programs and in its University Study offerings to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, diversity and inclusion, and academic integrity in students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen fields. Upon completion of their undergraduate studies, College of Arts and Sciences students will have the necessary preparation for rewarding careers, advanced study, effective citizenship, and meaningful lives.

Graduate degrees awarded in the College of Arts and Sciences include the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (Marine Biology and Psychology). In addition, the nationally awarded Graduate Liberal Studies program offers a personalized curriculum of interdisciplinary study leading to the Master of Arts. Post-baccalaureate certificates in Applied Statistics, Environmental Studies, Forensic Science, Conflict Management and Resolution, Gender Studies and Hispanic Studies are available. Graduate programs in the College are designed to develop intellectual competence and to prepare the student for careers in business, industry, government, teaching or for further study at the doctoral level.

University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

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Special Notes to Applicants
Prior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate(s) selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required.

This is a 2 year fixed-term appointment starting August 2021 through May 2023.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm EST on March 26, 2021, the position closing date. To apply, please complete the online application process available at and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document including:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vita
  3. Combined unofficial Graduate Transcripts
  4. Teaching Philosophy – Statement of Teaching Philosophy describing teaching interests including a list of potential course offerings, plan for actively engaging students in field-based or methods courses, and how issues of diversity shape the applicant’s working practices, past and planned.

Note that letters of application without the requested components will not meet the application requirements.

Please note that a minimum of three professional reference contacts are required for all applications. References will be requested during the screening process.

Please direct questions concerning the search to Dr. Gao Bei, Chair, Visiting Assistant Professor Search Committee, at, (910) 962-7650. For questions regarding the online application process, contact Ms. Shannon Payne at

EEO Statement
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.