Job Details

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Position Number: 3967768
  • Location: Worcester, MA
  • Position Type: Science - Computer Science

Assistant Teaching Professor


Social Science & Policy Studies

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

The person chosen for this position in African, Politics, Development, and Diplomacy Studies is will teach at the graduate and undergraduate level, in areas such as health and the environment. We are looking for applicants with significant foreign service background with competency in social science and policy studies. The finalist will demonstrate capacity to teach at the intersection diplomacy and international relations and development by bringing real world experience, that relates to WPI's approach that emphasizes theory, practice, and project based learning. A focus on Sub Saharan Africa is desired.

The successful candidate will participate in undergraduate and graduate research related to their specific expertise. They will collaborate with researchers in the Development Design Lab and the Institute of Science and Technology for Development (InSTeD). We seek a theoretically informed scholar who has strong interest in taking their ideas from theory to practice in Southern Africa.

WPI is a diverse campus of learners passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We are looking for candidates who can support our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.



The position requires our new colleague to:
  • Teach courses and seminars as assigned;
  • Advise undergraduate student research projects;
  • Supervise Master and PhD student theses/dissertations;
  • Design and revise the curriculum in collaboration with other faculty;
  • Participate in initiatives conducted by the SSPS Department and InSTeD;
  • Develop a research and project center with strong ties in Southern Africa;
  • Advise graduate and undergraduate students in Social Science and Policy Studies and related programs;
  • Assume the role of Associate Director of the Institute of Science and Technology for Development (InSTeD).

  • PhD in history, sociology, anthropology, geography, or related field
  • Expertise in African politics, governance, and diplomacy
  • 5-10 years of experience in diplomacy or high-level government experience

Applications should include (1) a cover letter describing your interests in the position and related experiences, please include your potential contributions and fit, (3) a statement describing teaching philosophy, advising, and service, (4) a CV, and (6) contact information for three references. Applicants should be sure to include information concerning their commitment to/experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion in any area of professional life.

Applicants interested in this position should direct inquiries to Professor Robert Krueger ( who is the search committee chair.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

WPI requires that all employees to be fully-vaccinated for COVID-19 and boosted. For additional information, please go to

United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. It seeks individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity, collaboration, inclusion, problem solving, innovation, high performance, and change making. It is committed to maintaining a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination.

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About WPI
WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI
WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.

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