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Assistant Professor of Legal Studies

Position Overview

School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Tacoma

Organization: School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Title: Assistant Professor of Legal Studies

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington (UW) Tacoma invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Legal Studies in the Division of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs within the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (SIAS). The successful candidate will be expected to engage in research and teaching that addresses how power and inequality, broadly understood, operate in U.S. legal institutions and to have expertise in public law related to one or more of the following areas: labor, race, indigeneity, gender, sexuality, or disability.

We welcome candidates whose research and teaching explore the interactions between U.S. and global legal contexts as well as candidates working from interdisciplinary perspectives. The candidate will be expected to teach core courses in the Law & Policy major such as Introduction to the Law and Society, Introduction to the American Legal System, and other public-law related courses. The successful candidate will also be expected to complement our existing curricular offerings by developing new courses in their area of expertise.  

This is a full-time tenure-track position with a 9-month service period and will begin September 16, 2023.

The successful candidate will be expected to uphold the Division's commitment to supporting diverse student populations through inclusive teaching practices and through the integration of effective pedagogical techniques and technologies into teaching/learning. They will also be expected to support the Division's commitment to institutional, professional, and community service.

UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty, and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth.

The base salary range for this position will be $8,333-$9,155 per month ($75,000-$82,400 per 9-month academic year), commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. Other compensation associated with this position may include a one-time relocation allowance, if applicable. A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at


This position requires an earned doctorate (or foreign equivalent) in Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, History, American Studies, or a related field at the time of appointment. Candidates in the final stages of their dissertation may be appointed on an acting basis.



To apply, please submit the following via the Interfolio system:

  • A detailed letter delineating your interests, qualifications, a description of research projects underway, and teaching expertise (2 pages single spaced or less);
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of courses taught;
  • An article-length writing sample;
  • A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) statement (1 single spaced page or less). The DEI statement is an opportunity for you to highlight your leadership and other prior experiences with diversity, equity, and inclusion in educational settings, as well as to describe specific ways you would help advance our commitments to DEI and anti-racism.

After the committee’s initial review, it will also request:

  • Three letters of reference;
  • A statement detailing your teaching interests and pedagogical approach (2 single spaced pages or less);
  • A statement describing your research, assessing its potential impact, and outlining your future research plans as part of an interdisciplinary unit (2 single spaced pages or less).

Applicants’ statements should detail how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic field; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further UW Tacoma’s commitment to equity and inclusion.

Submit all application materials through Interfolio. Application materials, including letters of recommendation, received via email will not be considered. Screening of applicants will begin November 21, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.  For further information, contact Dr. Benjamin Meiches at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information

A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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Disability Services

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COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Information

Under University of Washington (UW) Policy, University-compensated personnel must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For more information, please visit

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For help signing up, accessing your account, or submitting your application, please check out Interfolio's help and support section or get in touch via email at or phone at (877)997-8807.

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