LSE Launches Global Faculty Recruitment Drive

Leading scholars are sought to fill 20 new faculty positions. A commitment to teaching is highlighted.

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has launched a major recruitment drive to appoint leading scholars to 20 new faculty positions. In all, the School plans to invest £15 million (about $24 million) over the next five years in additional academic faculty.

The aim is to further strengthen the academic excellence of LSE under new Director, Professor Craig Calhoun, and the School is welcoming applications to any department or interdisciplinary field.

In a global recruitment campaign, LSE has made it clear that it expects applicants to be or shortly to become world leaders in their fields – and that appointments will only be made to candidates whose research and publications are of the highest international standard. Intellectual achievement and potential must be demonstrated in significant publications. The School is also looking for candidates who can demonstrate a commitment and capacity to provide high quality and innovative teaching to LSE students.

Professor Craig Calhoun said, “This is an enormously exciting time to be at LSE and this recruitment drive is an invitation to world-class academics to come and shape the future of the School. Our only pre-condition is excellence, other than that we are open to scholars from any of the disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields currently studied at LSE. We are looking for people to help shape the future of the social sciences globally.”

Professor Stuart Corbridge, pro-director for research and external relations, said, “LSE has always put engagement with the wider world at the heart of its mission. Its academics shape and inform global policy debates across the world. We are keen to attract academics who understand and share this goal.”

Professor Craig Calhoun took over from Professor Judith Rees as Director of LSE on 1 September 2012. He has set in place a major Strategic Review of the School, and the new appointments are part of LSE’s endeavors to take a fresh look at what makes it distinct and what should be its defining goals for the next decade.

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