Assistant Professor, Political Science (American Politics) 41 views


Proposed Rank/Hiring Title Assistant Professor, Political Science (American Politics)

Department Political Science

Proposed Hiring Contract Type Tenure Track

Non-Tenure Track End Date

Appointment Percent 100%

Months per Year 9

Job Summary

The Department of Political Science at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor in the field of American Politics beginning in the fall semester of 2022. We seek applicants who will teach courses and conduct research primarily in the field of American political behavior. The successful candidate will offer courses covering some combination of the following topics: public opinion, voting behavior, campaigns and elections, or political parties. The ability to teach undergraduate level research design and methods is also desirable. We are especially interested in candidates whose research is attentive to social and racial justice or the political action or experiences of marginalized communities. Preference will also be given to candidates whose teaching methods and materials intentionally foster the full participation and engagement of our students, with particular attention to students with marginalized identities.

The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in Political Science by July 2022 and will become an integral part of a department of nine faculty members dedicated primarily to excellence in undergraduate teaching. The successful candidate will regularly teach introduction to American politics as part of their 3-3 load along with upper division courses consistent with their research specialization and aligned with departmental needs. An active research agenda leading to publication in the field and significant undergraduate advising and mentoring will be expected of the candidate who joins our department.

Essential Functions

  • Teach three courses per semester, including the introductory course in American Politics, courses required for the POLS major and minor, and upper division courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise.
  • Engage in research, publication, and other scholarly activity appropriate to the candidate’s research agenda and areas of expertise.
  • Provide curriculum and career advising and mentoring to the program’s undergraduates.
  • Support the department, university, and discipline through service and other forms of academic citizenship.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Political Science or related field. ABDs considered, with the expectation degree is in hand by July 15, 2022.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness, including the ability to effectively create inclusive learning environments with learners from diverse and marginalized backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated active research agenda focusing on American political behavior.

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated abilities using classroom strategies and pedagogies to advance equity and inclusion.

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