Assistant Professor of Political Science, American Politics

Saint Joseph's University
  • Location
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 29

Position description

The Department of Political Science at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia invites applications for a tenure track position with the rank of Assistant Professor commencing in August 2018, with primary expertise in the area of American Politics. Area of specialization within American Politics is open, with the exceptions of Constitutional Law, the Supreme Court, or Gender Politics.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach three courses each semester, including Intro to American Politics, and offer one upper division course each year within the applicant’s area of expertise. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach one or more of the following upper division courses: urban politics, political participation, mass media and politics, environmental politics, and/or public policy.

Applicants should have a PhD in hand in Political Science or closely related discipline (or be at least ABD in Political Science or closely related discipline, with PhD expected by August of 2018 and in hand before starting the position). Other requirements include an active research agenda and a desire to work with department colleagues to build a vibrant, diverse, inclusive, and sustainable program of study within the context of a Jesuit Institution committed to a broad-based liberal arts education and social justice. College-level teaching experience is preferred, and an interest in developing service-learning and/or experiential-learning courses is a plus.

Applications should include a cover letter describing the applicant’s area of expertise, curriculum vitae, transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, samples of scholarly writing/publications, along with the names and email addresses of three letter of recommendation providers. If available, include example syllabi of previously taught courses and evidence of effective teaching/teaching evaluations. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2017 and all applications must be submitted by October 31, 2017 for consideration. Interviewing will begin in November.

SJU is a Jesuit University in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, the sixth largest city in the U.S. The Political Science program has approximately one hundred majors, and the department also includes a vibrant International Relations program.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The teaching requirement for this position includes 6 classes taught over the course of the Fall and Spring semesters. Expectations for this position also include demonstrated teaching effectiveness, an active research agenda that eventually results in a successful record of academic publications, service to the department and university, and thoughtful student advising and guidance.


Minimum Requirements:

PhD in Political Science or closely related field, with primary specialization in American Politics; or ABD in Political Science or closely related discipline, with PhD expected by August of 2018 and in hand before starting the position.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience teaching at the college level 
Experience teaching in a liberal arts college setting
Experience with instructional technologies
Experience with online education

Application instructions

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