Assistant Professor - Political Science & International Relations

Hawaii Pacific University
  • Location
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 22

Position description

The Department of History and International Studies is seeking to hire an Assistant Professor of Political Science/International Studies starting fall 2018. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or be working towards completion of a doctoral degree in Political Science, International Studies, International Relations, Security Studies or related field, OR hold a Master's degree in one of these fields combined with professional experience commensurate to a doctorate. Regional specialization is open, though with some preference for Asia-Pacific. The hire will teach eight courses over the course of the full academic year. The exact division of the courses and in which term will be negotiated between the candidate, the chair and the dean.  The courses will include lower-division PSCI and INTR courses like PSCI 1400 American Politics and PSCI 2000 Introduction to Politics, and upper-division courses like PSCI 3412 US Foreign Policy, PSCI 3500 Comparative Politics, INTR 3000 International Relations, and INTR 3200 National and International Security. The hire will also be expected to offer graduate courses to support the MA program in Diplomacy and Military Studies, such as PSCI 6601 Diplomacy and International Relations and supporting electives in the hire's areas of specialization. Courses may include mixture of in-class and on-line offerings. Hawai'i Pacific University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Key Responsibilities/Essential Job Functions: Note: Percentages are estimates.
1. Teaching (75%) 
Teaching is the primary responsibility of Regular Faculty and specific functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Develop a syllabus of course activities that meet the requirements of the course description or program chair, establishes appropriate student learning outcomes, and provides for appropriate class activities throughout the semester.
  • Plan and deliver individual classes that conform to the syllabus and other requirements of the University.
  • Demonstrate a command of the discipline and skill in presenting it effectively in the context of an integrated education.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records on student participation and performance, use appropriate measures and evaluate student performance on the basis of established student learning outcomes, provide timely feedback to students and assign grades that are an accurate and fair evaluation of student work.
  • Submit grades and any other required documentation in a timely manner.
  • Administer student evaluations of faculty at the end of each course, review evaluation summaries and meet with department chair and dean to review.
  • Post and maintain regular office hours at times reasonably convenient to students.  Serve as an advisor to students to assist them in understanding the curriculum, especially within the major, and mentor them as they plan their degree programs and careers.
  • In additional to formal course loads, bear fair share of the faculty responsibility for supervising student research, professional internships, and independent study.
  • Meet deadlines and follow directions of the program/department chair, associate dean or dean of the college.
  • Evaluate the teaching of colleagues through the process of peer review as requested.
  • Prepare Professional Development Plans or Progress Briefs and reappointment/promotion applications according to established guidelines.
  • Promote student success by following requirements found in the Academic Affairs Policies and Procedures Manual.
  • Faculty not assigned to College of Professional Services (CPS) may be required to teach up to two courses per academic year on a Military Program campus, but no more than one per semester.

 2. Scholarship and Professional Development (10%)
Faculty members are expected to serve a professional role models to students and colleagues in scholarly activity and in critical investigation and experimentation for the purpose of increasing human knowledge. 

  • Keep abreast of the new knowledge in the field to ensure courses, syllabi, instructional materials and techniques, and teaching methods are current and appropriate, and to participate where appropriate, in school or university-sponsored curriculum development programs and projects.
  • Engage in distinctive course and academic program development efforts; to participate in professional colloquia, seminars, and workshops; and to share ideas and the results of scholarly and artistic endeavors with peers both at the university and in the larger academic/artistic community.
  • Examples of scholarly activities and professional development include but are not limited to the following:
    • Publication of research findings in peer?reviewed journal articles, academic papers, book chapters, books, or other writing normal to the discipline
    • Presentations at academic conferences
    • Obtaining internal or external research grants, fellowships, and other funding awards
    • Department, college, university, state, national, and international honors and awards
    • Invited evaluations and reviews of the work of other professionals
    • Participation on review panels for outside funding agencies
    • Service as either editor or referee for professional publications
    • Leadership of, committee work for, and participation in scholarly and professional organizations
    • Sustained activity in program development

 3. University Service (10%)Engage in service to department, school or college, and the university in ways that extend and enrich the university's academic programs and its governance.

  • Attend orientation programs and Faculty Assembly meetings and participate in academic duties.
  • Participate in academic governance of department.  Participate in committees; course, program and curriculum area coordination; curricular development and textbook selection; instructional workshops and activities within own curricular areas, policy and program review; or other learning assessments.
  • Serve as representatives on school or college level and university level committees of the Faculty Assembly, as well as on other task forces and committees that assist the chair of the Faculty Assembly and/or the deans in the formation of academic policies and related matters.
  • Assist with co-curricular activities to include organization of, participation in, or presentation of faculty forums or workshops; advising and sponsorship of clubs and societies; participation in, organization of, providing guidance and assistance to extra-curricular or co-curricular university events such as banquets, the literary magazine, the athletic program, intercultural events, theatrical productions, guest speaker forums, or graduation ceremonies.
  • May include specific accomplishments as a voluntary or elected member of a Faculty Assembly or school or college level committee; curriculum area liaison; coordination of a course, program or discipline; mentoring other faculty; program review activities; coordinating training or other events; and recruitment activities.
  • Colleges will further determine and articulate specific expectations for university service.

4.Performs other related duties as appropriate (5%)

  • Actively participate as an effective member of team by completing assigned duties, accepting additional assignments or reassignments.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Political Science, International Studies, Security Studies or related field from an accredited university OR Master's degree in Political Science, International Studies, or Security Studies from an accredited university combined with professional experience commensurate to a doctorate. ABD candidates will be considered. If the successful candidate is ABD, the appointment will be at the rank of instructor with the possibility of promotion to assistant professor with conferral of Ph.D. or terminal degree.
  • College-level teaching experience
  • Currently authorized to work in the United States

 Desired Qualifications:

  • Two years or more of undergraduate college-level teaching experience
  • Graduate–level college teaching experience
  • Scholarly publications
  • Experience teaching university students in a diverse environment
  • Master's level thesis supervision experience
  • Online teaching experience

Other Qualifications: 

  • Report to work obligations to support the department and may require work during HPU's winter break, if necessary. 
  • Must meet training and background check qualifications and comply with the Protection of Minors policy.
  • Upon hire, candidate must have reliable personal transportation to facilitate travel between to all HPU worksites and other locations as required by the position.  This includes a valid driver's license and a personal vehicle that is legally registered and insured. 
  • Able to teach classes scheduled during days, evenings, and weekends. 
  • Able to teach classes at multiple locations on Oahu. 
  • Successful candidate will be able to work in an environment that utilize excellent time and stress management skills.

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