Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer

Santa Clara University
  • Location
    Santa Clara, California
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 22

Position description

The Department of Political Science at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, invites applications for an Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer position (one-year, non-tenure-track) in Political Science, specializing in International Relations. The successful candidate will teach multiple sections of Introduction to International Relations as well as upper-division offerings in IR and possibly comparative politics. Specific courses will be assigned according to the academic qualifications of the individual and programmatic need. Courses of interest include: International Law; US Foreign Policy; International Human Rights; Law, Security and Force etc. The AYAL will teach the equivalent of seven courses over the year, with at least one course in each quarter: fall, winter, and spring. Each quarter is 10 weeks long, with an 11th week set for final examinations.

1. Teaching (95%) 
a. Teach courses as assigned. The full-time teaching load for fixed-term Adjunct Lecturers is nine courses. Teaching a course typically includes developing syllabi, assignments, readings, and course schedule before the course begins; developing appropriate teaching preparations for each class meeting; selecting course materials and ordering books; conducting and appearing on-time for all scheduled class meetings; submitting course grades by quarterly deadlines; and administering all required course evaluations (numerical and narratives). 
b. Use appropriate measures of student performance, provide timely feedback to students, and assign grades that are an accurate and fair evaluation of student work; 
c. Post and maintain regular office hours at times reasonably convenient for students; 
d. Demonstrate a command of the discipline and skill in presenting it effectively; 
e. Administer numerical and narrative course evaluations to each class as assigned by the chair. 
f. Serve as an advisor to assigned students providing informed advice; 
g. Develop courses for which they are responsible and contribute to general curriculum development.

2. Service (5%) 
a. Service at the department, College, and University levels including: attending faculty meetings or other appropriate department gatherings and participating constructively; serving on committees; participating in student recruitment and retention activities as deemed appropriate by the department chair or department culture; participating in professional organizations and activities; and performing community service in virtue of their professional expertise and association with the University “ Faculty Handbook,, Ch. 1, Protocols, p.24


(1) Ph.D. in Political Science or a closely related field, with a specialization in International Relations. (2) Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the college level. (3) Demonstrated expertise in the specific topics covered in the courses. (4) Excellent communication skills.

Applicants with an M.A. accompanied by commensurate academic experience in International Relations or a closely-related field (5-7 years of college or professional teaching) may be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience teaching Introduction to International Relations, and a specialization in international law, international human rights; international security etc. Ability to teach comparative politics is also desirable.

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