Political Science, Assistant (Tenure-Track) Professor

Bellevue College
  • Location
    Bellevue, Washington
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Dec 22

Position description

Bellevue College is seeking qualified candidates for an assistant (tenure-track) full-time professor position in the Political Science Program for the 2021-2022 academic year. The ideal candidate will be a teacher who is committed to student empowerment, community engagement, and global citizenship. Full-time professor teach 15 credits (typically 3 courses) per quarter and hold a minimum of 5 office hours per week. Additional responsibilities include student advising and mentoring, shared governance, curriculum development, program management, and ongoing professional development. The Political Science Program at Bellevue College values inclusive teaching, shared governance and interdisciplinary collaboration, and is committed to equity, anti-racism, and social justice. 

This position is represented by the Bellevue College Association of Higher Education (BCAHE) union. 

Annual salary is based on a 176-day contract with a minimum of $66,580.43 ; beginning salary will be determined by the assessment of the candidate's education and related experience. New hires cannot be placed above $71,390.63 unless exceptional circumstances prevail. 

We offer comprehensive compensation package with salary and benefits as the main components. Generous benefits package is offered through Washington State plans that includes multiple medical, dental, life and disability coverage choices for employees and dependents; choices of retirement and deferred compensation plans; paid holidays, sick, and vacation plans; temporary housing; transit program, reduced tuition, employee discounts and memberships, etc. 

For more details about Bellevue College's excellent employee benefits, please visit Benefits section, next to Description section 


Bellevue College is a diverse student-centered, comprehensive and innovative college, committed to teaching excellence that advances the life-long educational development of its students while strengthening the economic, social and cultural life of its diverse community. Bellevue College is located just 10 miles east of Seattle where we serve a student population of over 44% students of color and over 1,100 international students. The college promotes student success by providing high-quality, flexible, accessible educational programs and services; advancing pluralism, inclusion and global awareness; and acting as a catalyst and collaborator for a vibrant region. 

We strive to create a vibrant and inclusive campus community that supports a diverse student body, faculty and staff. As an essential part of our mission and goals , diversity, equity and pluralism are promoted and fostered in all aspects of college life. By enriching student life through leadership opportunities, personal learning and cultural experiences, we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse campus community that fosters creativity, innovation and student success. 


The Political Science Department at Bellevue College values student-centered teaching and learning. We serve a diverse student body, offering first-year and second-year level courses in Political Science. Our curriculum is articulated with the University of Washington and our students have a high success rate upon transfer. Among the Political Science department's many courses are: Introduction to Political Science, American Government, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Introduction to Political Philosophy, The United Nations, Gender and Politics, and Environmental Politics. These courses are offered in multiple teaching modalities, including online, hybrid, and face-to-face classes. In addition, we offer faculty the opportunity to teach International Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies courses and we encourage our faculty to develop new curriculum that serves our diverse student population. We are committed to teaching, governance, activism and research that not only serves our diverse student body but also contributes to the broader community. 

Teaching duties include:

  • Teaching 15 credits per quarter using student-centered instruction to achieve learning outcomes for a multi-cultural student body with emphasis on high impact practices that close opportunity gaps.
  • Organizing and executing course plans that employ up-to-date syllabi, clear expectations, and approved course learning outcomes and assessment criteria.
  • Assessing and evaluating student learning, using a range of measurement activities and providing students precise, timely, constructive, feedback regarding their learning, performance, and professional preparation.
  • Maintaining knowledge of effective teaching methodologies, instructional delivery methods, classroom media, and educational resources.
  • Maintaining currency within the discipline and engaging in scholarly pursuits that result in presentation, publication, exhibition, or performance.

Advising duties include:

  • Establishing weekly office hours to advise students about coursework and classroom-related questions.
  • Communicating actively with students to create a positive, respectful and culturally-aware learning environment that ensures students, especially under-represented and historically marginalized students, are fully engaged and included in teaching and learning activities.
  • Practicing culturally-responsible student advising that assists students, especially underrepresented and historically marginalized students, overcome retention and completion barriers.

Governance/Service duties include:

  • Participating in college governance by serving on department, division, campus committees or individual projects.
  • Participating in college-wide student success initiatives, especially those aimed at increasing opportunity for, retention of, and completion by underrepresented and historically marginalized students.
  • Participating in on-going curriculum development, revision, implementation, and evaluation that incorporates principles of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Assisting in the development, distribution, and collection of student learning outcome assessments.
  • Representing the college or program at community events, statewide inter-institutional initiatives, or local, state, regional, or national professional organizations, and performing other duties and functions as assigned.


  • Master's degree or higher in Political Science or related field with a political emphasis and/or - J.D. with a political focus from an accredited academic institution. (Explain applicability of related discipline in cover letter)
  • Experience teaching Political Science or a related interdisciplinary field with a political focus.
  • Ability to teach a range of courses in Political Science, including its multiple subfields.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the community college mission and student population.
  • Ability to teach in a multi-cultural classroom and advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Ability to teach a wide range of student preparedness consistent with an open access college.
  • Demonstrated ability to connect and build relationships with students and colleagues from varied ethnicities, gender identities, ages, backgrounds, learning styles, and abilities.


  • Ph.D. (or "All But Dissertation") in Political Science or related discipline from an accredited institution. (Explain applicability of related discipline in cover letter)
  • Record of success teaching college-level courses in Political Science or a related field with a political focus.
  • Experience integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into the teaching, learning and mentoring of students
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and community engagement, both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Demonstrated commitment to addressing disproportionate impact, equity and anti-racism issues in an institutional setting.
  • Experience with a variety of teaching modalities and delivery methods, including online, hybrid and face-to-face classes.
  • Demonstrated commitment to shared governance and ongoing professional development.

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