Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Politics (POL 149) African Politics

Saint Mary's College of California
  • Location
    Moraga, California
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 20

Position description

Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.

Saint Mary's College seeks to hire a per-course adjunct faculty member to teach Politics 149, African Politics, in the traditional undergraduate program in Fall 2021.

Monday, Friday 1:00 pm - 2:35 pm

This comparative course introduces students to contemporary African politics by connecting peoples' ground-level daily experience (such as music, sports, food, fashion, and state services) with politics in national structures (such as parliaments, women's organizations, and the military) and politics in transnational connections (such as migration, trade with China, and international development organizations). Students will directly examine different perspectives on politics as
people in Africa express them in social media, film, scholarship, literature, art, blogs and podcasts. In a set of assignments, students will have opportunities to do comparative research on a specific country and topic of their choosing. Among the topics that the class addresses are, for example, the politics of: health, human rights activism, ethnicity and racism, climate change and environmental conservation, decolonization and colonial legacies, authoritarianism and democratization, forms of violence, participatory budgets, valuable resource extraction, rural development, corruption, sexuality, and mega-cities. Students will use class discussions, materials, lecture content, and assignments to critically evaluate common debates and stereotypes about African politics, and to comprehend the continent's diverse political geographies, political histories, and political possibilities.


Desired Qualifications: Phd and at least three years college teaching experience at the undergraduate level. Teaching and academic qualifications should preferably be in the comparative politics field with a significant degree of expertise in the area of African studies. Applicants must be student-centered and committed to classroom teaching excellence with a diverse group of students.

Must also be willing to combine an array of teaching modalities and instruments such as lecture, group activities, reading, homework, and exams in an appropriate, professional manner. Must also be available to meet with students outside class hours for one hour per week in order to address student concerns and questions about the class and class materials.

Applicants must reside in California.

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