Adjunct Pool: Political Science

Merced College
  • Location
    Merced, California
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 20

Position description

Merced College is a midsized community college located in California's Central Valley. Founded in 1962, the college serves more than 16,000 students with room to expand on its 267 acre main campus and 120 acre Los Banos site. Merced, incorporated in 1889, offers historical sites, affordable housing, access to the Bay Area and Sacramento, and is the Gateway to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra mountains as well as home to the University of California Merced campus. Our tree-shaded, growing community of just over 80,000 includes multiple biking and walking trails as well as access to several lakes - large and small - throughout the county.

Merced College Vision
Merced College will provide transformative and empowering educational experiences to meet student and community needs.

Merced College Mission
Growing our community through education and workforce training:

  • lifelong learning 
  • basic skills 
  • career technical education
  • transfer 
  • degree/certificate programs 

Ensuring student success through equitable access, continuous quality improvement, institutional effectiveness, and student achievement.

General Description: 
This is a part-time instructional assignment in the Social Science Cohort at Merced College under the general direction of the Dean of Social Science and Fine & Performing Arts. The professor could be assigned to teach a variety of courses of political science courses. The maximum teaching load is 10 units per semester, which may include evening hours.

Examples of Duties 
Essential Functions:

  • Provide instruction in accordance with established course outlines and expectations 
  • Inform students about course requirements, evaluation procedures and attendance policy 
  • Maintain required student attendance and scholastic records 
  • Prepare and grade class assignments and examinations 
  • Post and maintain regular office hours in accordance with prevailing policy 
  • Participate in the development and review of curriculum 
  • Participate in the development of teaching-learning methods and materials
  • Participate in departmental, area and campus professional activities/committees 
  • Participate in the college's learning outcomes assessment program, including course, program, and institutional assessments 
  • Perform tasks needed for student records, e.g., submit grades on time to admissions and records

Typical Qualifications 

  • Master's in political science, government, or international relations
  • Bachelor's in any of the preceding AND master's in economics, history, public administration, social science, sociology, any ethnic studies, JD or LL.B.
  • The equivalent.
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students


  • Minimum of one year of community college teaching experience in political science 
  • Current technology skills related to teaching in the discipline and a willingness to pursue future technological developments

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