Assistant Professor - Political Science (American Politics)

State University of New York, Cortland
  • Location
    Cortland, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 27

Position description

SUNY Cortland is an engaged learning community that is committed to promoting a diversity of thought and experience. We believe that an equitable, inclusive and diverse campus and curriculum are critical to our educational mission. Tenure track faculty contribute to the College’s values of inclusive excellence through outstanding teaching, research and/or scholarship, service to the department and college, and by providing academic advisement and mentoring to/for all students. Faculty are expected to maintain a routine presence on campus to support our Campus Values of Focusing on the Students, Integrity, and Intellectual Life and serve our Campus Priorities of Academic Excellence, Transformational Education, Well-being, and the Maximization of Resources.

The Political Science department is a mid-size, undergraduate-teaching department in the school of Arts and Sciences, and is one of the most active and visible in the University. The department has about 100 majors, and is composed of eight full-time faculty, and several adjuncts. Key departmental programs include the Political Science major, Adolescence Education with a concentration in political science, a concentration in Law and Justice, and a B.S. degree in Public Administration and Policy.

SUNY Cortland has a strong commitment to the affirmation of diversity and offers courses addressing inclusion studies and global diversity, as well as interdisciplinary programs in Africana Studies, Latinx and Latin American Studies, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and Native American Studies.


Major Responsibilities

Contribute to a culture of inclusivity and diversity through teaching, scholarship and service.

Teach courses relevant to areas of specialization. Typical load is three courses per semester.

  • Teach introductory courses and upper division courses in the undergraduate curriculum (e.g., Introduction to American Politics, Introduction to American Government; The American Presidency; Congress, Political Parties, Elections, Methods). May also teach a basic methods course. Other courses/subject areas may become available within the department.
  • Prepare and deliver course content in American politics with a focus on U.S. political institutions. Specialty may include, but need not be limited to, elections, social movements, legislatures, systemic racism, political parties or the presidency. Expertise in international relations also highly desirable.
  • Demonstrate a passion for teaching and mentoring undergraduate students of all skill and ability levels, academic backgrounds, social and cultural identities with diverse lived experiences.
  • Provide scheduled office hours and support students outside of the classroom.



Demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and research, with a willingness to collaborate with other colleagues on campus in a variety of international experiential activities (e.g., internships, civic engagement, student clubs).

  • Develop and maintain an active scholarship or research agenda that leads to publications and presentations; seek external funding to support research agenda.

Engage in service to the department, school, university, local community and/or professional.

  • Contribute to continued development of program curricula within the department. through active participation in review and assessment activities.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across departments, work in teams, and lead through influence.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills including collegiality in interactions within and outside of the campus community; treat others at all levels with fairness and respect.
  • Demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and social justice and support an equitable and diverse scholarly environment
  • Promote an environment of inclusive excellence and demonstrate commitment to improving access to higher education for all students regardless of background.
  • Commitment to support the SUNY Cortland mission, vision, values and priorities including educating students to become global citizens.


Functional and Supervisory Relationships

Reports to the academic department chair of the Political Science department


Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Political Science by appointment date or ABD with a scheduled completion date
  • Teaching and research focus on American Politics
  • Higher Education teaching experience


Preferred Qualifications

  • University service experience

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