Instructor, Political Science - Tenure Track (Fall 2022)

College of Southern Nevada
  • Location
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 19

Position description

The College of Southern Nevada appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. We ask that you keep in mind the following when completing your application:

  • Once you start the application process you cannot save your work. Please ensure you have all required attachment(s) available to complete your application before you begin the process.
  • Required attachments are listed below on the posting. Your application will not be considered without the required attachments.
  • Please note that applications must be submitted prior to the close of the recruitment. Once a recruitment has closed, applications will no longer be accepted.

This position will be open until filled. For full consideration, all application related materials should be submitted by 02/11/2022. Application review will begin 02/14/2022. 

The College of Southern Nevada (CSN), Department of Social Sciences, is currently seeking ta full-time tenure track political science instructor to begin Fall semester 2022. There is particular interest in the areas of American politics and comparative politics.

Teaching assignments may be multi-campus with the possibility of day, evening, weekend, on-ground, online, and/or hybrid classes in accord with department needs. Under the direction of the Department Chair, primary job responsibilities of the successful applicant include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester and holding a minimum of five office hours per week. Primary teaching responsibility includes teaching a core course ("Introduction to American Politics," a 4-credit course that includes a Nevada government and politics component).
  • Additional teaching responsibilities might include teaching "Introduction to Comparative Politics," "Introduction to International Relations," "Introduction to Global Studies," or "Survey of State and Local Government," "American Public Policy," "Nevada Constitution and Politics," and/or other related courses as determined by department need.
  • Assuming leadership roles within the assigned department and at the institution level.
  • Supporting the mission of the College of Southern Nevada and the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).
  • Building accountability and developing benchmarks for institutional assessment and evaluation.
  • Preparing and teaching courses to a diverse and multicultural student population based on established program level, course level and General Education Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).
  • Applying a variety of instructional strategies appropriate to the needs of the student population and standards of the discipline.
  • Participating in college and departmental responsibilities including curriculum review and revision, program review, assessment of student learning outcomes at the General Education, program and course level, committees, councils, work groups, college and community service activities, task forces, and various types of professional development.
  • Evaluating student progress and provide clear and timely feedback reflecting program and course learning outcomes in line with departmental expectations.
  • Providing teaching and mentoring services to students in a manner which does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, political affiliation, or other protected categories.
  • Supporting the college, school, and department goals and objectives through active and collegial engagement in decision-making and unit-level planning.
  • Performing other tasks as assigned by the department Chair, Dean, and/or Associate Vice President, Vice President, and Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Qualities of a Successful Candidate

  • Commitment to under-prepared and underrepresented student populations.
  • Ethics, integrity, and sound professional judgment.
  • Appropriate and up-to-date knowledge of political science and American government.
  • A commitment to establishing and maintaining a positive working relationship with students, colleagues, leadership, and staff of a diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Experience using technology as an instructional aide, where appropriate, to enhance student learning.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to pay great attention to detail, ability to maintain an established schedule, including evenings and weekends, and multiple campus teaching assignments that may vary by semester.
  • Understanding the role of college faculty in promoting equity, equality, and inclusion.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Political Science or a very closely related field from a regionally accredited college or university with at least 18 graduate-level credits in political science or government courses and at least two years of college level teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An earned Ph.D. in political science from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Minimum of one year (two semesters or three quarters) experience teaching college level introductory political science courses within the last three (3) years.
  • Evidence of research in political science within the last three (3) years, which includes conference paper presentations or publications.
  • Evidence of college and/or community service within the last three (3) years.
  • Evidence of an understanding and appreciation of the community college mission, and ability to design curriculum and learning activities that address diverse learning levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a culturally and educationally diverse student population.
  • Having a passion for teaching General Education (introduction level) courses.
  • Having an understanding of current issues and trends in college level political science education, including, but not limited to, the use of computer-aided instruction and other alternative instructional methods and technology, particularly technology used in political science.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with other faculty in redesigning courses and/or teaching new courses.
  • Documented experience working with a diverse student body and workforce.

Starting Salary Range

Initial salary placement is based on educational level and total years of full-time equivalent teaching experience. For example, for an instructor with a Master's degree, the salary range would be $46,691 to $58,364 annually. The entire salary range is up to $70,038 annually with a Doctorate and 10 years' experience. A maximum of 10 years of experience will be considered for the initial salary placement purposes.


Full-Time Equivalent 

Required Attachment(s)

To be considered for this position, please upload the following documents to your application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact information for three professional references (Name, email and phone number)
  • Unofficial Academic Transcripts (Applicants who have earned their degrees outside of the United States must have their educational transcripts evaluated by an approved evaluator if their college or university is not listed in the most recent edition of the Higher Education Directory, published by Higher Education Publications, Inc. If you have any questions regarding this, please reach out to the Human Resources, Talent Acquisition & Classification team)
  • Syllabus (or sample syllabus) for an introductory American government course
  • Student teaching/course evaluations from previous three years.

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