Political Science Instructor

Great Basin College
  • Location
    Elko, Nevada
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 12

Position description

Great Basin College (GBC) is seeking highly qualified individuals for a full-time, tenure-track political science instructor position based the main campus in Elko, Nevada. The position begins August 1, 2022. The individual hired for this position will be primarily responsible for teaching multiple sections of PSC 101, Introduction to American Politics, a course that includes content that meets mandated Nevada State and United States Constitution information. This position also involves teaching upper-division courses in political science, a core discipline in the Bachelor of Arts in Social Science online degree program. The qualified candidate will have the ability to develop and teach upper-division courses related to national and global political issues and processes to further educate BA students about the interconnectivity of modern political systems and issues (i.e., climate change, hegemony, conflict, refugees, etc.). This position reports to the Dean of Arts and Science.

Online and interactive delivery are crucial components of this position. Great Basin College has a mission to serve the higher education needs of rural Nevada, and as such, teaching requires extensive use of distance education technology and occasional travel in our extensive service area. Distance delivery of courses will be with interactive video classes to multiple sites, online, and with evolving technologies.


  • A minimum of a Master's degree in political science, or a closely related field is required; a Ph.D. is preferred. A specialty in global political issues is desirable. Degree must be from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

  • Experience teaching college-level political science is required.

  • The ability to effectively teach established classes covering the United States and Nevada Constitutions is essential.

  • Experience in teaching with distance education methods, particularly online delivery, and learning platforms such as Canvas or a similar program is highly desired.

  • Commitment to the college mission is essential.

  • A student-centered teaching philosophy that encompasses design, delivery, and assessment.

  • An understanding of the nature of multidisciplinary Bachelor's program and its goals is desirable.

  • A student-centered approach to teaching and an understanding of diverse learning styles is essential.

  • Competency in the ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally is essential.


The successful applicant will be primarily responsible for teaching all political science courses needed and/or required by the GBC Social Sciences Department to meet the needs of the students and programs. For candidates with an appropriate background, opportunities to teach and develop political sciences or social science courses may be included. Further responsibilities include:

  • Develop and teach political science courses at all levels using the Canvas online format as the primary delivery method.

  • Develop and teach upper-division political science courses related to national and/or global issues and processes to meet the needs of the Bachelor of Arts in Social Science.

  • Perform all duties as required of all full-time GBC faculty (full workload of 15 units per semester, advising, committee work, maintain office hours, etc.).

  • Help coordinate and mentor instruction by GBC part-time faculty.

  • Work as a team member with a genuine spirit of cooperation, collaboration, and flexibility in a college setting,

  • Advise and recruit students.

  • Participate in professional development activities.

  • Handle administrative duties related to teaching and program development including strategic planning and assessment.

  • Travel by car throughout the GBC service area as needed, with or without reasonable accommodation as per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • Participate in the social and cultural development of the college and community.

  • Participate in college and system-wide committees as appropriate.

  • Other duties as assigned.

GBC is NOT able to support Visa applications for employment at the college. Applicants must already be eligible to work in the United States to be considered.

Salary and Benefits:

Annual salary range is $46,000 - $72,000 commensurate with experience and education.

Nevada System of Higher Education benefits package includes a 401(a) defined contribution retirement plan with employees contributing 15.50 % and a matching 15.50% from the employer, medical/dental/vision plan, benefit time, 11 paid holidays, and tuition waiver at Nevada System of Higher Education colleges for the employee and family. There is no state income tax in Nevada.

Applications will be accepted until 12:01 am, March 1, 2022 . Applications may be reviewed upon receipt.


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