Lecturer Pool - Political Science

California State University, Sacramento
  • Location
    Sacramento, California
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 12

Position description

The Department of Political Science is dedicated to promoting political understanding and public engagement through innovative teaching, research, and community service in all areas of politics and political science. The department currently consists of nearly 40 faculty, with about equal numbers of tenure-line and lecturers. With approximately 650 Political Science majors, the department is deeply committed to high quality undergraduate and graduate education, offering multiple degree programs and internship opportunities in the state capital. Undergraduate students can major in Political Science, International Relations, and Political Science/Journalism. Graduate students can pursue a Master's degree in Political Science. The department also hosts a highly successful internship program, which includes both a regular year-round internship option and the prestigious Sacramento Semester Program. The programs are managed on the main campus and downtown. Other opportunities include a lively peer-to-peer student mentoring program. The department is housed in the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, consisting of ten academic departments, four interdisciplinary academic programs, and several centers and institutes as well as the Project for an Informed Electorate and the Center for Race, Immigration, and Social Justice.

The Political Science Department is interested in hiring lecturers in all political science subfields, including political theory, comparative politics, public policy, international relations, identity politics, law and society, CA state and local government, research methods, and American politics, but we have a particular need for lecturers who can teach Introduction to American Government.

Duties of a part-time lecturer include instruction, class preparation, grading, and office hours. Other duties may be assigned based on departmental needs. Course assignments, including dates, time, and modality, are made by the Department Chair under the direction of the College Dean.

Part-time lecturers are instructional faculty with conditional appointments based on enrollment and budget. Hires from the pool of applicants are made when there are instructional needs to fill coursework offered by an academic department based on changing enrollment patterns, changes to tenure-track faculty assignments, and other factors that cannot be addressed with our existing faculty. Initial appointments are typically for one semester, but occasionally academic year initial appointments are made. Appointments may be renewed based on department needs, funding, and performance. Often appointments are made just prior to the start of the semester. 


Master's degree in Political Science or related field is the minimum requirement to teach lower division courses.


Experience in teaching college courses.

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