Diversity Faculty Fellow - Political Science

State University of New York, Cortland
  • Location
    Cortland, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Sep 21

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. 

To promote and support our inclusive community, SUNY Cortland is proud to announce the continuation of the SUNY Cortland Diversity Fellows Program. The aim of this program is to attract diverse faculty of promise to our campus. We intend to hire up to five (5) fellows each year in a cluster format who demonstrate a diversity of thought and experience in both their personal and scholarly pursuits. We are recruiting early career scholars who seek to gain experience in a full-time faculty position in a supportive, inclusive environment. In addition, fellows will help support the infusion of topics related to equity and inclusion in the departmental and/or university-wide curriculum inside and outside the classroom. 

Like all full-time faculty at SUNY Cortland, fellows will be expected to maintain a routine presence on campus to support the campus values of Focus on the Students, Integrity, and Intellectual Life as well as serve the 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 nine full-time faculty, a visiting assistant professor 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.


Major Responsibilities


  • Teach a reduced load of 12 credits per year (6 credits per semester) for the duration of the two-year program. Included as part of the teaching load will be the opportunity to teach at least one course a year which addresses equity and inclusion as part of its content.
  • Support the infusion of topics related to equity and inclusion in the departmental and/or college-wide curriculum. Participate in mentoring process with assigned mentor to support professional development.
  • Participate in a professional learning community designed specifically to further their growth and ensure their success in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service.
  • Participate in the SUNY Diversity Conference each year of the fellowship.
  • Develop an active scholarship or research agenda.
  • Provide service to the department, school, and university.
  • Provide scheduled office hours and support students outside of the classroom in at least one of the following ways: acting as academic advisors, serving as advisors to student organizations, and supervising student assistants, research assistants, or other internship experiences




  • Cultural competence and commitment to diversity and Inclusion as part of anticipated career trajectory.
  • Ability to provide leadership in teaching, research or service toward building an equitable and diverse academic environment
  • Desire to work with students from diverse backgrounds, ability to teach and assess learning in culturally diverse settings, commitment to improving access to higher education for all students regardless of background, and commitment to educating students to become global citizens.
  • Demonstrate diversity of thought and experience in both their personal and scholarly pursuits
  • Creativity in course and curricular design
  • Effective interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Support the SUNY Cortland mission, vision, values and priorities


Functional and Supervisory Relationships

  • SUNY Cortland Diversity Fellows are tenure-track faculty members of their respective departments
  • Report to the academic department chair
  • Member of small dynamic cohort of new academics who work collectively to support an inclusive community and campus climate, and; enhance the cultural, academic and professional experience of groups traditionally under-represented in higher education (e.g., students of color, women in STEM fields, low income and first-generation college students and LGBTQ+ community)
  • Working relationships with Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Director of Multicultural Life and Diversity


Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or doctoral candidate, all but dissertation (ABD) in Political Science (Note: ABD candidates must have a completed master’s degree. PhD candidates who will not complete prior to their initial appointment will be hired at the rank of instructor and may be promoted to assistant professor rank upon completion.
  • Demonstrated academic, professional and/or personal experience in engaging with diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Evidence of an active research agenda
  • Academic focus on comparative politics or international relations with a regional specialization in Latin America.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Relevant teaching experience in Comparative Politics or International Relations at the college level
  • Evidence of academic service experience
  • Early career scholar seeking to gain experience in a full-time faculty position in a supportive, inclusive environment

Application instructions

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