Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Birmingham Southern College
  • Location
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 24

Position description

Birmingham-Southern College seeks candidates for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science position for AY 2023-2024 with the possibility of annual renewal. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Political Science. However, ABD candidates with teaching experience will be considered. 

The ideal candidate should be a broadly trained Americanist with solid quantitative methodological skills, experience teaching Introduction to American Government and Politics, American Political Behavior, and American Presidency and Congress, and the ability to advise students on their Senior Capstone Project. The candidate will be able to teach one or more upper-division courses in their area of specialization. The capability to contribute to the Black Studies Program is also favored.

A residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 800 undergraduate students, BSC is included in Pope’s Colleges that Change Lives and is a sheltering institution for Phi Beta Kappa. The College recently endured a funding crisis and is in the process of rebuilding the faculty and staff.

The College’s primary mission is to provide an outstanding undergraduate education, and applicants must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching. All faculty members are expected to participate fully in the life of the department and College through activities such as academic advising and committee service. The typical teaching load is 3-1-3.

The College is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to a welcoming and inclusive environment for all through their teaching, research, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Individuals from diverse backgrounds, underrepresented groups, or who have experience working with a broadly based population are encouraged to apply.

Birmingham-Southern College recognizes that the needs of many professionals vary and welcomes prospective candidates with dual career requirements to apply. We encourage dual-career families to share their needs early in the recruitment process. Although there is no job placement guarantee, we can provide information and resources for finding employment in Birmingham.

The College’s curriculum is based on close faculty-student interaction in teaching, advising, and research. For more on the College’s faculty, students, educational mission, and national reputation, visit

About Birmingham:

BSC is located just minutes from downtown Birmingham, a leading hub in the Southeast for research and innovation and a vibrant center for entertainment, commerce, and recreational activities. The city has a world-class restaurant scene with James Beard Award winners and nominees. Birmingham is also home to professional opera and ballet companies, numerous local theatre companies, a symphony, a children’s science museum, a zoo, a botanical garden, the largest art museum in the Southeast, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and annual art, music, and film festivals. With more green space per capita than any city in the nation, Birmingham offers numerous opportunities for outdoor activities, including walking, biking, and hiking trails and the renowned Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Excellent public and private K-12 schools are located throughout metropolitan Birmingham and its suburbs. Six higher education institutions are within a short commute from the city center.


Application instructions

Submit a cover letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of graduate transcripts (unofficial), three professional recommendation letters, and statements of 1) teaching philosophy, 2) diversity, equity, and inclusion, and 3) research agenda. Email the dossier to: [email protected]. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Vincent T. Gawronski at [email protected]. Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

In your cover letter, please address your interest in teaching at a liberal arts college and how your experiences with teaching, scholarship, and/or service might contribute to a college community whose core values include a commitment to diversity and inclusion.