23-24 Temporary Faculty Pool (Lecturer) – Political Science

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California State University, Fresno



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Position description

The Department of Political Science at Fresno State is one of the strongest in the California State University system. We are a dynamic and diverse department, actively engaged in research and in our surrounding community. Our department serves approximately 230 majors in the undergraduate program and 40 graduate students seeking master’s degrees in the NASPAA accredited public administration program. All of the major sub-disciplines of political science are represented within the department and the faculty is well-known for its balanced commitment to teaching, research, and public service. 

Position Summary [course catalog link]:

The department seeks qualified candidate(s) to teach undergraduate courses such as:

  • Introduction to American Government and Institutions, including content on California government.
  • or other classes that may be identified as needed to fulfill educational goals of current students

Instructor Responsibility: Temporary faculty members are responsible for adherence to and implementation of university and system-wide policies as directed per Academic Policy Manual 306, paragraph 2. Instructors are responsible for the preparation, delivery, conducting, proctoring, and grading (as appropriate) lectures, office hours, homework assignments, quizzes, class projects, and midterm and final exams. All classes must be offered and meet as scheduled throughout the entire semester, in the mode assigned and listed in the schedule of classes (i.e. asynchronous, synchronous, in-person, or hybrid).

Conditional Appointment

Please be advised that an appointment is contingent upon budget and enrollment considerations and subject to order of assignment provisions in the collective bargaining agreement between California State University and California Faculty Association. These provisions state the “Order of Work,” or the order in which available courses must be assigned to faculty, starting with tenure line faculty and ending with new lecturer appointees.

Appointees will be required to demonstrate eligibility to work in the United States (Fresno State is not a sponsoring agency for Temporary Faculty positions).

Compensation – Commensurate by qualifications and experience within salary range placement. The salary ranges are established by the CSU Salary Schedule (Class Code = 2358 for Academic Year Lecturers).

The salary range for Temporary Faculty with a Master’s degree is $4,530.00 – $6,056.00 per a month when teaching full time (15 WTUs). Starting salaries are usually at or near the minimum of the range. Actual monthly salary will be adjusted based on the number of WTUs assigned per an academic term.

Anticipated Semester

The temporary faculty pool is continuously open, and positions are filled as needed, based on student enrollment and funding. This is a pool of part-time lecturers for the department to draw on as necessary. The number of positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the Department. Appointments from the pool are temporary and often made just prior to the start of the academic term. Applicants may need to be available to begin teaching on short notice. The pool will remain in place for two academic terms; those interested in remaining in the pool beyond that time must reapply.

  • Fall 2023: August 17, 2023 – December 22, 2023;
  • Spring 2024: January 16, 2024 – May 18, 2024

Required Qualifications:

Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.): A Master’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis in American Politics or closely related field. 

Experience: 

  1. Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  2. Experience teaching American Government or related college courses.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. A commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate level, which may be exhibited through prior teaching experiences and teaching evaluations or other evidence. 
  2. Successful teaching experience at the undergraduate level.
  3. Experience teaching American Government at the collegiate level in California.
  4. Ph.D. in Political Science preferred

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