Instructor/Assistant Professor – Political Science

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Radford University

Instructor/Assistant Professor - Political Science 2

Position description

The Department of Political Science at Radford University is seeking a one-year non-tenure-track faculty member with an emphasis on law and legal studies, beginning in the Fall of 2024. Candidates with any legal specialty are welcome to apply. Candidates with additional expertise in Public Administration or political theory are particularly invited to apply. We seek a vibrant scholar who will add to the strengths in our department.

The faculty member will teach four classes per semester in consultation with the department chair based on student needs and departmental strategic priorities. This faculty member will mentor and advise students in the Legal Studies minor and coordinate with the Criminal Justice Department on the Mock Trial program. The new member of the Radford faculty will conduct scholarly research consistent with their field. Candidates are expected to be excellent classroom instructors with an active research agenda.

Radford University is a comprehensive public university of over 7,700 students that has received national recognition for many of its undergraduate and graduate academic programs, as well as its sustainability initiatives. Radford University serves the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation through a wide range of academic, cultural, human service and research programs. Well known for its strong faculty/student bonds, innovative use of technology in the learning environment and vibrant student life on a beautiful 211-acre American classical campus, Radford University offers students many opportunities to get involved and succeed in and out of the classroom. The University offers 76 bachelor’s degree programs in 47 disciplines, and six certificates at the undergraduate level; 28 master’s programs in 23 disciplines and six doctoral programs at the graduate level; and 17 post-baccalaureate certificates and one post-master’s certificate. A Division I member of the NCAA and Big South Conference, Radford University competes in 16 men’s and women’s varsity athletics. With over 200 clubs and organizations, Radford University offers many opportunities for student engagement, leadership development and community service. In addition to robust academic offerings and engaging student experiences on the main campus located in Radford, Virginia, Radford University also offers a clinical-based educational experience for more than 1,100 students living and learning in Roanoke, Virginia as part of Radford University Carilion, a public-private partnership focused on the cutting-edge delivery of health sciences programming, outreach and service.

Required Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. or near completion in Political Science or a Juris Doctor degree is required
  • Expertise in law is required. More consideration will be given to faculty with expertise in public administration and/or political theory.
  • Candidates are expected to be excellent classroom teachers
  • An active research agenda in the faculty member’s specialty is required

Preferred Qualifications

Preference for candidates who can also teach Public Administration and/or Political Theory


A Ph.D. or near completion in Political Science or a Juris Doctor degree is required

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