Limited Term Lecturer of Political Science

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Georgia College & State University

Position description

Georgia College & State University (GCSU) is the state’s designated public liberal arts university, where students learn the essential skills to compete in a fast-paced and technology-driven global society. The university prepares students for successful careers, leadership in communities, problem solving and life-long learning through personalized attention in a residential setting with opportunities for a variety of transformational experiences through its award-winning, high-impact practices. One of only three selective universities within the University System of Georgia and a top 10 ranked public university in the Southeast, GCSU offers undergraduate degrees in more than 40 majors, 34 graduate programs, doctorates in education and nursing, professional certificates and continuing education programs. 


As a member of the prestigious Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), GCSU is committed to fostering a liberal arts environment that values academic preeminence, interdisciplinary inquiry and an inclusive learning community. GCSU enjoys a strong reputation for academic excellence and nationally ranked programs according to US News & World Report, The Princeton Review and Colleges of Distinction – among other ranking sources.


Georgia College & State University takes great pride in combining the educational experience of a private liberal arts college with the affordability of a public university. Faculty and staff are dedicated to student engagement and experiential learning through high-impact practices such as internships, service- and community-based learning, diversity, study abroad opportunities, mentored undergraduate research and a capstone project that fosters intellectual curiosity, reasoned inquiry and critical thinking.


The university’s beautiful and historic campus is located downtown in Milledgeville, Georgia, a charming, diverse college town of approximately 19,000 residents in Central Georgia, and only 90 miles southeast of Atlanta. Milledgeville is also the home of noted American author and alumna, Flannery O’Connor, ’45, and the college community enjoys many exciting literary arts programs at O’Connor’s former home, Andalusia, now owned by the university. Milledgeville is located on the banks of beautiful Lake Sinclair and Lake Oconee, allowing faculty, staff and students to take full advantage of the environmental and recreational benefits of being part of a lake community. For cultural, educational and leisure opportunities beyond Milledgeville – Macon and Atlanta are located within easy driving distances.

Georgia College & State University is committed to protecting academic freedom in addition to supporting the freedom of expression as outlined in the University System of Georgia’s Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom policy and its Ethics Code of Conduct. For more information, visit us online at

Department Information

The Department of Government and Sociology offers bachelors degrees in Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Sociology, as well as a minor in Anthropology. In addition, the department offers masters degrees in Criminal Justice and Public Administration.

Job Summary

This position is a one-year, limited-term political science lecturer for the 2024-2025 academic year and requires teaching core political science courses, including Introduction to American Government (POLS 1101). The ideal candidate will have experience in teaching POLS 1101 and also be able to offer an elective course in the Department’s Masters of Public Administration program. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to engage students in the classroom and to encourage transformative learning experiences outside of the classroom through the Department of Government and Sociology’s certificate programs, internship opportunities, and beyond. Successful candidates will be able to work collegiality and effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds. A doctoral degree in political science by the date of appointment is required. Review of applications will begin immediately.


Teaching/Instructing – 70
Teaching Responsibilities
Teach courses in the discipline and contribute to the core curriculum as defined in the position description.

Faculty – Service – 30
Department, college, and university committee memberships and offices – Programs directed and advised – Participation in special programs or projects – Service to the profession – Membership and participation in community organizations.

Required Qualifications

Educational Requirements
Applicants must have a doctoral degree in political science by the date of appointment, but we will consider exceptional candidates who are ABD (must complete Ph.D. within the first year of appointment).

Must meet SACSCOC accreditation requirements stated in C.S. 3.7.1 ( (faculty credentials)

Preferred Qualifications

Additional Preferred Qualifications
Hiring preference will be given to faculty who demonstrate an understanding of Georgia College’s mission and who are enthusiastic about working closely with high-achieving students within an academic community dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through learning and scholarship. Prior teaching experience at the University level is expected.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Teaches typical load of 15 semester-hours of undergraduate courses each semester in the area of Political Science in face-to-face format.
Develops and designs curriculum plans to foster student learning, stimulate class discussions, and ensures student engagement.
Provides advisement, tutoring and academic counseling to students as needed.
Collaborates and supports colleagues regarding research interests and co-curricular activities.
Participates in departmental activities and campus life events.


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