Visiting Assistant Professor – Political Science

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Position description

The Department of Political Science at The College of Wooster invites applications for a two-year position in U.S. Politics at the level of Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Instructor beginning August 2024. We are looking for a broadly trained specialist in U.S. Politics. We are especially interested in scholars whose work critically examines campaigns and elections, the U.S. legal system, voting rights, state and local politics, and/or race and ethnicity in U.S. politics. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated ability to teach introductory and upper-level courses in their area of specialty and supervise independent research projects in U.S. Politics as part of the College’s Senior Independent Study (I.S.) requirement. In addition, we are interested in candidates whose research and teaching connect with: College curricular initiatives such as Social Justice and/or Power, Privilege, Race, and Ethnicity; and/or interdisciplinary programs or majors at the College, such as our Activism & Social Justice Pathway and/or Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, Urban Studies, or Africana Studies majors. The teaching load is 6 courses per year, which includes credited mentoring for student I.S. projects. 

The department has eight full-time faculty members and graduates approximately 35-40 majors annually, many of whom pursue advanced study or careers in public policy, law, research, political campaigns and public service, or a wide variety of social justice and community organizing initiatives. Current faculty research areas include: administrative processes for disaster, healthcare, nuclear energy, and foreign policy decision-making; environmental policy and public goods provision; gender and politics; political leadership within international organizations; political violence and human rights; and political theory and analysis of political concepts. For more information, please see: https://wooster.edu/area/political-science/

The College of Wooster is an independent college of the liberal arts and sciences with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate education. We enroll a racially, socioeconomically, and culturally diverse student population of approximately 2,000 undergraduate students, of which 6% identify as Latinx; 9%, as Black/African American; 4%, as Asian; 4%, as multiracial; and 61%, as white. Fifteen percent (15%) of our students are studying on international visas. Twenty-five percent (25 %) are Pell-eligible and 11% are first-generation college students. We are interested in hiring faculty who can contribute to the intellectual vibrancy of the community through culturally relevant pedagogy, curricular diversity, intercultural fluency, and a commitment to ensuring equitable outcomes for racially and ethnically minoritized and marginalized student groups.

Qualifications

We prefer candidates who have had previous independent teaching experience and will have completed their Ph.D. by the time of appointment, or are advanced graduate students or instructors.

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