Assistant Professor, Political Theory

Job description

The Department of Political Science consists of ten tenure-line faculty supporting the Bachelors of arts degree in political science within the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Denver. Our undergraduate program of study serves approximately 200 majors and students across campus in the common curriculum. Our faculty value inclusive excellence: a commitment by all constituents to create an academic experience that embraces and engages diverse perspectives and communities within an atmosphere of mutual respect. Our curriculum endeavors to develop students ability to think critically, communicate clearly, write effectively, and develop compelling analytical argumentation based on justifiable sources of empirical evidence and analytical reasoning. For information about the department, please click here.

Position Summary

The Department of Political Science at the University of Denver invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship to start in Fall 2021 in the field of political theory. The ideal candidate has broad enough training in major areas of political theory to serve as the primary theorist in a robust undergraduate department. Specialization and teaching experience in the areas of modern democratic theory, feminist theory, conservative theory, or American political thought is preferred. Priority will be given to candidates who can teach in an additional sub-field of political science beyond political theory. The position requires teaching the equivalent of two courses per quarter (three quarters per year) in the Political Science department, covering a range of upper division courses in political theory, introductory courses, and common curriculum requirements. The University of Denver embraces a scholar-teacher model where faculty balance their commitment to rigorous scholarship with undergraduate education. We welcome the incorporation of experiential learning opportunities in the curriculum, such as community-engaged scholarship. The person holding this position would also be expected to contribute to University and departmental service.

Our curriculum is normally delivered via conventional face-to-face classes on our traditional residential campus, with most online-only courses occurring during summer sessions which faculty may elect to teach for supplemental income, pending sufficient enrollment. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, all courses in the Spring quarter of 2020 were delivered as online-only courses. Given the unknown course of the pandemic, faculty must be capable of teaching in conventional, hybrid, and online-only formats while the pandemic runs its course.

Essential Functions

  • Teach the equivalent of six courses across three quarters per academic year, including a large (approximately 80 student) introductory course in political thought that serves the common curriculum and political science major program; smaller, writing intensive upper-division courses in the field of political theory and the major Capstone seminar in politics; and potentially seminars for first-year or advanced students in the common curriculum.
  • Availability to meet outside of class in office hours on campus and/or via video-conferencing to provide guidance and assistance to students enrolled in courses taught.
  • Deploy best practices through the University of Denver's current course management system (Canvas), utilizing Canvas tools such as discussion boards, quizzes, assignments with uploaded files, the gradebook, and Zoom video-conferencing as the means to collect student work, communicate feedback, assign grades, and conduct class sessions and individual appointments remotely when the need for this arises.
  • The teaching schedule will be coordinated with the department chair.
  • Pursue a scholarly agenda that results in high quality scholarly publications.
  • Advise students.
  • Contribute to University and departmental service.

Required Qualifications

  • ABD or Ph.D. in Political Science or related field or interdisciplinary program (e.g. political philosophy or history of ideas). A candidate hired at the ABD level would hold the title of Instructor until completion of Ph.D.
  • Experience teaching undergraduate courses in political (or related social) science.
  • Experience using course management software (such as Canvas or similar) as part of a conventional in-person class.
  • Experience interacting with diverse communities or evidence of a commitment to incorporate inclusive teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively engage students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.
  • Evidence of a promising scholarly agenda in political theory that is likely to result in peer-reviewed publications.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Political Science.
  • Experience as an instructor teaching Introduction to Political Thought (theory) and upper-division undergraduate courses in political theory.
  • Scholarly expertise to develop an upper-division undergraduate course in an additional sub-field of political science.
  • Experience using course management software (such as Canvas or similar) to teach an online-only class.
  • Successful publication of peer-reviewed scholarship in political theory and evidence of future promise as a scholar.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by September 14, 2020.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.




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Job No: 493192
Posted: 8/13/2020
Application Due: 10/12/2020
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable