Assistant Professor of Political Science and Criminal Justice

Job description

Wells College is seeking applicants for a Tenure-Track position in Political Science, Law and Criminal Justice,  beginning August 16, 2021. We seek a colleague who has the curricular and program development skills to lead the re-envisioning of our Criminal Justice major as it makes connections to our Political Science major.  The successful candidate must be able to teach engaging courses and successfully mentor and advise students from their very first class to their capstone. They must also demonstrate a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Wells College is a private four-year Liberal Arts college located in the Finger Lakes region of New York on the unceded lands of the Cayuga Nation. The mission of Wells College is to educate students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. The Wells experience prepares students to appreciate complexity and difference, to embrace new ways of knowing, to be creative, and to respond ethically to the interdependent worlds to which they belong. Committed to excellence in all areas of its reach, Wells College equips students for lifelong learning and for sharing the privileges of education with others. Recognizing the role of higher education in supporting students from all backgrounds to meet the challenges of the future, Wells College is seeking to diversify its faculty and staff. We strive to embody a culture of belonging that empowers all to thrive. Our student body includes 35% of students identifying as a student of color and 32% who are first-generation college students.

Required Qualifications:

Candidates should have a terminal degree that provides a solid background in politics, law and society enabling them to teach engaging interdisciplinary courses that will support both a Political Science program and a program in Criminal Justice. These courses might include such topics as, Introduction to Law and Society, Philosophy and History of Punishment, Criminal Justice Reform, Research Methods in the Social Sciences, Civil Liberties, Politics and Judicial Activism, Judicial Politics, and Race, Class, Gender and Justice. etc. Candidates should be flexible to teach other introductory courses in subfields of law, such as patent, health, family, private, environmental, or sport.

Applications should be submitted online in PDF at and include a cover letter; CV; statement of teaching and involving students in scholarship; statement of commitment and approach to diversity; a sample syllabus; and a list of names and contact information for three references (reference letters may be requested at a later date).  Complete applications received by June 1 will receive full consideration; however, the posting will remain open until the position has been filled. Offer of employment is contingent on a successful background screening.





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Posted: 4/10/2021
Application Due: 6/9/2021
Work Type: Full Time