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Assistant Professor of Political Science & Cr

Wells College
Aurora, NY

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Professional Fields, Law & Legal Studies, Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, Political Science & International Relations
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Tenure-Track position in Political Science, Law and Criminal Justice, Wells College, Aurora, NY 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.


Working at Wells College 

Wells College is a nationally recognized private coeducational liberal arts college located in Aurora, New York, on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake. It was established in 1868 by Henry Wells, founder of the Wells Fargo and American Express Companies. The College is known as an exceptional value, pairing top quality academic programs with affordable tuition. With a full-time enrollment of about 550 students, Wells boasts small class sizes, an extensive experiential learning program, cross-enrollment with nearby Cornell University and Ithaca College, and a wide range of off-campus study options.

The rigorous academic environment emphasizes close faculty/student interaction, undergraduate research, off-campus study, internships, and active community service and involvement. Wells offers 17 majors and 39 minors, in addition to individualized programs. Formerly a women’s college, Wells became coeducational in 2005.

The scenic Finger Lakes region of central New York is an area known for its beauty and high concentration of outstanding colleges and universities. The village of Aurora is centrally located and provides easy access to metropolitan, cultural, and educational centers — 25 minutes from Ithaca; 1 hour from Rochester and Syracuse; 2.5 hours from Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Canada; and 5 hours from New York City.

Full-time employees are eligible for a wide range of benefits including health and life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, long-term disability insurance, EAP, course attendance, dependent tuition benefits, 11 paid holidays and vacation, sick and personal time off.

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