Post-Doctoral Political Science Teaching Fellowship

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Post-Doctoral Political Science Teaching Fellowship




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Full Time

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Full-time Equivalent (FTE)

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12 months

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About UofSC:

The University of South Carolina System is comprised of the state’s flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 “Best Colleges” according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities (USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate), and Palmetto College consisting of four two-year campuses (USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, USC Union and Fort Jackson/Extended University). Together, the USC System institutions offer more than 450 degree programs on campus and online and are uniquely positioned to meet the state’s educational, cultural, health and research needs. The System employs nearly 14,000 people who work daily to improve the lives of students, fellow South Carolinians and the world. Our diverse engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment.

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Advertised Job Summary:

The Department of Political Science at the University of South Carolina is pleased to invite applications for two new two-year (renewable for a third year) Post-Doctoral Political Science Teaching Fellowships focused on teaching and interpreting the documents on which the United States was founded (including the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Federalist Papers, Emancipation Proclamation, other freedom papers, and more). Two Founding Documents Post-Docs are available, both beginning on August 1, 2021. These twelve-month positions include a five-course teaching load (two in the Fall; two in the Spring, and one in Summer session).

Candidates with interests in the fields of American Politics, Public Law, or American Political Theory are encouraged to apply.

This opportunity is the result of new legislation in South Carolina (the REACH Act) that requires college students in the state to complete a three-credit course that includes the American founding documents. We seek candidates who are committed to teaching students how to place these documents into the intellectual history of democracy within and beyond the United States. Teaching will be limited to courses that satisfy the State’s Founding Documents requirement (including POLI 201: American National Government; POLI 304: Contemporary Political Theory; POLI 450: Constitutional Law; POLI 451: Civil Liberties; POLI 452: The Judicial Process).

Required Education and Experience:

Completion of a Political Science PhD by May 2021 (ABDs are NOT eligible for consideration).

Demonstrable experience teaching or researching the history of democracy and/or the founding documents of the United States.

Preferred Qualifications:

Completion of a Political Science PhD by May 2021 (ABDs are NOT eligible for consideration).

Demonstrable experience teaching or researching the history of democracy and/or the founding documents of the United States.

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Special Instructions to Applicant:

Applications should include a cover letter, a statement of commitment to teaching Founding Documents, two letters of reference, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a transcript that states degree completion no later than May 2021 should be submitted through

For best consideration, a complete application should be submitted by April 16, 2021. Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled.

For questions concerning this position, please contact, Dr. Robert Oldendick, Chair of the Search Committee, at [email protected]

Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.

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Posted: 4/13/2021
Application Due: 7/12/2021
Work Type: Full Time