Visiting Assistant Professor - Political Science and African American Studies

Job description


To enrich education through diversity, TCNJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The institution has a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. The Chronicle of Higher Education has placed TCNJ on its honor roll of "Great Colleges to Work For." We strongly encourage a host of diverse, intersectional populations and cultures to apply including, but not limited to, identities based on race, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, and veteran status. We also encourage applications from candidates with a wide range of professional and personal paths. Each candidate is invited to discuss their unique pathway in their application materials.

The Department of African American Studies and the Department of Political Science at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) invite applications for a joint-appointed, 10-month, non-tenure-track visiting assistant professor starting July 31, 2021.

The successful candidate will have expertise in American Politics with an emphasis on Race and Ethnic Politics in the United States. The candidate's area of expertise should be informed by and have a strong foundation in intersectional anti-racism, structural and systemic racism, and critical race theory. Additional areas of expertise could include but are not limited to how the process of racialization shapes political behavior and public opinion, democratic engagement and responsiveness, public policy, national institutions, intergroup relations, and urban politics.

Candidates should be committed to excellent teaching and deep student engagement in a primarily undergraduate, residential, liberal arts-centered institution. The teaching load is four courses per semester. In Fall 2021, the successful candidate will teach two sections of Introduction to American Government (POL 110) and two sections of AAS/POL 270 Special Topics: Race and American Democracy. In Spring 2022, the successful candidate will teach two sections of POL 110 and two other courses based on the needs of the departments and the candidate's expertise. As of this posting, the College is planning on in-person course instruction in either a full or partial-capacity classroom environment, depending on state guidelines. The College has announced that students will be required to receive a Covid-19 vaccination before returning to campus in the fall.

To Apply

The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. or be ABD in Political Science, African American Studies, Public Policy, or a closely-related field. As TCNJ is committed to inclusion and diversity, the successful candidate should be able to articulate how they would model these values and successfully navigate a diverse campus community.

Applicants should submit the following materials using the online application system at

  • Cover letter describing qualifications and teaching and research interests
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Brief statement of teaching philosophy, including how diversity and inclusion are incorporated into the candidate's work as a teacher
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness or promise such as sample syllabi and/or student evaluations
  • Unofficial graduate transcript
  • Names and contact information for three references

Any questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Sarah Chartock, Chair of the Department of Political Science, and Dr. Piper Kendrix Williams, Chair of the African American Studies Department, at rep-vap-

Applications received by June 18th will receive full consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. Final offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation. The successful applicant must present proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

About the Departments and the College

The Department of African American Studies has five tenure-line faculty members and approximately 13 majors. For more information about the department, visit .

The Department of Political Science has nine tenure-line faculty members and approximately 190 majors. For more information about the department and faculty, visit

Founded in 1855, TCNJ is a selective, public, primarily undergraduate institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. TCNJ emphasizes the residential experience for our approximately 7,000 undergraduate students, 30% of whom are self-described as members of groups traditionally underrepresented in academe. Students benefit from a 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 21 students, which has led to TCNJ attaining a first-year to sophomore retention rate of 94% and a graduation rate of 86%. TCNJ has also received national recognition for the adoption and promotion of the teacher-scholar model for our faculty and deep engagement of our undergraduates in research, scholarship, and creative activity as well as community engagement. TCNJ was awarded, in 2006, a Phi Beta Kappa chapter-an honor shared by less than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally. A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for programs offered through TCNJ's seven schools-Arts and Communication; Business; Education; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; and Science. TCNJ is located within an hour of New York City and Philadelphia. The College's campus is set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township and is known for its natural beauty. For more information, visit .




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Job No: 21001106
Posted: 6/4/2021
Application Due: 8/3/2021
Work Type: Full Time
Salary: Negotiable