Assistant Professor in American Government

Employer
Denison University
Location
Granville, OH

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Position Type:

Faculty

Tenure or non-tenure-track:

Tenure

Position Title:

Assistant Professor in American Government

Job Summary and Requirements :

The Department of Politics and Public Affairs at Denison University invites applications for a tenure-track vacancy in the institutions of American government, beginning Fall 2022. We welcome applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. We seek applicants whose research and teaching emphasizes the study of US national institutions, with a preference for a focus on the judiciary or public law. The successful candidate must have the demonstrated ability to teach an introductory course in political theory.

Our newly-inaugurated program offers our students an integrated view of the discipline that emphasizes linkages between theory and practice; our major is structured as a learning community, where undergraduates pursue a track of interest along the lines of the traditional subfields and have multiple opportunities to share their knowledge with peers. We require our majors to complement their classroom experiences with an off-campus learning component. We are enthusiastic about our new approach to teaching about politics and public affairs, and we seek a new colleague who shares our excitement.

Preference will be given to applicants who provide evidence of teaching effectiveness and show promise of a strong record of publication. We seek to hire a new colleague with broad training in political science. The successful candidate is expected to have significant interest in and demonstrated ability to be effective at undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts setting, and in contributing to the integration of the theoretical with experiential elements of our new major. The prospective teacher-scholar also will support the University’s commitment to liberal arts education, be an active participant in departmental and university governance, and develop a program of research leading to peer-reviewed publication. Denison offers a 3-2 teaching load. After a successful Third Year Review, a one-semester junior leave is available in the fourth year. Candidates are required to have by start date a Ph.D. in Political Science or similar field (ABD will be considered as Instructor until Ph.D. is attained). Independent teaching experience (beyond TA) strongly preferred. Our college is committed to attracting and supporting an academically and culturally diverse faculty; preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a commitment to foster a classroom and research environment that engages students from diverse backgrounds.
Denison offers extensive support for faculty, including professional-development funding, opportunities for student-faculty research collaboration, and a range of workshops and other professional development opportunities to cultivate our strengths as teacher-scholars.
Applications must be submitted online at: https://employment.denison.edu and should include: letter of application; curriculum vitae; contact information for three letters of reference; statement addressing the candidate’s teaching interests and scholarly agenda [including estimated time frame of completion of the dissertation if applicable]; transcript [official or unofficial]; teaching evaluations or other evidence of demonstrated or potential excellence in undergraduate instruction [if available]; at least two sample syllabi (including a lower division introductory course in political theory and an upper division course in the institutions of American government) that reflect the kinds of courses the candidate would teach.

To ensure full consideration, completed applications must be received by October 11, 2021.

Denison University is an increasingly diverse, highly selective, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 2300 students from across the nation and around the world. Our college is committed to attracting and supporting an academically and culturally diverse faculty. Granville is located just 30 minutes from the Columbus metropolitan area, the state capital.

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to attract and hire candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities. Denison fosters a campus community that recognizes the value of all persons regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender expression and identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our Diversity Guide (https://denison.edu/forms/diversity-guide) . Denison University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.



For information, please contact:
Andrew Z. Katz, Chair
Department of Politics and Public Affairs
Denison University
Granville, OH 43023[email protected]Denison University is an academically rigorous liberal arts college with an increasingly diverse campus community. It offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. Denison is located in the village of Granville, 30 minutes from Columbus, Ohio, the state capital, which hosts a wide range of cultural and artistic opportunities. Granville also offers an excellent public school system and easy access to outdoor activities.

Department:

Politics and Public Affairs Department

Posting Number:

F 121300178

Full or Part Time:

Full Time

Open Date:

08/12/2021

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Denison University Background Check Statement:

The final candidate will undergo a background check as a condition of offer of employment.

Denison University EEO Statement :

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to attract and hire candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities. Denison fosters a campus community that recognizes the value of all persons regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender expression and identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our Diversity Guide (https://denison.edu/forms/diversity-guide). Denison University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Organization

<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, Denison offers an authentic education in the fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Founded in 1831, Denison is one of the earliest colleges to be established in the old “Northwest Territory,” west of the Allegheny Mountains and north of the Ohio River. Denison is located in Granville, Ohio; 27 miles east of Columbus, the state capital.<img alt="denison_university1.jpg" src="http://www.insidehighered.com/careers/styles/medium/public/images/institution_profile/uploads/denison_university1.jpg" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p> <p>Innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in the pursuit of knowledge and the cultivation of independent thinking. And because Denison is a residential college, students are deeply engaged as citizens of the campus community. They learn from one another in a rigorous academic setting, but also in rich social, cultural and political environments.</p> <p>As a residential undergraduate liberal arts college, Denison is among those places that have been called “distinctively American” in their contribution to higher education worldwide. In fact, it is one of a select number of institutions that today defines the type.</p> <p>Confident in the distinction of its graduates and advantaged by unusual resources, Denison has pointedly resisted the tendency in higher education to add layers of graduate degrees, professional schools, and service functions beyond the scope of baccalaureate education of the highest order. Entering its 177th year, Denison has maintained a fully residential campus based upon the well-tested premise that learning flourishes in community.</p> <p>Denison selectively admits successful, confident, and motivated students who seek to take advantage of highly participatory learning within classroom, laboratory, and studio and who expect to learn and grow through their investment in the challenges and opportunities of college life.<br /> The college attracts matriculants from across the country and more than three dozen nations. Denison engages students with outstanding professors in small classes that encourage men and women to take a high degree of personal responsibility for learning. Students pursue a major field of study selected from 39 areas offered by 28 disciplinary departments and interdisciplinary programs in the divisions of Natural Science, Humanities, Social Science, and Fine Arts as well as complete a sequence of General Education and a personalized curriculum of electives from across the college.</p> <p><img alt="denison_university2.jpg" src="http://www.insidehighered.com/careers/styles/medium/public/images/institution_profile/uploads/denison_university2.jpg" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left;" typeof="foaf:Image" />A Denison education is not just for a living but for a life. Denison graduates are educated to be curious, resourceful, and reflective. They are expected to begin a life of learning at Denison, not complete it. They are well prepared for the rapidly changing world of the 21st century.</p> <p>Nothing defines a Denison education more than the mutually enriching relationships that develop between students and faculty. The heart of the college is a full-time faculty of almost 200. These men and women, who hold the most advanced degrees in their fields, are selected on the basis of pedagogical and scholarly ability and are encouraged to be innovative teachers whose continuing growth in their discipline through active scholarship allows them to be among the best at their craft. They look forward to the challenge and stimulation of their students even as they seek to draw the best efforts from them. Many Denison students come to regard professors as mentors, who frequently oversee students' independent scholarly projects.</p> <p>Denison’s faculty is committed to undergraduate education. As teacher-scholar-advisers, their principal responsibility is effective teaching informed by the best scholarship. Faculty members place a priority on working closely with students, interactive learning, and partnerships with students in original research. Denison’s low student/faculty ratio allows for close supervision of independent research and collaborative work in small groups and classes.</p> <p><img alt="denison_university3.jpg" src="http://www.insidehighered.com/careers/styles/medium/public/images/institution_profile/uploads/denison_university3.jpg" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p> <p>At Denison, men and women learn and grow in community, and the residential character of the campus is more than a convenience but a way of engaging the full student body in a shared enterprise. The college actively seeks academically superior students who bring diverse talents, interests, backgrounds, and experiences, believing that out of the classroom as well as within learning takes place by sharing, questioning, and growing together. Denison students have unusual opportunities to participate in the arts, in athletics and recreation, in service to others beyond the campus, in student organizational life, and in campus governance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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