Assistant Professor - American Politics

University of Denver
USA, Denver, Colorado
$77000 - $82000 per year

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The Department of Political Science consists of eleven tenure-line faculty supporting the Bachelors of Arts degree in political science within the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Denver. Our undergraduate program of study serves approximately 200 majors as well as students across campus in the common curriculum. Our faculty are dedicated to the robust pursuit of research, publication, and public engagement. We also value diversity, equity, and inclusion: a commitment by all constituents to create an academic experience that embraces and engages diverse perspectives and communities within an atmosphere of mutual respect. Our curriculum endeavors to develop students abilities to think critically, communicate clearly, write effectively, and develop compelling analytical argumentation based on justifiable sources of empirical evidence and analytical reasoning.

Position Summary

The Department of Political Science at the University of Denver invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship to start in Fall 2023 in the field of American politics. We seek applications from American Politics scholars of Congress and/or the domestic Executive with a preference for candidates who have a substantive focus on issues of representation for people who have historically been underrepresented.

The University of Denver embraces a teacher-scholar model where faculty balance their commitment to rigorous scholarship with undergraduate education. The position requires teaching the equivalent of two courses per quarter (three quarters per year) in the Political Science department, covering a range of upper division courses in American politics, Introduction to American politics, and common curriculum requirements. Our curriculum is normally delivered via conventional face-to-face classes on our traditional residential campus, with most online-only courses occurring during summer sessions which faculty may elect to teach for supplemental income, pending sufficient enrollment. We welcome the incorporation of experiential learning opportunities in the curriculum, such as community-engaged scholarship. Adhering to the teacher-scholar model, the position requires maintaining an active scholarly agenda as demonstrated via scholarly publications, academic conference participation, etc. The person holding this position would also be expected to contribute to University, College, and departmental service.

The University of Denver recognizes that its success in being a great university dedicated to the public good depends greatly on how well it engages, supports, and champions the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. As part of our intentionality in recruiting and retaining faculty from a wide variety of historically excluded intersecting identities, including those from communities of color, with diverse gender and sexual identities, first-generation college graduates, or with disabilities, new faculty will have the opportunity to choose to participate in a University-wide initiative. This initiative will connect new colleagues in a cohort, building community across units with supportive programming led by the Office of the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs in collaboration with the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and each faculty participant’s academic unit. To learn more about the University of Denver’s commitments and work in support of DEI and J, please visit: For more information about this program or if you have any questions, please email [email protected] and/or visit

Essential Functions

  • Pursue a research agenda that results in high-quality scholarly publications.
  • Teach the equivalent of six courses across three quarters per academic year, including an introductory course in American politics that serves the common curriculum and political science major program; upper-division courses in the field of American politics and the major Capstone seminar in politics; and possibly seminars for first-year or advanced students in the common curriculum. The teaching schedule will be coordinated with the department chair.
  • Meet outside of class in office hours on campus and/or online to provide guidance and assistance to students enrolled in courses taught and to provide major advising to political science students.
  • Deploy best practices through the University of Denver's current course management system (Canvas), utilizing Canvas tools such as discussion boards, quizzes, assignments with uploaded files, and the gradebook as the means to collect student work, communicate feedback and assignment grades, and conduct class sessions and individual appointments remotely when the need for this arises.
  • Advise students about major and BA requirements.
  • Contribute to University, College, and departmental service.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Advanced scholarly expertise in the field of American politics (ABD/PhD level) in the following sub-specialties: Congress and/or the domestic Executive with a preference for candidates who have a substantive focus on issues of representation for people who have historically been underrepresented.
  • Excellent skills in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to interact constructively with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and undergraduate students in both conventional in-person and online settings.

Required Qualifications

  • ABD or Ph.D. in Political Science or related field or interdisciplinary program (e.g., American studies). A candidate hired at the ABD level would hold the title of Instructor until completion of Ph.D.
  • Evidence of a promising scholarly agenda on Congress and/or the domestic Executive that is likely to result in peer-reviewed publications.
  • Experience serving as a graduate teaching assistant or instructor of record in undergraduate courses in political (or related social) science.
  • Evidence of a commitment to incorporate inclusive teaching methods and/or pedagogies to engage students from a wide range of backgrounds effectively.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Political Science.
  • Successful publication of peer-reviewed scholarship on Congress and/or the domestic Executive and evidence of future promise as a scholar.
  • Experience as an instructor teaching Introduction to American politics and upper-division undergraduate courses on Congress and/or the domestic Executive.
  • Scholarly expertise to develop upper-division undergraduate courses on representation in the US context.
  • Experience interacting with diverse communities in an inclusive approach to engage students from a wide range of backgrounds effectively.
  • Experience using course management software (such as Canvas or similar).

Working Environment

1. Standard office environment.
2. Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) September 21, 2022.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $77,000-$82,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. CV that indicates scholarly specialization, comprehensive exam fields, publications and/or working papers, and courses you have taught before as an instructor or graduate teaching assistant.
2. Cover Letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for this position, followed by three distinct statements (1-2 pages each) that articulate your (a) research agenda, (b) teaching philosophy and methods to engage students, and (c) how the candidates research, teaching, and/or service contributes to DUs values, practices, and actions regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion, all combined into one pdf file with headers identifying each component. Candidates can view DUs DEI Strategic Plan [] and/or the College of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) DEI Strategic Plan []
3. Sample of written work (e.g., two chapters from dissertation or book, or one article).
4. Evidence of teaching effectiveness such as (1-2 samples each) syllabi, detailed descriptions of course assignments, accompanying grading rubrics for writing assignments, and any other artifacts of teaching excellence, all combined into one pdf file with headers identifying discrete components.
5. Graduate transcripts
6. DUs online employment application requests contacts for professional/academic references who will be emailed to upload letters of recommendation (at least three). Candidates using Inter-folio may arrange to send all (at least three) letters of recommendation in one pdf file via email No other materials beyond a complete set of letters of recommendation in one document should be sent via Inter-folio.

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


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