Assistant Teaching Professor in Interdisciplinary Social Science

Assistant Teaching Professor in Interdisciplinary Social Science
Georgetown University: Main Campus: Georgetown College: Programs: Prisons and Justice Initiative

Location: Washington, DC
Open Date: Jun 27, 2022
Deadline: Jan 31, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

The Georgetown University Prisons and Justice Initiative (PJI) invites applications for a full-time non-tenure line (FTNTL) faculty position as Assistant Teaching Professor in Interdisciplinary Social Science. Primary teaching responsibilities will be in the Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA) degree program offered to incarcerated students at the Patuxent Institution, a prison in Jessup, Maryland. In addition to teaching, the candidate selected for this position will also be responsible for (1) the development and oversight of the BLA social sciences curriculum and (2) direction of the BLA major in Interdisciplinary Social Science, including both course planning/coordination with main campus departments and programs and student advising and mentorship. We welcome applications from candidates with a PhD and teaching and research interests in any social science discipline or related interdisciplinary field. Demonstrated excellence in teaching and commitment to innovative and inclusive pedagogy are a must, as is the ability to teach both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.

The social science curriculum in the BLA program is explicitly interdisciplinary, designed to expose students in a small program (25 students in each admitted cohort, max 125 students in the program at any given time) to the widest range of disciplinary perspectives and methodologies. All students in the program will take a two-course introductory sequence, which fulfills the College core requirement in social science; students electing to major in Interdisciplinary Social Science will then take a two-course methods sequence before moving on to intermediate and advanced electives and a capstone/thesis project. This position will be responsible for teaching the introductory and methods sequences on a regular basis. Initially, there will also be significant emphasis on curriculum development, as this position will be responsible for moving these courses from proposal to practice. In subsequent years, administrative responsibilities will shift to include more student advising and mentorship, including thesis direction. This position will be expected to collaborate and coordinate with main campus programs in the social sciences, which at Georgetown include departments of African American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Government, Linguistics, Psychology, and Sociology, as well as interdisciplinary programs in Justice and Peace Studies and Women's and Gender Studies. Some additional responsibility for co- and extracurricular programming, with a focus on cultivating and responding to student interests in the field.

Course load for this position is five courses annually; standard teaching load for FTNTL positions in the BLA is 2/2/2 (Fall, Spring, and Summer), but this position is structured with a one course release to compensate for the significant administrative responsibilities. Initial term is three years, and the position is renewable. Per the Georgetown Framework for Full Time Non-tenure Line (FTNTL) Instructional Faculty, this position is eligible for merit pay and promotion (Ranks: Assistant Teaching Professor => Associate Teaching Professor => Teaching Professor).

The following qualifications are required for this position:
  • PhD in a social science discipline or related interdisciplinary field
  • A strong record of teaching, including significant experience teaching introductory/survey courses and both qualitative and quantitative methodologies
  • Evidence of interdisciplinarity, in research and/or teaching
  • Administrative experience a plus, particularly related to curricular design and development
  • Commitment to working with marginalized student populations, and to social and racial justice; experience teaching incarcerated students, and/or familiarity with the field of higher education in prison, mass incarceration, or related issues a plus

Application Instructions
For best consideration, please apply by January 31, 2023.

Click on Apply Now to submit the following required materials:
1. CV
2. Cover letter
3. A list of 3-5 referees who can speak to your accomplishments and potential as a
teacher, scholar, and program director/administrator.

Finalists for this position will be asked to submit a statement of teaching philosophy and letters of recommendation at a later stage in the search process.

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Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please click here for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at (202) 687-4798.

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