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Assistant Professor of Political Science

Nebraska Wesleyan University
5000 Saint Paul Avenue, Lincoln, NE, USA

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The Department of Political Science at Nebraska Wesleyan University invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Public Policy. This is a tenure-track position to begin in Fall 2024. The candidate should be a teacher-scholar with expertise in the field of public policy and active pedagogies. They should have an interest in promoting civic engagement, engaging students in the local community, and contributing to the university's Archway Curriculum.

This is a full-time, tenure-track, benefit-eligible position, which includes a comprehensive package including health, vision, and dental insurance benefits, retirement benefits, a generous holiday schedule, and undergraduate tuition remission for employee's dependents, among other benefits.


Faculty responsibilities include teaching twelve credit hours per term, fall and spring semesters, including day and possible evening undergraduate classes. This will involve teaching a range of public policy courses, both at the lower and upper levels, as well as an introductory U.S. government class. This faculty member will also be expected to contribute to the department's research methods sequence. Candidates with experience teaching writing instructive courses, utilizing high-impact teaching practices, and collaborating with members of their local communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Qualifications and Attributes:

    A doctorate degree in Political Science is preferred; advanced ABD will be considered;Experience with teaching various types of writing skills to students through assigned coursework;Demonstrated interpersonal and innovative teaching skills are required;Ability to work independently and collaboratively with faculty and students is essential;Strong commitment to student-centered active learning and student engagement activities.
Commitment to Diversity:

Diversity is a core value of Nebraska Wesleyan University's mission and we embrace it as a source of strength. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate how they are able to enhance and embrace this University core value in a diversity statement submitted as part of their application materials.

Nebraska Wesleyan University provides equal educational and employment opportunities to qualified persons in all areas of university operation without regard to religion or creed, age, genetic information, gender identity and expression, sexual identity and orientation, veteran status, disability, marital status, race, or national or ethnic origin, in compliance with state and federal laws, including but not limited to Title XII, Title IX, and the ADA. E-Verify, EOE.

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit 1) letter of application addressing qualifications, 2) current curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of your commitment to diversity and inclusion, particularly addressing how this influences your teaching, 4) the names of three professional references, 5) unofficial transcripts to the following URL: Finalists will be asked for evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as a teaching philosophy statement, syllabi, and/or teaching evaluations). We will let finalists know before references are contacted. Review of applications will begin February 1 and continue until the position is filled.


Working at Nebraska Wesleyan University

Since our founding in 1887, Nebraska Wesleyan University has both grown and remained steadfast to a liberal arts education in a Christian environment. Nebraska Wesleyan University is considered one of the strongest institutions of its kind in the Midwest, and has been continuously accredited since 1914.

NWU at a Glance

  • Founded in 1887
  • Located in the University Place neighborhood of northeast Lincoln, NE
  • Approximately 1,600 undergraduates, 225 graduate students and 275 adult learners
  • 53 majors, 41 minors, 18 pre-professional programs
  • 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • 75 student organizations
  • Seven Greek chapters
  • Thriving study abroad and service learning programming

Mission Statement

Nebraska Wesleyan University is an academic community dedicated to intellectual and personal growth within the context of a liberal arts education and in an environment of Christian concern.

Nebraska Wesleyan was founded by Nebraska Methodists and actively maintains its relation to The United Methodist Church. The University reflects the Judeo Christian tradition in its efforts to integrate questions about meaning and value with the pursuit of learning and understanding.

The University is committed to excellence of academic endeavor and to learning as a lifelong process. The curricula and programs are designed to assist students in gaining and expanding knowledge and skills, in developing their competence in rational thought and communication, in broadening their perspectives on humanity and culture, and in enhancing their spiritual, physical, emotional, and aesthetic resources.

Nebraska Wesleyan intends that its students develop a sense of individual worth and become useful and serving members of the human community.

Approved by the Board of Governors – February 8, 1979
Reaffirmed by the Board of Governors – May 12, 2000

Statement of Vision
Nebraska Wesleyan University will be an outstanding national liberal arts university, where the educational experience transforms each student to lead a life of learning, service, leadership, and success in a diverse world.

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