Chair of the Political Science Department

Carson, Los Angeles County / Long Beach, Los Angeles County
Apr 18, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Chair of the Political Science Department
College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
CSU Dominguez Hills

Position Description
The faculty of Political Science at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) invites applications from individuals for the position of Chair of the Political Science Department, effective fall 2014.

The successful candidate must have an excellent record of effective teaching, scholarly research and service, and must be innovative in his or her thinking and have the leadership skill set to lead a department strongly committed to academic excellence, community outreach and the development of partnerships with local and federal government institutions and businesses to enhance the learning experience of political science students and to help prepare them for success in the job market, legal careers or graduate school

Serve as Chair of the Political Science Department, teach and engage in scholarly research and service at the university and in the community. Evaluate full time faculty for promotion, post-tenure, tenure and pre-tenure renewal contracts. Conduct or lead annual performance reviews of part-time lecturers in accordance with university policy and the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the California Faculty Association. Lead curriculum development and program redesign with faculty consent and directions. Monitor, revise and implement students’ learning outcomes of undergraduate courses and program of the Political Science Department. Carry out the administrative duties of the department including scheduling, and recruit and supervise staff and part-time faculty. Hold faculty and staff meetings.

Department of Political Science
The Political Science Department is located in the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences. The current faculty is comprised of three tenured and tenure-track faculty joined by 9 to 11 part-time faculty each term. Political Science provides excellent opportunities for the study of government and politics. Over 40 courses cover all the major aspects of the discipline. Students develop an understanding of human behavior as it relates to politics. They learn to discuss and analyze critically current public policy issues facing the United States and the world. They are taught how to critically observe and understand world affairs and comparative politics. They are trained in appropriate research techniques for the study of political processes. The General Political Science Concentration is a relatively “open” one, allowing students to choose from a wide range of courses and subjects within a general framework. It is designed for students seeking broad exposure to the diverse subjects of the discipline and is recommended for most students.

The Department offers a general major composed of core courses in Quantitative Research Methods, History of Political Thought, American Politics, Comparative Politics, and International Relations. Additionally, majors select breadth courses in American Politics, Comparative Politics, and International Relations along with five elective courses selected from Departmental offerings. Majors must complete the Capstone Research Exercise (comprised of a major research paper) in one of the elective courses. The department offers internship opportunities at the national, California government and local government levels. The Department sponsors an active student organization (APSS, the Association of Political Science Students) and a successful Model United Nations (MUN) program for students.

The mission of the Political Science program is to help students develop the competencies of effective citizens who are able to explain the contemporary political environment and the diverse means available to impact that environment. We also work to give our students the skills necessary to pursue a government related career or to continue on to law or graduate school. We expect students:
  • to become conversant with the theories and conceptual frameworks of the major subfields in the discipline; and
  • to apply critical analysis to political institutions, political issues, and political behavior at the international, national and sub-national levels; and
  • to be able to access diverse information resources and utilize information from these sources effectively to develop and informed understanding of the dynamic political environment.
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Minimum Qualifications
  • A PhD in Political Science or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher education
  • A current rank of professor or associate professor with tenure.
  • Strong and consistent record of effective teaching, research and service
  • Strong experience in program evaluations, course assessment and mentoring junior faculty.
  • Leadership experience, preferably as chair of a department.
  • A strong interest in developing new courses and programs to reflect the changing nature of the international system and developments in the discipline of Political Science.
  • A strong interest in developing community outreach and external relations with the public and private sector.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Research interest in Comparative politics and/or International Relations
  • Teaching interest in Latin American or Asian politics
  • Experience involving undergraduate students in research
The University
CSU Dominguez Hills was established in 1960 and is one of the 23 campuses that comprise the California State University system. CSU Dominguez Hills is a comprehensive public university located in the South Bay region of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. With approximately 300 full-time faculty, the University serves a culturally rich, diverse student body of approximately 15,000 students in an urban setting.

How to apply
While the position will remain open until filled, review of applications, consisting of a current CV, cover letter and a list of 3 references will begin April 14. Applications should be submitted online at the following link:

California State University, Dominguez Hills, is an equal opportunity employer, and is strongly committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce. The University actively encourages applications of all qualified individuals.

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the CSU Dominguez Hills Human Resources Office (310) 243-3771 or the office of Faculty Affairs at (310) 243-3766.

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Upon appointment all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.