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Assistant Professor - Political Science #000825

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

All applications must be made online. Review of applications will begin October 2, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit vita, cover letter (which should address teaching and research), evidence of teaching effectiveness, a research sample, and the names and contact information for three references. Please do not send individual reference letters at this stage. For more information about the department please visit our website at http://politicalscience.wcu.edu. For questions or additional information, please contact Dr. Todd Collins, Search Committee Chair at 828-227-3898.

Posting Details

Posting Information

Posting Number FAC196P
Quick Link for Internal Postings http://jobs.wcu.edu/postings/7498
Classification Title Assistant Professor
Working Title Assistant Professor - Political Science #000825
Department Political Science & Public Affairs
Position Summary

The Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Western Carolina University is searching for a tenure-track assistant professor in American politics, with particular emphasis on Congress and the Presidency. The successful candidate will contribute to the Political Science program by teaching six courses per year (including a course in Congress, a course in the American Presidency, and sections of American Government and Politics—a key component of our university’s general education program), contributing to the discipline through publications and research activity, and conducting service appropriate for the position. The ideal candidate will have independent teaching experience at the university level, a promising research trajectory, and a doctorate in Political Science or a related field from an accredited institution. Exceptional ABD candidates will also be considered. The position begins August, 2018 and the salary is competitive.

Western Carolina University (WCU) is a 10,000-student campus in the University of North Carolina system that offers 120 areas of study for undergraduates and more than 50 graduate-level programs. The campus is located in the picturesque Cullowhee valley between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville, North Carolina, and 150 miles northeast of Atlanta. The Western North Carolina region is noted for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities.

Carnegie statement

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position
Minimum Qualifications

ABD from an accredited university in Political Science, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications

PhD from an accredited university in Political Science, or a related field, independent teaching experience at the college level.

Position Type Permanent Full-Time
Number of Hours Per Week
Number of Months Per Year 9

Posting Text

Open Date 08/25/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

All applications must be made online.
Review of applications will begin October 2, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit vita, cover letter (which should address teaching and research), evidence of teaching effectiveness, a research sample, and the names and contact information for three references.
Please do not send individual reference letters at this stage. For more information about the department please visit our website at http://politicalscience.wcu.edu.

For questions or additional information, please contact Dr. Todd Collins, Search Committee Chair at 828-227-3898.

Background/E-Verify

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.

AA/EOE

Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at jobs@email.wcu.edu.

University Safety

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 114 Scott, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7234) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of references
  4. Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
  5. Research Sample
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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