Hope College — Open Rank Professor of American Politics

The Hope College political science department invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in American politics beginning the 2018-19 academic year. We seek candidates who are broadly trained in American politics and who are qualified to teach undergraduate research methods. The teaching expectations include an introductory survey course in American government, courses in American political institutions (congress, the presidency), and courses in one or more of the following areas: ethnic/minority politics, domestic political economy, public opinion and mass media, and state and local politics. The position also includes participation in Hope’s highly regarded Washington D.C. honors program.

PhDs and/or ABDs who have made substantial progress toward completion of the dissertation are welcome to apply.

Hope College is a Christian, co-educational, residential liberal arts college affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to combine teaching excellence with genuine scholarly promise, and should be committed to the character and goals of a liberal arts college firmly rooted in the historic Christian faith.

Application Instructions
Application materials are to be submitted electronically as part of the online application. Applications must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, copies of undergraduate and graduate school transcripts (unofficial versions are acceptable at this stage), a statement of how the candidate’s background and interests can contribute to the mission of the college, and teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching competency. In addition, please enter the contact information for three references on the application (including current email addresses). Those references will be contacted by Human Resources to submit a letter of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin on September 30th, and will continue until the position is filled. Any questions regarding the opening may be directed to David Ryden, departmental chair, at ryden@hope.edu.

About Hope College
Hope College is a four-year liberal arts college where academic excellence and vibrant Christian faith join together in a supportive and welcoming community. Hope offers an academically rigorous, co-educational and residential education to 3,200 undergraduate students from more than 40 states and 45 countries. Affiliated with the Reformed Church in America since its founding in 1866, Hope College is known for its invitational ecumenical Christian atmosphere, friendly campus community, and well-balanced academic and co-curricular offerings. Hope’s beautiful campus is located just steps from award-winning downtown Holland, Michigan and less than seven miles from Lake Michigan.

Hope College is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate research and scholarship and for providing exceptional professional preparation and life-changing educational experiences that equip our students for success after graduation. The college has consistently ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives.

Hope College is financially sound, with more than 50 consecutive years of balanced budgets, an endowment of approximately $200 million and no deferred maintenance, and over $140 million invested in the construction of new facilities during the past 12 years. The college completed its newest buildings, the Kruizenga Art Museum and the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, in 2015 and will open the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center in 2017.

In 2015, Hope College launched its 10-year strategic plan, Hope for the World: 2025, which consists of six goals, focused on: academics; Christian formation; global engagement; community; reputation and influence; and value. Developed by the campus community, the strategic plan supports the college’s mission, “to educate students for lives of leadership and service in a global society through academic and co-curricular programs of recognized excellence in the liberal arts and in the context of the historic Christian faith.”