Colby College — Assistant Professor of Government

The Department of Government at Colby College seeks applicants for a tenure-track position to teach American government and politics, commencing September 1, 2021. We seek highly qualified candidates who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and who are committed to working with an increasingly diverse student body. We are looking for a dynamic teacher/scholar with expertise in one or more of the following areas: American political institutions (presidency, Congress, bureaucracy), federalism, public policy, and American political development. The successful applicant will teach Introduction to American Government and Politics, an introductory course in research methods, and additional courses chosen in consultation with the department chair. Teaching load is four courses in the first year, alternating between four and five courses per year thereafter, including the option to teach one course during Colby’s January term. Faculty are also expected to supervise a limited number of undergraduate senior theses.

Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in political science by September 1, 2021. Two years of experience in undergraduate teaching as the instructor of record is strongly preferred. The successful candidate will provide evidence of excellence in teaching a diverse student body and a strong and on-going research program that is open to the inclusion of undergraduates. The college and the department are committed to enhancing the diversity and inclusivity of the campus community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area when they apply.

Applicants should send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, statements expressing the candidate’s teaching experience and research agenda, three letters of recommendation, a representative sample of current scholarship, evidence of teaching excellence, and a graduate school transcript. Review of applications will begin October 20, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about this position should be directed to:

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