West Chester University — Assistant Professor of American Government and the Politics of Diversity

Rank: Assistant Professor
Subfields: American Government and Politics; Politics of Diversity
Specializations: Racial/Ethnic Politics; Gender Politics/Women and Politics; Urban Politics

Job Summary:

Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Political Science invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the field of American Politics beginning in August 2021. We are specifically seeking to hire a faculty member whose substantive specializations and pedagogical training will strengthen our existing commitment to diversity and inclusion. Teaching responsibilities will primarily include the following courses: Politics of Diversity, Women and Politics, Urban Politics, Racial/Ethnic Politics, as well as, Introduction to American Government. Additional courses may include: Public Opinion, Media and Politics, Latino Politics, and there is potential for the development of new courses. Other responsibilities of the position include engaging in research and appropriate service, including student advising, all in a manner consistent with our department mission, which emphasizes global perspectives. Overall, we seek teacher-scholars who are committed to student success, retention and engagement, and who will contribute to our valued collegial atmosphere.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • The successful applicant must possess a Ph.D. in Political Science (ABD considered with evidence of completion by start date).
  • Ability to teach American Government Courses
  • Ability to teach Specialized Diversity Courses

Additional Qualifications:

  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness, including distance education
  • Evidence of research accomplishment/capability/active agenda
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and supporting students
  • Diversity statement

Special Instructions:

Application materials should include:

  • Cover letter describing teaching and research interests
  • Curriculum vita
  • Brief writing sample
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Diversity statement (see the diversity statement prompt)
  • Sample syllabi
  • Graduate transcripts
  • Teaching evaluations (if available)
  • Three references and contact information

As part of your application for a faculty position, we also have requested a Diversity Statement. This request highlights our Department’s commitment to promote diversity and inclusiveness and to cultivate a campus environment that welcomes all. This commitment reflects the Diversity Theme of West Chester University’s new Strategic Plan and supports initiatives of our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (WCU Diversity Equity Inclusion). We expect that each applicant’s statement will be unique, as informed by their own experiences and goals. Some issues you might address in a 1-2 page statement include the following: (1) How have you supported diversity and inclusion in your interactions with others in PK-12 classrooms, Higher Ed classrooms (if appropriate), service, and research environments? (2) What have you done to help students from diverse communities (such as underrepresented minorities, non-traditional, LGBTQ, veteran, rural, and/or first generation) succeed, including any programs for these students that you have participated in? (3) Describe your commitment to working toward achieving equity and enhancing diversity at WCU. In particular, how might you contribute to our current diversity initiatives, and do you have any other ideas to help promote equity on our campus?

Materials should be submitted to the West Chester University Electronic Submission site: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/wcupa/default.cfm. Applications should be submitted by January 31, 2021. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2021 and the position will remain open until filled. Please address any inquiries about this position to Ashlie Delshad, Search Committee Chairperson, at adelshad@wcupa.edu. Finalists must successfully complete a remote interview, including a teaching demonstration.

West Chester University is primarily a teaching university with a teaching load of 12 credits each semester (three preparations). West Chester University offers highly competitive salaries and excellent benefits. The University is part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and is a public, regional, comprehensive institution serving over 18,000 students. The University is located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, 25 miles west of Philadelphia and only a few hours from New York City and Washington D.C.

Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances West Chester University’s educational mission and strategic Plan for Excellence. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action – Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Any offer of employment is subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment criminal background and consumer reporting checks.