Ball State University — Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science

Ball State University’s Department of Political Science invites applications for a full-time contract faculty position in Legal Studies available August 2022.

Primary responsibilities will include contributing to the teaching and administration of the department’s nationally-ranked Legal Studies program. This growing program currently serves over 125 majors and prides itself in being an American Bar Association approved program. Legal Studies majors take courses in a variety of legal practice areas, including family law, civil and criminal litigation, alternative dispute resolution, constitutional law, criminal law, administrative law, and business law. Students learn legal theories and practical skills that give them a strong foundation for success in a variety of legal careers. The program also served as an excellent foundation for students considering law school.

At Ball State University, Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

Minimum Qualifications: All requirements for Juris Doctor degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school completed by date of appointment. 

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience teaching at the college level. Experience teaching undergraduate and/or law school courses on various legal topics. Experience directing/managing university academic program.

Apply online at: https://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/26657.  Please include the following documents with your application: curriculum vitae, Inclusive Excellence Statement, teaching philosophy statement, and cover letter. In the Applicant Documents section of this application, please provide an inclusive excellence statement describing how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Ball State University through your teaching, research, and/or service. Please include examples of your contributions when possible. Word limit 500. 

Although the option to upload copies of transcripts is available in the application, an official, original transcript showing the highest related degree earned is required at time of hire, even if obtained at Ball State University. Additionally, a degree verification will be ordered at time of hire. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through September 23, 2021. 

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave.  For further information regarding benefits please visit:
https://cms.bsu.edu/About/AdministrativeOffices/HumanResources/Jobs/Benefits-and-Community/Faculty         

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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