Ball State University — Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science

Ball State University’s Department of Political Science invites applications for a contract faculty position in public administration available August 2022. Primary responsibilities will be contributing to the teaching, governance, and community service of the department’s growing Master of Public Administration program. The Department of Political Science serves over 250 undergraduate majors and some 45 graduate students, including 30 in the MPA program. Assigned time may be available to assist with projects in the Department’s Bowen Center for Public Affairs, which is recognized statewide for its contributions to civic engagement, public policy research, and public management training.

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.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Teaching – Teach 12 hours each academic semester including undergraduate and graduate courses in public and/or nonprofit administration. Assigned time is available for community service in special projects with the Bowen Center for Public Affairs.

MPA Program Governance – Willingness to collaborate with other MPA nucleus faculty in activities related to governance and implementation of the MPA program, including learning assessment, curriculum review, and program evaluation.

Community Service – Active contribution to community service projects of the Bowen Center for Public Affairs.

Minimum Qualifications: Doctorate in political science or public administration completed no later than August 19, 2022. 

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

Preferred Qualification: 

  • Teaching at the college level.
  • Teaching graduate and/or undergraduate courses in public and/or nonprofit administration.
  • Teaching undergraduate and/or graduate research methods.
  • Teaching undergraduate courses in state and local government, public policy, or American government.
  • Working with a university-based public policy center.

Apply online at: Include the following documents with your application: Curriculum vitae, inclusive excellence statement, teaching philosophy statement, and cover letter addressed to Brandon Waite. In the Applicant Documents section of this application, please provide a statement of teaching philosophy, and a 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. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through September 7, 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:         

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.