Gonzaga University — Assistant Professor, Political Science (Latin American Politics)

The Department of Political Science at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor with a regional focus on Latin America beginning in the fall semester of 2022. The successful candidate will offer the introductory course in comparative politics or the introductory course in international relations as well as at least one Latin American Politics course. We are especially interested in candidates whose research is attentive to social and racial justice or the political action or experiences of marginalized communities. The ability to teach courses in political thought, indigeneity, or undergraduate research design and methods is also desirable. Preference will also be given to candidates whose teaching methods and materials intentionally foster the full participation and engagement of our students, with particular attention to students with marginalized identities.

The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in Political Science by July 2022 and will become an integral part of a department of nine faculty members dedicated primarily to excellence in undergraduate teaching. The successful candidate will regularly teach the introduction to comparative politics or the introduction to international relations as part of their 3-3 load along with upper division courses consistent with their research specialization and aligned with departmental needs. An active research agenda leading to publication in the field and significant undergraduate advising and mentoring will be expected of the candidate who joins our department.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Political Science or related field. ABDs considered with the expectation degree isin hand by July 15, 2022.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness, including the ability to effectively respond to the academic needs of learners from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated active research agenda focusing on Latin American Politics

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated abilities using classroom strategies and pedagogies to advance equity and inclusion.

Job Duties:

  • Teach three courses per semester, including either the introductory course in Comparative Politics or the introductory course in International Relations, courses required for the POLS major and minor, and upper division courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise, including at least one on Latin American Politics.
  • Engage in research, publication, and other scholarly activity appropriate to the candidate’s research agenda and areas of expertise.
  • Provide curriculum and career advising and mentoring to the program’s undergraduates.
  • Support the department, university, and discipline through service and other forms of academic citizenship in keeping with the University Mission (our Mission Statement can be found at: https://www.gonzaga.edu/about/our-mission-jesuit-values/mission-statement).

About Gonzaga University and Spokane, Washington

Founded in 1887, Gonzaga is a private, liberal arts institution located in Spokane, WA. The Department of Political Science awards the BA degree and enjoys a growing enrollment of politically involved, social justice-minded students. The average class size of 23 enables our faculty to invest in engaged pedagogy and transformational teaching. Gonzaga is ranked in the top 20 for excellence in undergraduate teaching among National Universities by US News and World Report.

Gonzaga’s 152 acre campus sits along the Spokane River within walking distance of downtown Spokane, on the ancestral homelands of the Spokane Tribe of Indians. Spokane is the second largest city in Washington and pairs a lower cost of living with many urban advantages, including a conveniently located international airport, a vibrant art community, and a range of exciting restaurants. Located on the east side of Washington State, Spokane offers many options for outdoor enjoyment including hiking, boating and fishing on numerous local lakes, and several ski resorts within driving distance.

Application Procedure:

To apply, please visit our website at www.gonzaga.edu/jobs. Applicants must complete an online application and electronically submit (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a 1-2 page statement of teaching philosophy, (4) a statement detailing your experience engaging with diverse communities and articulating how your teaching, scholarship and service would contribute toward fostering an inclusive learning environment on campus, (5) unofficial copies of graduate school transcripts, and (6) the names and email addresses of three persons who will be writing letters of recommendation (letters will be solicited for candidates placed on the long list). The position closes on Friday September 24, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. U.S. PST. For assistance with your online application, please contact Human Resources at (509) 313-5996. Direct other inquiries to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Stacy Taninchev, taninchev@gonzaga.edu

Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and women and other historically underrepresented minority candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status.