John Jay College — Lecturer, Department of Political Science (Multiple Positions)

Job ID: 23780
Location: John Jay College
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular


John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) and an internationally recognized leader in educating for justice. Led by President Karol V. Mason, John Jay is a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution, it is ranked third in the nation in Black student success, and it is a top ten institution for promoting student social mobility. John Jay is proud to serve a diverse and dynamic student body of 15,000 students that includes nearly fifty percent students who are first in their family to attend college as well as students who are immigrants, from low-income families, or from other historically underrepresented groups in higher education.

The College participates in the doctoral programs of the Graduate Center of CUNY, and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees both in traditional criminal justice-related fields of study as well as in a robust portfolio of liberal arts and sciences programs that highlight themes of justice across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. The College seeks staff and faculty members who thrive in multicultural academic environments and are committed to access and excellence in higher education.

Lecturer—American Politics

The Political Science Department at John Jay College, CUNY seeks outstanding applicants for three tenure-track equivalent positions as lecturer in American politics beginning in Fall 2022. After five years, successful candidates may apply for a certificate of continuous employment, which provides job security privileges similar to tenure.

The Department seeks applicants with a track record of using innovative methods in undergraduate teaching. Applicants must demonstrate that they are qualified to teach our undergraduate introductory American Government and Politics course, and successful candidates will be expected to teach multiple sections of that course each academic year. Additional teaching obligations can be met by teaching other courses offered by the department, so the ability to teach courses on topics such as State and Local Politics; Race, Ethnicity and Politics; Gender and Politics; Urban Politics; Public Policy; Research Methods; Political Philosophy; International Relations; Comparative Politics; Human Rights; American Political Institutions; Law and Society; or Public Law is considered a plus. The ability to coordinate the department’s experiential learning opportunities, like Model UN and internship programs, is also highly desirable.

Lecturers teach four course sections per semester, typically spread over two course preparations. At John Jay, section enrollment is capped at 36 students. Lecturers at CUNY do not have an expectation of scholarly productivity, but we welcome and will support applicants with active research agendas. Under the leadership of the Director of General Education, Lecturers hired for this position will form part of a General Education Learning Consortium with other Lecturers across the college who teach high-impact courses in our Gen Ed and major gateway courses. This energetic, dedicated teaching and learning community will focus on student success in our foundational courses.

Forty-seven percent of John Jay students are first-generation college students, and John Jay is a recognized Hispanic and Minority-Serving Institution. Successful candidates must demonstrate that they are eager and qualified to work with our diverse student body, and have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

As demonstrated in John Jay College’s Seven Principles for a Culturally Responsive, Inclusive, and Anti-Racist Curriculum (the link provided herein:, the College seeks faculty members who thrive in a multicultural, collaborative academic environment and are committed to both access and excellence in higher education.

Lecturer performs teaching and related faculty functions in area(s) of expertise. They shares responsibility for committee and department assignments including administrative, supervisory, and other functions. Positions to begin in Fall 2022.

CUNY anticipates a return to fully onsite work before March 2022 and this position is based in New York, NY.

Bachelor’s degree in area(s) of expertise, and the ability to teach successfully.

Preferred Qualifications:

A master’s degree in political science is preferred; A Ph.D. in political science is strongly preferred. This includes applicants who will have a Ph.D. in Political Science by Fall 2022. Candidates holding only a J.D. will not be considered. A track record of teaching excellence is preferred.

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.

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Candidates should provide a letter of application, a CV/resume, and, in one document: 1) a writing sample; 2) a statement of teaching philosophy, including a discussion of their abilities to create an equitable and accessible learning environment for our students; and 3) a portfolio of teaching materials (e.g., evidence of preparedness to teach a diverse student body, sample syllabi and assignments, teaching observation reports, student evaluations). Candidates who have been engaged in Model UN and internship programs should include the relevant materials in their application. All should be provided electronically through CUNYfirst following the instructions above. In addition, three letters of recommendation should be emailed directly to the Chair of the Political Science Department, Professor Andrew Sidman at

For more information about the position, email the Chair of the Search Committee,Chair of the Search Committee, Professor Daniel Pinello,

Review of resumes to being February 25, 2022.

Posting closes on March 18, 2022.

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