Gonzaga University — Assistant Professor, Political Science (International Relations)

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 in the field of International Relations beginning in the fall semester of 2023. We seek applicants who will teach courses and conduct research primarily in the field of International Relations and Asian Politics, with a strong preference for a candidate with research and teaching expertise in Chinese politics. We are also interested in candidates who desire to develop and teach a course on quantitative research methods appropriate for undergraduates. In addition, we seek applicants whose teaching methods and materials intentionally foster the full participation and engagement of our students, with particular attention to students from diverse and marginalized backgrounds.

The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in Political Science by July 2023 and will become an integral part of a department of eight faculty members dedicated primarily to excellence in undergraduate teaching. The successful candidate will regularly teach 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. The ideal candidate’s teaching, research, and service would contribute to fostering an inclusive learning community on campus.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Political Science, International Relations, or International Equivalent (ABD will be considered if the degree will be conferred by July 15, 2023)
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness.
  • Evidence of effective use of classroom strategies and pedagogies to advance equity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated active research agenda focusing on international relations and/or Asian politics.
  • Evidence of specialization in international relations as well as in East Asian politics.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Evidence of research and teaching experience in Chinese politics.
  • Evidence of desire and ability to design and teach an introductory course on quantitative research methods for undergraduates.

Job Duties:

  • Teach three courses per semester, including 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.
  • 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.

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 Process:
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 and evidence of teaching effectiveness, (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 September 23, 2022 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: https://www.gonzaga.edu/about/our-mission-jesuit-values/mission-statement. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer, and we encourage women and other historically underrepresented minority candidates to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status.

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