West Chester University — 23-16 Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of American Government and Politics

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OPENING DATE: 08/11/2022
CLOSING DATE: Continuous

Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. The Department of Political Science invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor of American Government and Politics position to begin in August 2023. 

West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a public, comprehensive institution committed to offering high-quality undergraduate education, selected post-baccalaureate and graduate programs, and a variety of educational and cultural resources for its students, alumni, and citizens of southeastern Pennsylvania. The University offers more than 100 graduate and undergraduate programs in the sciences and mathematics, business and public management, arts and humanities, health sciences, education and social work, music, and interdisciplinary studies. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.

The mission of the Department of Political Science, part of the College of Sciences and Mathematics, is to promote scholarship and responsible citizenship by providing a comprehensive curriculum that exposes students to the principal subfields of the discipline and encourage critical analysis and communication skills. The department’s faculty are actively involved in research, teaching, and applied scholarship. They mentor students by encouraging academic challenge and civic involvement in an environment that values diversity.

The ideal candidate’s experience, substantive specializations, and pedagogical training will serve to strengthen the department’s mission and vision. The incumbent will demonstrate attention to the learning and teaching needs of the students. Teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses offered in-person and online in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. Collaborate with other departmental faculty and staff.


  • Teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in areas of Politics of Diversity, Racial/Ethnic Politics, and Urban Politics. Additional courses within area of specialization may be assigned based on departmental needs.
  • Engage in scholarly activities such as research, presentations, and publications.
  • Serve the University and the community through participation in various committees.
  • Mentoring and advising students.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Ph.D. in Political Science (ABD may be considered. Must be completed on or before August 15, 2023).
  • Demonstrated ability to teach courses in American Government and Specialized Diversity.


  • Experience developing course curriculum.
  • Ability to develop specialized courses in American Government and Specialized Diversity.
  • Experience with innovative pedagogical.

Apply online at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/wcupa/default.cfm. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Review of applications will begin in October 2022 and continue until the position has been filled.

Finalist must successfully complete an interview, teaching demonstration, and research presentation.

Required Documents for Consideration
To be considered as an applicant for this position, please submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Brief writing sample
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Statement of research (Include research experience and agenda)
  • Sample syllabi
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (Such as student class evaluations and peer or supervisor observations)
  • List of three references with contact information
  • Unofficial graduate transcripts (Official transcripts will be required at a later date)
  • Diversity statement (See below)

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
|West Chester University has joined EAB’s Moon Shot initiative for Equity in Higher education. This initiative is designed to support faculty, students, and staff who are typically excluded and therefore are underrepresented. As part of your application for a tenure-track faculty position, we request a Diversity Statement. This request highlights our department’s commitment to promote diversity and inclusiveness and to cultivate a campus environment that welcomes all. This commitment reflects the Diversity Theme of West Chester University’s Strategic Plan and supports initiatives of our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (WCU Diversity Equity Inclusion). We expect that each applicant’s statement will be unique, as informed by their own experiences and goals. Some topics you might address in a 1-2-page statement include the following: (1) How have you supported diversity and inclusion in your interactions with others in classroom and research environments? (2) What have you done to help students from diverse communities (such as underrepresented minorities, non-traditional, LGBTQ, veteran, rural, and/or first generation) succeed, including any programs for these students in which you have participated? (3) Describe your commitment to working toward achieving equity and enhancing diversity at WCU. How might you contribute to our current diversity initiatives, and do you have any other ideas to help promote equity on our campus?

All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all preemployment criminal background checks.

Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances West Chester University’s educational mission and strategic Plan for Excellence. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action – Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.