Assistant Professor Comparative Politics

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Assistant Professor Comparative Politics
Job Code 2360-Tenure Track faculty
Full/Part Time Full Time
Regular/Temporary Regular
Tenure Information Tenure Track
Rank Assistant Professor
Salary Salary is dependent upon qualifications and professional experience
Department Political Science
Hiring Department Summary

The Department of Political Science (formerly Government Department) is dedicated to promoting political understanding and public engagement through innovative teaching, research, and community service in all areas of politics and political science. The department currently consists of nearly 40 faculty, with approximately equal numbers of tenure-line and adjunct faculty. With approximately 520 government majors, the department is deeply committed to quality undergraduate and graduate education, offering multiple degree programs including a concentration in international relations and a Master’s degree. The department also hosts a highly successful Model UN program, a lively peer-to-peer student mentoring program, and internship opportunities in the state capital. The department is housed in the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, consisting of ten academic departments, four interdisciplinary academic programs, and several centers and institutes.

Essential Duties

Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses
Advising and mentoring students
Engaging in scholarly and professional activities
Providing service to the department, college, and campus
Providing service to the community

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Political Science or related field.
ABD candidates will be considered. If ABD, candidates will be required to complete the doctoral degree by January 2019.
Demonstrated commitment to working with a diverse student body and a diverse community.
Strong commitment to college teaching
Ability to teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in comparative politics, including introduction to comparative politics (GOVT 35 and 140)
Ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in comparative politics specializing in identity politics, including but not restricted to ethnicity, nationalism, social movements, migration, or religion.
Potential for scholarly achievement; open to methodological approach

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of a diverse student body
While regional specialization is open, preference for candidates able to teach courses on the Middle East or Europe.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F0028P
Anticipated Start Date Fall 2018
Initial Application Review 10/31/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Resume/Curriculum Vitae, with references as last page (names and contact information of 3 references who will speak to the professional qualifications of the applicant)
Cover letter addressing qualifications
Unofficial transcripts of all graduate work (official transcripts required if invited for an interview)
Statement of teaching philosophy including discussion of commitment to and experience with a diverse student body
Teaching effectiveness, evidenced by teaching evaluations and syllabi (if available). These must be combined into one PDF.
Writing sample
Applicants should have three letters of recommendation emailed directly by the writer or a placement service to

Eligibility Verification

Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

Campus Diversity Statement

Sacramento is one of the most diverse and integrated major cities in the country, and Sacramento State is committed to providing a quality education for all of our region’s students. Our campus community represents the broad diversity of our state, and we believe that all are enriched and unified by this diversity. Sacramento State is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their teaching, research, and service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

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The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in the California State University Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Will you have a Ph.D. in hand by the date of appointment or an advanced ABD by the date of the appointment?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • CSU Careers Website
    • CalJobs Website
    • Agency Referral
    • Advertisement/Publication
    • Current eReferral
    • Website
    • HERC Website
    • Newspaper ad
  3. * Are you currently a LECTURER at this or any other California State University?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Teaching Philosophy
  5. Teaching Effectiveness
  6. Writing Sample
Optional Documents