Assistant Professor of American Politics
Assistant Professor of American Politics
Tenure-Track Faculty Position
Wofford College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of American Politics to join its Department of Government and International Affairs starting in fall 2023. The Department of Government and International Affairs is a growing department with five full-time tenure-track faculty and over a hundred majors. We cover a broad scope of subject matter with an intellectually diverse faculty.
Wofford’s faculty teach 3-1-3 load; the 1 indicates the January Interim course term in which professors may travel with students or teach on a variety of topics using experiential teaching methods. Wofford faculty are teacher-scholars with a high aptitude and interest in undergraduate teaching and advising, community outreach and a commitment to the liberal arts. To earn tenure, faculty are required to demonstrate excellence in teaching, continued scholarly development and service to the college. Therefore, faculty members are expected to engage in scholarly research and continued professional development.
Ph.D. in Political Science, equivalent or closely related field. One-year full-time teaching experience or its equivalent.
We require candidates to be broadly trained in American Politics and to have the ability to teach a range of introductory and upper-level American Politics courses. The successful candidate will be able to teach our introductory course in American Politics, our two-semester American Political Development course sequence, and a course on Congress. We are also interested in applicants that could add at least one of the following to our current department offerings: Public Administration, Public Policy, Interest Groups and Parties, and/or Research Methods. In addition, we value inclusive pedagogical approaches that aim to engage with a diverse student community.
All applications must include the following materials:
(1) a letter of application that addresses how the candidate is prepared to meet the specific needs of Wofford College’s Government and International Affairs department;
(2) a curriculum vitae;
(3) a statement addressing the candidate’s teaching philosophy. The teaching philosophy should include an articulation of interest in, and understanding of, working at a residential, liberal arts college and at Wofford College, show how the candidate’s teaching will contribute to Wofford’s commitment to justice, diversity, equity and inclusion, and outline teaching interests;
(4) evidence of teaching effectiveness, including sample syllabi;
(5) letters of support from three professional references;
(6) an example of scholarly writing;
(7) unofficial graduate transcripts.
All application materials should be sent to AmericanPoliticsSearch@wofford.edu. Applications received by November 1st, 2022 will receive full consideration. Please contact the Department Chair, Dr. Rachel Vanderhill (email@example.com), with any questions.
About Wofford College
Wofford College is a place where thought leads, where ideas are celebrated and problem solving is expected. Wofford invites applicants who are focused on student success and excited to join a community committed to preparing thought leaders.
Wofford College, established in 1854, is a four-year, residential liberal arts college located in Spartanburg, S.C. It offers 27 major fields of study to a student body of 1,822 undergraduates. Nationally known for the strength of its academic program, outstanding faculty, study abroad participation and successful graduates, Wofford is home to one of the nation’s 283 Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and is recognized consistently as a “best value” and for accessibility for low and middle-income students.
Wofford’s mission is to provide superior liberal arts education that prepares its students for extraordinary and positive contributions to society. The focus of Wofford’s mission is upon fostering commitment to excellence in character, performance, leadership, service to others, and life-long learning. We enjoy a campus culture where conversation among faculty and students often spills over outside the classroom.
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