Adjunct Instructor in Political Science Fall 2019- Spring 2020
University of North Texas at Dallas, Department of Political Science
United States

Job Description

The University of North Texas at Dallas invites applications for the position of Political Science Adjunct Instructor for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 academic semesters.

The number of vacancies is dependent on student enrollment, division needs, and dean approval. Your application cannot be considered until all required documents have been received.

Adjunct instructors plan classes and implement and evaluate teaching/learning objectives and student learning outcomes. An adjunct instructor undertakes the divisional and professional responsibilities of a part-time faculty member, including office hours. The successful applicant will be expected to provide instruction in a full range of undergraduate Political Science courses within UNT Dallas's Political Science major, including the core sequence of PSCI 1040 and 1050. (These courses are designated Government 2301 and Government 2302 in the common course numbering system.) There is also an opportunity for teaching upper-level courses.

Adjunct faculty members will be required to use texts and meet certain content parameters set by the Department of Social Sciences. Adjunct instructors also will be required to include in their courses certain student assessment measures determined by the department, and to compile data on those assessment criteria. Additional information about course design, assessment criteria and texts can be obtained from Dr. Walt Borges at

UNT Dallas teaches core government courses in a configuration that allows students to compare and contrast Texas and United States constitutional context, constitutions and government. While we welcome applications from scholars and instructors who have taught only US government, we will favor candidates who have also taught Texas government. We will provide model course outlines and presentations to successful candidates to help them adapt to our formats.

Because UNT Dallas is rapidly expanding its enrollment and course offerings in political science, we invite and encourage adjunct teaching candidates to state in their cover letter professional or job-related experience in political science fields. We also invite adjunct candidates to designate upper-level courses they could teach or develop. 

The University: As a young university in a growing sector of Dallas, UNTD is committed to academic excellence, community engagement, and student success. Founded in 2000, UNT Dallas has grown from 230 to 2,300 students and is projected to reach 16,000 by 2030. UNT Dallas is part of the University of North Texas System, which also includes UNT Denton and the UNT Health Sciences Center. The UNT Dallas College of Law, located on the UNT System's downtown campus, begun instruction in Fall 2014. The university is fully committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and student body.

For more information about UNT Dallas, please visit our website at

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate will possess the following required qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Political Science with at least 18 graduate hours in Political Science, and outstanding experience in teaching core Government and Political Science courses and lower level political science courses.

Preferred Qualifications

The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Political Science or Government with significant experience in higher education.
  • Knowledge of both U.S. and Texas government.
  • Successful experience teaching adults in a post-secondary institution.
  • Excellent communication skills in multicultural settings.

Physical requirements necessary to perform essential job functions

Work requires some muscular exertion and/or physical strain such as standing for long periods of time, recurring bending, or recurring lifting of items weighing up to 15 pounds.

Driving University Vehicle? Yes

Work Schedule:

As required to meet the academic schedule.

Substitution of Experience/Education: No

Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit a professional CV; letter of application outlining applicant's interest, qualifications and experience for the position; contact information of three professional references and unofficial graduate transcripts to For additional information visit or contact Dr. Walt Borges at Statements of teaching interests and teaching philosophy may also be requested from applicants.

Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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