Lecturer in Global Studies and Political Economy
University of California Berkeley Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
United States

Lecturer – Global Studies and Political Economy – ISSP– College of Letters & Science

Job #JPF02820
  • College of Letters & Science - Social Sciences - Intl & Area Stud Tchg Prgm

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 7th, 2021

Next review date: Saturday, Feb 6, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jan 7, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Lecturer – Global Studies and Political Economy – ISSP – College of Letters & Science

University of California, Berkeley
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Program

The Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Program (ISSP) at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a temporary lecturer to teach Political Economy and Global Studies. Positions may range from 33% to 100% time, with the start date at the beginning of the spring, summer or fall semester.

Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the department.

Due to Covid-19, courses taught during the spring semester will be taught remotely. During the summer and fall of 2021, courses may be taught remotely, in-person, or via a hybrid model, as required by county and state public health guidelines. Remote instruction may be synchronous, asynchronous, or a combination of both. Instructors must have internet access and be prepared to adjust pedagogical approaches with a remote setting and use new teaching tools.

The ISSP offers two interdisciplinary undergraduate majors: Political Economy and Global Studies. In addition, it houses the interdisciplinary Global Studies graduate program.

DUTIES OF THE POSITION: Teaching one or more of the following courses:
• World History: a survey course in modern world history, with an emphasis on political economy;
• Classical Theories of Political Economy;
• Contemporary Theories of Political Economy;
• Special topics in Political Economy, such as development, globalization, inequality, poverty, and policy-related issues;
• Special topics in Global Studies, such as humanities-related issues;
• Regional courses (example, Africa, Asia, Middle East, etc.) that address global themes;
• Interdisciplinary approaches to global studies;
• Critical Thinking and/or Theories and Methods courses;
• Thesis writing courses.

In addition to teaching responsibilities, general duties may include holding office hours, assigning grades, advising students, preparing course materials (e.g. syllabus), writing exams, interacting with students outside of class time via email and/or a course web site, and managing teaching assistants.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Required at time of application: Advancement to candidacy in a PhD (or equivalent international degree) program.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: Required by start date: A PhD (or equivalent international degree). At least one year of experience teaching college-level courses.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: PhD in the fields of history, political science, economics, sociology, or geography. Academic experience with Political Economy, Global Studies, and/or interdisciplinary approaches to research or regional studies. A commitment to, and experience with, undergraduate teaching. Ability to communicate effectively and contribute to diversity and equal opportunity.

SALARY: $56,381 minimum full-time annual salary base; actual salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Positions may range from 33% to 100% time per academic term.

UC Lecturers are academic appointees in an organized bargaining unit and are exclusively represented by American Federation of Teachers - Unit 18.

The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at UC Berkeley through their work.

Letters of reference may be solicited for finalists. All recommendation letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

Please go to the following link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF0280.
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Please direct questions to Academic Personnel Analyst, ap-issp@berkeley.edu. The University is committed to supporting employees as they balance work and family. The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html (link is external)) prior to submitting their letters.

Appointments for fall semester are usually reviewed in April, spring semester in October or November, and Summer Session appointments in March.

Please note: The use of a lecturer pool does not guarantee that an open position exists. See the review date specified in AP Recruit to learn whether the department is currently reviewing applications for a specific position. If there is no future review date specified, your application may not be considered at this time.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity).
  • Sample Course Syllabus/Syllabi
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