Lecturer in Political Science 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 full-time position of Lecturer in Political Science, beginning Fall 2019. The successful candidate for the appointment will be expected to teach a 4-4 course load. The successful candidate will teach several sections in the introductory American and Texas government sequence for first-year students, while developing and implementing upper level courses that expand the scope of the political science program and provide new options for political science majors. Lecturers at UNT Dallas are also expected to assist in various administrative tasks and provide service to the university and the nearby community.

We are particularly interested in student-centered, innovative, and energetic candidates who can work with incoming freshman students who are enrolled in the UNT Dallas block schedule. These first-year students arrive on campus with a broad range of writing and critical analysis skills. An interest in understanding how to engage such students and keep their interest in the classroom is a plus in this position.

We teach the core government courses (PSCI 1040 and 1050) 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.

The Political Science program is a young one, so we seek candidates who can develop and teach courses in our existing subject areas of American politics, political behavior, international and comparative politics, and public law. We will favor candidates who can develop our public law or international politics course offerings, or create new areas of instruction in public policy, public administration or Latin American politics.

UNT Dallas offers faculty the unique opportunity to help shape the character of a 21st century, learner-focused, urban university. Our goal is to offer undergraduate and graduate level training that enhances our students' lives, helps them succeed in the workplace, and makes a difference in their communities.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Expectations for Lecturers at UNT Dallas include excellent teaching within the discipline, but also in teaching critical thinking and professional communication. We seek faculty who can connect the academic material to real world applications that serve both the individual student's employment prospects and their communities. Faculty are also expected to participate in some service activities through curriculum development, online course development, student recruitment, program assessment, project development, coordinating service learning, and committee leadership.

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:

  • M.A. in Political Science, Government or another closely related field (Public Administration or Public Policy, for example).
  • Evidence or demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching American and Texas government courses, especially at the introductory freshman and sophomore levels.
  • Demonstrated potential for leadership in academic program development.
  • Demonstrated and effective written and verbal communication skills at a college level.

Preferred Qualifications

The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Government or another closely related field (Public Administration or Public Policy, for example).
  • Experience in developing and teaching a range of upper-level political science courses.
  • Experience and willingness to develop and teach appropriate online courses in political science.
  • Experience in some aspect of local, legislative or executive branch politics; electoral politics campaigns; the legal system; or political journalism.
  • Evidence of a demonstrated potential for developing and coordinating service learning and experiential learning programs.
  • Experience in building and supervising student organizations.
  • Academic experience working on a university campus with a culturally diverse population.

Physical requirements necessary to perform essential job functions

Work is primarily sedentary. Sits comfortably to do the work; however, there may be some walking, standing, bending, or lifting items weighing up to 15 pounds.

Driving University Vehicle? Yes

Work Schedule:

According to Academic Schedule

Substitution of Experience/Education: No

Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit CV; letter of application outlining the applicant's interest, qualifications, and experience for the position; contact information for three professional references; and unofficial graduate transcripts to http://unt-dallas.peopleadmin.com/. For additional information visit http://unt-dallas.peopleadmin.com or contact Ms. Michelle Baptiste at Michelle.Baptiste@untdallas.edu, or by calling 972-338-1501. Questions can also be directed to Dr. Mario Casa de Calvo, interim Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, at 972-338-1526 or Mario.Casadecalvo@untdallas.edu. The program coordinator for political science, Dr. Walt Borges, can answer 

questions about the scope and organization of the political science program. He can be reached at walter.borges@untdallas.edu. Statements of teaching and research interests and teaching philosophy may also be requested. Skype interviews of semi-finalists may be conducted. Finalists will be required to present a job talk and teaching demonstration.

For best consideration, applications should be received by July 8, 2019. 

Position will remain open until filled.

Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.


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