Washburn University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor in Political Science to begin Fall 2019. This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure track position. The position requires the teaching of introductory courses in American Politics, but upper division courses can be tailored to meet the interests and expertise of the new faculty member. The Department is interested in the subfields of race, ethnicity and gender politics; political institutions; political participation; public leadership; or state and local governance, but candidates excited about the mission of Washburn are welcome to apply from any subfield. The selected candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to students from diverse backgrounds and a dedication to the development of inclusive pedagogies that support equity and student success.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Political Science; ABD applicants will also be considered.
  • Experience teaching university-level courses in American government and evidence demonstrating ability to teach introductory courses in American politics and government, Introduction to U.S. government, may also include State and Local government.
  • Documented active research agenda

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as the sole instructor for courses in American politics.
  • Documentation of teaching excellence at the undergraduate level.
  • Experience mentoring undergraduate students in scholarly activity, research, and internships. Preference will be given to candidates interested in helping and supporting students in their academic development.
  • Interest in assisting in departmental and student assessment.
  • Documented department and/or university service work.


  • Teach 12 credit hours per semester, typically two lower-division general education courses (generally includes Introduction to American Government), and two upper division courses.
  • Maintain an active scholarly research agenda.
  • Advise and mentor political science undergraduate students.
  • Perform department, university and community service.
  • A strong commitment to teaching undergraduate students in a liberal arts environment.
  • A demonstrated commitment to collegiality in the workplace.

Application Procedures

  • Application review will continue until the position is filled. Send a letter of interest, vitae, copies of transcripts, evidence of teaching experience, evidence of advising/mentoring excellence, and the names and contact information of three professional references to Mrs. Cathy Tunnell at cathy.tunnell@washburn.edu. Please use “PO Position” in the subject line. Only electronic application materials will be accepted. Questions may be sent to Dr. Linsey Moddelbog, Political Science Search Committee Chair, at linsey.moddelmog@washburn.edu. The successful candidate will be required to provide official transcripts and submit to a background check prior to hire.
  • Washburn is an EOE and dedicated to providing a student-centered and teaching focused academic environment and a curriculum that engages the diversity of human experience across the globe. We seek candidates who are committed to Washburn’s efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Application materials should clearly articulate how the candidate will contribute to the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through their teaching, research, and/or service.
  • Washburn University provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status.