Overview

Saint Mary’s College of California invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in the Department of Politics.

The position is for an Americanist to join our collegial department of passionate and active teacher/scholars. The ideal candidate will have the ability to teach introductory and upper division courses on executive and legislative politics at the federal, state, and local levels, and other courses that fit with the candidate’s substantive interests. We have a particular interest in recruiting candidates who can develop courses to strengthen the diversity of our curriculum, and to work with a highly diverse student body. We prefer candidates with a secondary specialization in African or Asian politics, and those who have the ability to teach a quantitative based methods course.

Consistent with Saint Mary’s College’s commitment to inclusive excellence, the Politics Department strives to be an inclusive community that fosters respect and belonging for faculty and students of diverse backgrounds and identities. We seek a candidate who can engage, advocate for and support students of color, women, and underrepresented groups.

Saint Mary’s College of California is a private, Catholic, comprehensive and co-educational university that engages students in rigorous critical thinking, promotes social justice, and educates the whole person for human fulfillment. Recognized among just forty exceptional institutions in Colleges That Change Lives – and the first Catholic and first California college to be included – Saint Mary’s is praised for its challenging and supportive learning community.

The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

Located on a stunning 420-acre campus in the Moraga Hills outside of San Francisco, Saint Mary’s currently enrolls approximately 4,000 highly diverse students. For more information about Saint Mary’s mission and history, see: http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/about-smc/our-mission.

Saint Mary’s College of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer. College policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, gender stereotyping, gender identity, taking a protected leave (e.g. family medical or pregnancy leave), or on any other basis protected by applicable laws.

Responsibilities: All Saint Mary’s faculty are invited to engage with and contribute to the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions of the College through their teaching, scholarship and service. The standard teaching assignment is six courses per year, including departmental offerings and contributions to College-wide programs (January Term and Collegiate Seminar). In the department, the successful candidate will teach courses such as Introduction to American Politics, Presidency and Congress, Political Parties and Pressure Groups, Elections and Voting Behavior, State and Urban Politics, and other courses based on the candidate’s expertise. Saint Mary’s faculty are expected to maintain an active scholarly agenda and demonstrate intellectual growth and significant achievement appropriate to their field. All faculty also contribute service to the College and community, including academic advising, and participation in the shared governance of the College through departmental and College-wide committees and the development and assessment of the College’s Core Curriculum.

QUALIFICATIONS
Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in political science or related field or doctoral candidacy focused on U.S. executive and legislative politics, with expectation of degree by July 1, 2018; demonstrated commitment to student-centered teaching in the liberal arts tradition; evidence of potential for teaching effectiveness, particularly among a diverse body of undergraduates; ability to engage in scholarship and professional activity at the national (or international) level.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience teaching politics courses and evidence of effectiveness in teaching; promise of significant scholarly achievement; demonstrated commitment and success working in diverse, multicultural contexts, especially in higher education settings; qualified to teach a course in African or Asian politics; interest in developing courses that strengthen the diversity of the curriculum; ability to teach a quantitative based methods course.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
1. Please apply on-line at: https://apply.interfolio.com/43640
2. A complete application includes a letter of interest, explaining how your qualifications satisfy the position requirements and addressing how you are prepared to support the Mission of the College; curriculum vitae; contact information for three references; evidence of teaching effectiveness thus far; and a writing sample.
3. In applying for a position, candidates sign a consent form authorizing a broader inquiry.
4. For finalists, the College will contact references, in confidence, and credentials will be confirmed prior to hire.
5. Questions should be directed to the search chair, Dr. Ronald Ahnen, Chair of Politics Department at rahnen@stmarys-ca.edu.