The Department of Political Science at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic University, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in U.S. Politics, to begin fall 2019, with a specialization in either public policy, state and local politics, or political behavior. Applicants must have a PhD at the time of appointment, experience teaching at the university level, and a clear research trajectory, with a record of publication strongly preferred. To support SCU’s strategic priority of engagement with Silicon Valley, we are especially interested in candidates whose scholarship and teaching will promote student engagement with the local community, e.g. by involving students in a locally-focused research project or by integrating an experiential-learning component into a course. The person we hire will contribute to the Department’s offerings in public-sector studies by teaching upper-division courses in her/his area of specialty, will contribute to the University’s core curriculum by teaching Introduction to U.S. Politics, and may occasionally be called upon to teach Introduction to Political Science Research.

Salary: Competitive, benefits eligible.

Basic Qualifications:
PhD in Political Science completed by September 1, 2019. University-level teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrated success in research and publishing is strongly preferred.


The successful candidate will:

  1. Teach classes as assigned and will demonstrate a command of their discipline and skill in presenting it effectively in the context of an integrated education.
  2. Use appropriate measures of student performance, providing timely feedback to students,
  3. Assign grades that are an accurate and fair evaluation of student work.
  4. Post and maintain regular office hours at times reasonably convenient to students.
  5. Serve as an advisor to assigned students and provide informed advice.
  6. Develop courses for which they are responsible and contribute to general curriculum development in the relevant degree program
  7. Engage in a level of scholarly work or professional activity commensurate to rank
  8. Engage in service to the department, College, University and discipline. These include but are not necessarily limited to fostering and advancing the mission and goals of the department, the University, or the profession through contributions other than teaching and scholarship such as service on committees, participation in professional organizations and activities, and community service performed in virtue of their professional expertise or association with the University.

Work Authorization:
A foreign national who is appointed to a tenured or tenure-track faculty position is eligible for sponsorship by Santa Clara University.

Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants should submit: (1) a CV, (2) a letter articulating teaching areas and philosophy, research plans, as well as experiences working with people of diverse cultures and identities, (3) teaching evaluations, (4) sample syllabi, (5) a writing sample (no more than 40 pages), (6) unofficial graduate transcripts. Three letters of reference will be automatically solicited through the applicant portal system upon submission of the application.

Additional Information:
Located in the heart of northern Californias Silicon Valley, Santa Clara is a private, Jesuit, Catholic university committed to promoting social justice in a comprehensive educational setting. It is an AA/EOE employer. Faculty are teaching-scholars who balance a commitment to quality teaching with active programs of research. A full-time teaching load is 7 courses over three 10-week quarters, with a 1-course reduction for research. Faculty receive scholarship support through sabbaticals and travel funds. Housing assistance is available.

To view the full job posting and apply for this position, go to https://jobs.scu.edu