Assistant Professor - American Politics

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The Department of Political Science consists of eleven tenure-line faculty supporting the Bachelors of arts degree in political science within the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Denver. Our undergraduate program of study serves approximately 200 majors and students across campus in the common curriculum. Our faculty are dedicated to the robust pursuit of research, publication, and public engagement. We also value inclusive excellence: a commitment by all constituents to create an academic experience that embraces and engages diverse perspectives and communities within an atmosphere of mutual respect. Our curriculum endeavors to develop students’ abilities to think critically, communicate clearly, write effectively, and develop compelling analytical argumentation based on justifiable sources of empirical evidence and analytical reasoning.

Position Summary

The Department of Political Science at the University of Denver invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship to start in Fall 2022 in the field of American politics. We seek applications from scholars of American politics whose research specialization is political psychology and/or public opinion. We will give priority to applicants whose research and teaching in political psychology and/or public opinion has a substantive focus on race and ethnic politics in the US.

The University of Denver embraces a teacher-scholar model where faculty balance their commitment to rigorous scholarship with undergraduate education. The position requires teaching the equivalent of two courses per quarter (three quarters per year) in the Political Science department, covering a range of upper division courses in American politics, Introduction to American politics, and common curriculum requirements. We welcome the incorporation of experiential learning opportunities in the curriculum, such as community-engaged scholarship. The person holding this position would also be expected to contribute to University and departmental service.

Our curriculum is normally delivered via conventional face-to-face classes on our traditional residential campus, with most online-only courses occurring during summer sessions which faculty may elect to teach for supplemental income, pending sufficient enrollment. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, courses from Spring 2020 to Spring 2021 were taught in a variety of modalities including hyflex on-campus classes that were live-streamed to remote participants, online-only classes, and hybrid courses including both in-person and online components. The University of Denver anticipates returning to a traditional in-person campus experience for undergraduates beginning in Fall of 2021. Given the unknown future course of the pandemic, faculty must be capable of teaching in conventional, hybrid, and online-only formats while the pandemic runs its course.

Essential Functions

  • Pursue a research agenda that results in high quality scholarly publications
  • Teach the equivalent of six courses across three quarters per academic year, including an introductory course in American politics that serves the common curriculum and political science major program; upper-division courses in the field of American politics and the major Capstone seminar in politics; and possibly seminars for first-year or advanced students in the common curriculum.
  • The teaching schedule will be coordinated with the department chair.
  • Meet outside of class in office hours on campus and via video-conferencing to provide guidance and assistance to students enrolled in courses taught and to provide major advising to political science students.
  • Deploy best practices through the University of Denver's current course management system (Canvas), utilizing Canvas tools such as discussion boards, quizzes, assignments with uploaded files, the gradebook, and Zoom video-conferencing as the means to collect student work, communicate feedback and assignment grades, and conduct class sessions and individual appointments remotely when the need for this arises.
  • Advise students about major and BA requirements.
  • Contribute to University and departmental service.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Advanced scholarly expertise in the field of American politics (ABD/PhD level) in the following sub-specialties: political psychology and/or public opinion, with a preferred focus on race and ethnic politics.
  • Excellent skills in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to interact constructively with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and undergraduate students in both conventional in-person and online settings.

Required Qualifications

  • ABD or Ph.D. in Political Science or related field or interdisciplinary program (e.g. Psychology or American studies). A candidate hired at the ABD level would hold the title of Instructor until completion of Ph.D.
  • Evidence of a promising scholarly agenda in political psychology and/or public opinion focusing on the US context that is likely to result in peer-reviewed publications.
  • Experience serving as a graduate teaching assistant in undergraduate courses in political (or related social) science.
  • Evidence of a commitment to incorporate inclusive teaching methods and/or pedagogies to engage students from a wide range of backgrounds effectively. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Political Science.
  • Successful publication of peer-reviewed scholarship in political psychology and/or public opinion on the US case and evidence of future promise as a scholar.
  • Experience as an instructor teaching Introduction to American politics and upper-division undergraduate courses in political psychology and/or public opinion.
  • Scholarly expertise to develop upper-division undergraduate courses in race and ethnic politics in the US context.
  • Experience interacting with diverse communities in an inclusive approach to engage students from a wide range of backgrounds effectively.
  • Experience using course management software (such as Canvas or similar).

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Monday, September 20th, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $75,000-$80,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application. Please note that all documents must be uploaded as pdf files, titled as “LASTNAME_Statements.pdf”, etc.:
1. CV that indicates scholarly specialization, comprehensive exam fields, publications and/or working papers, and courses you have taught before as an instructor or graduate teaching assistant.
2. Cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for this position, followed by three distinct statements that articulate your (a) research agenda, (b) teaching philosophy and methods to engage students, and (c) strategies to foster inclusive excellence, all combined into one pdf file with headers identifying each component.
3. Sample of written work (e.g., two chapters from dissertation or book, or one article).
4. Evidence of teaching effectiveness such as syllabi, detailed descriptions of course assignments, grading rubrics for writing assignments, and other artifacts of teaching excellence, all combined into one pdf file with headers identifying discrete components.
5. Graduate transcripts.
6. DU’s online employment application requests contacts for professional/academic references who will be emailed to upload letters of recommendation (at least three). Candidates using Inter-folio may arrange to send all (at least three) letters of recommendation in one pdf file via email to No other materials beyond a complete set of letters of recommendation in one document should be sent via Inter-folio. Please have letters ready for access by 9/20/21.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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