Associate Professor, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

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

The Department of Political Science and the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Program (CRES) at the University of Denver invite applications for a jointly appointed tenured Associate Professor to start in Fall 2023 in the field of American politics. The Department of Political Science consists of eleven tenured or 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. The Critical Race and Ethnic Studies program (CRES) is recently founded and currently offers a minor, with a tenured faculty director and numerous affiliated faculty members. CRES is projected to offer a major in the Fall of 2023 with additional faculty lines being added over the next few years. Political Science serves approximately 200 majors and CRES serves 50 minors. Both programs serve undergraduate students across campus in the common curriculum. Our faculty are dedicated to the robust pursuit of research, publication, and public engagement. We also value diversity, equity, and inclusion: 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 curricula endeavor 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

We seek applications from American Politics scholars in one or more of the following areas:

  • Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and/or Asian American politics, political behavior, and/or political history
  • Critical Legal Studies approaches to United States racial and ethnic constructions and political development.

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 five courses over the course of the standard academic year (three quarters) in the Political Science department and/or CRES program, covering a range of CRES major requirements and cross listed upper division courses. While the faculty member will be a fully participating and voting member of the Political Science Department, as the University is developing the CRES major the position’s greater focus will be with the CRES program during the first two years. After the first two years, the CRES program and Political Science department have established a practical distribution of teaching and service obligations.

Our curriculum is 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). We welcome the incorporation of experiential learning opportunities in the curriculum. Adhering to the teacher-scholar model, the position requires maintaining an active scholarly agenda as demonstrated via scholarly publications, academic conference participation, etc. The person holding this position would also be expected to contribute to University, College, and departmental/program service.

Essential Functions

  • Pursue a research agenda that results in high-quality scholarly publications.
  • Teach the equivalent of five courses across three quarters per academic year, including cross-listed upper division classes between Political Science and the CRES program, as well as introductory, methods, and senior project courses within the CRES program specifically. The teaching schedule will be annually coordinated with the CRES program director and Political Science department chair.
  • Meet outside of class in office hours on campus and/or online to provide guidance and assistance to students enrolled in courses taught and to provide major advising to political science and CRES 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, and the gradebook 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 program and BA requirements.
  • Contribute to University, College, departmental, and program service.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Advanced scholarly expertise (PhD level) in the field of American politics in at least one of the following sub-specialties:
    • Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and/or Asian American politics, political behavior, and/or political history
    • Critical Legal Studies approaches to United States racial and ethnic constructions and political development.
  • Excellent skills in oral and written communication.
  • Excellent undergraduate teaching skills
  • Ability to interact constructively with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and undergraduate students in both conventional in-person and online settings.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Political Science or related field or interdisciplinary program (e.g., American studies).
  • Evidence of a relevant established scholarly agenda that is indicated by peer-reviewed publications.
  • Experience serving as an instructor of record in undergraduate &/or graduate courses in political (or related social) science.
  • Scholarly expertise to develop upper-division undergraduate courses in helping to create the CRES major and curriculum.
  • Evidence of teaching excellence and a commitment to incorporate inclusive teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively engage students from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Experience interacting with diverse communities in an inclusive approach to effectively engage students from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • 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) January 13, 2023

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 $83,000-$95,000.

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:
1. CV that indicates scholarly specialization, comprehensive exam fields, publications and/or working papers, and courses you have taught before as an instructor.
2. Cover Letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for this position

3. Three distinct statements (1-2 pages each), combined into one document, that articulate your (a) research agenda, (b) teaching philosophy and methods to engage students, and (c) how your research, teaching, and/or service contribute to DU’s values, practices, and actions regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion, all combined into one pdf file with headers identifying each component. Candidates can view DU’s DEI Action Plan [] and/or the College of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) DEI Strategic Plan [] for reference.
4. Three samples of written peer reviewed scholarship (e.g., book chapters, peer reviewed articles).
5. Evidence of teaching effectiveness such as (1-2 samples each) syllabi, detailed descriptions of course assignments, grading rubrics for assignments, and other artifacts of teaching excellence, all combined into one pdf file with headers identifying each discrete component.
6. Contact information for three professional/academic references who will be emailed to upload letters of recommendation if required. Candidates using Interfolio may arrange to send all three letters of recommendation in one pdf file via email to No other materials beyond letters of recommendation should be sent via Interfolio.


The University of Denver recognizes that its success in being a great university dedicated to the public good depends greatly on how well it engages, supports, and champions the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. As part of our intentionality in recruiting and retaining faculty from a wide variety of historically excluded intersecting identities, including those from communities of color, with diverse gender and sexual identities, first-generation college graduates, or with disabilities, new faculty will have the opportunity to choose to participate in a university-wide initiative. This initiative will connect new colleagues in a cohort, building community across units with supportive programming led by the Office of the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs in collaboration with the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and each faculty participant’s academic unit. To learn more about the University of Denver’s commitments and work in support of DEI and J, please visit: For more information about this program or if you have any questions, please email and/or visit

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

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

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