Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor in Law and American Politics

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

The Department of Political Science consists of active scholars offering the Bachelor 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 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 ability to think critically, communicate clearly, write effectively, and develop compelling argumentation based on justifiable sources of empirical evidence and analytical reasoning.

Position Summary

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a non-tenure track, full-time Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor in the fields of public law and American politics for the 2020-21 academic year. Position may extend for an additional year, contingent on continued funding, need, and performance. The candidate hired will teach the equivalent of eight courses in the fields of US public law and American politics over three quarters. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach both Introduction to Law and Society and Introduction to American politics, as well as a variety of upper-division courses in American public law and politics. Successful candidates will demonstrate a record of excellence in undergraduate teaching and a strong commitment to constructively engaging students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles.

Essential Functions

  • Teach large introductory courses serving the common curriculum and major programs such as Introduction to Law and Society and/or Introduction to American politics.
  • Teach smaller, writing intensive upper-division courses in the fields of American public law and politics.
  • Deploy best practices for online learning through the University of Denver's online learning platform, Canvas, utilizing Canvas tools such as Zoom video-conferencing, discussion boards, quizzes, assignments with uploaded files, and the gradebook as the means to collect student work and communicate feedback and assignment grades.
  • Availability to meet outside of class in office hours on campus or via video-conference to provide guidance and assistance to students enrolled in courses taught.
  • The work schedule will be coordinated with the department chair.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Advanced scholarly expertise in the fields of American public law and politics (ABD/PhD level).
  • 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-only course formats.

Required Qualifications

  • ABD in political science or relevant interdisciplinary social sciences area (e.g. Jurisprudence and Social Policy doctoral program).
  • Experience teaching undergraduate courses in political science.
  • Experience using a course management software as part of a conventional in-person class.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in political science or relevant interdisciplinary social sciences area (e.g. Jurisprudence and Social Policy doctoral program).
  • Experience teaching Introduction to American Politics, Introduction to Law and Society, and upper-division undergraduate courses in American public law and politics.
  • Experience using the Canvas course management software to teach an online-only class.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on June 22, 2020

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

Salary Range
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. CV that indicates specialization and comprehensive exam fields (prefer PDF file).
  2. Letter of interest that specifies courses you have taught and/or would like to teach at DU, articulates your teaching philosophy and methods to engage students in both conventional and online class settings, and explains how you foster inclusive excellence in your teaching (prefer PDF file).
  3. Evidence of teaching effectiveness such as syllabi, detailed descriptions of particular course assignments, grading rubrics for writing assignments, and other artifacts of teaching excellence, preferably combined into one PDF file.
  4. DU’s online employment application requests contacts for three professional/academic references who will be emailed to upload letters of recommendation. Candidates using Inter-folio may arrange to send at least three letters of recommendation via email to

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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