Adjunct Faculty, Political Science

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Work type: Adjunct Faculty
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The Department of Political Science consists of ten tenure-track faculty and one visiting teaching assistant professor serving approximately 200 political science majors as well undergraduates pursuing the minor and other degree programs. Ranked among the ~ top 80 universities in the country, the University of Denver’s mission is to be a great private university dedicated to the public good. Situated in a vibrant urban region that is home to 2.8 million people, the University values diversity and inclusion and recognizes that its success depends on how well it welcomes and engages the broad diversity of our constituents in an environment of mutual respect. See for more details.

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. We normally teach our courses via conventional “face-to-face” classes on our traditional residential campus, and a required qualification for an adjunct position in 2021/22 is to be available in Denver to teach “face-to-face” in physical classrooms on campus. Given the unknown course of the pandemic, all faculty must be capable of “pivoting” to teach in an online-only or hybrid format in the event of unanticipated challenges with the pandemic. For information about the department, please see

Position Summary

The Department of Political Science at the University of Denver seeks to hire adjunct instructors for the academic year of 2021/22 to teach a variety of undergraduate courses, including courses in the sub-fields of American politics, public law, and comparative (or international) politics. Example courses include (but are not limited to) Congress, State and local politics, Urban politics, Public policy, Political psychology, American foreign policy, Politics of rights, Conservative politics & the courts, Comparative democratization, and Politics of the Middle East.

Essential Duties

Job requirements include teaching a 10-week course on campus in two sessions of 110 minutes each per week, holding weekly office hours (either on campus or virtually, via Zoom video-conferencing), assigning and evaluating papers and exams as appropriate, and being available to assist students with course requirements. 

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree or ABD in political science or closely related social science field (e.g. international relations or political sociology).
  • Previous teaching experience (e.g. as a Teaching assistant with classroom discussion sections and grading responsibilities as part of a Master's or Doctoral program) and clear promise of ability to teach at the college level.
  • Evidence of a commitment to incorporate inclusive teaching methods to engage diverse student populations effectively.
  • Experience using any course management software in teaching online or conventional classes previously (e.g. Blackboard, Canvas, or similar) and willingness to complete DU training on Canvas if not already experienced in using many features of this program, including assignment submissions, discussion boards, quizzes, and the gradebook.
  • Availability to teach classes “face-to-face” in physical classrooms at the University of Denver.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Political Science or closely related social science field (e.g. international studies, socio-legal studies, or political sociology).
  • Previous experience teaching a college-level course in political science as the primary instructor.
  • Experience interacting with and effectively teaching diverse communities of students.
  • Experience using Zoom video-conferencing and the following features of the Canvas course management system: Assignment submission, discussion boards, quizzes, announcements, files, and the gradebook.

Application Deadline

The application best consideration date is Friday, May 14, 2021.

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

Please include the following documents with your application:

Please note: The documents should be uploaded as PDF files only.

  1. Cover letter detailing your qualifications for the position, the courses you are prepared to teach (e.g. specify the types or titles of courses in the sub-fields of American politics, public law, or comparative/international politics), your prior experience using course management software (e.g. Canvas, Blackboard, etc.), and your strategies to engage students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles constructively.
  2. CV that lists degrees earned, sub-field specializations for doctoral comprehensive exam fields, and courses taught where relevant.
  3. List of references with email and phone numbers of those who can comment on your qualifications to teach college-level courses.

Course Rate

The course rate is $4,233.

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, available market information, and course enrollment, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers some benefits for non-benefited employees. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

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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