Tenure-Track Faculty Position, College of Natural and Social Sciences

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Starting Date:
August 2022

Minimum Qualifications:
1) An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Political Science or a closely related discipline from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required; however, applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For an appointment, the doctorate must be completed by the date of appointment (August 18, 2022).
2) Evidence of or demonstrated interest in teaching the following courses in the following areas: power, Politics, and Engagement in US Government (i.e., Introduction to American Government); Foundations of Comparative Politics; Foundations of Global Politics; and upper-division and graduate courses in one of the following two areas: (a) Latin American politics or (b) the Middle East/ African politics.
3) Demonstrated research interest in Latin American or the Middle East/African politics.

Preferred Qualifications:
1) Demonstrated interest in or evidence of successful teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
2) Demonstrated research interest in and/or teaching experience in one or more of the following topics: social movements, human rights, and race and ethnicity.
3) Evidence of independent publications in scholarly journals (for coauthor publications, an applicant should describe contribution).

The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession, and to the community. These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participating in traditional academic functions.

The successful candidate will teach courses at both the lower- and upper-division undergraduate level, as well as graduate courses, and will participate in the curriculum development process. Commitment to excellence in all aspects of undergraduate teaching and mentorship is essential, as is a passion for working with students, both in and beyond the classroom. The successful candidate is also expected to maintain an active research program; scholarly activity and peer-reviewed publications and/or grant activity are required for tenure/promotion.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. Also, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.

The initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:
California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good. We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and service.

Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of populations. The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation. As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of everyone.

The Department:
The Department of Political Science at Cal State LA consists of 13 tenured/tenure-track faculty with teaching and research interests in public administration, public law, American government, political theory, comparative politics, and international relations (i.e., global politics). Faculty are active scholars, as well as innovative teachers, who participate in University governance and services in numerous student advisory capacities. The department serves approximately 370 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate students through its MA and MPA programs.

Required Documentation:
Please submit the following to the Global Politics Search Committee at the email address below:
1) A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications.
2) A narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of students who are among the first generation of their family to attend a college or university.
3) A curriculum vitae.
4) A list of three professional references.
5) A University Application for Employment Form (www.calstatela.edu/academic/position).
6) A teaching statement, including teaching philosophy and strategies.
7) A research statement describing current and potential future projects.

Finalists will be required to submit:
Official transcripts and two letters of recommendation.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please email all application materials as attachments in PDF format (we strongly recommend that you combine all elements of the application into a single PDF file). Send to Veronica Lee, Department Program Coordinator: [email protected]. Please type “Department of Political Science, Tenure-Track Application for Global Politics” in the subject line.

Please address all questions to the search committee chair, Dr. Timothy Lim, at: [email protected].

Note: The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to follow the requirements in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to follow this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/ and questions may be sent to [email protected].
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or the continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State-LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility, and respect for the rights and sensibilities of everyone. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, a veteran with disabilities or Vietnam era veteran status.
Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.