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Assistant Professor in American Politics

Deadline: November 2, 2021
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The Political Science Department at San Diego State University invites applications for a tenure-track position in American Politics at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin Fall 2022. Applicants should demonstrate a well-developed research agenda, a promise of sustained scholarship and a record of effective teaching.

The department seeks a scholar who does research on contemporary approaches to American politics and political institutions. Areas of particular interest are the presidency, Congress, campaigns and elections, public opinion, political communication, interest groups, inequality, women in politics, political protest, and political parties. The successful candidate should demonstrate a capacity to engage underlying normative issues and debates as well as teach a range of courses in American politics. The department is open to a diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches.

The Political Science Department at San Diego State is dedicated to the ideal of the engaged teacher-scholar. It has over five hundred undergraduate majors and provides course offerings for students with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. At the graduate level, the department maintains an M.A. program of high quality. The members of the faculty share a strong commitment to collegiality, active participation in the governing of the department, innovative scholarship, methodological pluralism, rigorous teaching, and robust intellectual and normative engagement. Candidates are encouraged to consult the department website:

San Diego State University is a highly diverse campus community with a student population of over 34,000 and approximately 2,000 faculty members. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation’s Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 21. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.  

Consistent with SDSU’s mission, we seek applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria: (a) committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Please include a diversity statement that explains how you meet at least two of these criteria. 

Applicants must apply via Interfolio at A completed file includes a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, complete teaching evaluations (quantitative evaluations and complete sets of qualitative evaluations of recent courses), sample syllabi, academic writing samples, diversity statement, and three letters of recommendation. To ensure full consideration, submit all materials by November 2nd, 2021. Screening of applications will begin then. Applicants who will have completed the Ph.D. by the start of the term of appointment will be given priority. Those without a Ph.D. in-hand should include in their letter of interest a statement of progress on the dissertation and reasons to expect completion in a timely fashion.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed 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 continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status

Further inquiries should be addressed to:
Farid Abdel-Nour, Chair of the Department, at [email protected].


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