The Political Science Program invites applicants for a full-time Political Science, tenure-track, Faculty appointment beginning August 2021. 


Successful candidates must possess a PhD in Political science and specializations that span diverse areas of American Politics and Government, and who will complement existing strengths in political science and interests across the university.


Housed within the interdisciplinary Department of the Humanities, Alvernia’s Political Science Program offers a BA and minor and serves the University by offering distribution requirements in its general-education program. The successful candidate will be committed to the mission of the University and to developing and growing the political science program. A passion for undergraduate teaching is essential, as is a commitment to inclusivity and working with diverse populations. The ideal candidate will be flexible and creative, with a broad range of academic interests and a devotion to the liberal arts.


Required Qualifications: Evidence of excellence in student-centered teaching; Commitment to engaging in high-impact practices such as service-learning and experiential learning, and use of innovative pedagogy; Ability to connect political science to diverse student populations; Active research agenda with demonstrated potential for publication. Willingness and ability to teach the university’s first year seminar as well as introductory social science research methods at the graduate and undergraduate level. Interest in advising undergraduate students, mentoring undergraduate research, and actively participating in faculty governance and the life of the department. Opportunities may exist for the successful candidate to teach courses in the university’s graduate program in Leadership Studies and to develop courses for the university’s Honors Program. The nominal teaching load for tenure track appointments is 4-4. We are committed to providing our students with excellent educational and co-curricular opportunities and seek candidates devoted to student success, retention, and engagement. Candidates must be committed to upholding our Franciscan core values. 


Position Requirements: Successful candidate will possess a PhD in political science, with a specialization in American politics. ABDs with confirmed completion dates will be considered. The promise of excellence in teaching and scholarship is required, as are superior communication skills.  We desire candidates who bring enthusiasm, collegiality, and a commitment to liberal arts education and the university’s mission. 


Areas of Specialization:  We seek a generalist with broad theoretical and methodological training in political science, with a primary emphasis in American politics and government.  We encourage applicants from across the subfield but particularly welcome applications from candidates who have the ability to develop courses in one or more of the following areas:  civil rights and/or racial and ethnic politics (especially Hispanic); public policy; bureaucracy; public administration; urban politics; civic engagement; gender and politics; social movements; refugee and migration studies; political behavior; or social and economic justice.  Secondary areas of emphasis in Latin American politics or International Political Economy would also be viewed favorably, as would the ability to offer interdisciplinary courses in fields such as sociology or economics.


Alvernia has a bold approach to becoming a 21st century, modern regional university. This includes the rapid expansion of enrollment through new academic majors in engineering, health care and more. We seek professionals who are thoughtful leaders, creative and nimble in the complex environment of private higher education.


All Alvernia University employees promote Franciscan ideals and adherence to the Mission of the University as demonstrated by the University Ideal Characteristics.  As we are an equal opportunity employer committed to Franciscan values, all employees share responsibility for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the performance of their roles while demonstrating: service orientation, respect for all, intellectual curiosity, solution focus and innovation, and mutual accountability.  Alvernia University strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.


How to Apply: Candidates should send a letter of application with current curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy statement, research statement, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to the Alvernia University Human Resource Office email at 


Review of applications will begin March 19, 2021 and continue until on a rolling basis the position is filled.


Contact:            Human Resources

Posting Date:    March 12, 2021

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