Assistant Professor of Political Science

Ripon College

The faculty at Ripon College are a talented and dynamic group of teacher-scholars who work closely with a diverse student population on capstone and undergraduate research projects, and participate in interdisciplinary collaboration with one another on scholarship and creative activity. The faculty benefit from wide-ranging opportunities for support including curriculum development grants, travel grants, scholarly/artistic grants, and colleague teaching grants. Successful applicants for faculty positions at Ripon College will join a group of teacher-scholars who embrace the standards of social justice; value the principles of equity and inclusion; and seek to foster and facilitate student achievement at all levels.

The Department of Political Science at Ripon College is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time, tenure-track, position in International Relations at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin either January 2024 or August 2024. The department is particularly interested in candidates who have the capacity to expand interdisciplinary collaborations across majors and programs. Specifically, preference will be given to applicants whose courses could be cross-listed with other departments and programs on campus (e.g., Psychology, Economics, Computer & Data Sciences, Mathematics, Environmental Studies, Sociology, History). Candidates are expected to be well trained in research methods, especially quantitative methods.

The teaching load is three courses per semester.

Ripon College is home to the Center for Politics and the People, which promotes constructive political debate outside of the classroom by informing students, the community and citizens concerned with good governance in politics and public policy.

Deadline: Screening will begin on September 25, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.

Applicants should submit the following materials as PDF files to Dr. Henrik Schatzinger, Search Committee Chair, at [email protected].

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statements outlining
    • Teaching philosophy
    • Philosophy on diversity, inclusion, and access
    • Research agenda
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Political Science or closely related field, by January 1, 2024, for Spring 2024 employment, or by July 1, 2024, for Fall 2024 employment
  • Energy and enthusiasm for service within the Department of Political Science, including outreach to prospective students
  • Strong commitment to student-centered active learning and student engagement

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and teaching
  • Demonstrated experience working in multicultural environments and interest in developing curricula related to diverse populations
  • Willingness to develop courses building on the established curricula
  • Willingness to engage in collaborative work across disciplines
  • Commitment to undergraduate education
  • Evidence of teaching experience

This position is open to all qualified applicants. Ripon College encourages applications from individuals from underrepresented groups in the professoriate, including, for example, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, first generation college students, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to college due to exceptional talent and motivation in the face of adversity, such as societal, economic or academic disadvantages, and individuals with a demonstrated commitment to applying and including diverse backgrounds and perspectives to learning, scholarship, and leadership in the academy. Employment-based visa sponsorship (including H1B sponsorship) is available for this position.

Ripon College is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and adheres to non-discriminatory policies in employment and student enrollment. Ripon College is an equal-opportunity employer.

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