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Non-Classified Opening

Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science (3411)

Non-Classified Classification

Idaho State University

Open for Recruitment: March 9, 2018 - April 6, 2018
Announcement # NONCLS063170
Salary Range: DOE -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Pocatello

SPECIAL NOTIFICATION:  This position is exempt from classified state service and the rules of the Division of Human Resources and the Idaho Personnel Commission.

Posting Number: req617
9 Month Full-Time

Faculty Non-Tenure Track
College of Arts and Letters 
Pocatello - Main



Primary Purpose

Idaho State University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. The appointment will begin in the Fall semester of 2018. The department is looking for a candidate with the ability to contribute broadly to its undergraduate and three graduate programs (DA, MA, and MPA), but is specifically seeking candidates with expertise in (1) Public Administration and (2) an additional Political Science subfield that allows us to expand our course offerings.

The Department of Political Science has one of the largest graduate programs in the College of Arts & Letters at Idaho State University. Located in Pocatello, Idaho State University has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students. The Pocatello region has numerous outdoor recreational activities and is well known for mountain biking, hiking, fishing, rock climbing, kayaking, and skiing. Located in southeast Idaho, Pocatello is 2.5 hours or less by car to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Sun Valley, Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole, and Salt Lake City. 

Key Responsibilities

The position carries a 4-4 teaching load of undergraduate and graduate courses. Visiting faculty will also have service and research obligations, which will comprise 20 percent of workload. 

Because the candidate is expected to help develop and deliver courses within the Masters of Public Administration program, the ability to teach general courses in public administration is essential. The ability to teach specialized courses such as Public Administration Ethics, Qualitative Methods in Public Administration, Introduction to Public Administration, Non-Profit Administration, and State and Local Politics would be an asset. 

MPA courses are regularly broadcast via distance learning and the candidate will likely teach one or two such courses a year. The position may also requires the faculty to occasionally teach and hold office hours at the growing Idaho Falls campus which is approximately 50 miles from the Pocatello campus. The candidate will also have the opportunity to teach an introductory course in political science reflecting their other subfield(s).

Minimum Qualifications

Doctorate in Political Science (PhD or D.A.) however, ABDs will be considered. 

Preferred Qualifications

Earned Doctorate in Political Science (PhD or D.A.).

Apply online at https://isu.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=617

Please submit the following documents with your application:
A letter of interest, a Curriculum Vita, a list of three (3) professional references with contact information, at least one (1) writing sample, recent teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching effectiveness, a statement of teaching philosophy, and unofficial transcripts (Official Transcripts will be required of the successful applicant).

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by April 6, 2018. However, the position will remain open until filled. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Includes a competitive benefits package. Offers of employment may be conditional pending successful completion of a background investigation.

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