Assistant Professor of Political Science (State Politics & Policy or Urban & Local Politics)

California, United States
Competitive Salary
Sep 28, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Political Science at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, seeks a diverse pool of applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor position in US Politics with a specialization in either State Politics and Policy or Urban and Local Politics. The position will begin in September 2021. We seek a teacher-scholar with demonstrated commitment to, and excellence in, both undergraduate teaching and scholarly achievement.

Applicants must have a PhD at the time of appointment and a clear research trajectory, with experience teaching at the university level and a record of publication strongly preferred. The person we hire will teach Introduction to US Politics, upper-division courses in their area of specialty, and Introduction to Political Science Research. We are especially interested in candidates whose scholarship and teaching will contribute to the Department’s public sector studies emphasis by promoting student engagement at the city, county, or state level, e.g. involving students in a locally-focused research project or integrating an experiential-learning component into a course.

For full consideration, applications should be received by November 2, 2020. Applicants should submit: (1) a cover letter addressing how the candidate’s teaching and research might advance diversity and foster intra- and inter-departmental connections, (2) a CV, (3) a teaching portfolio that includes a statement of teaching philosophy and interests as well as sample syllabi and teaching evaluations, (4) a writing sample of no more than 40 pages, and (5) unofficial graduate transcripts. Three confidential letters of recommendation must be emailed directly to the department manager, Casey Robertson, at by either the recommenders or a dossier service.

Located in the heart of northern California’s Silicon Valley, Santa Clara is a private, Jesuit, Catholic university committed to promoting social justice in a comprehensive educational setting. Faculty are teaching-scholars who balance a commitment to quality teaching with active programs of research. A full-time teaching load is seven courses over three 10-week quarters, with a one-course reduction for research. Faculty receive scholarship support through sabbaticals and travel funds. Housing assistance is available.

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to the strategic goal of enriching the quality of our community of scholars by increasing the diversity among faculty, staff, and students. Women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups who can contribute to this goal are especially encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths, experiences, or interests related to achieving this goal in their letter of application.

Inquiries about this position may be emailed to the department chair, Greg Corning, at Full details about the position may be viewed on the application portal at