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Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, Policy, Law

Willamette University
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Aug 9, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Law & Legal Studies
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, Policy, Law & Ethics

Posting Number: R0004524
Location: Salem Campus

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Position Summary:
Willamette University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in American Politics and Public Policy to join our growing undergraduate program in Politics, Policy, Law & Ethics (PPLE) beginning in August 2023. We seek candidates with expertise in Latinx politics and policy and a deep commitment to undergraduate education. Areas of specialization within the field of Latinx politics and policy are open. Ph.D. is expected by August 2023.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Reflecting the importance of interdisciplinarity, the PPLE department at Willamette University relies on coursework and colleagues in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. We seek a creative, energetic colleague who will share in the teaching of PPLE core courses that introduce students to the study of politics and public policy, and develop new courses that combine scholarship and service to help the department meet the desire of Willamette students to address issues of equity, difference, and justice in their coursework and co-curricular engagement.

Willamette is a small, selective private university committed to providing students with a well-rounded liberal arts education. Approximately 1600 of 2500 students are enrolled in the undergraduate College of Arts & Sciences, and the remaining students are enrolled in the Willamette College of Law, the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art, which has both undergraduate and graduate students. The university is
located in downtown Salem, across the street from the Oregon State Capitol and in close proximity to dozens of state and county agencies that offer possibilities to cultivate applied research, coursework, and internship opportunities with government and community partners.

Willamette promotes a teacher-scholar model for its faculty: tenure-track faculty teach five undergraduate courses per year, advise students, research and publish in their fields, and engage in rotating service to the department, college, and university. All College of Arts & Sciences professors are expected to teach non-majors as well as majors and to contribute to the General Education curriculum.

Willamette believes that a diverse, inclusive community is essential to achieving academic excellence. Accordingly, we seek candidates who not only have the potential to become outstanding teachers and scholars, but whose work also furthers equity and inclusion, and who will bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. The College of Arts & Sciences is proud to enroll a substantial number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students of color. Over the past four years, 24% of our students were first-
generation; 24% were Pell-eligible; and 33% identified as African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or multiracial. Additionally, Willamette Academy, the university's out-of-school college access program, mentors and supports 8th-12th grade students from underrepresented communities (99% students of color, 90% low income, 100% first-generation) in the Salem/Keizer School District.

Candidates will need to upload the following documents separately as part of your online application in the “Resume/CV” section:
  • Letter of application describing your qualifications, interest in this position, research expertise, teaching experience, and vision for engaging undergraduate students in the classroom and beyond
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies accepted)
  • A statement (500 word maximum) describing ways you can contribute to the university's mission of promoting an equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus, both in and out of the classroom
  • The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and teaching effectiveness; please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application).

If you reach the maximum to upload documents, please email the remaining documents to

Additional materials may be requested after initial stages of this search.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

All University positions require that candidates submit to a criminal conviction record check prior to hire. Conviction does not automatically preclude candidates from being hired. Nature of conviction will be considered relative to the duties of the position.

If you have questions about the position, contact:
David Gutterman
Search Committee Chair
Richard Ellis
PPLE Department Chair

For a quick response, please type “PPLE Position” in the email subject line.

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Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. jeid-ce44437b2d584549ab3e87d78eb83d9e
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