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Mission or Goal of Unit:

The mission of the College of Humanities and Sciences is to serve as the intellectual heart and soul of our institution and wider community. The College of Humanities and Sciences:
  • Prepares lifelong learners to participate actively as engaged and responsible citizens
  • Propels scientific research and scholarship to improve the human condition, cure and treat diseases, and promote healthy environments
  • Grounds us in our history, critically examines our present human condition and empowers students to create more equitable local and global communities
  • Provides communities with a passionate and creative workforce that serves as a powerful engine for economic development and innovative solutions to problems
As the intellectual lifeblood of VCU and our community, the College of Humanities and Sciences seeks to inspire our students to explore their passions and dreams as individuals and provide the context to understand their place in the world and connections with others—locally, globally and throughout time. Most importantly, our educational and research environment addresses an array of technological, health-related and societal problems, as well as providing profound insights and reflections of what it means to be human and humane.

Chief Purpose of this position: The Department of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is seeking applications for a one-year term faculty position at the Instructor rank to begin August 2022 to support the Department’s teaching mission in the areas of American Politics and/or Political Theory. The position will expire in May 2023.

Position Responsibilities: Successful candidates must be able to teach our undergraduate Politics of Race, Class, and Gender course, as well as our undergraduate Research Methods and/or Introduction to Political Theory courses. Successful candidates should be able to teach both on-campus and asynchronously online, thus relocation to Richmond is strongly preferred for this position. The teaching load for this position is 4/4.

Required Qualifications: The position requires a Ph.D. or Master’s Degree in political science, or a closely related field, at the time of employment. Successful candidates also will have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU. More than 60% of Political Science majors are women, and more than 56% are from minority groups. In addition, our faculty and staff exhibit diversity of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, age, class, nationality, religion, belief, and political affiliation, among other variables. For example, of our 19 full-time faculty members, eight identify as women, and five identify as scholars of color. See the Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Statement here: VCU is a diverse public institution. In 2020, 32.7% of our freshmen identified as first-generation, 52.3% as minority, and 35.4% as historically underrepresented minorities.

Preferred Qualifications: N/A

The Department of Political Science is housed in VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences (CHS) ( Resources to support teaching faculty are available at all levels of the university (see, e.g.,

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, political affiliation or disability.

For more detailed information and to apply, please visit:

Application Instructions
Only electronic applications will be accepted. Please apply online at Applicants must upload a CV and cover letter, as well as the following supplemental documents: a teaching philosophy, and a diversity and inclusion statement. Please merge supplementary files into one PDF and upload as the “Other” document in the online application site. Please submit all required documents with your online application. Failure to provide all required documents will result in our inability to review and consider your application. Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words) providing your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement, you can share how your lived experiences, and academic and professional activities will impact your contributions to VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion. For more information and examples, see VCU’s Diversity Statement.
Upon submission of your application, references will be automatically contacted and asked to provide a letter of recommendation[1] . Questions should be directed to Jason Arnold at Position is open until filled. Applications received by July 9, 2022 will receive priority consideration. Start date will be August 16, 2022.

Position Type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Full time equivalent: 100
Tenure: Ineligible
Rank: Instructor
Months: 9
Department: Political Science

Contact Information:

Contact Name: Alexandra Reckendorf
Contact Email:

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