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
- 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.
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.
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: https://politicalscience.vcu.edu/about/.
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.
The Department of Political Science is housed in VCU’s College of
Humanities and Sciences (CHS) (https://chs.vcu.edu/). 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:
Only electronic applications will be accepted. Please apply online
at https://vcu.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home?c=vcu. 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 . Questions should be directed to Jason Arnold at
email@example.com. Position is open until filled. Applications
received by July 9, 2022 will receive priority consideration. Start
date will be August 16, 2022.
Teaching & Research Faculty
Full time equivalent: