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Lecturer in Political Science

Position Overview

The Department of Political Science at Butler University invites applications for a full-time renewable Lecturer in Political Science. Applicants should have a strong commitment to inclusive undergraduate teaching, and their expertise should complement the department’s present strengths. We are particularly interested in candidates whose teaching and scholarship focuses on politics in Central, East, or West Africa, Central, South, or Southeast Asia, Europe, or Russia, or among Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, or Latinx/e/o people and equips them to offer Global and Historical Studies core curriculum courses (See ).

The successful candidate will teach three Global and Historical Studies course sections and one undergraduate political science course each semester and will help build an inclusive learning environment for our increasingly diverse student population. This faculty member could choose to affiliate with the International Studies; Peace and Conflict Studies; Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and/or Science, Technology, and Environmental Studies interdisciplinary programs.

Review of applications will begin January 9, 2024, but the position will remain open until filled. Applicants should have earned a doctorate in political science or a related field before August 1, 2024.


Applicants should submit the following:
  • A cover letter that highlights the applicant’s teaching interests, experience, and commitment to inclusive teaching and summarizes their research interests
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A statement of teaching philosophy
  • A sample syllabus
  • A list of 3-5 references including name, title and contact information.
Writing samples or publications are welcome but not required.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide additional evidence of inclusive, evidence-based teaching including one or more additional syllabi, descriptions of course activities or assignments, and student evaluations or teaching observations; 3 letters of recommendation, and unofficial transcripts. Final round candidates will need to provide official transcripts and will be asked to consent to background checks. The successful candidate will start August 2024, subject to final budgetary approval. Please contact Robin L. Turner for questions related to this position at .

About Butler and the Political Science Department

The Butler Political Science Program, distinctively grounded in a firm commitment to social justice, democracy, and human rights, engages students in the study and practice of politics to promote the collective good at the local, national, and global level. The program defines politics broadly as the formal and informal ways societies govern themselves. The program offers an innovative curriculum that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue positive social change. Our alumni have pursued careers in electoral politics, teaching, law, government, journalism, business, and non-profit organizations, and have earned graduate and professional degrees in several fields. The Butler Political Science Department values its cultural, racial, ethnic, and gender diversity, and strongly encourages applications from historically marginalized groups. For more information about the Department of Political Science, please visit our website at .

Founded by abolitionist Ovid Butler in 1855 on the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, Butler University is a private, nationally recognized comprehensive university consisting of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the Lacy School of Business, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Jordan College of the Arts, and College of Communication. Approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate and doctoral students are enrolled at Butler, representing 46 states and 24 countries. Ranked #1 in the Midwest region by U.S. News and World Report and recognized for ”best undergraduate teaching” and ”most innovative schools,” Butler is located just five miles from downtown Indianapolis, a cultural center of the state ( ).

Butler University is an equal-opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sex, race, religion, color, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.

Advertised: October 30, 2023
Applications close: February 09, 2024

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