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Political Science

By applying to this posting, qualified applicants will be placed into a department pool and considered for part-time departmental needs . Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed. The number of these temporary, part-time, non-tenure track academic positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the program. As such, not everyone in the applicant pool for this position will be contacted and/or selected to teach.

Position Summary

The Department of Political Science at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) invites applications for part-time affiliate faculty teaching positions . Native American Studies affiliate faculty may teach courses in Native American Studies, including Introduction to Native American Studies, Native American Politics, and Federal Indian Law.

For more information about the Department of Political Science in our College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, please visit: https://www.msudenver.edu/political-science/ .

MSU Denver enrolls over 16,000 students, where nearly 60% are first generation and over 55% are students of color. Located in downtown Denver, we are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), an INSIGHT into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity ( HEED ) Award winner for 10 consecutive years, and the only Seal of Excelencia certified institution in Colorado. As the third largest institution of higher education in Colorado and the only institution with an open access mission, MSU Denver is a model university for today’s college students. The University serves the most diverse undergraduate student population in the state, as well as the most first-generation students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students. MSU Denver is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented and historically minoritized groups.

Responsibilities

A ffiliate faculty instructors of Native American Studies may teach 3 - 9 credit hours in a variety of courses in our Native American Studies program, including Introduction to Native American Studies, Native American Politics, and Federal Indian Law. We have particular needs for qualified instructors to teac h Federal Indian Law, but other topics can be taught in the instructor’s area of expertise. There are opportunities to teach both in person and online.

An affiliate faculty member’s duties include but are not limited to : teaching assigned classes in person or online by delivering course content to students, preparing course materials and lesson plans, grading student work, providing students with robust feedback in a timely manner, addressing student questions consistent with university, college/school, and department policies, and providing online or in person academic support to students as needed and appropriate for the teaching assignment ; providing instruction in assigned classes consistent with the content and learning objectives of the regular course syllabus and, if required, with department course coordination policies; maintaining office hours; and complying with university-wide student evaluation of instruction policies and peer observatio n p olicies.  Applicants may be asked to teach in-person, online, or in hybrid capacities dependent upon course needs. The ability to adapt and learn new modes of instruction is highly encouraged. Candidates need to be sensitive to the educational needs of a diverse student population .

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in Native American Studies or a closely related field

Preferred Qualifications
  • Doctorate in Native American Studies or a closely related field ; or JD plus experience in Native American law

  • Higher education teaching experience in Native American Studies

  • Experience working with and sensitivity to the needs of a diverse population including (but not limited to) students of color, LBGTQ+ students, students from low-income backgrounds, first generation students, students with disabilities, undocumented students, not-traditional students, student veterans, and English language learners

Terms of Employment

Affiliate faculty are part-time, at-will employees hired to teach on a per credit hour basis for specific classes, usually on a semester -by- semester basis. Affiliate faculty are not eligible for benefit coverage under the University’s benefit program. All such teaching assignments are dependent on budget and enrollment.

Qualified candidates may be expected to teach in person / on campus upon hire .

Salary for Announcement

The final salary is based on the number of credit hours assigned at a rate determined by university policy.

For more information, please visit: https://www.msudenver.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/AF-2023-2024-Pay-Dates-and-Rates_RevAug2023.pdf

How to Apply

C andidate s must apply online through MSU Denver’s career site, https://www.msudenver.edu/careers . Complete applications will include the following materials :
  • Curriculum vitae

  • Cover letter

  • C opies of all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)

  • A list of three professional references and their contact information

Applicants will notice on the application portal there is one location (the resume/cover letter submission field) to upload all required materials. Multiple documents can be submitted into this one field; alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF and upload. ​Once submitted, you will not be able to edit your application.

Please submit questions to Dr. David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Native American Studies Coordinator, at dweiden@msudenver.edu .

Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Posting RepresentativeTanya Rogowsky

Posting Representative Emailtrogowsk@msudenver.edu

Benefits

MSU Denver is pleased to offer our current and potential employees a wide array of benefit options. To learn more, please visit the following link:

Employee Benefits Offerings

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at totalrewards@msudenver.edu .

Diversity Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 58% first generation students and over 50% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.

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