Assistant Professor of Political Science (Political Theory)

  • Cal State University (CSU) Long Beach
  • Long Beach, California
  • Mar 07, 2024
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Job Description

Position: Assistant Professor of Political Science (Political Theory)
Effective Date: August 19, 2024 (Fall Semester)
Salary: The Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary is $5,405 to $11,994/per month (12 monthly payments per academic year). The anticipated hiring range is $6,667 to $7,084/per month. Salary offered is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Application Deadline: Review of applications to begin October 3, 2023. Position opened until filled (or recruitment canceled).

College of Liberal Arts
Department of Political Science

Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in Political Science or appropriate related discipline with specialization in Political Theory. Degree at time of application or official notification of completion of the doctoral degree by August 1, 2024.
  • Record of, or demonstrated potential for, effective teaching
  • Record of, or demonstrated potential for, successful research and publication
  • Experience with, or demonstrated potential for, effective participation in faculty governance
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Evidence of academic training in the canon of political theory (i.e., antiquity, modernity, and contemporary thought)
  • Evidence of scholarly activities grounded in political theory and focusing on timely topics central to the discipline (e.g., ancient, modern, and contemporary theories; democratic and critical race theory, gender studies and feminist scholarship, migration studies, postcolonial and decolonial theory, politics of indigeneity, environmental theory, disability studies, non-Western and queer theory, the carceral state, political economy and inequality/oppression, nationalism, technology and political theory, and the impact of COVID)
  • Evidence of ability to effectively teach current University course offerings in political theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels (e.g., ancient and modern political thought, recent ideology, special topics in political theory, and the graduate seminar)
  • Evidence of ability to develop new course offerings in political theory that engage issues of diversity
  • Evidence of support for and/or experience related to the University’s strong commitment to the academic success of its diverse student body
  • Evidence of interest in and/or experience with department, college, university and community service
  • Experience of successfully working with populations demographically and socioeconomically similar to the CSULB student body ( Demographics )

  • Teach courses in political theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels [Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, online, and/or any combination thereof.]
  • Develop courses in political theory at undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Advise and mentor students, including the supervision of Master’s students taking comprehensive exams and theses
  • Engage in research leading to conference participation and peer-reviewed publications
  • Participate in faculty governance
  • Participate in service to the department, college, university, and community

The Department of Political Science takes great pride in having one of the most diverse student bodies in higher education. We have more than 600 students in one of our three academic programs: a Bachelor of Arts, a Minor, and a Master of Arts. Our 19 full-time and 15 part-time faculty are passionate about teaching politics in the twenty-first century, offering courses that are directly relevant to the contemporary world. Together we seek to provide our students the foundational knowledge and skills essential to understand and engage issues relevant to our common political life today. Our department offers numerous programs and clubs, including Moot Court, Model United Nations, undergraduate and graduate student associations, a chapter of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society, internship and research opportunities, a Legal Studies certificate, and much more.

The College of Liberal Arts at CSULB is the largest college on campus, with thirty-one excellent departments and programs, several innovative centers and projects, over 685 outstanding faculty members, and over 74 individual staff members. The college faculty are among the best in the nation and have received a variety of national and international awards. CLA has 9300 undergraduate students pursuing a variety of highly valued degrees through the college’s 99 unique majors and minors. Additionally, 575 graduate students are also obtaining advanced degrees and special certificates in the college. With degrees ranging from humanities and foreign languages to social and behavioral sciences, CLA’s graduates are well-rounded citizens, effective communicators, and analytical thinkers who live knowledgeably, responsibly, and humanely in a world where complex problems demand informed, creative, and thoughtful solutions. The skills gained through degrees from CLA are invaluable and open up countless career paths for graduates to follow.

CSULB seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University’s strong commitment to the academic success of all of our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions. CSULB seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the People of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students a rich variety of expertise, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Information on excellent benefits package available to CSULB faculty is located here: CSU Employee Benefits

How to Apply - Required Documentation:
  • An Equity and Diversity Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (maximum two pages, single-spaced). For further information and guidelines, please visit: Equity and Diversity Statement
  • Letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications
  • CV
  • Names and contact information for three references (to be contacted for confidential letters of recommendation should the applicant reach the semi-finalist stage)
  • Writing sample(s)
  • Teaching evaluations, if applicable
  • Copy of transcript from institution awarding highest degree (to be submitted by request should you reach the semi-finalist stage)
  • Finalists should be prepared to submit an official transcript (e-transcript preferred, if available)

How to Apply: Click Apply Now icon to complete the CSULB online application

Requests for information about the position should be addressed to:

Mary Caputi, Professor
California State University, Long Beach
Department of Political Science
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-4605

562-985-4705 or E-Mail:


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The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

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CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race or ethnicity (including color or ancestry), nationality, religion or religious creed, gender (or sex), gender identity (including transgender), gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), medical condition, genetic information, age, veteran or military status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Advertised: Aug 29 2023 Pacific Daylight Time
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