Political Science - Tenure Track - 2014-15
Rank: Assistant Professor
Sub-field: Methodology, American Government and Politics
Specialization: Qualitative Data Analysis, Quantitative Data Analysis
The Political Science Department at St. Olaf College announces a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in methodology and American government and politics to begin August of 2014. The candidate will be expected to teach 6 courses during the academic year, advise undergraduate students, and participate in college service functions.
The Department is interested in candidates who have an appreciation for and commitment to both qualitative and quantitative research methods in the discipline. We are seeking candidates who are likely to develop a strong reputation in teaching and research excellence, with demonstrated capacity for pedagogical innovation and scholarly accomplishment. The successful candidate will be expected to teach multiple sections of the Department’s required course in political analysis and methodology as well as courses in American Government and Politics. The Department is especially interested in candidates with the demonstrated ability to collaborate with the College’s statistics program and interdisciplinary undergraduate research teams. Elective courses are open to the expertise and interest of the successful candidate. The department has some preference for the candidate to teach courses in Race and Class in American Politics and Media and Politics.
Founded by Norwegian Lutheran immigrants in 1874, St. Olaf College has a student body of about 3000 and full-time-equivalent faculty of about 300. Its location in Northfield, Minnesota, is only thirty-five miles from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, which have all the artistic, theatrical, and athletic resources of a major urban area. The Department of Political Science graduates about 45 majors per year while teaches more than thirty-five courses across the sub-fields.
Applicants are expected to have completed a Ph.D. in a relevant field by August 15, 2014. Applicants must submit applicant materials online at: https//jobs.stolaf.edu. A complete application includes:
• A cover letter outlining your qualifications
• A current curriculum vitae
• A short statement (1-2 pages) describing your teaching philosophy and research interests
• Evidence of teaching excellence, if available
• Unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts
• Names and email addresses for three professional references who can speak to your abilities in classroom teaching and scholarship (at this time, we are only asking for the names and email addresses of three references; if you are later selected to move forward in the search process, we will email the references directly to request their letters)
While all applications materials must be submitted electronically, general inquiries about the position may be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Professor Kris Thalhammer: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will begin to review completed applications on October 7, 2013.
A liberal arts college affiliated with the Lutheran Church (ELCA), St. Olaf College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity in its students, faculty and staff. The college is especially interested in candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our community through their work and service. To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.