Assistant Professor (Race, Ethnicity, and Politics - any subfield)

Political Science

Openings: 1


Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science to begin September 1, 2023. We seek applications from teacher-scholars in any subfield of political science whose research and/or teaching specialization is race, ethnicity, and politics. We are especially interested in candidates who will further diversify our faculty and curriculum and who will contribute to general education and interdisciplinary programs (particularly African/African Diaspora Studies, but we are also open to interests in Environmental Studies; Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; Japanese Studies; Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies; and/or Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies).

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We seek candidates whose experience has prepared them to help us realize our college-wide goal of engagement and inclusion of culturally and racially diverse audiences in the humanities, arts, and sciences. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equip students to lead purposeful lives, and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education.

Minnesota is home to vibrant Black American communities and growing communities of Hmong, Latinx, and Somali peoples, as well as significant numbers of Indigenous people. We believe that representation from these groups contributes positively to our student body.

We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA) College of Swedish immigrant heritage that is a leading residential, national liberal arts institution of 2200 students.

Department Information: The Department of Political Science helps students develop an understanding of political processes, political institutions, and the issues and problems that politics tries to manage. The Department also teaches students skills of analysis, research, and evaluation so that they can become more informed citizens. For more information about the department, its faculty, students, and courses, please see the department website at

Major/Essential Functions: Gustavus faculty teach, advise, conduct research, and serve the college and department. Currently, tenure-line Gustavus faculty have a 6-course equivalent teaching assignment. In their first year, the successful candidate will receive a reduced teaching assignment of five courses, plus one fully-compensated course release.

Primary teaching responsibilities will include 2-3 introductory level courses (U.S. Government and Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and/or Political and Legal Thinking, depending on the candidate’s subfield) and intermediate and/or advanced courses in the candidate’s subfield and area of specialization.

Application Procedures: To apply, visit and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:

  • Letter of application that addresses the position qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A brief (one page) statement of teaching philosophy
  • A brief (one page) statement of research interests
  • A brief (one page) statement of inclusion and equity commitment
  • Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable)
  • The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and teaching effectiveness; please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application). Please do not ask references to submit letters of recommendation; the committee will conduct reference checks by phone.

For full consideration, applications must be received by October 1, 2022. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered. At this time, please only upload the required documents listed above; finalists will be asked to submit syllabi and publications. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.

Gustavus Adolphus College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in political science (we will consider candidates who have achieved ABD status and who will complete their degree by September 30, 2023)
  • Political science teaching experience at the college or university level
  • Teaching and/or research specialization or expertise in race, ethnicity, and politics
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting students from diverse backgrounds and identities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching
  • Ability to teach existing introductory courses and develop/expand departmental course offerings at the undergraduate level
  • Interest and ability to contribute to African/African Diaspora Studies or other interdisciplinary programs
  • An emerging pattern of research and professional activities
  • Demonstrated commitment to the value of a liberal arts education

Posted July 21, 2022


Kate Knutson | | 507-933-6224

Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2022

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