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Job ID: 13239 - Political Science Assistant Professor
Social/Behavioral Sciences
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Date Posted:
June 14, 2017
Closing Date:
Open until filled
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Political Science
Assistant Professor

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- Available for Academic Year: 2018/2019.
- Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
- Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process.
- Salary placement depends upon academic preparation and professional experience.
- California State University, Fresno is a vibrant and growing campus. When necessary, the University may decide to make more than one faculty appointment from a single search.

The Department of Political Science in the College of Social Sciences at California State University, Fresno seeks applicants for a tenure-track, academic year position as an Assistant Professor in Political Science with a specialization in Comparative Politics/International Relations. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate students, conduct scholarly research, and engage in service. Primary research interests and teaching responsibilities will be in Comparative Politics/International Relations. Teaching responsibilities will include lower and upper-level core (introductory) courses in our Political Science curriculum (e.g. Modern Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics) as well as upper-level electives and newly designed courses in their area(s) of interest and expertise. This position is open with respect to regional and substantive focus.

The Department of Political Science is one of the strongest in the California State University system. As one of the largest departments in the College of Social Sciences, we serve almost 200 majors in our undergraduate program. We also offer a Master of Public Administration degree. All of the major sub-disciplines of political science are represented within our department and our faculty have a balanced commitment to strong undergraduate teaching, research, and service. Many of our faculty have been recognized for their work nationally and internationally. Graduates of our program go on to careers in law, education, NGOs, and government (including elected and appointed offices), among others; others have gone on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees at top universities in the U.S. and abroad. For more information about our department, please see

Required Education: An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Political Science or International Relations (or a closely related field with similar academic coursework) from an accredited institution is required for the position. Applicants nearing completion of the Ph.D. (ABD) may be considered for the position, but their degree must be granted by August 1, 2018.

Required Experience: Applicant must be able to demonstrate:
1) a commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate level, which may be demonstrated through prior teaching experience and teaching evaluations or other evidence
2) a strong foundation of a career-long research agenda in political science as evidenced for example by one or more academic conference paper presentations or peer-reviewed publications
3) a specialization in comparative politics with expertise in one or more regions of the world
4) appropriate academic training to teach an introductory course in International Relations
5) a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications: 1) Ability to teach courses on more than one region of the world, with a preference for Europe, Russia, the Middle East, or Asia as one of those fields
2) Evidence of having successfully taught one or more university-level political science courses as sole instructor
3) At least one sole-authored research paper presented at an academic conference
4) One or more peer-reviewed publications in political science
5) Ability to teach an introductory American Government course

Application Procedures: Review of applications will begin October 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, applicants must complete an on-line application at and attach the following: 1) a cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of teaching philosophy 4) recent teaching evaluations (if available); 5) a research paper presented at an academic conference or a peer reviewed publication, preferably a sole-authored work; 6) unofficial graduate transcripts; and 7) names and contact information for three professional references.

All finalists will be required to submit three current letters of recommendation and official transcripts.

Any related inquiries may be directed to Dr. Melanie H. Ram; Search Committee Chair; California State University, Fresno; College of Social Sciences; Department of Political Science; 2225 E San Ramon, M/S MF 19; Fresno, CA 93740-8029; Phone: (559) 278-5324; E-mail:

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A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. An offer of employment may be withdrawn or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position may be 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 as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following web site:

California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.