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Visiting Assistant Professor in Political Science

Apply now Job no: 492802
Work type: Faculty
Location: Gambier, OH

The Political Science Department of Kenyon College, a highly selective liberal arts college in central Ohio, invites applications for a two-year visiting assistant position in American politics, effective July 1, 2022. 

Teaching responsibilities consist of five courses per year.  Qualified applicants will have a strong teaching and research background in American politics, knowledge of American history, the ability to teach our introductory American course, “Liberal Democracy in America,” and to offer upper-level American politics courses and seminars. Area of specialty is open, but we are especially interested in candidates with expertise in political parties and elections, Congress, voting behavior, media and politics, and American political development. The ability to teach our quantitative analysis course is desirable. A capacity to teach our introductory freshman course, “The Quest for Justice,” would also be an asset. Candidates may have opportunities to contribute to interdisciplinary programs in Public Policy and American Studies. Strong preference will go to those with a demonstrable record of excellence in teaching and research. Candidates must be committed to undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts setting. Candidates must also have a Ph.D. or be near completion by the beginning of the appointment. 

To apply, visit A complete application will include 1) a cover letter discussing the applicant’s research interests and teaching experience; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of teaching philosophy, including methods for incorporating issues related to diversity, inclusion, and equity in the classroom; and 4) a writing sample.  Three letters of recommendation must be submitted directly by references or placement office to  Review of applications will begin on January 5th and continue until the position is filled.  Applications received by January 5th are guaranteed full consideration. Initial interviews will be conducted remotely. 

Kenyon Colleges offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package that includes provisions for a spouse or domestic partner and for dependents.  An Equal Opportunity Employer, Kenyon welcomes applicants from diverse identities and backgrounds and encourages the applications of women, BIPOC, and members of other historically underrepresented groups.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and are commensurate with experience. There are a number of faculty development opportunities (e.g. travel, research funds, etc.) for which appointees are eligible.

In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Faculty Handbook.

Kenyon is a great place to live and work. To discover why it should be your next home, click here.

Kenyon College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion.  Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.

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