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Lecturer/Assistant Teaching Professor – American Politics

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a non-tenure-track position as Lecturer/Assistant Teaching Professor in Political Science to start Fall 2023. This is a limited-term appointment for one year from date of hire (standard academic calendar) with an excellent possibility for renewal. We seek scholars of American politics who can offer in-residence and online introductory and advanced undergraduate courses on American legislative and executive branch politics and/or state and local politics and policy making.

Candidates who can offer upper-level courses that fuse substantive material and data analysis and/or a course on policy making and evaluation, as well as those who can mentor or oversee student internships would be particularly welcome.

The position requires teaching six courses a year. Ph.D. in hand at time of appointment is preferred, although qualified applicants at the ABD level will also be considered. Rank will be determined based on education and experience.

Lecturers/Assistant Teaching Professors participate extensively in the intellectual life of the department, including opportunities to attend seminars and workshops, and present research. Salary is competitive and additional money is available for travel and research.

Additional Information: Applications must be submitted at Penn State’s Job Posting Board and include a cover letter explaining research and teaching experience; a current CV; syllabi from previously taught courses; samples of scholarly writing; and teaching evaluations (with a key).

System limitations allow for a total of 5 documents (5mb per document) as part of your application. Please combine materials to meet the 5-document limit.

Candidates should also request three confidential letters of reference to be sent directly to the search committee at: Reference letters should come from individuals who can address candidates’ teaching ability and commitment to enhancing diversity.

In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity.

Candidates invited for campus visits will be expected to give a teaching demonstration. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information on the Department of Political Science, see

Penn State and the Department of Political Science are committed to the values of equity, diversity and inclusion in all of its forms (see and and we seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to these goals. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

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