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Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Political Science

Bucknell University’s Department of Political Science invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in Political Theory beginning in the fall semester of 2018. The teaching load is three courses per semester, and the successful candidate will be prepared to teach multiple sections of a core course in political theory as well as electives in the candidate’s area of specialization.

The Department of Political Science has a strong record of hiring diverse faculty whose courses expose students to a variety of racial, ethnic, and cultural perspectives, and we are especially interested in candidates whose teaching and research will contribute to the department’s commitment to diversity and academic excellence. Evidence of teaching experience, potential teaching excellence, and the promise of being a productive scholar are critically important. By the start date of the position, candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. or be ABD in political science with a sub-field specialization in political theory.

The application should include a cover letter, C.V., statement of teaching philosophy, statement of commitment to diversity, three letters of recommendation, graduate transcripts, sample publications or papers, syllabi, and teaching evaluations, along with any other relevant materials. Questions about the position should be addressed by email to Professor Scott Meinke at smeinke@bucknell.edu. The review of applications will begin on May 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

About Bucknell University
Bucknell University is a highly selective, predominately undergraduate, private university with approximately 3600 students. Apart from its excellent academic departments and programs, it boasts the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender, which supports faculty teaching and scholarship in these areas; the Griot Institute for Africana Studies, which provides faculty and student intellectual and creative engagement with the cultures, histories, narratives, peoples, geographies, and arts of Africa and the African diaspora; and the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy, which supports faculty research and teaching on issues of domestic, international, and comparative public policy. Bucknell also has a small but growing community of Asia scholars. In the spring of 2014, Bucknell introduced a 5-Year Diversity Plan aimed at enhancing the diversity of the faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum of the university.

Located in Central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River, Bucknell is nestled in the Borough of Lewisburg, an architectural gem that has been ranked as one of America's best small towns. The Lewisburg area offers a unique combination of outdoor recreation opportunities, and appealing amenities such as art galleries, an art deco theater, historic museums, and charming independent boutiques and restaurants. In addition, the surrounding region offers outstanding schools, medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living. For those who crave the city, Bucknell is within an easy three-hour drive to Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

EEO
Bucknell University, an Equal Opportunity Employer, believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who are committed to Bucknell's efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we welcome applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.

Bucknell University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities.

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is a undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of students. Student life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

The Community

Lewisburg is located in central Pennsylvania, and features restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District (LASD) receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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