Location: Hickory, North Carolina
The Lenoir-Rhyne University College of Humanities and Social Sciences seeks applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty appointment in political science with a specialization in American politics at the rank of Assistant Professor. Appointment begins August 2023.
Responsibilities and Qualifications
This position involves a nine-month teaching contract involving coursework for undergraduate students in the fall and spring semesters with the potential for summer teaching assignments. This position also requires participation in activities that enhance the college and university's dedication to students and the community as well as providing academic advising and success coaching to promote student success and engagement. Area of interest within American politics is open – seeking candidates with a desire to teach a wide variety of courses in areas such as constitutional law, parties and elections, public opinion, congress, the presidency, etc. along with Introduction to American politics and open to opportunities to teach innovative topical and/or interdisciplinary core courses.
Candidates must be able to conduct their assigned courses of instruction in the best manner possible to achieve student learning which include the presentation of ideas in ways which are appropriate to a variety of learning styles and that show sensitivity to a diverse student population. Successful candidates will display a commitment and capacity for teaching excellence, student mentorship, collaborative work, scholarly and professional engagement, and a dedication to strong institution-wide citizenship.
To be considered for this position, candidates must possess a doctoral degree in political science. ABD candidates will be considered only if the doctoral degree is anticipated to be completed prior to appointment. Submission deadline is November 11, 2022.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Diversity and inclusiveness are integral to the college’s commitment to excellence in research, engagement and education. We are particularly interested in candidates who have demonstrated experience engaging with diversity through activities such as fostering an inclusive environment, working with students from diverse backgrounds and/or incorporating diverse perspectives in research and teaching.
While completing the application, candidates will be prompted to submit a:
- Letter of Application specifically discussing how one’s professional experiences and perspectives relate to the needs of the position
- Curriculum Vitae including the names and addresses of three references
- Statement of Teaching Philosophy which also includes a discussion of how collegiality is essential to the mission of teaching, scholarship, and service to the college and university
- Statement of diversity, equity and inclusion detailing how you have supported DEI in your academic work and/or how you plan to at Lenoir-Rhyne University
The university’s mission, vision and values statements may be reviewed under the About section of the Lenoir-Rhyne University website. To ensure full review, completed applications must be submitted by November 18, 2022 and the search will continue until the position is filled. Any questions regarding the position or the search process should be submitted electronically to the search committee chair and Dean of the College, Mindy Makant, Th.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is a community of teacher scholars who are committed to equipping students for meaningful lives of service in the world. The college offers 10 undergraduate degrees: Spanish, History, Political Science, Politics and Law, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Youth and Family Ministry, Psychology, Sociology and Criminal Justice. At the graduate level, the college offers an M.A. in Criminal Justice.
About Lenoir-Rhyne University
Lenoir-Rhyne University is a co-educational, private comprehensive liberal arts institution founded in 1891, with its traditional campus located in Hickory, North Carolina, a town of over 40,000, and additional campuses in Asheville and Columbia, SC. Situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lenoir-Rhyne is about an hour drive from Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and/or Asheville. By combining the liberal arts with professional studies, the University joins a rich foundation in the arts, humanities, social sciences, languages, religion and natural sciences with 55 undergraduate majors and more than 20 master’s degree programs. With record enrollments each of the last eight years, the institution now enrolls over 2500 students at its three locales, and it anticipates continued managed enrollment growth over the coming years as it expands upon its mission. In pursuit of the development of the whole person, Lenoir-Rhyne University seeks to liberate mind and spirit, clarify personal faith, foster physical wholeness, build a sense of community, and promote responsible leadership for service in the world. Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Lenoir-Rhyne promotes a diverse campus open to people from all religious backgrounds. It is an EOE/AA employer under all applicable civil rights laws. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.