Lecturer in Political Science

Washburn University’s Political Science Department invites applications for the position of Lecturer in Political Science with a specialization in American politics and American state and local politics. This position is a full-time, 9-month, non-tenure track appointment to begin August 2020 with the potential for a renewable contract. The Political Science department is committed to helping and supporting students in their academic development and utilizing various instructional methodologies and modalities to meet student needs. The selected candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to students from diverse backgrounds and a dedication to the development of inclusive pedagogies that support equity and student success. 

Required Qualifications: 

  • Master's degree in Political Science.
  • Evidence of teaching experience at the university or college level in American politics.
  • Experience advising and mentoring undergraduate students. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience as instructor of record for courses in American politics at the university or college level.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Kansas state and local government and/or politics.
  • Experience performing departmental and/or university service work.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of instructional technology. 


  • Teach 12 credit hours per semester, or a full workload as defined by the faculty handbook. 
  • Teach undergraduate courses, which may include courses such as Introduction to American Government, Introduction to Kansas State and Local Government, Introduction to Public Administration and other courses in American politics, state and local politics according to the department’s needs as assigned by departmental or College leadership. 
  • Advise and mentor political science undergraduate students. 
  • Engage in teaching-related service activities in the department and in the university, profession, and/or community. 
  • Develop and maintain assessment for the Public Administration program. 
  • Maintain an average of 10 office hours per week. 
  • Work effectively and professionally with colleagues. 

Application Procedures:

  • Application review will begin January 31, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Send a cover letter, vita, evidence of teaching experience, a teaching philosophy statement, evidence of advising/mentoring excellence, copies of transcripts, and the names, email addresses and phone numbers of three professional references to Mrs. Cathy Tunnell at cathy.tunnell@washburn.edu (use Political Science position in the subject line).  Only electronic application materials will be accepted.  Send questions to Dr. Amber Dickinson, Chair of the screening committee at amber.dickinson@washburn.edu. The successful candidate will be required to submit to a background check prior to hire and to submit official transcripts. Salary is low to mid $40,000’s depending on background and experience. 

Washburn University is an open-admission university in a metropolitan setting. Our students represent diversity in terms of sex, gender identity, age, race and ethnicity, socio-economic status, and national identity. We offer a flexible program of study that features a wide array of courses that students find useful in their chosen careers and personally enriching. Successful applicants will use inclusive pedagogy designed to reach a variety of audiences and learning styles, in particular historically and contemporary under-represented populations in higher ed. Successful candidates for this position will also enjoy working in a department that values diverse research and teaching interests.

Washburn is dedicated to providing a student-centered and teaching focused academic environment and a curriculum that engages the diversity of human experience across the globe. We seek candidates who are committed to Washburn’s efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Application materials should clearly articulate how the candidate will contribute to the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through their teaching, research, and/or service.

Washburn University is an EOE.  Washburn University provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status.


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