Instructor/Assistant/Associate Professor of Political Science

School/Department: School of Arts and Social Sciences/

 Criminal Justice Administration and Social Sciences Department

Term of Employment: This is a full-time, academic year position beginning August 1, 2024. Candidates with terminal degrees may be eligible for a tenure track appointment.

Salary:  Commensurate with experience and credentials

Position Description and Responsibilities:

Qualifications: Ph. D. required/ Closely related field

Principal duties and responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities listed below are representative of the nature and levels of work assigned to this position, but they are not necessarily all-inclusive. Tasks that are specific to duties and responsibilities related to this position are as follows:

  • Teach undergraduate courses i.e. American Government, International Relations, Politics, Public Administration, Public Policy, and related political science required and elective courses.
  • Participate in the ongoing development and assessment of the Political Science program.
  • Conduct research in specialty areas of Political Science, specifically Black Politics and public policy issues and publish in professional journals, books, and/or electronic media that are consistent with the direction of the academic program.
  • Keep abreast of discipline-related trends in instruction by reading current literature, collaborating with colleagues, participating in professional conferences, and designing online materials to enhance academic performance.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding and enhance the program’s research infrastructure to promote institutional grant competitiveness.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom student-centered instructions and discussions.
  • Maintain currency in the use of software and technology in the classroom.
  • Evaluate and grade students’ class work, assignments, and papers using rubrics and other student-centered approaches.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate students on topics of assigned academic course.
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Advise and mentor students on academic and career issues.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Participate in campus and community events.
  • Identify and collaborate with community partners.
  • Participate in programs, department, college, and university service activities.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with instructional technology in the teaching-learning process, and the role of faculty in student success, recruitment, retention, internship, and career pathway.

Minimum Job Requirements

The Political Science program seeks a faculty member with academic qualifications, supervisory leadership, and teaching experience in the core areas of American Government, International Relations, and Public Administration/Public Policy. Applicants should have demonstrated skills in classroom and technological-based teaching tools. They are also expected to demonstrate research competency through scholarly publications and conference presentations.

Required Qualifications

  1. Demonstrated knowledge and skills in classroom and technological based teaching tools.
  2. Ph.D. in Political Science from an American Political Science Association recognized program with specialization in areas of American Government, African American Studies/Politics, Public Policy and/or Public Administration. Applicants with degree in African American Studies will be considered depending on related discipline expertise. Demonstrated evidence of teaching core foundation and advance courses in specialized areas.
  3.  A minimum of four (4) years of teaching Political Science at the college/university level is preferred.
  4.  Evidence of scholarly publications and presentations at discipline-related conferences and meetings.
  5.  Demonstrated evidence of the ability to work collaboratively on research projects as well as serving on program, department, and University- wide committees.

Qualified applicants should submit:

  • a completed Benedict College application
  • three reference letters (current)
  • official college transcript(s)
  • a current background check
  • a cover letter addressing how you meet the qualifications of the position, including teaching experience
  • a curriculum vitae,

Benedict College
Office of Human Resources
ATTENTION: Academic Affairs
Dr. Janeen P. Witty
1600 Harden Street
Columbia, SC 29204

For further information, contact:
Lisa Taylor

Interim Department Chair

Criminal Justice Administration and Social Sciences Department

1600 Harden Street, Columbia, SC 29204

Office: (803) 705-4713

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