Full-Time Lecturer AY Theory and Law - Political Science (24/25)

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Full-Time Lecturer AY Theory and Law - Political Science (24/25)

California Polytechnic State University 1 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407, USA

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Full-Time Lecturer AY Theory and Law - Political Science (24/25)


POLITICAL SCIENCE - The Political Science Department in the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is seeking a full-time lecturer position on Political Theory and Law to begin September 16, 2024, for Fall Quarter, 2024. The current appointment is for three quarters (Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters) with the possibility of an extension to a second year. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Duties and responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses on political theory and law on both introductory and advanced levels. Theory courses include, but are not limited to, Basics of Political Thought, Modern and Contemporary Political Thought, Modern and Contemporary U.S. Political Thought. The law courses may include, but are not limited to, Jurisprudence, Judicial Politics, U.S. Constitutional Law, Civil Liberty and Civil Rights, Constitutional Theory. The teaching load is 45 units in total for the academic year, which translates to a 4-4-3 teaching load across three quarters. University-level teaching experience is required. ABD or PhD in Political Science or related field and demonstrated evidence of potential for excellence in teaching at the university level is preferred.

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) sees diversity as central to its mission and is committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive environment within the college and university. We value our diversity of complex and intersecting identities, while striving to maintain an environment that is socially just, equitable, respectful, and inclusive. The successful applicant should be able to clearly demonstrate how they have infused these values and student learning objectives into their work. They should be prepared to present clear examples for how they would infuse these areas into their work as a faculty member.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds and experiences fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry and reflection on impacts of cultural context, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly's commitment to DEI informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an equal opportunity employer.

Due to CSU policies, the person hired must reside in the state of California at the time of hire and for the entirety of the appointment.




The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU related work outside of California.


The Cal Poly Political Science Department prides itself on its collegiality and commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship. The department serves approximately 400 majors, 130 minors, and 25 graduate students. At the undergraduate level, the department offers concentrations in American Politics, Global Politics, Pre-Law and Individualized Courses of Study, as well as minors in Law & Society, Political Science, and Global Politics. It also administers a Master of Public Policy Program.


Interested candidates must attach the following required materials:

1) Cover Letter

2) Curriculum Vitae

3) Statement of Diversity and Inclusion describing past experience and contributions to diversity and inclusion efforts

4) statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness

5) a copy of unofficial transcripts of highest degree earned (sealed official transcripts will be required prior to an appointment).

Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application. Cal Poly will directly solicit letters from the people listed by applicants. For full consideration, all applicant materials, except final transcripts, must be received by the Review Begin Date.

REVIEW BEGIN DATE: June 13, 2024

For questions, please contact the Political Science Department by phone at (805) 756-2985 or the department chair, Professor Helene Shanruo Ning Zhang, by email at nizhang@calpoly.edu

Advertised: May 13 2024 Pacific Daylight Time
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