Visiting Lecturer – Political Science

California Lutheran University


Position description

The mission of California Lutheran University is to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice. Founded in 1959 in beautiful Ventura County, the university has an enrollment of about 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students who come from across the nation and around the world from a diversity of backgrounds, cultures and faiths. As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, Cal Lutheran is looking for candidates with a dedication to and success in working in diverse communities. The university is committed to an inclusive learning and work environment that values individual differences and respects each persons dignity.

Basic Function:
California Lutheran University invites applicants for a Visiting Lecturer in Political Science. Cal Lutheran has recently become a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and McNair Institution, and we are looking for candidates with a demonstrated commitment to and success working in diverse, multi- cultural and multi-racial communities, particularly in mentoring African American, Latino/a, and Native American students. Cal Lutheran encourages applicants from all faiths, and advocates for justice and fairness for all people. Cal Lutheran is an accredited, private, comprehensive university that engages students in critical inquiry and is dedicated to educating leaders for a global society. The campus is located midway between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, and is home to more than 2,800 undergraduate and 1,250 graduate students who come from 35 countries and represent a variety of faiths. 45.2% of Cal Lutheran students are from underrepresented groups, and 34% of freshmen are first generation students. The Department of Political Science at California Lutheran University is committed to a strong liberal arts tradition that links scholarship, teaching, and applied knowledge to the academic study of political science. The mission of the Department of Political Science at California Lutheran University is to provide a personalized education of distinction that fosters students’ intellectual and critical powers, and develop their capacities to understand various aspects of political life. Students are required to produce original, high quality senior capstone projects and engage in experiential learning, which may include internships, study abroad, travel courses, and other activities. The courses in Political Science challenge students to examine U.S. political institutions, public policy, global politics, and political theory/law. Embedded within many of the courses are the themes of diversity, identity, and global and civic engagement. The goal is to prepare Political Science graduates to be civically engaged members of global society, and to enter a number of educational and career tracks such as public service, law, public policy, research, diplomacy, non-profits, and teaching. The Department seeks faculty who are committed to teaching, research, and service at a Hispanic Serving and McNair institution. The position is for a two-year visiting faculty with expertise in US institutions or public law. 1. For the institutions position, the candidate must demonstrate teaching expertise (or potential) and research interest in U.S. political institutions and/or public law, and an ability to teach methods courses that incorporate both quantitative and qualitative approaches to the study of political science. The courses may include public policy, Congress, Judiciary, Presidency, law-related courses, and research methods. The candidate must also possess an ability to teach methods courses that incorporate both quantitative and qualitative approaches to the study of political science. This is a two-year visiting position. 

Special consideration will be given to candidates who can incorporate identity/intersectional politics and/or theoretical approaches into their teaching. Also, particular attention will be given to someone who can help develop and coordinate the pre-law program and/or experiential learning opportunities in the Department, such as internships and off-campus studies locally, in Washington, D.C., and abroad. A full-teaching load is usually 3 courses per academic semester and 6 per academic year. There may also be an opportunity to develop new courses based on the successful candidate’s expertise/interest. It is essential that interested candidates possess the ability or potential to teach, advise, and mentor undergraduate students, particularly those from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. Applicants with research interests utilizing diverse methodological approaches and interdisciplinary content are strongly encouraged to apply 

Representative Duties:
Provide academic instruction to students through lecture courses. Create assignments and activities in one-on-one, classroom, and distance mediated instructional settings for development of cognitive abilities, communication skills, and higher order thinking skills among students. E 
Observe and evaluate student performance in meeting course objectives and student learning outcomes through assignments, projects, discussions, and examinations; provide feedback in a timely manner to student inquiries in class, online, or during established consultation office hours. E 
Maintain current, accurate records of course enrollment, attendance, student academic progress, course curriculum; prepare and submit grades, data, and reports related to course and student progress in a timely manner. E 
Provide a course syllabus to students in each class within the first week of the class, as outlined in the faculty handbook. E 
Adhere to the responsibilities related to teaching, advising, service, and scholarly, professional and creative activities, as outlined in the faculty handbook. E 
Attend and participate on committees and in department, division, campus, and University meetings. E 
Performs related duties as assigned. 

E=Essential Duties

Knowledge Of:
Current theory and practice within the subject discipline 
Principles and best practices of effective teaching 
Student learning outcomes and methods of assessment 
University curricula 
Community and campus resources, services, programs, and professionals available to students 
Methods of gathering, analyzing, and preparing data 
Modern computing technology 
Record keeping techniques with regard to student enrollment, attendance, and progress

Ability To:
Demonstrate a thorough and accurate knowledge in the subject field or discipline 
Deliver course curricula in various learning styles 
Exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, social, economic, cultural, and ethnic background of University students 
Exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the needs of students with disabilities. 
Integrate current and emerging instructional delivery technologies into the learning process to enhance teaching and the educational experience 
Maintain professional standards that protect student confidentiality 
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing using tact, patience, and courtesy 
Establish and maintain effective working relationships 
Analyze situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action 
Demonstrate commitment to professional excellence and continuous growth within subject field or discipline

Minimum Qualifications:
Eligible applicants must be a doctoral candidate (ABD) or have the PhD in political science, JD, or a related field officially conferred by an accredited degree-granting university. 

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