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Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

The Political Science Department at Simpson College invites applications for a one-year position at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor to begin in August of 2019.

The candidate will teach a survey course in American politics and upper-level courses in political institutions (U.S. Congress, the presidency, and the courts) and his/her area of specialization. Ability to teach courses in Civil Liberties and the pre-law track is preferred. The teaching load is six courses per year, including an option to do travel or experiential courses in May Term. Iowa is the center of presidential politics every four years, and our faculty work closely with the Culver Public Policy Center and an award-winning debate team.

A record of teaching excellence and commitment to undergraduate mentoring and advising are essential. The candidate should have a PhD in hand by summer 2019.

Simpson College is a comprehensive liberal-arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The main campus is 12 miles south of Iowa’s capital city, Des Moines. The College and the department value innovative teaching and have a history of helping graduates develop critical thinking and a sense of civic responsibility.

Priority review of applications will begin January 7, 2018 and continue until this position is filled. Submit one document (PDF) with a cover letter, curriculum vita, graduate transcripts, and teaching evaluations (or evidence of teaching effectiveness). A cover letter should list contact information for three references and describe how your background, interests, and experiences make you a good fit for a liberal arts institution.

Please send all materials to employment@simpson.edu with the subject line: POLITICAL SCIENCE SEARCH.


Simpson College does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to help constitute a diverse community. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups. You will find the entire EOE statement at: http://simpson.edu/employment-opportunities/. Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Employment will require a criminal background check, which may include, but is not limited to- criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history.