The Department of Political Sceince in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota occasionally needs Senior Lecturers to teach courses that cannot be staffed by regular faculty or graduate student instructors. These positions are temporary and part-time. This search will establish a "pool" of potential instructors for academic year 2016/17. Applicants will be selected from this pool on an as-needed basis throughout the academic year.
Essential Duties / Responsibilities:
Conduct assigned courses (primarily undergraduate courses; graduate seminars as needed, and conditional upon qualifications)
Prepare course materials and exams
Hold office hours
Coordinate and mentor Teaching Assistants (TAs), when applicable to assigned course(s)
Respond to student and departmental inquiries
Submit grades and grade books
Submit student evaluations of teaching
Engage in curricular innovation (such as redesign of significant aspects of curriculum, introduction of new course sequences, or implementation of / refinement in use of new instructional technologies)
Engage in professional development activities
Engage in outreach activities and liaison work beyond the department (such as community outreach, conference organization, or on-site reviews of study abroad programs)
Non-Essential Duties / Responsibilities:
Provide administrative support relating to teaching duties and course responsibilities as appropriate and requested
Serve as a member of departmental committees as appropriate and requested, and accept appointments to ad hoc committees and/or extra-departmental committees
Serve as course / program coordinator, or fulfill a similar function within the department, when included as part of the appointment
Participate in program development and governance as appropriate and requested
Seek and obtain appropriate funding from internal and external sources for the development of materials for the program as appropriate
The Department of Political Science reserves the right to change and/or assign other duties to this position(s).
Ph.D. in Political Science, or closely related field
Five years or more of teaching experience in a college or university
At least two years of administrative experience, when required as part of the appointment
Must have sucessfully completed the Department of Political Science / College of Liberal Arts promotion process to Senior Lecturer
Broad expertise in Political Science sub-fields
Commitment to deliver high-quality instruction to a diverse student body
Extensive experience working with undergraduate students
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Preference will be given to applicants with knowledge of and/or experience in the University of Minnesota teaching methodology.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.