QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Political Science by the time of appointment is required. Prior teaching experience is required. Candidates with expertise in International Relations, Comparative Politics, or both are encouraged to apply. All areas of research specialization are welcome, though we are especially interested in candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: comparative government, international political economy, economic and social development, health, human rights, gender, migration, and security. We seek teacher-scholars with strong commitments to undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts context, effective teaching from an interdisciplinary and multi-cultural perspective, the fostering of undergraduate inquiry and research, and service to the department and University.
WHEN: August 2019.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will teach courses in International Relations, Comparative Politics, Global and Regional Politics, Terrorism and Genocide, American Foreign Policy, International Law and Research Methods. In addition, the candidate will teach in one or more of Otterbein’s general education programs: Integrative Studies, First Year Experience, and Senior Year Experience. Additional teaching responsibilities may include introductory and capstone courses in the Global Studies major. The teaching load is seven courses per year.
DEPARTMENT: The Department of History and Political Science is composed of five full-time historians and two full-time political scientists. The Department of History and Political Science offers majors in History, Political Science, Global Studies and a minor in Legal Studies/Pre-Law. The Department gives students a solid grounding in the academic study of history, politics, government, law, public administration and global relations and is committed to promoting students’ understanding of the richness and diversity of human experience in its historical and global contexts. By equipping students with critical thinking, writing, and communication skills, all fields of study prepare students for graduate training, careers and lifelong learning in our diverse world.
OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY: Otterbein University is a small private university nationally-recognized for its intentional blending of liberal arts and professional studies through its renowned Integrative Studies curriculum and its commitments to experiential learning and community engagement. Otterbein’s commitment to opportunity started with its founding in 1847 as one of the nation’s first universities to welcome women and persons of color to its community of teachers and learners. Otterbein remains committed to its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its spirit of inclusion, and to extending its legacy of recruiting a heterogeneous faculty, student body, and staff; to fostering a climate that doesn’t just accommodate differences, but engages with them; and to providing rich opportunities for learning from those differences. Otterbein is a recipient of the 2015 Carnegie Community Service Classification; a finalist for the 2014 President’s Award for Economic Opportunity Community Service; and has been honored With Distinction by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since the list’s inception in 2006. It stands in its category’s top 10 percent in U.S. News & World Report’s guide to “America’s Best Colleges.” Otterbein’s student population includes 2,400 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. The University offers more than 70 undergraduate majors; seven master’s programs; and a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). In addition, Otterbein is home to The Point — a science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) innovation center — which is a one-of-a-kind resource that combines academics with the business and manufacturing needs of our community.
WHERE: Otterbein University is located in Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus that has been ranked the fifth friendliest town in America by Forbes and Nextdoor.com in 2012 and 15th on Money Magazine’s 2009 list of Best Places to Live. Westerville has a population of approximately 36,000 people and combines the beauty and convenience of a medium-sized community with the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of Columbus, the state capital; a thriving and diverse metropolitan area of 1.4 million people. Central Ohio is the fastest growing area in the state with stability provided by a diversified economy. To learn more about Otterbein, visit www.otterbein.edu.
APPLICATION: Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, a list of courses taught, 2 sample syllabi, copies of most recent student evaluations for up to three classes, a writing sample (an article or central chapter of the dissertation), three letters of recommendation and a diversity statement which, in no more than one single-spaced page, addresses the following two questions: How do you incorporate diversity into your classrooms? How do notions or values of diversity, equity and inclusion influence you as a teacher or scholar? Send application materials to: to: Dr. Paul Eisenstein, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, Otterbein University, 1 South Grove Street, Westerville, OH USA 43081. Email submissions (preferred): email@example.com. Applications should be received by December 10, 2019. Visit us at www.otterbein.edu/artsandsciences to learn more about the School of Arts and Sciences. Semi-finalists for the position will be asked to submit an official transcript for their highest degree earned. Otterbein University is an EEO Employer.
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About Otterbein University
Historically progressive. That is the hallmark of Otterbein University and those connected to this private university nestled in the picturesque, historic Uptown Westerville district in central Ohio. Otterbein University was established in 1847 and named for Philip William Otterbein, a founder of the United Brethren Church. Shaped by its historic relationship with the Church, a set of deeply rooted values still guide this model community of leaders and learners. Otterbein has set the pace by providing an educational experience that is progressive, innovative and inclusive. Today Otterbein University enrolls 2,480 undergraduate students in more than 70 majors and 456 graduate students working toward one of six master’s degrees or a doctor of nursing practice degree. Students come from towns throughout Ohio and represent 42 states and 11 countries, enriching the campus through their individual and collective diversity. Integrity, humane values and an inherently just, moral compass have guided Otterbein’s forward-thinking vision and actions—from its curriculum to its responsibilities as a member of academic, regional and global communities.