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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: October 7, 2019
The Travers Department of Political Science has long been regarded as one of the finest places to study politics and government. From the telling insights of bargaining models in international conflicts to the pivotal role of critical junctures and path dependence in political change to fresh readings of Thomas Hobbes and the concept of tolerance, many of the most influential developments in the discipline are associated with UC Berkeley Political Science. The Department has also educated generations of undergraduates and graduate students, many of whom are now eminent scholars, public servants, and community leaders.
There are approximately 45 faculty, 1,000 undergraduate students and 125 PhD students in the department. We offer an unusual combination of depth and breadth in the major subject areas of political science, covering not only the traditional sub-fields of American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory but supplementing those sub-fields with substantial strength in areas such as formal theory, methods, organizations and public policy, political behavior, and public law, as well as the politics of every major region across the globe.
Delivering excellent undergraduate courses is a point of pride for our professors. Our most recognized faculty take pride in teaching our undergraduates and believe that outstanding undergraduate education is central to our mission. In recent years, the department created a series of small, faculty-led seminars designed to develop research and writing skills among undergraduate political science majors in their junior year.
The Department has an outstanding Doctoral program, designed to prepare students for careers in university teaching and to conduct advanced research. Our graduate students take courses that offer state-of-the-art training in the conduct of research, combined with a very wide-ranging curriculum addressing fundamental issues in politics. We also seek to integrate them into an intellectual community that prizes scholarly development through the exchange of ideas and the sharing of work in progress. After completing their studies here, many will go on to take jobs at the country's leading colleges and universities.
Using judgment and discretion, independently obtain classrooms for courses taking into account the myriad needs, requirements and restrictions surrounding the process.
Consult with Campus Scheduling Office and instructors on issues regarding obtaining appropriate classrooms and advise faculty or senior level manager on options.
Work with other departments to set up cross-listed and room-shared courses.
Draft schedule of courses to be offered each term (including summer session) based upon faculty preference and availability, enrollment trends, and budget.
Maintain courses' section of department's website.
Advise department on complex curricular issues and problems, and recommend courses of action when new courses, programs are introduced.
Serve as a key member of the department's curriculum planning committee.
Utilizing knowledge of course content and scheduling, facilitate new course approval and curriculum revisions through interaction with the curriculum planning committee, Academic Senate, or similar organization.
Assist the Director of Administration in projecting future course planning based upon faculty availability, taking into account sabbaticals, fellowships and grants, internal and external administrative assignments, and courses taught in other departments and/or other universities.
Devise solutions to classroom space and scheduling problems, taking into account the curriculum needs of students, the needs of faculty, available options, and ensuring efficient use of classroom space and resources.
Set up enrollments and other course restrictions.
Assist faculty in establishing wait list priorities and administer accordingly.
Schedule departmentally restricted spaces.
Assist with assignment of teaching sections to graduate student instructors once they are hired.
Advise graduate students and instructors on teaching and scheduling policies and procedures.
Implement departmental teaching review practices for new instructors to the department, which may include review of syllabi before instruction, mid-term evaluations, and in-class observations.
Coordinate the department's online course evaluation process in conjunction with Educational Technology Services (ETS).
Manage the department's concurrent enrollment program, by monitoring student progress, registration, providing enrollment guidance and supervising the program coordinator.
Assist the Director of Administration as needed regarding course issues, and other appropriate needs that come up in the department.
Knowledge of or ability to learn common University-specific computer application programs, including the Tele-Bears enrollment system.
Thorough knowledge of department, campus, and University policies, procedures, and directives.
Through knowledge of department and school/college general and major course and degree requirements.
Advanced interpersonal skills to work with and gain trust from department senior management, faculty, and students.
Advanced ability in problem identification, reasoning, analysis to identify trends.
Advanced ability to find solutions to conflicting situations
Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $65,000.00 - $75,000.00.
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This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.
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