Lecturer in Political Science

University of California, San Diego

Position description

The Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego, is generating an applicant pool of Lecturer Academic Year (Unit 18-Non-Senate Faculty) instructors to teach courses on a temporary basis should an opening arise. Applicants will be selected from this pool for teaching throughout the 2023-2024 academic year. The number of positions varies by academic term, depending on the needs of the Department. Candidates must identify the specific course or courses they are applying to teach and quarters they are available in the cover letter. (Please visit our department website for a complete listing of the courses we offer.: https://polisci.ucsd.edu/undergrad/political-science-courses.)

Positions typically start at the beginning of an academic quarter, and appointments may be renewable based on need, funding, performance, and the Department’s mandate to maintain intellectual diversity.

In addition to the core responsibility of teaching, general duties include (but are not limited to) holding office hours, assigning grades, advising students, preparing course materials (e.g., syllabus), and maintaining a course website. Those teaching large courses are expected to manage and mentor graduate student Teaching Assistants.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Qualified candidates must hold a PhD in Political Science or closely related field or a related professional degree (including, but not limited to, JD, MPA, MBA).

Preferred qualifications 

Candidates with prior research or practical experience relevant to the course(s) to which they are applying to teach and/or prior college level teaching experience are preferred, experience can be as a teaching assistant.

Application Requirements 

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume

  • Cover Letter

  • Teaching Evaluations (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity – Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

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