Visiting Assistant Professor - Political Science/Political Theory

  • SUNY Oneonta
  • Oneonta, NY
  • Jun 01, 2021
Full time Political Science & International Relations

Job Description

The Department of Political Science at the State University of New York College at Oneonta invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science with a focus on Political Theory for the 2021 - 2022 academic year. We seek a scholar with primary specialization in justice, democracy, and citizenship. This position is part of a multi-year cohort of new faculty in the School of Liberal Arts whose expertise includes one or more aspects of the African diaspora, the Spanish speaking world, and other underserved perspectives. Expectations include teaching, which may also provide an opportunity to participate in cross-disciplinary teaching initiatives.

SUNY Oneonta is a public college in Central New York, enrolling about 6,500 students in bachelor's, master's and graduate certificate programs. Most of SUNY Oneonta's main campus lies within the City of Oneonta, which is located in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, about a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston and Philadelphia. With a population just shy of 14,000, the City of Oneonta is the largest municipality in a rural region dominated by agriculture and tourism.

Known as an exemplary residential campus that values inclusion, service and sustainability, SUNY Oneonta is a nurturing community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially and live purposefully. Employees give SUNY Oneonta high marks for work/life balance and culture. The College's and ratings are 4.5 and 4.1, respectively.

Beyond campus, many residents enjoy the natural beauty of the Catskills. Outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and running are among the most popular. Several ski areas nearby typically operate for seasons lasting over 100 days beginning in late November or early December. During the summer, boating, swimming and other water sports are popular on lakes throughout the region.

The Political Science Department has seven full-time professors, one of whom shares a joint appointment with the Department of Africana and Latinx Studies, offering courses in political theory, American politics, comparative politics, and international relations. The Department houses vibrant programs in Political Science and International Studies; the latter offers tracks in international development and cultural and society. Combined, the department has about 120 majors. To learn more about the College or the Department, please visit or

Duties include but not limited to: teaching courses in political theory, including a required introductory theory course with other specific courses to be determined by the candidate's expertise and teaching courses in a second subfield to meet department needs.

Required qualifications: PhD or ABD in political science or closely related field with primary specialization in political theory. 

Preferred: broad training theories of justice, democracy, and citizenship or expertise in additional areas such as critical race or feminist, intersectional, critical, postcolonial, or nonwestern political thought; ability to expand the department's course offerings on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, poverty, and justice; experience working with diverse populations and/or teaching pedagogies and/or multicultural teaching experience.

To apply online go to: Please upload a letter of interest; curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy that includes experience working with diverse populations, experience with multicultural teaching pedagogies, or multicultural teaching experience; and copies of graduate transcripts (official required at time of appointment). The committee also welcomes up to two supplemental documents, such as syllabi or scholarly articles. Contact information for three professional references is required.

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