Visiting Assistant Professor in Government - Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs New York

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Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, New York

United States


Detailed Job Description

Skidmore College is a highly regarded, selective, independent, coeducational, residential, liberal arts College. Located in beautiful Saratoga Springs, New York, Skidmore sits on a pristine campus of over 750 acres near the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. Saratoga Springs is a not-so-well-guarded secret of rich tradition accented with an abounding youthful feeling. The college's unique location makes it the perfect place for those who desire the peace of country-like living as well as the excitement and activity accessible in nearby larger cities. Skidmore College offers its employees opportunities for professional and personal growth, a very competitive benefits package, and the ability to positively impact the community.

The Skidmore College community awaits your arrival, so if you welcome challenges and are interested in making a difference, come join us!

Job Summary

The Government Department at Skidmore College invites applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in American Government with a specialization in public law. The appointment will begin in fall 2016. We encourage applications from historically under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse student populations. The College is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their teaching, research, and/or service.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in public law and American politics that will include Introduction to American Government, Constitutional Law, and Civil Liberties. The successful candidate will also have the option to teach special topics courses that coincide with his or her particular teaching or research interests. The normal teaching load is three courses per semester. The Department is committed to limiting as much as possible the course preparations of new faculty. The successful candidate may hence choose to teach two sections of the Introduction to American Government course in either the fall or the spring semester to reduce his or her course preparations from six to five per year.

The application deadline is March 21, 2016. Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample syllabi, evaluations of undergraduate teaching or other evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the email address for three references.

Skidmore is a liberal arts institution with 248 full-time faculty (including 11 faculty in the Government Department) and approximately 2,400 students, 21% of whom are of color. Enthusiasm for teaching a diverse population of students is essential.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have either a Ph.D. in political science or be ABD in a political science doctoral program.  

Required Applicant Documents

Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae
Teaching Philosophy
Sample Syllabi
Teaching Evaluations

Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, military or marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics or prior arrest or conviction record or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.


Keyword Phrases

  • Government
  • Visiting Assistant Professor in Government
  • Creative Thought Matters
  • Fostering a Diverse & Inclusive Community
  • Country-style living; big city access
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration & Policy
  • American Studies
  • Law Studies
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Assistant Professor
Lecturer / Instructor / Adjunct
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: See Job Description