Social/Behavioral Sciences (18.17)

San Francisco, California, United States

Job description

San Francisco State University, Department of Political Science invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in American Politics beginning August 2018. The department seeks individuals with a background in U.S. institutions and quantitative methods.

Focus should be on the federal institutions of government, especially the Legislative and Executive branches. Preference will be given to candidates whose work includes the political processes between those institutions. In addition the candidate will be expected to teach an upper-division undergraduate course in research design and data analysis.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Political Science, or expect to complete that degree before August of 2018. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to teach courses in the areas of American politics, especially the Congress and the Presidency, and to teach research design and basic quantitative methods. They should be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching through experience or evidence of strong potential for effective teaching. Experience teaching and/or mentoring minorities or underrepresented groups will be considered a plus.

Candidates must have an active record of scholarship related to their specialty area. Candidates must be able to demonstrate how they will incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in their courses and scholarship.

Responsibilities: The position requires undergraduate and graduate teaching in the topics listed above. Responsibilities also include mentoring and advising undergraduate and graduate students, developing an active ongoing scholarship program in one’s area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments.

Rank and salary: Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

San Francisco State University is a member of the CSU system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. San Francisco State University faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work. Our goal is to attract a world-class and diverse faculty committed to build a multicultural educational environment.

How to apply

Submit (1) a letter of application, (2) CV, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, (4) three letters of recommendation, (5) a writing sample, (6) academic transcripts, and (7) your course syllabi and teaching evaluations, if available. If files are submitted separately, then please clearly label each.

Submit materials as email attachments to by October 1st. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be sent to Francis Neely, Co-Chair, at

San Francisco State University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other legally protected category. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any employment with the CSU.

San Francisco State University, located in one of the world's most vibrant and beautiful cities, is a recognized leader in addressing issues both global and close to home. In the global arena, typically SF State enrolls the largest number of international students at any comprehensive university in the U.S., and ranks second among U.S. universities for the number of students who study abroad for an academic year. With a diverse range of students from almost every state and nearly 100 countries, the University community is a perfect setting for learning to succeed in a pluralistic society and global economy. Our highly diverse campus consistently ranks in the top 20 nationwide in awarding undergraduate degrees to minorities.