Assistant Professor of Politics and Government



Job description

Title: Assistant Professor of Politics and Government

Division Name: Academic Affairs

College/Unit: College of Arts and Sciences

Department: Politics and Government

Campus Location: Normal, IL

General SummaryThe Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, seeks applicants for a nine-month, tenure-track position in Legal Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor to start on August 16, 2023.
Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate courses across the paralegal curriculum including but not limited to legal research & writing, introduction to law for paralegals, and litigation.
The teaching assignment for the position is anticipated to be four (4) courses per semester, with a one-course reduction in this assignment in one semester of the first year.
The candidate hired will be assigned to carry out some administrative responsibilities including but not limited to assisting the Director of Legal Studies in the preparation of ABA reports, advisement, and placement of Legal Studies students.
The selected candidate will be expected to publish scholarship in such outlets as law reviews, bar association journals, conference presentations, publications in nonpeer-reviewed outlets, or other research with demonstrable scholarly impact.

Illinois State University is committed to developing a diverse pool of applicants and recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff, and student body enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are especially welcome to apply.

Additional InformationIllinois State University: Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 21,000 students in the six colleges of Illinois State University. In our most recent strategic plan Educate ? Connect ? Elevate, we have committed our resources to realizing seven core values: Learning and Scholarship, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect, Collaboration, Individualized Attention, Civic Engagement, and Integrity. By acting on these values, we create a learning environment that results in our University being the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of a large university. Also visit the University’s metrics of excellence at (

Bloomington-Normal Community: Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a metro population of approximately 172,000. The community is also home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Heartland Community College, St. Joseph Medical Center, Carle BroMenn Medical Center, COUNTRY Financial, State Farm Insurance’s International Headquarters, Central Illinois Regional Airport, and electric truck manufacturer Rivian Motors. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and its citizens’ high level of educational attainment, as well as its parks and recreation, health care, vibrant fine arts scene, job growth, economic opportunity, historic sites, and low crime rates. SmartAsset ranked Bloomington IL, in the top 20 of the most livable cities in the U.S. (2022). Zippia named Bloomington, IL, as #1 on their “Happiest Cities” list (2020), and Best Choice Schools listed the area on its “30 Small College Towns with Great Quality of Life” (2020). Bloomington-Normal is conveniently located about three hours from Indianapolis, two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis, and an hour from Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, and Springfield; many of these locations are accessible from Bloomington-Normal via the Amtrak located 1 block from ISU’s campus. For more information on our community, please visit (

Required Qualifications(1) a conferred JD degree from an ABA-accredited school prior to appointment start date
(2) at least three years of experience practicing law in the United States; and
(3) either (a) at least one year of experience working with paralegals or (b) experience teaching at least one paralegal education course.
(4) state law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.

Work HoursVaries

Proposed Starting Date08/16/2023

Salary Rate / Pay RateCommensurate with experience and qualifications

How to apply

Apply online with
1. Cover letter (that includes teaching and research interests)
2. C.V.
3. Sample of written work

PLEASE NOTE:  These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on “Apply”

Special Instructions for ApplicantsInitial review of applications will begin on Friday, October 7, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. In addition, you must have three letters of reference. Your recommenders should submit their letters on your behalf electronically via [email protected], addressed to Thomas E. McClure, Acting Chair, Department of Politics and Government, Illinois State University, Campus Box 4600, Normal, IL 61790-4600.

Contact Information for ApplicantsHuman Resources
Lexi Marquez
[email protected]

Important Information for ApplicantsThis position is subject to a criminal background investigation based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

Illinois State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer encouraging applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, females, and veterans.

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