Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science and Public Administration
University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota

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Position Information: DescriptionThe Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Dakota invites applications for a nine-month appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor position, beginning August 16, 2021 for AY 2021-2022.  This appointment can be either based at the University of North Dakota campus in Grand Forks or can be completed remotely for one or both semesters.  The Department of Political Science and Public Administration (PSPA) offers undergraduate degrees in political science and in public affairs serving 120 majors.  UND’s Master of Public Administration serves 60 students and offers an online or on-campus path to completion.  PSPA was an early innovator in online graduate education.  The model of instruction developed in the early 1990s emphasizes collaboration between distance and on-campus students through synchronous online and on campus sections.   PSPA has a collegial departmental culture that values effective teaching and rigorous scholarship. UND was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report and is widely regarded as among the top universities in the American Northern Plains region.Duties & ResponsibilitiesThe position entails a 3/4 teaching assignment.  This will include two graduate courses (public policy and policy analysis), which will contribute to our NASPAA-accredited MPA program. MPA courses are taught in a traditional classroom setting while simultaneously to a cohort of students attending over Zoom.The successful candidate will also contribute courses to our undergraduate programming, which includes some combination of American Government, State and Local Politics, Introduction to Public Administration, Women and Politics, or other courses aligning with a candidate’s areas of scholarly expertise.The position includes a portion of time dedicated for research and will be able to draw on departmental research funds to support conference travel. A successful candidate will contribute through service activities to Department of Political Science and Public Administration, the Master of Public Administration program, and professional associations.Required Competencies

    Effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and students both in person and in online settings.Ability to work with and engage diverse students and colleagues.Ability to adapt to current methods of teaching, including online delivery.
Minimum Requirements
    Ph.D. (or ABD) in Political Science, Public Administration, or closely related field.  The ability to teach graduate level courses in public policy and policy analysis.Successful completion of criminal history records check.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identify and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Preferred Qualifications
    Teaching experience The ability to teach courses that contribute to the department’s diversity and inclusion mission.While this position can be fulfilled remotely, preference will be given to candidates who are able to teach courses at the University of North Dakota campus in Grand Forks, ND.
Minimum Hiring Salary$55,000, fully benefited Additionally, resources are available for moving costs and conference travel.Work Schedule/Start DateThis is a nine-month, full time appointment, starting August 16, 2021 and running through May 15, 2022.To Apply

For full consideration, applications must be received by July 15, 2021, and include the following materials:

  • Letter of interest
  • Vita
  • Evidence of teaching excellence
  • Contact information for three references

Position is open until filled.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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