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Lecturer, Political Science

University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV
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Sep 23, 2022

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The Political Science Department at the University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for a three-year full-time Lecturer appointment (non tenure-eligible) in the area of political theory. We seek a candidate with broad competence in the history of political thought and contemporary political theory, with capacity and willingness to teach the department's introduction to American politics course as well. The position's start date is January 1, 2023.

The successful candidate will be expected to regularly teach the department's introductory-level courses in political theory and American politics, as well as upper-division courses in ancient and modern political theory. We also hope candidates will be interested in teaching other upper-division courses, whether as already listed in the university course catalog or as they connect to the candidate's field of expertise. Some overlap teaching with graduate students is possible. The position is open to candidates with a range of methodological approaches and substantive interests in the subfield of political theory.

The lecturer teaching load is four courses per semester, though course preps will be repeated. Teaching is expected to be in-person. A reduced teaching load could be negotiated if a candidate is interested in coordinating the department's internship program or in working as a faculty advisor to the department's undergraduate students.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Political Science, or closely related field, in hand by July 1, 2023.

Ability to teach a wide range of classes in the subfield of Political Theory, broadly defined.

A record of teaching excellence in Political Theory.

Ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students.

Ability to teach university level Introduction to American Politics.

Preferred Qualifications

Evidence of attention to diversity, equity and inclusion in past research, teaching, and service.

Experience and demonstrated excellence teaching Introduction to American Politics (or a similar course, whether as a teaching assistant or lead instructor).

Willingness to teach Identity Politics in the United States and Women and Politics (existing descriptions of these courses are available in the University course catalog).

Experience advising political science undergraduate students.

Lecturer Statement

The University of Nevada, Reno reserves the right to hire at any level of Lecturer (I-IV) or Teaching Assistant/Associate/Professor (terminal degree candidates) that is appropriate for the hire. If you have questions about title, please inquire during the interview process.

Compensation Grade

Lecturer I

Salary is based on related education and experience, internal equity, and budgets. To view salary schedules, please visit: Salary Schedules (Academic Faculty 9-month)

Remarkable Retirement

Our retirement plan is beyond compare. Your 15.50% contribution is generously matched by the University. With the faculty retirement plan, you are 100% vested your first day. Sit back and watch your retirement dollars grow! All permanent employees on an annual "A" or "B" contract who are employed at least 50% full-time are eligible to participate in the NSHE retirement program unless they are members of PERS of Nevada.

Perks of working at UNR
  • Health insurance options including dental and vision - Health Insurance
  • Generous annual and sick leave, life insurance, and long-term disability - Faculty Benefits
  • E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers an annual or semester membership and family membership options. E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center
  • Mountain EAP supports employees (and eligible dependents) through life's difficult moments. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and specializes in counseling and advising services for personal or interpersonal issues.
  • Several Diversity Committees and Affinity Groups focusing on campus-wide diversity initiatives to ensure we are working to create a diverse and welcoming campus climate. Diversity Groups
  • Faculty Senate is the principal representing body for faculty. Its membership includes representatives from each academic and administrative major unit of the University. Faculty Senate
  • No state income tax


The University is proud to provide a reduced-rate tuition benefit to faculty and qualified dependents. Faculty can take up to six credits per semester at a reduced rate. Dependents of faculty have unlimited credits, but in order to be eligible children must be unmarried and under the age of 24 and must receive at least 50% of their financial support from the employee and/or employee's spouse or domestic partner. Faculty Grant-in-Aid

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples' professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program

Department Information

The UNR Department of Political Science is an energetic, collegial and exciting community of political scientists and public policy and public administration scholars with a deep commitment to excellence in research and teaching as well as to leadership in the Department, the University, and the diverse northern Nevada community. The Department is home to three graduate programs that confer MA, MPA and PhD degrees. The PhD includes an emphasis in Public Policy. The Department offers a BA in Political Science and coordinates the International Affairs major and minors in Latin American Studies, Asian Studies and Renewable Energy. Faculty are linked with a variety of College and University-wide initiatives, such as the Cybersecurity Center and the Gender, Race and Identity Program. Additional information about the Department can be found at: .

College of Liberal Arts and University Information

The College emphasizes inquiry, discovery and openness to new ideas and perspectives and supports major scholarly research, teaching and creative activity in the humanities, social sciences and arts. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Along with the interdisciplinary Department of Gender, Race and Identity Studies, the College has a Latino Research Center and is actively addressing racism, bias and inequities; for examples, see the Diversity, Research and Engagement website. The world-class Lilley Museum of Art opened in 2019; the many departments of the College have an active intellectual and public events life.

The University of Nevada, Reno is a public land-grant institution with Carnegie Research 1 status. With a student population of approximately 22,000, including over 3,000 graduate students, UNR students and faculty have won numerous national research awards and competitive fellowships. Along with being R1, the university has been designated as a Carnegie Community Engagement university. Nearly half of UNR students are students of color; the university is an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution. In accordance with the University's mission, our faculty are expected to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service in a pluralistic environment.

The University has a dynamic intellectual, artistic and sports life and a close relationship to the city of Reno, an emerging tech and innovation hub with a diverse population and a rich cultural history that hosts an active art, music and festival scene along the Truckee River. Known for its proximity to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains, Reno is a vibrant, diverse and growing city of 300,000 located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, about 200 miles east of San Francisco, about 100 miles east of Sacramento and 30 miles north of the state capital, Carson City. Combined with the neighboring city of Sparks, the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area has a population of 450,000. Reno is only 30-45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and major ski resorts and is rated one of the top locations in the United States for living and for outdoor recreation. It has an international airport with direct flights to many transportation hubs. For more information about the city and the surrounding area, please visit and

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Please attach the following documents to your application

1) A complete Curriculum Vita

2) A cover letter stating qualifications, relevant experience, and teaching competencies.

3) Contact Information for three professional references

4) A brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally diverse, inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying

5) A teaching portfolio including student evaluations from recent semesters of courses taught, plus two sample syllabi for Political Theory courses, and one sample syllabi for Introduction to American Politics. If available, any recent teaching peer reviews would be appreciated.

The search committee will only request letters of recommendation from candidates selected to move on to the next step in the hiring process.

This posting is open until filled

First review of applications will begin Sept. 15, 2022. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made. Interviews will begin in early October.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member's first day of employment.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

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