Open Rank Professor of Political Science (closed)

Date Posted: 09/30/2013

Soka University of America (SUA) is seeking to fill an open rank position in Political Science to be housed within the Social and Behavioral Sciences Concentration (SBS). The expected starting date is August 2014. The successful candidate will teach courses and conduct research in one or more of the following areas: American politics, urban politics, and public law. Preference will be given to candidates whose research and teaching complement the SBS Concentration's emphasis on social justice, race and ethnicity, gender, education, the environment, or poverty and development. Candidates must be strongly committed to undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching and be willing to teach both general education and political science courses.

Soka University of America aims to foster close intellectual relations between faculty members and students through small class sizes, mentorship of senior theses (capstones), and student involvement in faculty research. The university expects faculty to maintain an active research program and is committed to supporting faculty members to this end. The standard full-time faculty teaching load is five courses per year; two courses per semester and one short (three-week) intersession course (August or January). SUA is tied for 41st place for the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, ranking first in faculty resources, second in financial resources, fifth in ethnic diversity, and fifth in best value in the 2013 US News and World Report Annual College Rankings.  SUA is a selective four-year institution in southern Orange County, California. It offers a challenging liberal arts education with a focus on the Pacific Basin. SUA is an independent, non-profit, public-benefit, comprehensive institution of higher learning.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Political Science at the time of appointment and demonstrate excellence in teaching and research. Applicants for the position of Associate or Full Professor are expected to possess broad teaching experience, a sustained commitment to scholarship, and a record of professional accomplishment appropriate to their rank.

Benefits / Salary:
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with rank and experience. All regular faculty members are eligible for full medical, dental and retirement benefits.

Deadline for applications: 
Applications must be received by the Dean of Faculty by November 30, 2013. Applicants should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, a one-page statement of research interest, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly from referees to:

Political Science Position c/o:
Edward M. Feasel, Ph.D.
Dean of Faculty
Soka University of America
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Fax: (949) 480-4263

Soka University of America is an equal opportunity employer