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Please submit a cover letter, resume, list of references, and a proposed draft syllabus for each proposed course via the UM job posting website. The deadline for applying is Friday, March 10, 2017, or until the position is filled.

Job Summary

The Department of Political Science in the College of Literature, Science and Arts at the University of Michigan is seeking a LEO Lecturer I to teach two or four courses in the Political Theory subfield during the 2017-18 academic year: 2 courses in the Fall and 2 course in the Winter semester (applicant may apply for one or both semesters). The duration of this appointment would be from September 1, 2017 -­ December 31, 2017 for Fall Semester, or from January 1, 2018 -­ May 31, 2018 for Winter Semester, or from September 1, 2017 -­ May 31, 2018 for both Fall and Winter Semesters.  The appointment effort will be 67% (two courses in one/each term).


Responsibilities for each position include course coordination and teaching four upper-level, undergraduate courses. In addition to classroom-teaching responsibilities, the instructor will hold office hours for students, provide appropriate syllabus and course materials electronically, attend regular course meetings, and handle routine course-related administrative matters.

Applicants should send a cover letter that describes two or four proposed courses, as well as a draft syllabus for each proposed course, and should indicate which semester if applying for one semester only.  Applicants proposing courses in the following subject areas will be favored: Political Theory, particularly in the areas of Feminist Political Theory (POLSCI 401) and Democratic Theory (POLSCI 406). Applicants may propose one or more courses under these headings and/or (an) alternative(s) of the applicant’s choosing, using the POLSCI 489 description below.

The search committee will favor applicants conducting independent research who are interested in participating in an ongoing law-and-politics/political theory workshop. Please address this interest in your cover letter, with some discussion of the independent research you are currently conducting. Likewise, applicants able to teach courses from a perspective informed by political science scholarship will be favored. Please indicate in your cover letter the range of political science literatures on which your courses draw.

Course 1: POLSCI 489. An upper-level seminar examining an advanced topic in political theory. Area of focus is contingent on instructor’s expertise; the course could explore the work of a major political theorist, a central question or theme or concept in political theory, a subject area such as Marxism or liberalism, etc.

Course 2: POLSCI 401 “Feminist Political Theory.” An upper-level lecture course (often offered to satisfy the “writing intensive” requirement) that explores classic and current texts in feminist political thought, together with contemporary controversies regarding sex difference, gender, and more.

Course 3: POLSCI 406 “Democratic Theory.” An upper-level lecture course exploring competing conceptions of democracy and/or topics in democratic theory and politics including political representation, inequality, and more.

Required Qualifications*

Candidates must have advanced graduate training in political science or related discipline and college-level teaching experience.

Desired Qualifications*

Candidates with the Ph.D. will be preferred.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Selection Process

Applications will be selected based upon demonstrated subject matter expertise, successful performance in the classroom, ability to complete administrative tasks competently, and the needs of the department.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.