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Applicants should send a cover letter that describes their proposed courses as well as a draft syllabus for each proposed course. Applications should also include transcript, evidence of teaching experience and efficacy, and references. Applicants must propose to teach Politics of International Economic Relations (POLSCI 369) in Fall 2021, a sectioned course with a 100-125 students, and in Winter 2022, also sectioned with 75-100 students. Applicants should also propose two courses of their own choosing using the POLSCI 389/489 description below, preferably with a focus in International Political Economy, International Organization, and/or International Law.

Job Summary

The Department of Political Science in the College of Literature, Science and Arts at the University of Michigan is seeking one LEO Lecturer I to teach two courses in each of the Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 semesters. The duration of this appointment would be from August 30, 2021 – April 30, 2022. The appointment effort) is considered 67% for two courses per semester and is therefore benefits eligible.

Regarding pandemic precautions: academic year 2021-22 is currently expected to be in-person, but decisions will be made appropriate to circumstances at the relevant times, and course instruction may also or instead be virtual or hybrid.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Course Description

Recent course listings and descriptions from POLSCI 369 and relevant topics from POLSCI 389/489 are given here for examples:

POLSCI 369. Politics of International Economic Relations. This course explores the politics of international economic relations. It will focus on the sources of national economic policies affecting trade, exchange rates and international investment. We will also examine the repeated efforts to construct global and regional economic orders to manage globalization as well as the politics of economic relations between countries at different stages of development.

POLSCI 389. Topics in Contemporary Political Science. An upper-level lecture-discussion course on a topic in contemporary world politics. Area of focus is contingent on the expertise of the lecturer; nonetheless, the course should employ political science concepts and analysis and not merely survey recent developments.  Examples of recent courses (titles) taught under this designation include:

  • International Organization
  • International Law & Human Rights
  • The United Nations
  • The Political Economy of Conflict: Terrorism and Civil War
  • Global Society
  • The Political Economy of International Finance
  • Human Rights in Global Politics.

POLSCI 389. Topics in Contemporary Political Science: International Organization. Managing order in an anarchical international system is a complicated task. Since the end of the Second World War, International Organizations (IOs) have become increasingly important players in accomplishing that goal in world politics. In this course, we will review the international relations (IR) literature on IOs with an emphasis on the social scientific approach to answer the following questions: Why have states created these organizations? In turn, how do IOs shape the behavior and expectation of states? How have IOs dealt with global problems?

POLSCI 389. Topics in Contemporary Political Science: Law & Human Rights. To better understand the influence of human rights norms in global politics, this course examines the political institutions and processes through which international human rights regimes have emerged, as well as the various mechanisms for the enforcement of human rights at the national, regional, and international levels. The course will explore the different roles and obligations of international actors (including states, corporations, international organizations, and individuals) in the promotion of human rights. The course will also analyze human rights in specific contexts, including armed conflict and humanitarian intervention, along with the rights of women and indigenous peoples. The interaction between politics and law will illuminate the development and progression of international human rights as a universal aspiration.

POLSCI 489. A senior-level seminar on a topic in contemporary world politics. Area of focus is contingent on instructor’s expertise; the course should employ political science concepts and analysis rather than merely survey recent developments.  Examples of recent relevant seminars (titles) taught include:

  • International Political Economy
  • Human Rights
  • Political Terror: State Repression of Human Rights
  • The Historical Evolution of the Sovereign State System
  • The Politics of Sovereign Debt
  • Norm Diffusion
  • Sexual Violence in War.


Responsibilities include course coordination and teaching four upper-level undergraduate courses, with at least two of those courses be in International Political Economy and a preference for at least one in International Organization and/or International Law. In addition to classroom-teaching responsibilities, the instructor will hold office hours for students, provide appropriate syllabi and course materials, attend regular course meetings with graduate student instructors (if applicable), and handle routine course-related administrative matters.

Required Qualifications*

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or advanced graduate training in political science.


Desired Qualifications*

The search committee will favor applicants with relevant teaching experience and demonstrated pedagogical skills and efficacy. The committee will also favor applicants conducting independent research who are interested in participating in ongoing departmental workshops in world politics, political economy, and/or conflict & peace. Please address these experiences, evidence, and current research interests in your cover letter. Likewise, applicants able to teach courses from a political science disciplinary perspective, drawing mostly from political science scholarly literature, will be strongly favored.

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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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