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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 should include some discussion of the independent research that they plan to conduct in the next 24 months and also discuss the political science research which they draw upon in their teaching.

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 courses on Law, Courts, and Politics in the Winter 2022 semester. The duration of this appointment would be from January 1, 2022 -­? May 31, 2022 and renewable indefinitely thereafter. The appointment effort will be 67% (two courses for one term). Teaching will be in-person in Ann Arbor. The LCP faculty are committed to supporting lecturer’s research ambitions.

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

Applicants should send a cover letter that describes two proposed courses, including drafts of the syllabi. Curricular needs may result in the department asking lecturers to teach outside of what they propose; these syllabi are requested to get a sense of candidates’ teaching approaches and preferred teaching areas.

Applicants proposing courses which include any of the following subject areas will be favored: Law and Public Policy (POLISCI 432); Law, Culture, and Rights (POLISCI 389); Race, Gender, and Law (POLISCI 496); Judicial Politics (POLISCI 389); American Constitutional Development (POLISCI 389); Law, Policing, and the Carceral State (POLISCI 389).

Applicants may propose one or more courses under these headings and/or (an) alternative(s) of the applicant’s choosing. New undergraduate courses in Law, Courts, and Politics are most easily accommodated under the POLSCI 489 course number.  The course catalog describes that course number as follows: 

POLSCI 489. An upper-level seminar examining an advanced topic in law, courts, and politics. Area of focus is contingent on instructor’s expertise; the course should explore legal themes from a context animated by central questions in political science or a related law-and-politics field of study. 


Responsibilities include coordinating and teaching two 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.

Required Qualifications*

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or advanced graduate training in political science or related discipline, preferably in the area of law and politics.

Desired Qualifications*

The search committee will favor applicants conducting independent research who are interested in participating in the intellectual life of the Political Science Department with relevant workshops and other initiatives. Applicants committed to teach from a perspective informed by political science scholarship will be 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.


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.