Political Science - Visiting Assistant Professor

The Department of Political Science at Hope College seeks applicants for a visiting assistant professor position beginning by Fall 2022. Strong preference will be given to candidates with expertise in political theory. In addition to political theory, we welcome applications from candidates who are able to teach introductory and upper-level courses in American politics, including a course in state and local politics. The standard teaching load is three courses per semester.

The College offers opportunities for internal research support and assistance in seeking external funding. The Political Science department at Hope has six tenured/tenure-track faculty and graduates bout 25 majors each year. The Political Science department also contributes to Hope College’s teacher education program as well as interdisciplinary programs in environmental studies and global studies.

Candidates should upload the following documents as part of their application:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A statement indicating a willingness to commit to and engage with Hope’s mission statement
  • A statement describing your teaching philosophy, experience, and interests
  • Formal teaching evaluations
  • Sample publications
  • A statement of your research plans and how you will mentor undergraduates in research (optional)

In addition, you should enter the names and contact information for three references when you apply. References will be contacted via email upon your application, providing with a link to upload a letter of recommendation to your file.

Direct questions can be sent to ryden@hope.edu. For full consideration, candidates should submit their completed materials immediately. Applications will be reviews as they are received and continue until the search is complete.



PhDs and/or ABDs who have made substantial progress on the dissertation are welcome to apply. Candidates should have demonstrated an ability to combine teaching excellence with genuine scholarly promise, and should be committed to the character and goals of a liberal arts college with a Christian perspective.