Tenure Track Professor of Political Science

The Department of Political Science at Hope College invites applicants for a full-time tenure-track appointment to begin the Fall 2023. We seek candidates who are broadly trained in political theory; the ideal candidate would also be equipped to teach Introduction to American Politics and otherwise contribute to our course offerings in American politics. Candidates would also be expected to participate on a rotating basis in the leadership of our highly regarded Washington D.C. honors program. Rank is open, but preference will be given to hiring at the assistant professor level. The salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.



Successful applicants will be expected either to have completed their Ph.D. in political science by fall 2023 or, if ABD, to be in a position to complete the dissertation by the end of the 2023-24 academic year. Those individuals interested in this position must demonstrate a commitment to the character and goals of a liberal arts college with a Christian perspective, including a mature understanding of and commitment to the historic Christian faith.

Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to combine undergraduate teaching excellence with genuine scholarly promise, including the ability to engage in a program of student-faculty collaborative research. Candidates should also have an appreciation and understanding of diversity broadly understood and demonstrated experience working with diverse students.


Application Instructions:

Applicants should electronically submit the following as part of the online application found at

  • A letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the
  • initial phase of the process)
  • Contact information for three references. Those references will be contacted by Human
  • Resources upon application to submit a reference form.
  • A statement of teaching philosophy
  • A statement of scholarly interests and preparation
  • A statement describing the candidate’s fit with the mission of the college (https://hope.edu/about/mission.html)

To ensure full consideration, applicants should apply by September 30, 2022.
Any questions or inquiries regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Joel Toppen, departmental chair, at toppen@hope.edu.