Assistant Professor, Political Science (American Politics)

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science (American Politics)

College of Natural & Behavioral Sciences


Position Description

The Department of  Political Science at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) invites applications for a Tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Academic Year) with the appointment starting in Fall 2024.

At CSUDH, we celebrate and respect diversity in all forms that include every race, religion, gender, ethnicity, veterans, people with varied abilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. CSUDH is seeking applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience in teaching and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and contribute to the University’s mission, vision, and core values.

For more information: Mission, Vision, and Core Values.


The Position

The Department of Political Science intends to hire a scholar-educator in the field of American Politics. The successful candidate will begin a tenure-track position in the department as of fall 2024, as an Assistant Professor.


The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have a promising record of effective teaching, scholarly writing and service, and will be an innovative thinker. The candidate will be well qualified to contribute to in a department strongly committed to academic excellence, community outreach and the development of partnerships with local and federal government institutions and businesses to enhance the learning experience of political science students and to help prepare them for success in the job market, legal careers or graduate school.



The selected candidate will be responsible for teaching, performing service on departmental and university-wide bases, publishing in peer-reviewed academic journals relevant to the discipline of Political Science/the subfield of American Politics, maintaining office hours, providing advising for our majors and minors, and participating with colleagues in curricular development.



Required Qualifications

  • A earned PhD in Political Science from an accredited institution of higher education, with emphasis in American Politics by the start of the appointment.
  • Teaching experience of at least one year or training in teaching techniques.
  • Applicants must have experience or interest in teaching undergraduates from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise in one or more fields of American politics
  • Strong preference will be given to applicants with experience teaching American Politics.
  • Demonstrated interest in student-involved research


How to Apply

A completed on-line application must be received by electronic submission to be considered. To apply, please visit CSUDH career-opportunities.


Application Deadline Date:

The position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin in October, 2023. For full consideration, please submit your completed application with the required materials no later than October 15, 2023:

  • Current Curriculum Vitae with contact information
  • Cover letter
  • Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (2 pages maximum)*
  • List of 3 references with contact information**
  • Unofficial transcripts (an official transcript will be required for the finalist)***
  • A Statement on Teaching (2 pages maximum)
  • A Statement on Research (2 pages maximum)
  • Sample Publications or Evidence of Creative/Scholarly Activity
  • Teaching Evaluations (if available)


*Given CSUDH’s commitment to diversity and inclusion for all students, faculty, staff, and administrators, describe your individual commitment and experiences in advancing diversity and inclusion and how they relate to your future teaching and research.

**This position requires three letters of recommendation (LORs). Please do not upload your LORs with your application. Your list of references will be notified at the appropriate time during the search process. They will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the LOR. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUDH by logging back into your applicant portal.

***For finalist with International transcripts, a United States Equivalency certification will be required.

A United States (US) Equivalency certification is required for earned/awarded/conferred foreign terminal degrees, which is from a foreign Academic Institution for foreign studies. The US Equivalency certification is used to validate foreign studies from an academic credential evaluation agency and is evaluated on foreign studies and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from the United States. The certification must translate the information in English, and confirm that your highest terminal degree is US Equivalent to a US terminal degree (i.e., Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate’s, Doctor’s of Philosophy). The certification can be emailed to or mailed directly to the office of Faculty Affairs and Development, 1000 East Victoria Street, WH-368, Carson, CA 90747.


If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Christopher R. Hallenbrook

Search Committee Chair


American Political Science Association (APSA) 2023

The search committee will be available to meet with and provide information to interested candidates at the 2023 meeting of the American Political Science Association in Los Angeles.  Meeting at the APSA is not required for full consideration of an applicant. To schedule a meeting, contact the chair of the search committee:

Dr. Christopher R. Hallenbrook



Department of Political Science

The Political Science Department is located in the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences. The current faculty is comprised of five tenured and tenure-track faculty joined by four to five part-time faculty each term. The department provides excellent opportunities for the study of governments, politics, Political Theory, the Constitution, and pre-law. Over 40 courses cover all the major aspects of the discipline. Students develop an understanding of human behavior as it relates to politics. They learn to discuss and analyze critically current philosophical questions and public policy issues facing the United States and the world. They are taught how to critically observe and understand world affairs and comparative politics. They are trained in appropriate research techniques for the study of political processes.


The department offers a major that allows students significant choice to explore their specific interests. Students may choose a concentration in American Politics and Constitutional Law, International Relations and Comparative Politics, or Political Theory. Students may also choose a general track composed of core courses in Research Methods, History of Political Thought, American Politics, Comparative Politics, and International Relations. Regardless of concentration, majors select breadth courses in American Politics, Comparative Politics, and International Relations along with five elective courses selected from departmental offerings. The Political Science Department is home to the university’s first and only endowed chair, the Lyman G. Chaffee Endowed Chair of global and Comparative Politics. The endowed chair supports undergraduate research in global politics and overseas study tours for CSUDH students. The Chaffee Endowment also funds scholarships for political science students studying abroad. The department offers internship opportunities at the national, California government and local government levels. The department sponsors an active student organization (APSS, the Association of Political Science Students), houses a faculty advisor to the on-campus Pre-law Society and boasts successful Model United Nations (MUN) and Mock Trial programs for students.


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Additional Information

The Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary range is $5,450 to $11,994 per month (12 monthly payments per academic year); The anticipated hiring salary is $6,584  to $6,750 . This position will be commensurate with experience and current CSUDH faculty salaries in the academic department/discipline. Faculty salaries are subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available.


An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee‐waiver; access to campus child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit:


Background Check

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.


CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

The California State University (CSU) is committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities we serve, as well as maintaining higher education access and attainment for our students, as such, we embrace a comprehensive strategy designed to reduce the likelihood of transmission of the COVID-19 virus.  The CSU strongly recommends that all individuals who access any in-person program or activity (on- or off-campus) operated or controlled by the University follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications and comply with other safety measures established by each campus. The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy and any questions you have may be submitted to


Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.


Closing Statement

CSUDH is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

For more information: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources’ Office (310) 243-3771.

Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at Campus Security Report (Clery), or by calling University Police at (310) 243-3639.

Upon appointment, all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

The California State University is Smoke and Tobacco Free.  Smoking, Vaping and other Tobacco use are Not Permitted anywhere on University property.  Education Code 42356, CCR Title 5, Article 9.

For more information see: Smoke & Tobacco-Free


Advertised: 28 Aug 2023 Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled