Assistant Professor of Political Science - Public Law #24-15

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Northridge
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Public Affairs

Tenure-Track Faculty Position Announcement

Department: Political Science

Faculty Hire Number: #24-15

Rank: Assistant Professor

Effective Date of Appointment: August 21, 2024 (Subject to Budgetary Approval)

Salary Scale: $73,000 to $80,000 (Dependent upon qualifications)

CSUN’s Commitment to You:

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation, and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

As a Hispanic-serving Institution (HSI), inclusiveness and diversity are integral to CSUN’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement. As of Fall 2022, CSUN enrolls ~38,000 students, where 57.3% are Latinx, 19.8% are White, 9.2% are Asian-American, 4.9% are Black/African American, 0.1% are Native American, and 0.2% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. 

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The Department of Political Science at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in Public Law beginning in August 2024, with a preferred teaching and research emphasis on race and the law, ethnicity and the law, and/or gender and the law. 

The successful candidate will be expected to teach regularly courses within the department’s core Public Law curriculum, as well as other Political Science courses offered by the department.  The core Public Law courses include Constitutional Law I, Constitutional Law II, Criminal Procedures, The Judicial Process, Jurisprudence, and the Public Law Proseminar.  Descriptions of the Public Law courses and all other Political Science courses in our department can be found here:  The department is particularly interested in candidates who will expand our curriculum to include courses on how the law affects marginalized and/or minoritized communities. The successful candidate will have preferred interests in researching Public Law topics related to race and the law, ethnicity and the law, and/or gender and the law.

In addition to teaching, the position requires weekly office hours, attending faculty meetings, participation in assessment of student learning, and service to the department, college, and university. The successful candidate will be held to the standards and requirements of the college and department in which he/she/they is/are housed for recommending tenure and promotion. Given CSUN’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement in a diverse environment, the successful candidate will help the department achieve equitable academic outcomes for all students through teaching, student mentorship, scholarship, and service.

Required Qualifications:  

  • A Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Political Science with a focus on Public Law by the time of appointment. ABD applicants are encouraged to apply but must provide official notification of the terminal degree by date of appointment. 
  • Evidence of, or the clear potential for, excellence in teaching Public Law courses in person.
  • Evidence of, or the clear potential for, scholarly development and publication in the field of Political Science.
  • Evidence of, or the clear potential for, mentoring students from diverse backgrounds at the college level.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of excellence in teaching Public Law courses that focus on race and the law, ethnicity and the law, and/or gender and the law.
  • Evidence of, or the clear potential for, excellence in teaching Political Science courses in subfields other than Public Law.
  • Evidence of, or the clear potential for, scholarly publications within the Public Law subfield.
  • Evidence of a commitment to develop new courses in the department that focus on how the law affects marginalized and/or minoritized communities.
  • Evidence of, or the clear potential for, effective engagement with a diverse student body.
  • Experience using, or the clear potential for using, culturally responsive pedagogy that leads to equitable outcomes for all students.
  • Experience creating, or the clear potential for creating, a student-centered learning environment.
  • Research experience that includes working with, or a research agenda that demonstrates the clear potential for working with, students from diverse backgrounds. 


Faculty success at CSUN is measured by three criteria: teaching effectiveness; contributions to one’s field of study; and service to the University and Community. 

The normal teaching load is 12 units (4 courses) per semester. However, new faculty members in their first two years teach 9 units per semester (3 courses).  Faculty members can also apply for competitive awards that provide course releases for research.

The successful candidate will also be expected to produce peer-reviewed scholarly publications and participate in professional conferences.  Presentations at academic conferences are supported with annual travel funds. 

Tenure-track faculty members participate in shared governance, usually in Department, College, and University committees and other service assignments.

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin October 12, 2023. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

How to Apply:

Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN online application. To apply and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link: 

Applicants must submit to the website above:

  • A cover letter not to exceed two single-spaced pages, addressing the qualifications described above (which can be supplemented by the Teaching and Mentoring Statements required below);
  • A Curriculum Vitae, which includes contact information for three professional references;
  • A Statement of Teaching Philosophy of no more than two single-spaced pages that includes, in part, a description of your approach to teaching students from diverse backgrounds;
  • A writing sample within the field of Political Science that is approximately the length of a book chapter, an academic article, or a conference paper; and
  • A Statement of Mentoring Philosophy of no more than one single-spaced page, which includes a description of your approach to mentoring students from diverse backgrounds. 

At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work in the United States.

General Information:

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The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California.

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Nondiscrimination Policy. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Dr. Tyler Hughes, Political Science Department Chair, at 818-677-3488.

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