The Department of Political Science & International Relations at Valparaiso University invites applications for a Visiting Lecturer/Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations. The position will start Spring of 2017 and continue through Spring of 2018. The applicant must be able to teach courses in International Relations and Comparative Politics, and is slated to teach two sections of Introduction to Comparative Politics and one section of War & Conflict in Spring 2017. The ability to teach the politics of China/East Asia and/or South Asia/MENA would be highly advantageous.

Valparaiso University is an independent Lutheran and comprehensive university with 4500 students located in Northwest Indiana one hour from Chicago. The Department has six full-time faculty and over 100 majors, thus we will give preference to candidates who are able to teach a broad range of courses.  Candidates should have a Ph.D. or be A.B.D. with substantial progress toward completion of the dissertation. In addition to scholarly ability, the University places major emphasis on teaching; preference will be given to persons with teaching experience and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Candidates should be interested in working at a university engaged in issues in Christian higher education in the Lutheran tradition.

Valparaiso University does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to develop and support a diverse community. Its entire EOE policy can be found at http://www.valpo.edu/equalopportunity/index.php. Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds. In addition to strong academic qualifications and excellence in teaching, the University highly values experience in working across cultural and other significant differences. Employment at Valparaiso University will require a satisfactory criminal background check.

Please email a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a graduate transcript (unofficial) to the Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Gregg B. Johnson, at gregg.johnson@valpo.edu.  Please have at least one recommender send a letter to the same email address.  To receive full consideration applications must be received by November 1, 2016.

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