CalPoly Pomona: Political Science Assistant Professor


Political Science
Assistant Professor – Political Theory

 Deadline: January 14, 2022

The Political Science Department in the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor for appointment beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year specializing in Political Theory.
The Position:
The faculty member will be part of a collegial Political Science Department that grants both B.A. degrees and M.P.A. (Master’s in Public Administration) degrees. The position requires excellence in teaching and advising, professional and scholarly achievements, and a commitment to service to the university. Applicants whose work demonstrates a commitment to inclusive excellence and diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply. Cal Poly Pomona is a Hispanic-serving institution and the faculty member will be an advisor to many under-represented minorities and first-generation college students.  

The faculty member will have a teaching and scholarly expertise that emphasizes critical approaches to political theory with a specialized knowledge in one or more of the four historically racialized groups: Native Americans, African Americans, Latina/o Americans, and/or Asian Americans. The faculty member will be expected to teach a general education course that meets the university requirement for Ethnic Studies, and in addition, contribute to teaching the following list of courses: Contemporary Political Thought, Modern Political Thought, American Political Thought, and/or Environmental Political Thought. A faculty member could potentially demonstrate a teaching and scholarly interest in one or more of the following areas: labor; political and racial violence; social movements and political resistance; post-colonial theory; de-colonization and settler-colonialism; environmental justice; intersectional feminist and queer theory. The department also welcomes the new faculty member to introduce new courses based on their area of scholarly interest (e.g. post-colonial theory, Black feminist theory, queer of color critiques) to contribute to the university’s Ethnic Studies General Education curriculum.

Minimum Qualifications 
  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Ethnic Studies, or a related field from an accredited university at the time of appointment 
  • Ability to teach courses in the political science curriculum, specifically within the political theory subfield.
  • Ability to develop and teach a general education course that meets the requirements for Area F Ethnic Studies courses.
  • University teaching experience as instructor of record and/or teaching assistant 
  • Evidence of scholarly potential (conference presentations, publications, grant development, etc.) 
  • Evidence of demonstrated ability to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and/or service and work, as well as experience fostering an inclusive environment
  • A Student Success Statement that demonstrates your commitment and record of contributions through applicant’s teaching, scholarship, or service, by addressing at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed above.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications
Research interests related to social or racial justice, gender inequities, and/or inequality would be a plus. Additionally, preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate the ability to mentor and advise under-served populations including, but not limited to, African-American, Hispanic, and Native American students. 

Application Procedure 
The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications submitted beginning January 14, 2022, but will continue until the position is filled. Early submission is encouraged. Electronic submissions of all application materials must be submitted online via Interfolio at
A completed application will consist of:  
  • A cover letter that describes the candidate’s teaching performance, research experience and interests, and that addresses the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description; 
  • A curriculum vitae comprising at least those elements specified on the application form and including the names, titles, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five individuals who can speak to the candidate’s potential for succession this position;  
  • A ‘Student Success Statement’ about your teaching, or other experiences, successes, and challenges working with a diverse student population, including expertise and/or experience in promoting educational equity (approximately one page, single-spaced), please refer to at least two of the specific inclusive excellence criteria listed above; 
  • List of three references with contact information. Three letters of recommendation will be required of finalists. These letters may be from the three of the five individuals listed in the C.V.
  • A completed application form available on the application website;  
  • An unofficial transcript showing the highest degree earned from an accredited education institution. Finalists will be required to submit an official transcript; and 
  • Recent teaching evaluation summaries and sample syllabi (optional, if available).  
  • Please submit all electronic documents in PDF format.  

For further information or clarification, please contact:  

Dr. Mario Guerrero, Search Committee Chair
Political Science Department
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Jessica Castillo, Administrative Support Coordinator
Political Science Department
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona