Open Rank Professor of Political Science (Tenure-line) (closed)

Date Posted: 09/17/2014

Soka University of America (SUA) is seeking to fill an open rank tenure-line position in American Politics to be housed within the Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Concentration starting in August 2015.  The successful candidate will teach courses in American Politics with a specialization in urban politics, inequality, or public law. Preference will be given to candidates whose research and teaching complement the SBS Concentration's emphases on social justice, race and ethnicity, gender, education, and/or poverty and development.  Candidates must be strongly committed to undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching, and be willing to teach both general education and political science courses.

Soka University of America aims to foster close intellectual relations between faculty members and students through small class sizes, mentorship of senior theses (capstones), and student involvement in faculty research.  SUA boasts an 8:1 faculty to student ratio.  The university expects faculty to maintain an active research program and is committed to supporting faculty members to this end.  The standard full-time faculty teaching load is five courses per year; two courses per semester and one short (three-week) intersession course (August or January).  In 2014 US News and World Report’s Annual College Rankings, SUA tied for the 41st Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, ranking 1st in faculty resources, 1st in financial resources, 5th in ethnic diversity, and 5th in best value.

SUA is a selective four-year institution in southern Orange County.  It offers a challenging liberal arts education with a focus on the Pacific Basin.  SUA is an independent, non-profit, public-benefit, comprehensive institution of higher learning.  It is founded on principles of peace, human rights, and the sanctity of life derived from Buddhist and other traditions.  SUA is open to students of all beliefs and is committed to diversity in its academic community.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Political Science at the time of appointment and demonstrate excellence in teaching and research. Applicants for the position of Associate or Full Professor are expected to possess broad teaching experience, a sustained commitment to scholarship, and a record of professional accomplishment appropriate to their rank.

Benefits / Salary
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with rank and experience.  All regular faculty members are eligible for full medical, dental and retirement benefits.

Deadlines / Applications
Applications must be received by the Dean of Faculty by November 21, 2014.  Applicants should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, a one-page statement of research interest, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly from referees to:

Edward M. Feasel, Ph.D.
Dean of Faculty
Soka University of America
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Fax: (949) 480-4263

Soka University of America is an equal opportunity employer