Instructor/Lecturer of Political Science

FLSA Employment Category: Salaried; Exempt; Faculty; 9 months, Temporary

DEPARTMENT: Political Science


The Political Science Department at Alma College in Alma, Michigan invites applicants for a two-year full-time Instructor (MA completed) or Lecturer (PhD completed) of Political Science position beginning August 2024 for the 2024-2025 and 2025-2026 academic years.

The department seeks applicants with at least a Master’s degree in comparative politics, with a preference for applicants with a background in quantitative research and teaching.  We invite applications from scholars across all geographic areas and/or thematic specialties. Successful applicants will be able to contribute engaging topics courses in our political science major, an introductory statistics course, as well as courses in Alma’s CORE curriculum. Candidates with evidence of strong teaching in engaging pedagogies preferred. The teaching load for this position is six courses throughout the academic year.

The Political Science Department at Alma College is committed to the preparation of knowledgeable, competent, and well-rounded graduates who reflect critically, serve ethically, and lead intentionally in a diverse world. This is a small department that works collaboratively to provide rigorous student-centered education in a residential setting with a deep commitment to quality liberal arts education. Salary, benefits, and support for professional development are competitive.


Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2023, and continue until filled. Please send an e-mail with the following documents attached in Microsoft Word of PDF format: C.V., a cover letter, and contact information for three professional references. Letters of recommendation will be solicited from selected applicants at a later stage in the process. Send materials to the Alma College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at

Alma College is classified as a selective Baccalaureate College: Diverse Fields by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Committed to academic excellence and development of responsible leaders, Alma’s students thrive on challenging academic programs in a supportive, small-college environment emphasizing active, collaborative learning and close student-faculty interaction. Alma is a private Phi Beta Kappa institution located in the center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Alma College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.

Alma College recognizes that we are all transformed when we celebrate and value the varied identities, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in our campus community. We are committed to recognizing and removing barriers to success and providing equitable access to opportunities through education and advocacy. In our increasingly diverse campus and world, we pledge to create a climate where everyone is safe and free to grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally.

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