Assistant Professor of Practice (Law)

Job Description & Qualification

Job description: The School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Practice career-track position to contribute to our online and in-person BA Law and Political Science programs. The responsibilities of this full time, fiscal year (12 month) position include: teaching Introduction to American politics and other advanced undergraduate courses (6 total courses per academic year), providing administrative program support, promoting student success, and developing professional opportunities for students in law and politics related fields. We are especially interested in scholars whose teaching and research address questions about the politics of law, race, and/or gender.
You may be asking, what is a Professor of Practice? SGPP views these appointments as members of the core faculty, who may be eligible to serve as graduate faculty. Professors of Practice are central to our instructional and service missions, as well as to the growth of our research and outreach enterprises. Candidates with previous experience exclusively in academia will be considered alongside those with relevant experience outside of the academy. We are interested in candidates with ongoing research agendas; and candidates who are active in community engagement and outreach.

A robust set of policies and procedures outline the rights and responsibilities of career-track faculty at the University of Arizona:

Duties & Responsibilities: Instruction involves teaching 6 courses per academic year and some possible summer instruction. Courses to be taught include online sections of POL 201 – Introduction to American Government. Additional courses will be developed based around the expertise of the successful candidate.
Service and Outreach includes contributing to the growth and development of undergraduate programs and to student retention. This includes:
• Promoting the program on and off campus.
• Innovating the BA in Law and Political Science course offerings.
• Providing mentorship and guidance for BA in Law and Political Science students, both online and in-person.
• Working with university and college efforts to recruit students and to promote the opportunities, events, and accomplishments of our students and faculty.
• Coordinating annual course offerings in collaboration with Director of Undergraduate Studies and School Director.
• Working closely with all SGPP instructors, including T/TT faculty, Career Track faculty, adjunct instructors, and SGPP PhD students.
• Working with faculty and staff to identify opportunities for collaborations such as internship placements, service-learning opportunities, undergraduate research experiences, and professionalization seminars.
• Recruiting adjunct lecturers for BA in Law and Political Science courses when needed. A commitment to innovative leadership and program growth.
• Excellent communication skills and commitment to working collaboratively and proactively with teams of faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students.
• A commitment to values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Record of publications in relevant fields.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Political Science or related field by time of appointment. 3 years of teaching, providing student support, mentorship, and career counseling.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience using a variety of teaching methods and/or curricular perspectives to respond to the needs of a diverse student body at the undergraduate level.

Application Procedure

All applicants must complete an application via the University of Arizona Talent website: We will accept applications until the position is filled, with an expected contract start date is July 1, 2022.

Applicants must include the following items to be considered for this position:
1. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
2. Cover Letter
3. Teaching Portfolio, including a Statement on Teaching, Examples of Course Syllabi, and Teaching Evaluations if available
4. Diversity Statement with particular focus on your track record, experiences, and commitment to equity and inclusion
5. Names and contact information for 3 professional references

About the Organization

The School of Government and Public Policy supports Inclusive Excellence. Many students in the BA in Law come from diverse backgrounds and are first-generation students. The University of Arizona is the first four-year public university in Arizona to be recognized as a Hispanic Servicing Institution. As a land-grant HSI, we are committed to meeting the educational needs of the vibrant and increasingly diverse communities of Arizona. Candidates are encouraged to support the University and School’s diversity and inclusiveness efforts and to be especially supportive of underrepresented communities. Visit our School website:

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Job ID

ID: J10778