Fresno State campus

Law and Politics - Assistant Professor

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Public Affairs

California State University, Fresno

College of Social Science

Department of Political Science



Law and Politics

Assistant Professor

Fall 2023 (August 2023)

The Department of Political Science in the College of Social Sciences at California State University, Fresno seeks applicants for a tenure-track, academic-year position as an Assistant Professor with a concentration in Law and Politics. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate students, conduct scholarly and applied research, and engage in service-related activities. Primary teaching responsibilities and research interests will focus on the interactions of legal and political institutions (e.g., administrative law and judicial politics), while secondary interests may include public policy or public administration. We expect the new hire to play an active role in and teach in our Master of Public Administration (M.P.A) Program. Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.

Our Department: The Department of Political Science is one of the strongest in the California State University system. It serves well over 200 majors in the undergraduate program as well as scores of graduate students seeking master's degrees in public administration. All of the major sub-disciplines of political science are represented within the department and the faculty is well-known for its balanced commitment to teaching, research, and public service. For more information, see  

Our Students:   California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


 Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.):

  1. An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in political science.
  2. Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For employment in the tenure-track position, the doctorate must be completed by August 1, 2023. Failure to complete the terminal degree prior to this date will invalidate the appointment.

Required Experience:

  1. Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  2. Teaching at the undergraduate level
  3. Giving presentations at professional conferences

Preferred Experience:

  1. Evidence of peer-reviewed publication(s)
  2. Teaching experience at the graduate level
  3. Experience teaching American politics/government

Application Procedures: The review of applications will begin on October 17, 2022, and priority consideration will be given to applications received by that date. To apply, applicants must complete an online application at:

Attach the following:

1. A cover letter, specifically addressing the specific areas of the required experience and preferred qualifications
2. Current curriculum vitae
3. List of three professional references
4. Unofficial transcripts

All finalists will be required to submit upon request:

1. Official Transcripts
2. Teaching evaluations
3. Three current letters of recommendation on official letterhead (dated within the last 6 months)

Committee Information:

Search Chair:   Dr. Jeff Cummins
                       Department of Political Science
                       College of Social Science

About Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, visit:

 The campus is ranked 24th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges.

Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process.  For additional information, please visit:  We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

Territorial Acknowledgement:

The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land

Other Campus Information:

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at  Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based on the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements outlined in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

California State University, Fresno is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click

California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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