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Position: Associate Professor - Comparative Politics

Grade Department Position type: Position Number
01 2GH – Department not found Full-time A97921

Position Summary:

Under direction for the Department Chair - DC History & Pol Science, the Associate Professor - Comparative Politics will: create, manage and participate in a variety of learning environments and activities that provide opportunities for students to develop to their fullest potential and achieve their learning objectives; participate collaboratively and professionally with other faculty and staff to promote the general well-being of the department, the college, and collective/individual interest of its staff and student body; participate in the ongoing process of developing the new political science program; support and seek always to fulfill the guiding concepts for the college which are embodied in the UVU's mission. This is a one-year lectureship to teach comparative politics courses for the political science program. In particular, courses to be taught will be lower and upper division courses in comparative politics, with particular emphasis on the Middle East and Central Asia.

Essential Functions, Major Duties, and/or Accountabilities:
    • Teach introduction to comparative politics, as well as upper division courses on the politics of the Middle East and Central Asia.
    • Advise students and establish and maintain office hours and advises students during this time and at other time as needed. Recommend students for advancements and graduation. Coordinate cooperative work experience programs and students as assigned.
    • Perform other appropriate university and professional services, which may include visiting secondary schools, attending national conferences, offering workshops and adjudicating. 
    • Plan, prepare, and follow an approved course of study that includes measurable objectives for each course taught. Prepare instructional materials (mock-ups, visual aids, and instruction sheets) as necessary. Submit requisitions for books, supplies and equipment necessary for the coursework. 
    • Instruct, manage and supervise individuals and groups in classrooms and laboratories by the following methods; demonstration, discussion, visual aids, etc. Maintain a desirable classroom environment and a student-oriented approach to education. 
    • Evaluate instructions and learning by means of written, oral, practical, and performance test.  
    • Maintain and submit accurate and current reports and records involving student accountability, attendance, performance and follow-up. 
    • Assist counselors, department’s chairperson, staff and faculty in maintaining and continuing development of the political science program/department.  Serve on committees and attend faculty and other meeting as assigned. 
    • Improve professionally and maintain current in the course taught by: reading and utilizing materials found in technical and professional publications; obtaining and maintaining certifications as required; attending professional and specialty courses; keeping abreast of new development trends, and techniques through participation in workshop seminars, actual work experience, and exchange programs to maintain skills, state of the art, and knowledge.
    • Perform miscellaneous job related duties as assigned.

    • Supervisory Responsibilities:
      • N/A

      Special Requirements of the Position:
      • N/A


      Graduation from an accredited institution with a Ph.D. and a minimum one year experience teaching Political Science at the University level.


      • Knowledge and expertise in politics of the Middle East and Central Asia.
      • Knowledge of the principles and methodology of teaching techniques.
      • Skills in recruiting, interviewing and placement of students.
      • Skills in assisting counselors and other department heads in maintaining an effective program.
      • Proven skills as a accomplished teacher/performer.  
      • Ability to develop curriculum and teach designed courses. 
      • Ability to develop effective business and educational partnerships at the campus, local, state and national levels. 
      • Ability to communicate (written and oral) with a wide variety of students, faculty and others. 
      • Ability to supervise others, including students and employees.

      This position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to the position.
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