This position combines teaching responsibilities in any of the sub-fields of Political Science with program support duties for the Political Science PhD program (one of the largest in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences).
The teaching load is 2 undergraduate courses per academic year, with level and area based upon both department needs and the Lecturer's own education, expertise and previous teaching experience. We prefer a candidate with the ability to teach in multiple sub-fields of political science, across fields, and in interdisciplinary areas (e.g. Africana Studies, East Asian Studies, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies).
The administrative responsibilities center on supporting and coordinating the PhD program, which involves direct support for the Director of Graduate Studies and the Department Chair and includes a primary role of liaison between graduate students and faculty.
Appointment is for a one-year term and is renewable.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Teach two courses per year (1/1 or 2/0 load) in any of the four sub-fields of political science (American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory).
Maintain flexibility in course offerings based on department needs (filling in for faculty on leave) and undergraduate student demand.
Maintain a level of teaching excellence based on peer review and student evaluations.
Oversee the day-to-day operations of the graduate program, including responding to student requests and needs, and completing tasks for the DGS and chair.
Execute all formal communications with grad students (annual review letters, funding status, etc.)
Manage and coordinate the PhD application process, including responding to applicant queries, working with the central application administrators and systems, and translating documents and data into faculty-friendly formats.
Oversee the admitted students open house visits, including travel, lodging, meeting planning, and associated details.
Support the DGS in planning for annual review of graduate students, and annual TA allocation.
Maintain thorough and definitive knowledge of the PhD program policies, rules, and requirements, so as to be the "first-line" responder for all required information.
Coordinate and plan graduate board oral exams.
Coordinate and plan thrice-yearly graduate doctoral exams.
Work with the DGS and chair to recommend and help implement policy changes for the graduate program.
Serve as needed on any committees related to these duties.
Attend any school-wide graduate program coordinator meetings.
Research and Professional (5%)
Maintain scholarly and research excellence by participating in department and KSAS seminars and workshops.
Maintain scholarly profile by attending and presenting at national and international conferences.
PhD in Political Science or related field.
One year of experience teaching at the undergraduate level. (May substitute TAing or other teaching experience.)
Three years of administrative/academic related experience. (Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.)
Established record of teaching excellence.
Teaching portfolio of extensive teaching record (2+ years).
Proven record of excellent administrative skills.
Special knowledge, skills, and abilities
Ability to work independently and proactively
Ability to prioritize, and direct broad spectrum work-efforts with multiple stakeholders and constituencies.
Excellent writing and oral communication skills, with the ability to clearly relay information among faculty, staff, and students, and to recognize different modes of communication with different parties.
Ability to manage and track large amounts of sensitive and diverse data related to student applications, admissions, enrollment, payroll, academic progress.
Ability to interact with staff and faculty of all levels within the division, keep projects on track toward completion.
Strong detail oriented, organizational, administrative, project management, and problem-solving skills.
Ability to navigate ambiguous and confidential situations.
Ability to provide high level support in academic matters to the Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, faculty and students.
Independently interpret and communicate University academic and business policies and processes related to the students.
Proven ability to assess priorities, with the ability to respond quickly to changing needs and to balance competing responsibilities.
In depth knowledge of University academic policies and procedures.
Ability to exhibit a manner of professional behavior that will promote positive interactions between faculty, staff, students and external clients, and enhance the public image of the University.
Ability to work on multiple projects in parallel and to meet deadlines
Successful candidate must be open to learning new systems and procedures, and be outgoing, detail oriented, independent and proactive. Good communication skills essential. Familiar with and uses standard computer and office equipment and standard software applications. Familiarity with SAP and SIS preferred. Position will also assist with general office responsibilities as time permits.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter describing their scholarly activities, administrative experience, and interest in the position; curriculum vitae; names of three references; and up to two recent publications or writing samples
Internal Number: A-89515-3
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