Assistant Professor of Political Science – American Politics


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Assistant Professor of Political Science – American Politics

Applications are invited for a tenure-track position in American Politics in the Department of Social Science with specialization in such areas as U.S. political institutions, public law, state and local politics, public policy, and research methods.  The successful candidate will bring a quantitative approach that complements the department’s commitment to methodological diversity and innovative approaches to teaching and research.  Teaching responsibilities may include Introduction to U.S. Government, U.S. Law, US Constitution, State and Local Government, Research Methods in Political Science, Congress & Presidency, courses in general education (including a course in introductory statistics and first-year writing), and other courses in the applicant’s area(s) of expertise.  Ideal candidates will have an active scholarly agenda that may include collaborating with students.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in political science or a closely related discipline; ABD will be considered.  This position is a nine-month appointment beginning August 12, 2024.  The teaching load is 20 credits per academic year plus a May term course once every three years.

About Morningside:

Morningside, a private university located in Sioux City, Iowa, is admired for both its rich, connected campus community and exceptional active learning experiences. Established in 1894, the university has been led by its 13th president Dr. Albert Mosley since 2022 and is nestled within a serene 69-acre park-like campus in the heart of Iowa’s fourth largest city. Morningside also offers academic environments at its 77-acre learning farm and at the Sioux Gateway Airport for its School of Aviation. The institution serves a community of approximately 2,300 students from almost all 50 states and more than 30 countries.

As a testament to its learning outcomes, more than 80% of undergraduate students have engaged in an internship, externship, student teaching, or preceptorship upon graduation, and for more than a decade 99% of students have gone on to a job or graduate school in their field of study within six months of graduation.

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Review of applications for the position will begin immediately and will continue until filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by Oct 31, 2023.  Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship. Successful completion of a background check and education verification are required. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, sex, religion, creed, race, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, national origin, or other characteristics protected by state and federal law. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact the Director of Human Resources at

Apply on-line only by submitting an email to entering Political Science Search in the subject line and attaching a PDF or Microsoft Word files for the following documents: A cover letter, current curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, a brief statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation. If the letters of recommendation are not included in the application, they must be submitted electronically to the “facultysearch” email address provided above. Questions about the position may be addressed to Dr. Brian McFarland,