Academic and Faculty

Political Science

School of Arts and Sciences


Instructor or Assistant Professor Political Science Annually Renewable Contract

The Department of Social Science at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri, invites applications for an Instructor or Assistant Professor of Political Science; rank and tenure status will be dependent on qualifications. The successful candidate will be expected to teach introductory American Government; areas of specialization sought include State & Local Government, Public Administration and Public Policy.

Qualifications: Doctorate degree in Political Science or Public Administration is preferred but ABD will be considered. The course teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester. The position requires a commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate level.

Application deadline is March 1, 2015.  Applicants must apply online at; include the title “Political Science – Assistant Professor” in the subject line.  Applicants should submit a detailed letter of application, curriculum vitae (with names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of three references), and copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts.  (Official transcripts are required 45 days after contract is issued.)  Employment will require a background check. 

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Missouri Southern is an EOE employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among faculty and staff. 


Adjunct Instructors

Missouri Southern State University is seeking Adjunct Instructors to teach on campus and on-line courses in the areas of Political Science, Paralegal Studies and Sociology, beginning January 2015.  Successful applicants must have a Master’s degree in the related discipline area (PhD preferred).  Certification in certain fields may also be accepted depending on subject matter.  

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae with the names, addresses, email and phone numbers of three references, and unofficial transcripts to and indicate the position title in the subject line. Official transcripts are required within 45 days of hire.  Application review begins immediately and will continue until the position(s) has been filled. Employment will require a background check.

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