Postdoc Inst. Position, Dept. of Pol Sci 9-mo-NTT

Birmingham, AL

Samford University

Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences invites individuals interested in serving in a Christian university environment to apply for a teaching postdoctoral instructor position in the Political Science Department, beginning August 2021.  This non-tenure position is a full-time, one-year appointment and may be renewable one time for a maximum of two years.

Qualified candidates will have earned a Ph.D. in Political Science within the past three years from an institutionally accredited university and be able to teach upper-level courses in American political institutions (e.g., Courts, Congress, Presidency) as well as two courses per semester in the university’s interdisciplinary core curriculum, which includes a freshman writing seminar on humanities or social science topics. The teaching load is three courses per semester.

The successful candidate should have a strong commitment to classroom teaching, student development and mentorship, and collegial collaboration. The candidate also should be familiar with online teaching technology and have an active research agenda. Departmental funds may be available for research support and other research funds can be earned on a competitive basis.

Samford University ( is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution for higher learning in Alabama. Located in suburban Birmingham, the University was founded in 1841 and has 425 full time faculty and more than 5,700 students representing 44 states and 30 countries. Samford has been nationally recognized for academics, affordability and value by a number of prestigious publications and rankings. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 2nd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. The University is dedicated to the promotion of rigorous academic inquiry in a Christian setting. The University offers competitive salaries with a generous benefits package.

Applications will be accepted beginning January 6th, 2021. Review of applications will begin April 1, 2021 and applications will not be accepted beyond that date.  Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae with names and contact information of three references, description of teaching experience, description of research interests and activities, along with an application for faculty position and the faculty applicant Christian mission statement, both accessible at the links below.   The successful candidate must pass a background check. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States, as Samford will not sponsor any employment visas for this position. Samford University and Howard College of Arts and Sciences embrace diversity in their faculty, students, and staff and encourage applications from those who would add to the diversity of our academic community.

“Application for Faculty Position” can be found at:

“Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement” can be found at:

Please submit all materials in PDF format to:                                                                                                                 

Subject:  Postdoctoral Instructor – Political Science

Questions may be addressed to the search committee chair: 

Dr. Lee Trepanier at 

Except as specifically exempted by federal law requirements, Samford University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability or age in the administration or application of its educational programs and policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs. Consistent with its Christian mission and organizations, Samford is exempt from the religious provisions of Title VII pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Sections 2000e-1(a) and 2000e-2(e).

Posted: 01/06/2021