DWU Employment

Associate Director — McGovern Center / Political Science Faculty

Associate Director — McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service (Faculty Position — Political Science)

Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota, invites applications to serve as the Associate Director of the university’s McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service.  Rank and salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.  The university seeks candidates with the interest and capacity to embrace the following opportunities as their training and experience allow.

  • Through coursework, outreach, and the cultivation of student interest, prepare students to participate meaningfully and efficaciously in various capacities related to democratic self-governance in the state of South Dakota at both the state and local level.
  • Teach multiple sections, annually, of POL 141 — U.S. Government and the Constitution, one of the university’s core general education courses. 
  • Teach additional, foundational courses in political science (e.g., Introduction to Politics, Introduction to American Politics, State and Local Government, Campaigns and Elections, Public Opinion, Public Policy) and possibly criminal justice.
  • Contribute to the mission and operation of the university’s McGovern Center for Leadership and Service. 

The university has particular interest in individuals who have knowledge, experience, and expertise in the following areas: legislative functioning in the governance of small states; public policy; and best practices in the governance of small and mid-sized towns and communities.  The position will come with release time for the individual’s work with the McGovern Center.

The successful candidate will:

  • Hold, or have, at least one of the following: a Ph.D. in political science; a J.D.; a master’s degree in a relevant field with significant experience in law, government, or politics; or hold a bachelor’s degree with extensive, successful, and exemplary experience in politics, policy, and state governance.
  • Possess strong communication skills.
  • Be prepared to successfully teach various courses in political science and criminal justice.
  • Be committed to high quality, reflexive teaching.
  • Have demonstrable, successful experience as a teacher at the college level (or demonstrable promise thereof).
  • Be open to innovation in the higher education experience.

Essential, ongoing responsibilities associated with the position include:

  • Successfully teaching assigned courses.
  • Contributing efficaciously to the mission and operation of the university’s McGovern Center for Leadership and Service.
  • Working collaboratively with colleagues within the department (and within the college, and across campus as necessary).
  • Engaging in assessment activities as necessary.
  • Acting in a professional and collegial manner (this includes maintaining confidentiality as required, holding regular office hours, and being accessible to students and colleagues).
  • Participating in evaluations as necessary.

All candidates are encouraged to provide evidence of successful college-level teaching, including strong professor-student relationships, commitment to student development, and evidence-based pedagogical practice.  All applications must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses) of four professional references.  Original transcripts and background check will be required before an appointment is made.

Please submit materials electronically via email to Ms. Janet Hayen, Director of Human Resources, Dakota Wesleyan University at hr@dwu.edu.  Please write POLSCI in the subject line.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

To learn more about Dakota Wesleyan University, please visit: https://www.dwu.edu/about-dwu.


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Dakota Wesleyan is an Equal Opportunity Employer welcoming and encouraging applications from members of underrepresented groups.  DWU is a tobacco free campus.