Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Political Science

North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND
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Description & Details:

North Dakota State University invites applications for a 9-month position in judicial politics, to begin on August 16, 2024.

The department of Political Science & Public Policy at NDSU is recruiting for a 9-month doctoral or post-doctoral fellowship, preferred starting Fall 2024. We seek candidates with expertise in judicial politics and constitutional law, broadly construed. Successful applicants should be versed in American public law, but could conduct research in a broad variety of related areas, such as, but not limited to, the role of race, ethnicity, sexualities, and/or gender in justice systems; criminal justice policy; law and society; comparative judicial politics; international courts and legal structures; or American political development. The teaching load is 2-2 for two years with one course release. Successful applicants will be prepared to teach core undergraduate and graduate law-related courses on American judicial politics, such as judicial processes and constitutional law.

Advertised Salary: $56-58,000

Minimum Qualifications:

The minimum qualifications for the position are: 1) ABD or hold a Ph.D. in Political Science, or a related discipline, 2) evidence of research productivity, or potential to publish scholarship in peer reviewed journals, presses, and other outlets appropriate to one's field, 3) competence to teach American judicial processes and constitutional law, and 4) effective written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

We will give priority to candidates who 1) hold a Ph.D. in Political Science, or a related discipline, 2) can provide substantial evidence of (potential) research productivity and quality, 3) have experience teaching American judicial processes and/or constitutional law, 4) can provide substantial evidence of teaching effectiveness, and/or 5) have experience supervising or mentoring undergraduate students.

Applicant Materials Required:

Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, writing sample, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., syllabi, course materials, evidence of participation in teaching professionalization activities, and, if available, evaluations by peers and/or mentors; please do not include student evaluations of teaching), and the names and contact information of 3 references. All application materials must be submitted online at Employment Opportunities | NDSU .

NDSU especially encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.

We will begin reviewing applications on March 8, 2024, and will continue to accept and review applications until the position is filled.

Potential applicants may direct questions about the search to Dr. Kjersten Nelson, the search committee chair, at .


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university - with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include: wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include: supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

About Us:

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. We educate leaders who solve national and global challenges by providing affordable access to an excellent education that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment.

NDSU is in the highest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, R1, granted to the top research institutions in the country.

NDSU has offices across the state of North Dakota, and the main campus is in Fargo, on the Minnesota border. Along with Moorhead, Minnesota, Fargo forms one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. The community is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live.

Applicants can find more information about NDSU at .

The Department of Political Science & Public Policy has 7 tenure-track faculty members and serves roughly 100 undergraduate majors in political science; about 80 minors in political science, pre-law, and public policy; and a Masters of Public Policy program. Faculty in the department typically teach four classes per year. The NDSU community and national organizations have regularly recognized department faculty for excellence in research, teaching, and mentorship. The college provides computing resources and department members have access to a yearly research and professionalization budget.

No Smoking Notice :

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Diversity Statement:

NDSU strives to be a community of belonging, recognizing unique differences as strengths of our university. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce that supports a community in which diverse populations and perspectives will know and learn from one another. NDSU values candidates who are committed to our core values of respect, inclusivity, community, creativity, excellence, impact, innovation, integrity, resilience, responsiveness, and transformation. Successful candidates will be committed to and help advance our strategic goal to create and maintain an open and respectful environment to promote inclusivity and diversity as a cornerstone of education, research, and outreach.

Veteran's Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.

Reasonable Accommodation Information

North Dakota State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resources at 701-231-8961 or .

Land Acknowledgement

We collectively acknowledge that NDSU, a land grant institution, on the traditional lands of the Oceti Sakowin (Dakota, Lakota, Nakoda) and Anishinaabe Peoples in addition to many diverse Indigenous Peoples still connected to these lands. We honor with gratitude Mother Earth and the Indigenous Peoples who have walked with her throughout generations. We will continue to learn how to live in unity with Mother Earth and build strong, mutually beneficial, trusting relationships with Indigenous Peoples of our region. (see ).


NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities.

North Dakota State University is an employer of choice with a commitment to offer a well-rounded benefits package for employees and their families.

NDSU is listed at 95 among 404 public universities based on the university’s research expenditures reported to the National Science Foundation. In addition, NDSU is listed in the National Science Foundation’s top 100 in several areas, including: agricultural sciences; business management and business; communications; materials science; natural resources and conservation science; social sciences; sociology, demography, and population studies; and visual and performing arts.

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