The political science department at Georgia State University is currently searching for a Lecturer. Our Lecturer positions are structured differently than is typical at most universities. Essentially, they are tenure track in everything but name. Lecturers are members of the department in full standing. They have the same claim to seniority, office space, votes on departmental issues, and most other things as tenure track faculty members (although there are a few administrative privileges which tenure track faculty enjoy but Lecturers do not). The position is, with rare exception, automatically renewed for five years. After five years Lecturers can go up for promotion to Senior Lecturer, which is roughly equivalent in rank to Associate Professor. The primary differences between a Lecturer and a tenure track faculty member are that (1) Lecturers teach a 3-3 load, rather than 2-2, and (2) there are no research expectations of a Lecturer. Our department currently employs one Senior Lecturer and three Lecturers.
We have received only a very small number of applications for this position as of now. The position will remain open until it is filled, but we’re going to start looking at applications on January 22nd. So if you want to be considered for this job (which I, for one, think is a pretty good one in this job market), send in your materials ASAP.
Below is a copy of the listing from ejobs:
“The Department of Political Science at Georgia State University invites applications for an anticipated position as Lecturer in Political Science, pending budgetary approval. The position is non-tenure track, but it holds the possibility of promotion to Senior Lecturer after the fifth year of service. The successful candidate will have broad training in Political Science, should have a strong commitment to undergraduate education, and should have demonstrated excellence in teaching in one or more of the discipline’s fields. Ability to teach undergraduate research methods in addition to a substantive field will be considered a strength. Candidates for the Lecturer position must have a Ph.D. (or other terminal degree, such as J.D.) in hand by August 2010. Georgia State University is a unit of the University System of Georgia, and is an equal opportunity institution and an EEO/AA employer. An offer of employment will be conditional on background verification. Review of applications will begin on January 22 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of reference to Dr. William M. Downs, Lecturer Search, Department of Political Science, Georgia State University, 38 Peachtree Center Ave, 1005 General Classroom Building, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.”