Apply Now: Assistant Teaching Professor at SCETL at Arizona State University

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Apply Now: Assistant Teaching Professor at the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, Arizona State University


The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership (SCETL) invites applications for a full-time, benefits-eligible Assistant Teaching Professor beginning August 2023.

This is a fixed-term, academic year (nine month) appointment with no tenure implications. Subsequent academic year renewals (Aug. 16 to May 15) are contingent upon performance, availability of resources, and the needs of the unit. This faculty member also supports the Graduate Studies program for the School, during the academic year and part of the summer. The new School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership aims to develop a new kind of leader, blending tradition and innovation by blending liberal arts education and civic education in its degrees and academic programs, including in its M.A. in Classical Liberal Education and Leadership.

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION/COMPETENCE:  Political Philosophy and Thought, and American Political Thought; to include economic thought and political economy; and administration of an academic degree program, preferably a graduate degree. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and teaching undergraduate courses in civic thought to include a course the history of moral and political thought, a course in American political thought, and a course in the history of economic thought and debates on capitalism. Further, the successful candidate will develop combined graduate (M.A.) and undergraduate seminars in particular areas of moral and political thought, American political thought and leadership, and economic thought. These courses will be taught in-person and online, with the majority taught in-person.

ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES:  In addition to teaching, administrative responsibilities will focus on supporting the Director of Graduate Studies (a tenured professor) to manage and develop the School’s M.A. degree; to include working with a graduate studies committee, and collaborating with the academic advisor along with other School staff. The Graduate Director is charged with building enrollment in this new M.A. degree, both in Arizona and nationally (courses are offered both in person and as live online seminars), and both among school teachers and a broader set of potential graduate students seeking a liberal arts foundation for civic leadership.


The successful candidate must posses:

  1. a Ph.D. or DPhil in Political Science, History, or related disciplines with a focus on political thought and/or American political thought;
  2. demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching, including Socratic, discussion-based teaching;
  3. demonstrated evidence of organizational and communication skills;
  4. and demonstrated effectiveness working with diverse student, faculty, and staff populations and communities.

Application Instructions:

To apply, submit the following application materials:

  1. a curriculum vitae;
  2. a cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications (addressed to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Karen Taliaferro);
  3. contact information (including email addresses) for three references;
  4. and a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to demographic, cultural, and intellectual diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence.

For further information, contact Teaching Professor Search Committee, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, at; or the search committee Chair: Dr. Karen Taliaferro, at

For more information and to apply, click here >>

The application deadline is April 6, 2023.



From the program

The School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership (SCETL), entering its sixth year, is a growing academic and civic enterprise with an undergraduate major and minor, undergraduate PPE certificate, an M.A. degree in Classical Liberal Education and Leadership, an ambitious speakers program – the Civic Discourse Project – and two Centers for research and public outreach.

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