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Faculty/Lecturer/GSI Position Listings

No faculty searches are currently being conducted in the Department of Political Science.  Please check back upon the start of the 21-22 academic year.

The Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science in the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary lecturers to teach courses as needed in the areas of American Politics, California Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Methodology & Formal Theory, Political Theory & Philosophy, Models & Politics, Political Behavior, Public Law & Jurisprudence, and Public Policy & Organization.

The number of positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the department. Positions may range from 33% to 100%, depending on the number of classes being taught.

Appointments typically start at the beginning of the semester and may be renewed based on need, funding, and performance.

General Duties: In addition to teaching responsibilities, general duties include holding office hours, assigning grades, advising students, preparing course materials (e.g. syllabus), and maintaining a course website.

Basic Qualifications: Bachelor's degree (or equivalent international degree) is required at the time of application.

Preferred Qualifications: Completion of all Ph.D. (or international equivalent) degree requirements except dissertation at the time of application or, full-time paid political experience of at least 4 years within the last 10 years. Experience teaching remotely is a plus.

Salary: Initial salary will be based on applicant’s teaching experience. The current minimum salary for an academic-year full-time annual salary is $56,381. Lecturers teaching one course in a single semester are typically appointed at a 17% annual rate.

The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching. UC Berkeley has a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family.

To apply, please go to the following link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02676. Letters of reference may be solicited for finalists.

When and if the department contacts references, all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.
The department typically reviews applications for fall course needs in April/May, for spring course needs in October/November, and for summer course needs in February/March. Summer session classes are held during the months of May-August.

Please note: The use of a lecturer pool does not guarantee that an open position exists. See the review date specified in AP Recruit to learn whether the department is currently reviewing applications for a specific position. If there is no future review date specified, your application may not be considered at this time.

Please direct questions to Kristine Nera at knera@berkeley.edu

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Thank you for your interest in being a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) for the Department of Political Science.  We start our hiring process in April for the Fall/Summer semester and October for the Spring semester. We give priority to Department of Political Science graduate students but often hire qualified graduate students from outside the department. We will continue to accept applications until all positions are filled.

The Department of Political Science often has GSI positions available. Graduate students from other departments are encouraged to apply. 

All Political Science GSI appointments are 50% time and include a partial fee remission. For more information, please see: https://grad.berkeley.edu/financial/fee-remissions/

Applicants must meet Graduate Division requirements in order to be appointed:

  • be a registered student in the semester of their appointment 
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • have no more than 2 incomplete grades

In addition, appointed GSIs must meet Graduate Division’s General GSI Qualifications listed here: https://grad.berkeley.edu/financial/appointments/handbook/#gsiappointments

Further information on GSI guidelines, resources and support can be found on the Graduate Division’s Teaching and Resource Center website:  http://gsi.berkeley.edu/

SUMMER GSI POSTIONS- Open, application deadline April 4, 2021

Click here to apply for a Summer 2021 GSI position

FALL 2021 GSI POSITION- Coming Soon

This document gives a general outline of typical duties of Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs). Instructors are free to vary the duties, subject to not exceeding the number of hours specified in (4). It is very important that GSIs and instructors meet at the beginning of the semester to clarify the instructor's requirements. 

  • Attend lectures
  • Instruction of 2 sections with 27 students per section each week
  • Preparation
  • Hold office hours per week
  • Supervisor/ASE(s) meetings
  • Read and evaluate student papers and exams
  • Proctor  examinations
  • Perform individual and/or group tutoring
  • Maintain/submit student records (e.g. grades)

A GSI with a 50% appointment shall not be assigned a workload of more than 340 hours per semester or a workload of over 40 hours in any one week.  The number of hours worked in excess of 20 hours per week may not total more than 77 hours per semester. 

In addition, a GSI with an appointment of 50% or less shall not be assigned a workload of more than 40 hours in any one week or more than 8 hours in any one day.

It's important to note that lower division courses, POLSCI 1, POLSCI 2, POLSCI, 3, POLSCI 4, & POLSCI 5, and uper division courses, POLSCI 103, POLSCI 124A , POLSCI 124B, POLSCI 145A, POLSCI 116C & POLSCI 112C, have discussion sections that are 2 hours long. 

If you find your work exceeds this limit, consult the instructor. If the problem is not resolved, contact the GSI Faculty Coordinator, Daniel Lee