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Become A Political Science Instructor

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Working As A Political Science Instructor

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Make Decisions

  • $85,520

    Average Salary

What Does A Political Science Instructor Do At Chippewa Valley Technical College

* Design and implement effective learning strategies and environments.
* Deliver instruction of high quality.
* Assess student learning.
* Advise students.
* Maintain labs as appropriate.
* Participate in college activities and pursue ongoing professional development.
* Develop a relevant and progressive curriculum.
* Please view the Adjunct Instructor Position Description for additional roles and responsibilities of adjunct instructors at CVTC

What Does A Political Science Instructor Do At SC Department of Public Safety

* Instruction including hands on and theory, classroom management, and administrative tasks that may include reports, syllabus and lesson plan development.
* Prepare and/or maintain current course syllabi for course taught.
* Ensure that course is taught in accordance with the established syllabi.
* Recommend for approval adequate instructional materials for course.
* Recommend adequate laboratory facilities/equipment for assigned course.
* Supervision of students

What Does A Political Science Instructor Do At Bridgewater State University

* The Political Science Department invites applications for a part-time faculty position.
* Courses include Intro to American Government.
* Courses may be offered on the main campus in Bridgewater or at satellite campus’ in Attleboro and on Cape Cod

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How To Become A Political Science Instructor

Educational requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of educational institution. Most commonly, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges. In career and technical schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.


Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year colleges and universities typically need a doctoral degree in their field. Some schools may hire those with a master’s degree or those who are doctoral degree candidates for some specialties, such as fine arts, or for some part-time positions.

Doctoral programs generally take multiple years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree program. They spend time completing a master’s degree and then writing a doctoral dissertation, which is a paper presenting original research in the student’s field of study. Candidates usually specialize in a subfield, such as organic chemistry or European history.

Community colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s degree. However, in some fields, there are more applicants than available positions. In these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.

Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. At a minimum they must hold the degree of the program in which they are teaching. For example, the teacher must hold an associate’s degree if they teach a program that is at the associate’s degree level. In addition, work experience or certification may be just as important as education for getting a postsecondary teaching job at a career or technical school.

Other Experience

Some institutions may prefer to hire those with teaching or other work experience, but this is not a requirement for all fields or for all employers.

In health specialties, art, or education fields, hands-on work experience in the industry can be important. Postsecondary teachers in these fields often gain experience by working in an occupation related to their field of expertise.

In fields such as biological science, physics, and chemistry, some postsecondary teachers have postdoctoral research experience. These short-term jobs, sometimes called “post-docs,” usually involve working for 2 to 3 years as a research associate or in a similar position, often at a college or university.

Some postsecondary teachers gain teaching experience by working as graduate teaching assistants—students who are enrolled in a graduate program and teach classes in the institution in which they are enrolled.

Some postsecondary teachers, especially adjunct professors, have another job in addition to teaching.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Postsecondary teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license, certification, or registration, may need to have—or they may benefit from having—the same credential. For example, a postsecondary nursing teacher might need a nursing license or a postsecondary education teacher might need a teaching license.


A major goal for postsecondary teachers with a doctoral degree is attaining a tenure—a guarantee that a professor cannot be fired without just cause. It can take up to 7 years of moving up the ranks in tenure-track positions. The ranks are assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Tenure is granted through a review of the candidate’s research, contribution to the institution, and teaching.

Tenure and tenure track positions are declining as institutions are relying more heavily on part-time faculty.

Some tenured professors advance to administrative positions, such as dean or president. For information on deans and other administrative positions, see the profile on postsecondary education administrators. For more information about college and university presidents, see the profile on top executives.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. To challenge established theories and beliefs, conduct original research, and design experiments, postsecondary teachers need good critical-thinking skills.

Interpersonal skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be able to work well with others and must have good communication skills to serve on committees and give lectures.

Resourcefulness. Postsecondary teachers need to be able to present information in a way that students will understand. They need to adapt to the different learning styles of their students and teach students who have little or no experience with the subject.

Speaking skills. Postsecondary teachers need good communication skills to give lectures.

Writing skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be skilled writers to publish original research and analysis.

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Political Science Instructor Demographic


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  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Spanish

  • German

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • Greek

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • Serbian

  • Samoan

  • Filipino

  • Dutch

  • Carrier

  • Arabic

  • Korean

  • Italian

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Real Political Science Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Instructor of Politics Whitman College Walla Walla, WA Jan 08, 2016 $67,000
Instructor of Political Science Grinnell College Grinnell, IA Aug 01, 2011 $61,800
Instructor In Political Science Dickinson College Carlisle, PA Jul 01, 2014 $59,060 -
Political Science Instructor Bellevue College Bellevue, WA Oct 01, 2009 $57,743
Instructor In Political Science Dickinson College Carlisle, PA Jul 01, 2011 $54,300 -
Philosophy/Political Science Instructor Tenure Track) Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon, WA Jun 23, 2015 $50,356
Instructor Political Science Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM Aug 25, 2014 $49,509
Instructor Political Science Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM Aug 25, 2014 $49,508
Political Science University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA Dec 04, 2009 $47,250
Instructor Political Science Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM Aug 25, 2014 $47,030
Instructor In Political Science Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA Jun 01, 2014 $45,000
Instructor of Political Science Saginaw Valley State University Center, MI Jul 01, 2015 $44,000
Instructor of Political Science Saginaw Valley State University Center, MI Jul 01, 2014 $44,000

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Top Skills for A Political Science Instructor


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Top Political Science Instructor Skills

  1. Political Science Courses
  2. American Government
  3. Public Policy
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided instruction in a full range of undergraduate Political Science courses within the Political Science major.
  • Instructed over two hundred students in the state core course of American Government over three semesters.
  • Teach upper and lower level International Relations, U.S.
  • Review of Keeping the Republic: Power and Citizenship in American Politics by Barbour, C. & Wright, G.C.
  • Research methods instructor, introduced students to statistical concepts, sampling techniques and taught basics of predictive modeling.

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