Job Details

University of Denver
  • Position Number: 4887803
  • Location: Denver, CO
  • Position Type: Liberal Arts - Political Science

Adjunct Faculty, Socio-Legal Studies Program

Job No: 497017
Work Type: Adjunct Faculty
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The Socio-legal Studies Program at the University of Denver is an interdisciplinary program offering undergraduate students the opportunity to earn a major or minor by taking classes offered in various departments, all addressing topics and issues associated with the study of law and society. The program serves 135 majors, many of whom express interest in attending law school. Others intend to pursue post-graduate employment in government and in non-profit organizations. For more information about the program, see

The University of Denver's mission is to be a great private university dedicated to the public good. Situated in a vibrant urban region that is home to 2.8 million people, the University values diversity and inclusion and recognizes that its success depends on how well it welcomes and engages the broad diversity of our constituents in an environment of mutual respect. See for more details.

Position Summary

The Socio-legal Studies Program at the University of Denver seeks to hire an adjunct instructor for the Spring 2024 term, March 1-June 30th to teach an upper division undergraduate course on a law and society topic. DU's academic terms consist of ten weeks of instruction and one week of final exam period. The course will be listed in the Political Science Department.

Essential Duties
  • Teach a 10-week in person course on campus in two sessions of 110 minutes each per week
  • Hold weekly office hours (either on campus or virtually, via Zoom video-conferencing)
  • Assign and evaluate papers and exams as appropriate, and be available to assist students with course requirements.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Subject matter expertise in a relevant field
  • Experience with course management software (blackboard, canvas, or similar) or ability to complete trainings on Canvas (DU's current system)
  • Ability to provide feedback to students in a timely manner
  • Ability to meet deliverable deadlines

Required Qualifications
  • Master's degree or ABD in political science or closely related social science field (e.g. international relations or political sociology) or JD.
  • Evidence of a commitment to incorporate inclusive teaching methods to engage diverse student populations effectively.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Political Science or closely related social science field (e.g. international studies, socio-legal studies, or political sociology).
  • Previous experience teaching a college-level course in political science as the primary instructor.
  • Experience interacting with and effectively teaching diverse communities of students.
  • Experience using the following features of the Canvas course management system: Assignment submission, discussion boards, quizzes, announcements, files, and the gradebook.

Work Schedule

While the University's administrative offices are open Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, faculty schedules vary from term to term and are based on courses taught, service commitments, and research agendas. The University's academic calendars are posted on the registrar's website (the law school is on a semester system and has a different academic calendar).

Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; for best consideration, please submit your application materials by Friday, February 2, 2024.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Course Rate

The 2024 adjunct rate is $4772 per four credit course.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, available market information, and course enrollment, but not based on a candidate's sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers some benefits for non-benefited employees. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

Please note: The documents should be uploaded as PDF files only.
  1. Cover letter detailing your qualifications for the position; the course or courses (up to two) you are prepared to teach (please specify the titles and give a brief description of courses in the field of law and society); your prior experience using course management software (e.g. Canvas, Blackboard, etc.); and your strategies to constructively and effectively engage students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles.
  2. CV that lists degrees earned; sub-field specializations for those degrees; courses taught where relevant; and relevant work experience relating to the course(s) you propose to teach.
  3. List three references, with email and phone numbers, who can comment on your qualifications to teach college-level courses in the field of law and society.

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non-Discrimination-Statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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