Instructor of Government


Website Howard Payne University

Job Title: Instructor of Government

Department: History and Government

Reports To: Dr. Millard Kimery, Dean of Humanities

Classification: Full-Time, Exempt Faculty

Prepared By: Dr. Millard Kimery, Dean of Humanities

Prepared Date: December 15, 2021

Approved By: Katrina Lynn, Director of Human Resources

Approved Date: December 15, 2021

Expectation and Condition of Employment – Howard Payne University, a church-related institution affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, seeks to employ evangelical Christians who are dedicated to teaching and service as they model the principles of the Christian faith and the University’s sincere religious beliefs.

Howard Payne University (hereafter, University) is committed to the integration of learning and Christian faith in the pursuit of truth. Employees are expected to embrace the Christian Mission Statement and Core Values of the University and must support the University’s affirmation of traditional Christian and Baptist beliefs by leading lives of service through active involvement in Christian activities both on campus and through a local church.

Mission Statement – Howard Payne University is a Christ-centered academic community dedicated to excellence by developing and equipping the whole person for intellectual inquiry, personal and professional integrity, and service to God and humanity.

Core Values of Howard Payne University – Seeking to engage the life of the mind and the life of the Spirit, Howard Payne University affirms that:

  • God is the loving creator of all things and the author of all truth;
  • Because God is the author of all truth, open inquiry is an act of intellect and of faith and is to be wholly embraced;
  • Because open inquiry is an act of intellect and of faith, such efforts must proceed from rigorous academic standards and genuine commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord;
  • For open inquiry to contain rigorous academic standards and genuine Christian commitment, there must be at all times a supportive learning environment that affirms human dignity for all as created in the image of God; and
  • Committing oneself to the teachings of Jesus will result in Christ-centered, God-honoring and humanity-serving life choices characterized by honesty, integrity, healthy lifestyles and personal responsibility.

As a condition of employment, employees agree to be paid by Direct Deposit.

Job Summary – The Department of History and Government seeks an instructor (specific rank will be determined by credentials and experience) with primary teaching and advising responsibility in the Jurisprudence area of emphasis.  The Instructor of Government will teach a full academic load consisting of 24-27 hours per nine-month academic year. Courses taught will depend on departmental need and the applicant’s experience and expertise, but will include:

  • American Government, Research & Writing in the Social Sciences (required freshman-level honors course)
  • American Jurisprudence (Intro to Law)
  • Law & Society, Topics in Law, Constitutional Theory I: Powers, Constitutional Theory II: Rights

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned by the Chair of the Department of History and Government.

  1. Academic advising for departmental majors, primarily in the Jurisprudence emphasis
  2. Prelaw Advisor for the purposes of both LSAC representation and the process of student selection, application, and admission to law schools
  3. Instructor/sponsor for Moot Court and Mock Trial programs, with prior experience at the law school and undergraduate levels (the AMCA organization in general and the TUMCA circuit in particular) strongly preferred
  4. Service as senior honors thesis advisor in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy: The Program for Civic Leadership and Public Policy and/or as grading panelist for theses
  5. Service to department and University as assigned, to include membership on committees or other secondary administrative responsibilities as appropriate and necessary
  6. Maintain professional competencies and exhibit effective tools of university-level teaching (lectures, discussions, assessments, feedback, etc.).
  7. Enthusiastic participation in and engagement with diverse University and community constituencies.

Competencies – To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. Integration of Faith in the Classroom – Displays proven record of integrating Faith into his/her discipline and the willingness to continue doing so in a manner consistent with the University’s Mission Statement.
  2. Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information, collects and researches data, uses intuition and experience to complement data, designs work flows and procedures
  3. Design – Generates creative solutions, translates concepts and information into images, uses feedback to modify designs, applies design principles, and demonstrates attention to detail
  4. Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner, gathers and analyzes information skillfully, develops alternative solutions, works well problem solving as part of a group, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics
  5. Technical Skills – Assesses their own strengths and weaknesses, pursues training and development opportunities, and strives to build knowledge and skills continuously, shares expertise with others
  6. Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional situations effectively, solicits feedback to improve service, responds to requests for service and assistance promptly and effectively, meets the commitments they make to others
  7. Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict without blaming others, consistently maintains confidentiality, listens to others without interrupting them, keeps their emotions under control, remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things
  1. Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, listens and gets clarification, responds well to questions, demonstrates effective group presentation skills, participates actively in meetings
  2. Teamwork – Balances the needs of the team and individual responsibilities effectively, exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views, gives and welcomes feedback, contributes to building a positive team spirit, puts the success of the team above their own interests, is able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives, supports everyone’s efforts to succeed
  1. Visionary Leadership – Displays passion and optimism, inspires respect and trust and motivates others to perform well, mobilizes others to fulfill the University’s Mission Statement while embracing the University’s Core Values, provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates, exhibits self-confidence and confidence in others, influences actions and opinions of others effectively, accepts feedback from others, gives appropriate recognition to others
  1. Managing People – Includes subordinate employees in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement, takes responsibility for subordinates’ activities, is available to staff, provides regular performance feedback, develops subordinates’ skills and encourages growth, solicits and applies feedback (internal and external), fosters quality focus in others, improves processes and services, continually works to improve supervisory skills
  1. Quality Management – Looks for ways to improve and promote quality, demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness
  1. Diversity – Demonstrates knowledge of Equal Employment Opportunity policy, shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences, educates others on the value of diversity, promotes a harassment-free environment and builds a diverse workforce
  1. Ethics – Treats everyone with respect, keeps commitments, inspires others to trust them, works with integrity and ethically, upholds the University’s Mission Statement and Core Values
  1. University Support – Follows policies and procedures consistently, completes administrative tasks correctly and on time, supports the University’s Mission Statement and Core Values, benefits the University through external community and professional activities, supports affirmative action and respects diversity
  1. Judgment – Displays willingness to make decisions, exhibits sound and accurate judgment, supports and explains reasoning for decisions, includes appropriate people in the decision-making process, makes timely decisions
  1. Professional Development – Is involved in on-going professional development activities to remain current in his/her chosen teaching discipline
  1. Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness, looks for ways to improve and promote quality, applies effective feedback to improve performance, and monitors their own work to ensure quality
  1. Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time, ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent, arrives at meetings and appointments on time
  1. Style and Philosophy – Uses a teaching style and philosophy that engages students in the subject matter, particularly in a course for non-majors, takes calculated risks in teaching style to engage students
  1. Structure and Planning – Structures courses and prioritizes and plans lectures and classroom activities to give students the best opportunity for learning and critical thinking, uses time efficiently and organizes and schedules student’s tasks appropriately, develops realistic action plans for students
  1. Professionalism – Approaches students in a respectful and tactful manner. Reacts well under pressure and treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position, accepts responsibility for own actions and follows through on commitments

Qualifications – To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each Essential Duty and Responsibility listed above satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the Essential Duties and Responsibilities. 

  1. Education and Experience – Acceptable credentials include a Juris Doctorate, a Master’s degree, and/or Ph.D. in a relevant field or fields. Preference will be given to candidates with practical and relevant law school/LSAC experience and the ability and credentials to teach across disciplinary lines, with stronger preference for credentials that contribute directly to the department’s offerings (GOV and HIS majors, educator preparation program, etc.). Additional preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the capacity to contribute meaningfully to the university’s multidisciplinary Honors Academy through instruction (of legal foundations, introductory research/writing, etc.) and advising (of senior theses, academic/career, etc.).
  2. Language Skills – Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations in English, ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals effectively, ability to present information and respond to questions effectively from groups of students, other employees, trustees and the public
  3. Math Skills – Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages and area, ability to apply concepts of basic algebra
  4. Reasoning Ability – Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems in English, ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.,) in its most difficult phases, ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables
  5. Computer Skills – To perform this job successfully, an individual should have a good working knowledge of commonly used Internet browsers; Blackboard, Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel software.
  6. License – Must be at least 21 years old to drive any vehicle, including personally owned vehicles, on behalf of the University. Occasional travel to co-curricular events such as Model UN, Moot Court, Mock Trial, etc.
  7. Physical Demands – The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the Essential Duties and Responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the Essential Duties and Responsibilities. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to speak and hear. They will frequently be required to use hands to finger, handle or feel.  Occasionally the employee will be required to stand, sit, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee may be required to lift 10-25 pounds occasionally. The employee will need close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  8. Work Environment – The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the Essential Duties and Responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the Essential Duties and Responsibilities.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals used to clean and/or renovate buildings and maintain the grounds of the University. The noise level in the work environment is moderately loud.

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