Adjunct Instructor in Public Policy Analysis
University of Southern California Department of Public Policy
United States

Adjunct Instructor of Public Policy Analysis

Faculty Faculty Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California

Sol Price School of Public Policy

Adjunct Instructor of Public Policy Analysis

Department of Public Policy

The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy invites applicants for an adjunct faculty position to teach in the area of statistics for policy, planning, and development. The successful candidate should possess a Ph.D. in public policy, political science, or a related field; a Master’s degree may be acceptable with appropriate experience. The candidate will be able to teach the undergraduate course PPD 315 Analytic Foundations for Public Policy (“Qualitative methods of analysis; ethical and political implications of policy choices; issue diagnosis and policy design skills; critical reasoning and ethics; policy leadership”) in the Fall 2020 semester. Preference will be given to candidates with prior teaching experience and excellent teaching evaluations.

Adjunct instructor responsibilities include delivery of course content, scheduling office hours and being accessible to students as appropriate, and grading. Each instructor is expected to provide students with a syllabus outlining the course goals, schedule and all requirements for the course under the direction of the Department Chair.

Course Description

This course is designed to provide you with an introduction to the study of public policy, the practice of policy analysis and the politics of policy formulation and implementation. Policy analysis is the art, craft, and science of providing problem-solving advice to managers, policy-makers, or citizens. In this course we will examine the complexity of policy problems, methods for designing better policies, and the strategies and tools used by policy actors. The major goals of this course are to orient students to the study of public policies, methods, and tools in policy analysis as well as the incentives and strategies permeating policymaking in the U.S.; to develop the ability to critically review policy analyses and policy-relevant research; and to provide a foundation for a critical review and understanding of how policies are formulated, as well as the ability to digest and analyze emerging policy issues.

About the Sol Price School of Public Policy: The mission of the Sol Price School of Public Policy is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad. We achieve this mission through education and research that promote innovative solutions to the most critical issues facing society, with a particular focus on governance, urban development, and social policy. The Price School offers Ph.D. programs in Public Policy and Management and Urban Planning; masters’ degrees in Public Administration, Public Policy, Urban Planning, Health Administration, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and Real Estate Development; executive masters’ degrees; and three undergraduate degrees.  USC is one of the nation’s premiere research universities, and the Price School is a major contributor to the university’s reputation. Our school supports an array of thematic research centers with $35 million in active sponsored research, ranking third overall in funded research at USC on a per faculty basis. Much of the school’s research is conducted through its centers, institutes, and research groups.  For additional information, see our website: https://priceschool.usc.edu/

An Equal Opportunity Employer: USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The University particularly encourages women, members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in undue hardship.

Apply for this Position: Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and (if available) one or more sample syllabi and one or more sets of sample teaching evaluations.


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