Adjunct Instructor of Government and Business Policy
University of Southern California Department of Public Policy
United States

Adjunct Instructor of Government and Business Policy

Faculty Faculty Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California

Sol Price School of Public Policy

Adjunct Instructor of Government and Business Policy

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 government and business policy. The successful candidate should possess a Ph.D. in public policy 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 357 Government and Business (“Interrelated roles of business and public institutions; effects of public policies and laws on business sector; incorporates public and business perspectives.”) in the Spring 2021 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

The business firm is a central institution in society. Yet, citizens and public decision makers often lack a full understanding of its role in society, and how its behavior is affected by public policy. The actions of governments profoundly affect firm decision making. If public decision makers do not understand the effects of their actions, they risk generating unintended consequences that could defeat their goals. Moreover, in a democracy all citizens need to understand and appreciate the roles of the different sectors and how they interact. This course explores a variety of public policy issues facing business firms from the perspective of both the business manager, concerned with organizational performance, and the public decision maker, concerned with solving societal problems. We consider firm strategy in an effort to understand and predict their likely responses to public policies, with the goal of improved policy analysis. We develop the insight that can be gained from looking at the same issue from the perspectives of both the public and business sectors to broaden the knowledge and perspective of future decision makers in both sectors.

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:

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.

REQ20093359 Posted Date: 09/16/2020

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