Adjunct Instructor of Collaborative Governance

University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy

Adjunct Instructor of Collaborative Governance

Sol Price School of Public Policy Faculty Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California

Sol Price School of Public Policy

Adjunct Instructor

Department of Governance & Management

Master of Public Administration Online (MPAOL)

The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy invites applicants for an adjunct faculty position in the area of Public Administration. The successful candidate should possess a Ph.D. in Public Administration or a related subject. A Master’s degree may be acceptable with appropriate experience. The candidate will be able to teach graduate-level methods material for the following class: PPD 672 – Collaborative Governance. Preference will be given to candidates with prior teaching experience and excellent teaching evaluations.

Course Description: Theory and practice of collaborative policy and planning processes involving stakeholders from public, private and nonprofit sectors. Leadership skills in the design and facilitation of multiparty negotiations and consensus-building. A defining focus of the Price School of Public Policy is its recognition that solving society’s most difficult and important problems requires the combined strengths of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Working across sectors requires an understanding of institutional complexity, and an ability to resolve conflict and seek collaborative solutions. This course provides a foundation in understanding institutional arrangements and developing the skills necessary for effective intersectoral policy development, planning, and management. This course provides knowledge and tools to design, lead, negotiate, and evaluate programs and policies that have intersectoral dimensions. The case discussions throughout the course are place-based examples primarily in the United States. Faculty should guide students to the following: analyze the institutional and stakeholder context of public issues, compare the structure, procedures, and goals of various types of intersectoral collaboration such as advisory committees and public-private partnerships; evaluate whether collaborative strategies are appropriate in a given context and argue for and against using collaborative versus conventional approaches; practice principled, interest-based negotiation in intersectoral contexts; design and facilitate intersectoral consensus-building processes, describe challenges in cross-cultural communication, and strategies to overcome them; communicate about collaborative governance through written and verbal presentations.

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.

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, one or more sample syllabi, and one or more sets of sample teaching evaluations.