Adjunct Instructor of Economics for Public Policy

University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy

Adjunct Instructor of Economics for Public Policy

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 503 – Economics for Public Policy. Preference will be given to candidates with prior teaching experience and excellent teaching evaluations.

Course Description: Economic theory as applied to public policy. Concepts of efficiency and equity, analysis of market failure and policy interventions. The course provides the analytical toolkit needed for useful analysis of public policy, public administration, and socioeconomic topics. Faculty teaches foundational concepts in public policy analysis, decision analysis, and public management by applying modeling techniques. The course surveys topics from across an extensive body of analytical literature including a review of relevant mathematical and modeling issues, introducing core microeconomic concepts of supply and demand, utility theory, production theory, and market structures. Microeconomics is taught for modeling how a consumer makes decisions, how welfare changes, and how new goods enter the market. Exploration of the cost-benefit tradeoff and how the cost-benefit model (CBA) helps students understand policy challenges around regulation, land use, and capital projects. Macroeconomic framework for policy problems at a national or international scale and a discussion of macroeconomic concepts such as inflation, growth, interest rates, and why they are essential to those that work (or interact with) the public sector. The course applies economic concepts and theories to emerging topics in Public Health Economics, Behavioral Economics, Environmental Economics, and Normative Economics. Students will create a semester-long “economic analysis,” which requires application of one of three economic models to a policy problem.

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