Adjunct Instructor of Foundations of Policy Analysis in Public Administration

University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy

Adjunct Instructor of Foundations of Policy Analysis in Public Administration

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

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 554 – Foundations of Policy Analysis. Preference will be given to candidates with prior teaching experience and excellent teaching evaluations.

Course Description: Introduction to public policy analysis; issue diagnosis and policy design; analytic reasoning and argumentation; the role of the public policy professional; ethical issues in policy analysis.

This course discusses the foundations of public policy as a profession and develops basic skills in policy analytic reasoning, policy design, normative analysis and ethics, and argumentation. The goal is to help students understand the complexities of public policy analysis and the value tradeoffs associated with problem solving in a political world that is crisis oriented, cacophonous, and “irrational.” The general orientation is toward American domestic policy making at the national, state, and local levels, although international issues will be addressed as possible through assignments. Faculty should be able to help students frame problems in a way that identifies feasible levers for policy intervention, and to think through the complex value tradeoffs associated with proposed solutions. In this course, students will develop evidence-based arguments and communicate convincingly. Frameworks for problem identification and policy design are presented, social problems involving diverse interests and critical value conflicts are engaged. Critical reasoning skills and written and oral communication are emphasized. The structure of the class is built around Gene Bardach’s “eightfold path” for policy analysis and problem solving.

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.