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Adjunct Instructor of Leading a Collaborative City

Faculty Faculty Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California

Sol Price School of Public Policy

Adjunct Instructor of Leading a Collaborative City

Department of Urban Planning & Spatial Analysis

The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy invites applicants for an adjunct faculty position in the area of leading a collaborative city. The successful candidate should possess a Masters degree with strong training in planning, real estate or development. The candidate will be able to teach a graduate level methods courses related to one or more of the following areas: Collaboration. Preference will be given to candidates with prior teaching experience and excellent teaching evaluations.

PLUS 671: This course considers how to foster thriving communities in a context where social problem-solving and innovation involve cross-sectoral decision-making and governance. It investigates the problems and issues confronting metropolitan communities and discusses how the actions of public, private, and nonprofit entities can support economic well-being, community health, civic life, and a quality-built environment. The purpose is to interrogate the underpinnings of contemporary issues in policy, planning, and development and to develop theoretical and practical frameworks that may be employed in crafting solutions. This course will converge on a set of leadership, ethics, and negotiation skills tailored to a cross-sectoral group of professionals in planning and development. Instruction will focus on the collaborative approaches necessary to bridging the needs of stakeholders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. As a secondary objective, the course may introduce metrics for performance assessment, project management, methods of writing requests for proposals and responding to such requests, and team-building within and across organizations.

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.

REQ20093773 Posted Date: 09/29/2020

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