Lecturer Positions for Undergraduate Program in Public Affairs (2022-2023)
University of California Los Angeles
Location: Los Angeles, California
Internal Number: 3216799
Lecturer Positions for Undergraduate Program in Public Affairs (2022-2023) University of California Los Angeles
Requisition Number: JPF07418
Lecturer Positions in Public Affairs (2022-2023)
The Undergraduate Program in Public Affairs seeks applications for temporary, part-time (non-Senate) lecturer positions during the 2022-2023 academic year to teach one or more of the following:
PUB AFF 10. Social Problems and Social Change The lecturer will teach a required course that introduces students to various social scientific approaches to the study of social problems and their solutions. Drawing from concepts in economics, political science, and sociology, and using selected contemporary social problems as cases, this course explores how social problems and their solutions come to be identified, the roles that economic, political, educational, and cultural institutions play in perpetuating or solving social problems, and how individuals, social advocates, and communities can lead or impede social change.
PUB AFF 20. Power, Politics and Policy Change in the U.S. The lecturer will teach a required course that introduces students to the key institutions of government, politics, and policy in U.S., covering their history, contemporary forms, and internal dynamics. The course covers not only the various scales and branches of government but also institutions that exercise power and influence in public decision making and social action, such as corporations, unions, media, social movements, and civil society. Students learn to analyze how ideas and power are contested in the processes of social change and political conflict. The course examines topics such as institutional behavior, logic of collective action, interest groups, and the ideas, practices, and limits of liberal democracy.
PUB AFF 40. Microeconomics for Public Affairs The lecturer will teach a required course that introduces students to the principles of microeconomics with a focus on questions in public policy, such as housing policy/rent control, the design of the social safety net, minimum wages, unemployment benefits, education policies, and inequality and poverty. The goals of the course are (1) to introduce students to the way economists approach policy problems, (2) introduce students to some of the canonical models of microeconomics, and (3) help students develop the skills to apply these models to new policy problems.
PUB AFF 50. Foundations and Debates in Public Thought The lecturer will teach a required course that introduces students to core concepts of democracy and equality as well as to the challenges to implementation posed by race/ethnicity, class, gender, and other social cleavages. Students study standards by which political systems can be judged 'democratic' and identify obstacles posed by institutional design, socio-cultural values such as anti-intellectualism and authoritarianism, and social inequality. The course explores pluralist theories of democratic politics and their critiques, examines alternative mechanisms of decision making such as deliberative democracy instruments, and carefully examines the concept of justice as the criterion by which systems are judged. This course satisfies the undergraduate diversity requirement.
PUB AFF 70. Information, Evidence, and Persuasion The lecturer will teach a required course that reviews the scientific method that underlies most social science investigation, teaches students about cognitive biases that shape how we receive and process information, provides tools that students can use to recognize fallacious arguments, and helps students develop and advance strong and compelling arguments.
PUB AFF 80. How Social Environments Shape Human Development The lecturer will teach a required course about human development in social context. It provides an overview of major theoretical, conceptual, and empirical traditions in the study of human development. It explores how diverse cultural, social, socioeconomic, and historical contexts interact to affect individuals and families during key developmental periods, including infancy/early childhood, childhood, adolescence, emerging adulthood, and middle and late adulthood. The course critically examines the enduring effects of social policy, political/social climate, and structural and economic inequality related to race, nationality, gender, sexuality and health status on human development and well-being across the life-course.
PUB AFF 111. Market Failures and Inequality The lecturer will teach an upper-division course focused on teaching students how to apply economic data and theory to policy challenges. These policy challenges vary depending on the subject matter expertise of instructor but have in the past included climate change and economic inequality. This course provides an opportunity for students to deepen and broaden their exposure to economic approaches to policy analysis.
PUB AFF 113. Policy Analysis The lecturer will teach an upper-division course on applied policy analysis. The course reviews the conceptional foundations of problem analysis, trains students in the logic of policy analysis, introduces students to various tools (such as cost-benefit analysis) that are useful in policy analysis, considers challenges to policy and program adoption and implementation, and prepares students to communicate their analyses effectively.
In addition to the above courses, the Undergraduate Program in Public Affairs will consider applications for part-time lectureships (Non-Senate) in others areas of Public Affairs not specified above. Appointments are generally made by quarter for the following term dates:
Fall: October 1 - December 31 Winter: January 1 - March 31 Spring: April 1 - June 30
Responsibilities include revising the syllabus for existing courses and developing lectures and other course materials; lecturing; holding regularly scheduled office hours; being responsive and helpful to students; developing assignments, papers, and/or exams; grading assignments, papers and/or exams; and managing teaching assistants.
We seek candidates with subject matter expertise relevant to the particular course and a strong commitment to excellence in teaching. We prefer candidates who have successfully taught similar courses in the past and who hold a Ph.D. in Public Policy, Social Welfare, Urban Planning, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Communications, or a related field. Ph.D. students who have advanced to candidacy, have teaching experience, and excellent teaching evaluations may also be considered.
Applicants should apply via https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF07418 and submit the following: -Letter of interest -Curriculum Vitae -Teaching statement -Teaching evaluations from relevant and recent courses -Statement on contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion (please describe any teaching strategies you currently use or plan to use to foster a diverse and inclusive learning experience, and to enable all students to excel and fully participate in the learning process.) -List of three professional references
Please note: Internal applicants will be considered for reappointments prior to consideration of external applicants.
Applications received by June 30, 2022 will be given full consideration.
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