Visiting Instructor - School of Public Affairs

$50,000 yearly
  • University of South Florida, School of Public Affairs
  • 4202 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL, USA
  • Nov 19, 2020
Full time   Political Science & International Relations

Job Description


The School of Public Affairs in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of South Florida seeks applicants for a 9 month, full time Visiting Instructor position, with possible extensions for a second and/or third year, with an emphasis in Public Policy, Public Administration, and/or State and Local Politics.

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate students, conduct applied research projects, and engage in public service. Primary applied research and teaching responsibilities will be in state and local politics, public policy, and/or public administration. Teaching responsibilities will include the public policy internship program undergraduate curriculum (e.g. Public Policy Making, Intro to American Government, State and Local Politics) as well as upper-level electives and graduate courses in our MPA program. The successful candidate would also likely provide new offerings in a specific area of public policy or public administration, specifically a keen understanding of the legislative process for the state of Florida and local government within the state of Florida. Secondary applied research and teaching interests may include urban politics; municipal government; environmental politics; public management; budgeting; economic development; representative bureaucracy; ethics; diversity, equity, and inclusion in public and non-profit management; anti-essentialism; or other areas consistent with the needs of the school. The individual selected for the position will also offer course instruction, advising, and coordinating assistance to students enrolled in the Legislative Internship Program (LIP) and Tallahassee Internship Programs (TIP). LIP and TIP initiatives are jointly offered through the School of Public Affairs and the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications: Doctoral degree from an accredited institution in political science, public administration, public policy, or related discipline or equivalent qualifications based on professional experience and otherwise qualified to perform assigned duties. Must meet university criteria for appointment to the rank of Instructor.

Preferred Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate evidence of:

  1. Teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level
  2. A specialization in (American) state and local politics, public policy, and/or public administration
  3. Experience giving presentations at professional conferences
  4. Evidence of graduate-level coursework in American public policy and/or public administration on their transcripts
  5. Experience working in local government in the state of Florida as a city/county manager
  6. Knowledge of the inner workings of the state of Florida legislative process
  7. Experience working with local, state, and federal elected officials

Application Details

 When applying to an opening you will have the opportunity to upload a cover letter and resume. Apply online by completing the required information and attaching your cover letter and resume. Please include your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above. YOUR COVER LETTER AND RESUME, PLUS ANY OTHER REQUESTED MATERIAL, MUST BE IN ONE ATTACHMENT. Only online applications are accepted for this position. 

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The University of South Florida is a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success. Over the past 10 years, no other public university in the country has risen faster in U.S. News and World Report's national university rankings than USF. Serving more than 50,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee, USF is designated as a Preeminent State Research University by the Florida Board of Governors, placing it in the most elite category among the state's 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference. Working at USF With more than 16,000 employees at USF, the University of South Florida is one of the largest employers in the Tampa Bay region. At USF you will find opportunities to excel in a rich academic environment that fosters the development and advancement of our employees. We believe in creating a talented, engaged, and driven workforce through on-going development and career opportunities. We also offer a first class benefit package that includes medical, dental and life insurance plans, retirement plan options, tuition program and generous leave programs and more. 


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Application Deadline

November 19, 2020