Assistant Professor of Instruction or Assistant Instructor School of Public Affairs

  • University of South Florida
  • Tampa, FL, USA
  • Feb 24, 2022
Full time Public Administration & Policy

Job Description


Assistant Professor of Instruction or Assistant Instructor School of Public Affairs


Job ID: 30041
Department: School of Public Affairs
 College of Arts & Sciences
Salary Plan: 
Hiring Salary/Salary Range: 



The School of Public Affairs in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of South Florida seeks applicants for a 9-month, renewable, full-time appointment at the rank of Assistant Instructor/Assistant Professor of Instruction with an emphasis in Public Policy, Public Administration, and/or State and Local Politics. The successful candidate will primarily teach undergraduate students but may also be assigned to teach 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. The successful candidate will also be responsible to organize, manage, and deliver the public policy internship programs offered by the school. 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; public management; 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 be responsible to offer course instruction, advising, and coordinating assistance to students enrolled in the Legislative Internship Program (LIP) and Tallahassee Internship Programs (TIP) offered through the School of Public Affairs. Some travel to Tallahassee, the Capitol, and placement sites across the Tampa Bay area is required.



Preferred and Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree plus 5 years of experience in Applied Public Policy. Must meet university criteria for appointment to the rank of Instructor.


Preferred Qualifications:
Ph.D. in political science, public administration, public policy, or related discipline.


Demonstrated experience in the following areas:

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

Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Salary is competitive and negotiable commensurate with rank.


Application Details

Application Materials:


Applications must include the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Academic CV
  • A statement of teaching philosophy (including teaching and contributing to a diverse student body).
  • At least two academic letters of reference.


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Information for Applicants 
This position is subject to a Level 1 criminal background check.


Job Opening Number: 30041


Posting Date:  02/22/2022


Posting End Date: Review of applications will begin on March 7, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. 



How To Apply 
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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.


Equal Employment Opportunity 
USF is an equal opportunity, equal access academic institution that embraces diversity in the workplace. The University of South Florida does not discriminate on the basis of sex and prohibits sexual harassment. Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator. Reports may be made at any time either online or directly to the University's Title IX Coordinator.


Work Location 
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About USF 
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 & 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

Open until filled