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Adjunct Instructor in Public Policy (American Studies Program)

The American Studies Program (ASP) invites applications for an Adjunct Instructor (“Instructor”) to provide support to Dr. Peter J. Baker and the ASP faculty team during the spring 2018 term by instructing, mentoring, and evaluating students in two public policy courses (6 credit hours total). The semester is from January 8, 2018 and goes through May 4, 2018.

The American Studies Program is a part of ten BestSemester programs offered by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities to its membership; with 3 based in the US and 7 based internationally. BestSemester is known for faith-integrated, academically challenging and experience-based programing with excellent faculty and staff. The academic strength and integrity of the BestSemester programs is assured through regular evaluations by the CCCU Student Academic Programs Commission. Program directors are supported by a Washington, D.C.-based support team (marketing, applications and enrollment, campus relations, crisis management and curricular development and planning).

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Core Responsibilities:

The ASP Adjunct Instructor (“Instructor”) is expected to provide leadership on the faculty team during the spring 2018 term by instructing, mentoring, and evaluating an estimated 12 students enrolled in ASP’s Public Policy track. Specific responsibilities and required duties include the following:

Public Policy track

The public policy is comprised of two courses. The first course teaches students how to reveal, clarify, and compare policy goals and policy values in an immigration policy debate. There are 13 class sessions and 10 fieldwork meetings planned for this first unit. The second course teaches students policy advocacy by focusing on strategic planning practices. One assignment focuses on a foreign policy issue (NAFTA and the Merida Initiative). The other assignment focuses on matters of Christian political engagement. There are 8 class sessions and 8 fieldwork meetings planned for this second unit.

  • Schedule. Public policy classes occur 3 pm – 5 pm on Mondays and all day Fridays. Class times vary according to availability of guest briefers. Candidates that can make themselves available for most of the business day (9 am – 5 pm) on these days are preferred. Below is a list of key dates in the semester.
    • January 10 (Wed.): Students move-in Wednesday, January 10. Evening event.
    • January 15 (Mon.): Academic programming begins
    • January 29 (Mon.): Public Policy course one begins
    • February 24 (Sat.): Meet-a-Mentor event @ 9 am
    • March 15 (Thur.): Group Policy Report due
    • March 16 (Fri.): Group Policy Report oral exam; public policy course one ends
    • March 19 (Mon.): Public Policy course two begins
    • March 26 – April 1 (Easter Week): No class
    • April 14 (Sat.): Foreign Policy Memo due
    • April 27 (Fri.): Conference on Christian Political Engagement; public policy course two ends
    • May 3 (Thur.): Final Banquet @ 6 pm
    • May 4 (Fri.): Students move-out, grades due

Note: the Monday/Friday class routine for public policy courses begins Monday, January 29, the same day that internships begin. Prior to this date, the ASP director leads daily class session pertaining to other courses.

  • Administration. Manage the track schedule set by the director by taking responsibility for scheduling meetings with Washington, D.C.-based policy experts and helping lead students to and through these policy briefings in the city.
  • Instruction. Serve as lead instructor for the public policy track over the course of the study track. The course syllabi and lecture schedules are already in place. Most lectures have well-developed outlines, but the instructor will be able to customize lectures to take advantage of one’s interests and experience.
  • Evaluation. Grade four assignments, completing all grading within 2 weeks of each due date, and completing final grade reports by Friday, May 4:
    • Group Policy Report (about 3-4 groups), with weekly review of annotations (3 weeks)
    • Group Policy Conference (about 12 students)
    • Foreign Policy Report (about 12 students)
    • Conference on Christian Political Engagement (about 12 students)

The instructor is expected to meet with students individually and in small group sessions about assignments as needed.

  • The ASP director commits to making himself available to the Instructor at all times to explain activities and assignments, and support the Instructor if questions or concerns arise.

Administrative and Other Professional Responsibilities

  • As time permits, attend ASP staff meetings and CCCU staff meetings on Wednesdays.
  • As time and schedule permits, attend special social events scheduled on the ASP Calendar of Events during the spring 2018 term, including our Move-in Day evening event, weekly “Family Night Dinners” on Monday nights (6:30 pm – 7:30 pm), “Meet-a-Mentor” Saturday brunch, and our farewell banquet (see schedule above for dates).

Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Persons applying for the position should:

  • Hold a Master’s degree in political science, public policy, or related field. Ph.D. candidates are preferred.
  • Have a commitment to Christian higher-education, and believe in the Christian mission and purpose of the American Studies Program and the CCCU
  • Have experience and evidence of teaching excellence

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Competitive adjunct instructor salary
  • ASP will provide the Instructor with a furnished office, loaner laptop (if requested), ASP email account, and IT support.
  • ASP will provide a Metro card and reimburse funds for in-city travel related to program activities.

Application should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume, as a separate attachment
  • A statement of your Christian faith

Other requirements include:

  • Ability to work for long periods of time at the computer
  • Ability to lift heavy equipment (50 lbs)

Application process: 

Applicants should apply online through the posting on and include a cover letter, resume, and a brief statement of your Christian faith, all as separate attachments. Review of applications will begin Wednesday, November 22nd and continue until the position is filled. Consideration will be given only to complete applications. No paper applications or phone calls please.

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