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Lecturer for Public Affairs Capstone Series

Application Window

Open date: February 8th, 2021

Next review date: Monday, May 3, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Undergraduate Program in Public Affairs seeks applications for a non-Senate lecturer position during the 2021-2022 academic year. Specifically, we are seeking a lecturer to teach:

PUB AFF 187A-C. Experiential Learning Capstone (Fall, Winter, Spring quarters)

The lecturer will teach the required three-quarter Public Affairs capstone course which provides the structure through which students integrate and expand their academic and professional learning during their final year in the Public Affairs major and produce a capstone project. Students apply concepts and methods learned in prior courses to a real-world internship experience; refine their understanding of these concepts and methods based on their internship experience; gain new knowledge about specific topics related to their internship; and develop new skills needed to complete a capstone project.

During fall quarter, PUB AFF 187A focuses on connecting each student’s internship experience with concepts and methods learned in prior coursework and developing ideas for their capstone project in collaboration with their internship organization. In winter quarter, PUB AFF 187B focuses on guiding students with developing a work plan for completing their capstone project and conducting the research, analysis, and development needed for the project. Students complete draft of their project by the end of winter quarter. During spring quarter, PUB AFF 187C focuses on project revision and completion, developing a presentation about the project that can be shared with their internship organization, and completing a relevant written product.

Every quarter, students intern weekly at an organization. In addition, they meet weekly for this course. Depending on the week, the scheduled course time may include lectures, discussion sections led by workgroup leaders (professor and the TAs), meetings among students on the same capstone team, meetings among working groups of students whose internships and/or projects share common characteristics, and student presentations.

Responsibilities include refining the syllabus, course, and assignments; lecturing; supervising Teaching Assistants who hold discussion sections; working with students to help them expand their knowledge and skills in areas related to their specific internship experience; working with students to help them develop and refine their capstone project for their specific internship site; providing specific, detailed, and useful feedback on students’ assignments, drafts, presentations, intermediate products, and final products; holding regularly scheduled office hours; being responsive and helpful to students; grading assignments, presentations, and papers/reports/products; managing and collaborating with teaching assistants; coordinating opportunities for students to share their capstone projects.

Compensation will take into account time needed to coordinate with the Director of Administration and Experiential Learning and Capstone Advisor, especially with respect to internship feedback and to ensure students are making the most of their internship as it relates to the capstone project. Candidates who are qualified to teach additional courses for the major in Public Affairs may have the opportunity to teach those courses as well. Candidates are encouraged to review the major requirements on the department website as well as other postings on this site for the Undergraduate Program in Public Affairs.

We seek candidates with a strong commitment to excellence in teaching; experience conducting applied research and/or consulting in field or organizational settings; experience producing presentations, reports, and other materials/products for non-academic audiences; and training in qualitative, quantitative, and evaluation research methods. Experience working in or with government or non-profit organizations preferred. A Ph.D. in Public Policy, Sociology, Political Science, Economics, Developmental Psychology, Social Welfare, or a related field is preferred. Ph.D. students who have advanced to candidacy, have teaching experience, and excellent teaching evaluations may also be considered.

Applicants should apply via and submit the following:
*A letter of interest
*Curriculum Vitae
*Teaching statement
*Teaching evaluations from recent courses
*A report or other product produced for a non-academic audience (if co-authored, please attach a statement explaining what aspects of the report you contributed to)
*Description of contributions to diversity (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

Applications received by May 3, 2021 will be given full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Letter of interest

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Teaching statement

  • Teaching evaluations from recent courses - If submitting more than one evaluation, please combine and upload as a single document.

  • A report or other product produced for a non-academic audience - If co-authored, please attach a statement explaining your contributions.

  • Description of contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Job location

Los Angeles, CA