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Multi-course Recruitment for Undergraduate Program in Public Affairs

Position overview

Position title: Lecturer

Application Window

Open April 8th, 2021 through Monday, Nov 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

Lecturer Positions in Public Affairs (2021-2022)
The Undergraduate Program in Public Affairs seeks applications for temporary, part-time (non-Senate) lecturer positions during the 2021-2022 academic year. Specifically, we are seeking Lecturers to teach one or more of the following:

PUB AFF 20. Power, Politics and Policy Change in the U.S.
The lecturer will teach a required introductory course that provides an introduction to the key institutions of government, politics, and policy in U.S., covering their history, contemporary forms, and internal dynamics. In the course, students should learn to analyze how ideas and power are contested in the processes of social change and political conflict. The course introduces students not only to 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. 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 70. Information, Evidence, and Persuasion
The lecturer will teach a required lower-division course that aims to provide students with an understanding of the scientific method, the cognitive biases that shape how we receive and process information, and tools to recognize fallacious arguments and develop compelling arguments.

PUB AFF 112. Social Movements
The lecturer will teach an upper-division course that explores major theoretical and empirical approaches used in the social sciences to understand how social movements emerge, diffuse, and contribute to political, social, and cultural change in U.S. and elsewhere. The course examines questions about nature of power, conflict, authority, legitimacy, social change, public communication, and democratic participation by introducing students to important historical and contemporary social movements.

PUB AFF 115. Using Quantitative Methods to Understand Social Problems and their Potential Solutions
The lecturer will teach a required upper-division course focused on OLS regression and causal inference. The course is designed to introduce students to ways that quantitative research models are used to answer questions in social science. The aim of the course is for students to gain a practical and intuitive understanding of research methods and then apply their knowledge by analyzing real world data. The course l covers general statistics and mathematic models to understand applications; however, the focus is not be on abstract statistics and mathematic theory but rather on practical analytic tools. Students use R Studio for analyzing data.

PUB AFF M109. Introduction to Cities and Planning
The lecturer will teach an upper-division course that provides students with the tools to examine cities rigorously and critically. Urban planning and urban studies are interdisciplinary fields that draw from social science disciplines such as economics, sociology, political science, and geography, and in the humanities, history and ethnic and gender studies. The course serves as an introduction to how these fields study and theorize the city, to arm students with a diversity of tools for conceptualizing urban problems and opportunities.

PUB AFF 175: Communications and Conflict in Public Affairs
The lecturer will teach an elective course to prepare students living in a diverse society for a successful working relationship with collaborators, policymakers, and the public. Students learn to perceive and analyze inequities and to understand and respect differences. They will develop critical interpersonal skills and cultural competency to bridge divides and find common ground. They will learn to communicate effectively, resolve differences constructively, and negotiate their interests successfully.

In addition to the above courses, the Undergraduate Program in Public Affairs will receive applications for part-time lectureships (Non-Senate) in areas of Public Affairs not specified above. Appointments are generally made by quarter for the following term dates as follows:

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 Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Communications, Public Policy, Social Welfare, Urban Planning 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 and submit the following:
*A letter of interest
*Curriculum Vitae
*Teaching statement
*Teaching evaluations from relevant and recent courses
*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 June 1, 2021 will be given full consideration. The positions will remain open until filled.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Education, training , professional experience, or other forms of proven expertise in the subject matter to be covered by the course ; evidence of experience and success with teaching and other forms of presenting the relevant substantive material to audiences comparable to students taking the course.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Letter of interest

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

  • Teaching statement

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

  • 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. 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)

Referees who can speak to the applicant's expertise and teaching experience will be contacted as needed.

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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, sexual orientation, gender identity, 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.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA