Interdisciplinary Program Instructor/Professor of Practice-Associate Director

Arizona State University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 16, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Interdisciplinary Program Instructor/Professor of Practice-Associate Director

Job #16674


The Interdisciplinary Programs (IDP) in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for a full-time, benefits-eligible, 12-month Professor of Practice, Associate Director position on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus to begin July 1, 2021. This administrative position is an exciting opportunity to advance four interdisciplinary degree programs at the nation’s largest comprehensive public service college through teaching, curriculum development, and program oversight.


Professors of Practice are fixed-term faculty members with the possibility of year-to-year employment at ASU based on continued excellent performance, the needs of the institution, and availability of funding. In this position you will teach courses in, and assist with the administration of, our four graduate-level interdisciplinary degree programs noted below. The position reports to the Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Programs.


Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is the largest consolidated public service college. With four schools and 20 research centers, we are advancing solutions to address complex social problems facing our world today. An essential ingredient of our success is our ability to advance a transdisciplinary approach to public service education and research. To accomplish this goal, we offer four graduate-level interdisciplinary degree programs that are situated across our schools in content areas that require this particular approach. Our master’s degree in emergency management and homeland security integrates content from a variety of fields including public policy and administration, criminology, homeland security, and stress management to prepare emergency managers to respond to disasters and ensure the safety of our local communities. Our master’s in public safety leadership and administration prepares professionals working in police and fire administration to advance in their careers with content focused on leadership, public policy, and emergency services administration. Our master’s degree in program evaluation and data analytics prepares professionals to examine programs happening across public and non-profit sectors to gauge the effectiveness of their work. Finally, our master’s degree in public advocacy prepares students to effectively communicate empirically based public policy strategies to appropriate stakeholders by drawing on analytical and methodological techniques to evaluate such strategies and translate them into demonstrative action. To learn more please visit


Job Responsibilities:

The Associate Director’s primary job responsibilities are:

  • Coordinate curriculum and programmatic initiatives for the Interdisciplinary Programs (e.g., degrees, certificates, concentrations).
  • Ensure program synchronization, scheduling, and staffing (e.g., recruitment, marketing, advertising, and hiring processes related to faculty associates and academic associates).
  • Contribute to strategic vision for enrollment and growth.
  • Deliver outstanding instruction to graduate students and some advanced undergraduates, including the ability to teach practitioner-oriented courses to master’s students with diverse backgrounds and professional interests. The ideal candidate will be expected to teach courses related to public safety, homeland security, program evaluation, and/or policy advocacy.
  • Contribute to mentoring our diverse students and will be expected to develop new initiatives to complement current programs.
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff to advance high quality instruction.
  • Support the day to day management of these academic degree programs.
  • Other duties as assigned.



Required Qualifications

  • Masters of Science (M.S.) or Masters of Arts (M.A.) in social science related discipline (e.g., public policy, public affairs, emergency management, homeland security, criminal justice) or a related Public Service field.
  • Demonstrated administrative experience or ability to initiate, develop, and coordinate academic programs; or demonstrated administrative experience within a public sector organization (e.g., federal, state, municipal agency, non-profit, or comparative agency).

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated success in developing and enhancing relationships with a variety of internal and external constituents.
  • Demonstrated record of leading and managing.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities.
  • Established record of teaching effectiveness with diverse student populations.
  • Demonstrated experience teaching at the graduate and/or undergraduate education level.
  • Demonstrated experience teaching or training within a public sector organization.
  • Demonstrated experience teaching online, in-person, or hybrid modality.

Application Procedure:

To apply, please visit Candidates will be asked to submit the following through their Interfolio Dossier: Complete applications must contain the following items:

  • Resume or Curriculum vitae
  • A statement no more than 3-pages which includes the following:
    • Your interest in this position and your fit relative to the required and desired qualifications
    • A paragraph on your teaching philosophy
    • A paragraph summarizing your experience and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
    • Information for three professional references (name, organization, position, title, e-mail address, phone number). At least one reference needs to be a current and/or past supervisor.


The initial application deadline is April 2, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. Arizona time.

Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.


Arizona State University is committed to building a model for an American research university that measures impact by the success of its students, and faculty committed to the public good with solution-focused research that expands interdisciplinary thinking, and a university that accepts major responsibility for health, economic, and social development of its community.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and 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, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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