Faculty Position (Open Rank) in Public Policy

USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
California, United States
Competitive Salary
Jun 03, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

University of Southern California
Sol Price School of Public Policy
Department of Public Policy
Faculty Position (Open Rank) in Public Policy

Position Description and Qualifications: 

The University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Public Policy.  The position is open rank, although there is a preference for candidates at the assistant professor level. 

The Department of Public Policy is broadly interested in candidates with research and teaching interests of salience to one of the nation’s leading policy schools.  Such interests include policy processes (agenda setting, policy advocacy and social movements, policy formulation and adoption, and implementation), civic engagement and political behavior, criminal justice, education, inequality and economic opportunity, and sustainability. 

Applicants are encouraged from a variety of broad range of disciplines (e.g., sociology, psychology, public policy, political science, and economics). Junior candidates should hold a doctoral degree at the time of appointment.  Applicants at the Associate Professor or Professor level should have a distinguished research and teaching record. Numerous opportunities for collaboration within the department exist within the Price School’s research centers, including the Price Center for Social Innovation, Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise, and the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, to name a few. 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral to our university and school’s commitment to excellence in research, engagement, and education. We encourage applications from candidates who identify with groups that are historically underrepresented in the academy to apply.  Further, we encourage all applicants, as a component of their discussion of their teaching philosophy and research in their personal statement, to discuss their experience or commitment to engaging with diversity through activities such as fostering an inclusive environment, working with students from diverse backgrounds, or incorporating diverse perspectives.

About the Sol Price School of Public Policy:

The mission of the Sol Price School of Public Policy is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad.  We achieve this mission through education and research that promote innovative solutions to the most critical issues facing society, with a particular focus on governance, urban development, and social policy. The Price School offers Ph.D. programs in Public Policy and Management and in Urban Planning and Development; masters’ degrees in Public Administration, Public Policy, Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Urban Planning, Health Administration, and Real Estate Development; executive masters’ degrees; and an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree.  For additional information about the Price School and its programs, see: www.usc.edu/schools/price/.

USC is one of the world’s premiere research universities, and the Price School is a major contributor to the university’s reputation.  Our school supports an array of thematic research centers with $80 million in active sponsored research, ranking third overall in funded research at USC on a per faculty basis. Much of the school’s research is conducted through its centers, institutes, and research groups: https://priceschool.usc.edu/research/centers/.     

Our mission statement drives all of the work of the Price School and underscores our efforts to increase the diversity of our faculty.  The people and communities we serve locally and abroad require that we respond to the broader social and demographic shifts we see with a faculty that is representative of these shifts.

Compensation and Benefits:

The University of Southern California offers a competitive salary within an academic environment based on the candidate’s experience and accomplishments. The university also offers excellent benefits to employees, which include: health, dental and life insurance; tuition assistance; disability and retirement plans; credit union membership; and participation in cultural and social events, as well as access to athletic and recreational facilities. 

An Equal Opportunity Employer:

USC 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, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at uschr@usc.edu. Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

Apply for this Position:

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and a list of three references.  Applications will be reviewed beginning September 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Please apply online at https://usccareers.usc.edu/job/los-angeles/faculty-position-open-rank-in-public-policy/1209/8827951024.



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