Washington Semester Program

American University
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 11, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Other Communications, Professional Fields, Law & Legal Studies, Public Administration & Policy, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences, Political Science & International Relations
Salary Band
Not specified
Employment Type
Full Time

Seeking one to two experienced instructor(s) to teach the SPExS Washington Semester Program (WSP), National Conversations in Times of Crisis seminar (4 credits) and/or U.S. Political Transitions & Policy (4 credits) seminars in the Fall 2021 semester. These courses each meet once per week for a 2.5 hour block during business hours from late August through mid-December. The course requires at least ten site visits and/or speakers over the course of the semester, and is an experiential learning focused class. Qualified applicants will have experience teaching in several of the following fields:
  • Communications
  • Foreign Policy
  • Journalism
  • Justice & Law
  • New Media
  • U.S. Politics
Course Descriptions

National Conversations: The modes of conversation from the individual level to the societal level have undergone swift evolution due to declining print media, the growth of internet forums and social media, and the increasing polarization on how we should live and govern our society. All of these points have now crashed into the upset of daily life due to the pandemic and the poignant fight against racial injustice. This course will explore how journalism, public relations, the public health community, and diplomacy are tackling these realities from their various professional lenses. The course will include lectures, guest speakers/site visits from these different fields offering insights on the changing communication landscape in 2021 and beyond.

Political Transitions: Every two and four years, our nation experiences the departure of mayors, governors, members of Congress, presidential appointees, and many other officials at all levels of government. How are these transitions handled operationally and politically? How have these transitions impacted politics and policy throughout U.S. history? This course will examine U.S. politics, policies, and institutions through the lens of governmental transitions utilizing lectures, simulations, and guest speakers.


Qualified applicants will also possess a Master’s or terminal degree in a related field.


Submit a one-page letter of application that includes a description of your teaching experience, along with your curriculum vitae/resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references to washsem@american.edu . Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and are preferred by July 1.

American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital. For more information about American University visit www.american.edu .

Equal Opportunity

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities. American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.

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