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SPA Academic Associate Pool 2024-2025

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Phoenix, AZ, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Arizona State University: Office of the University Provost Downtown: Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions: School of Public Affairs


Phoenix, AZ

Open Date

Apr 25, 2024


The School of Public Affairs in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for Academic Associate positions during the 2024-2025 academic year to assist the School of Public Affairs faculty in our baccalaureate and graduate programs, including: our BS in Public Service and Public Policy; undergraduate certificate program for the Next Generation Service Corps; MPA; MPP; MS in Program Evaluation and Data Analytics programs; and our Bob Ramsey Executive Education program.

Academic Associates are part-time, adjunct faculty who are hired on one-semester, renewable contracts to teach one or two courses (not to exceed 0.40 FTE) per semester, either in-person or online. Academic Associate positions are fixed-term appointments that are not eligible for benefits, sabbaticals, or tenure. Salary is based upon qualifications and assigned teaching load. Official transcripts are required prior to employment. Individuals employed as Academic Associates may not hold multiple, non-benefits eligible appointments at Arizona State University.

For this position, we seek to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse pool of qualified people who are available to teach in-person on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus, as well as a pool of faculty who are also able to teach online.

About the School:

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) is a school within Watts College of Public Services and Community Solutions. Watts College has a student body of over 6,700 undergraduate and graduate students, with over 57 percent students of color. SPA is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. SPA attracts a growing and diverse array of students motivated by the promise of public service and drawn to the unique opportunity of an interdisciplinary public affairs education. SPA offers Bachelor degrees in Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Public Service and Public Policy and Urban and Metropolitan Studies, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Public Policy, the Master of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, the Master of Program Evaluation and Data Analytics and the Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy. For more information about the School of Public Affairs and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, please visit https://spa.asu.edu and https://publicservice.asu.edu.

Job Duties:

The successful candidate(s) will assist faculty with in-person or online courses, which includes activities such as grading student work, preparing course materials, teaching specific lessons, tutoring or running study sessions, holding office hours, moderating discussion boards, and responding to student questions.

All we do at ASU is guided and inspired by the University Charter, which reads:

ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.

Successful candidates will demonstrate throughout their materials how their teaching, research, and service will contribute to the fulfillment of this charter.


Required Qualifications:

· An earned master’s degree by time of appointment in Public Administration or Public Policy OR

· An earned graduate degree from a related field from an accredited institution by time of appointment with content expertise in topics relevant to Public Administration, Public Policy, Leadership, Nonprofit Management, Economics, and Statistics.

· Consistent with ASU’s Charter, a demonstrated commitment to inclusion.

Desired Qualifications:

· 2 years full-time relevant clinical/professional experience in the public/nonprofit sector, post graduate degree

· Experience working across multiple sectors, especially in leadership capacities

· Prior teaching and/or training experience, higher education teaching experience is preferred

· Experience with technology/course management systems such as Canvas

· Excellent English written and verbal communication skills

· Expertise in one or more of the following content areas:

o Organizational Behavior

o Public Administration

o Public Budgeting or Finance

o Public HR Management

o Public and/or Cross Sector Leadership

o Public Policy Analysis

o Public Sector Economics

o Public Service Ethics

o Research Methods

o Statistical Analysis

o Urban Studies

Application Instructions

The initial application deadline is May 28, 2024.

Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool throughout the fiscal year (which closes on June 30, 2025). Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

Application Procedure:

To apply, please visit https://publicservice.asu.edu/content/jobs. Applicants must submit all of the following materials through an Interfolio dossier:

· A statement no more than 2-pages in length which includes the following:

o The applicant’s interest in this position and fit relative to the required and desired qualifications

o A paragraph on the applicant’s teaching philosophy

· A curriculum vitae or résumé that details the applicant’s educational and professional history, as well as the applicant’s complete contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email address);

· The names and contact information of three references (name, title, organization, email address, and phone number). At least one reference needs to be a current and/or past supervisor.