Teaching Assistant Professor - Scrivner Institute of Public Policy at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty
Division: Josef Korbel School Int'l Studies

The University of Denver is seeking candidates for a Teaching Assistant Professor in the field of Public Policy in the Douglas and Mary Scrivner Institute of Public Policy at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

The Scrivner Institute of Public Policy at the University of Denver was made possible by a generous gift from Douglas and Mary Scrivner in 2018. The Institute is committed to the student experience, experiential learning, and serving the public good. It offers an undergraduate major in Public Policy and a Master of Public Policy degree. The Institute is housed within the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, a top-ranked international affairs program with a range of both graduate and undergraduate degrees and a dynamic research profile that prepares students for careers in the public, private, academic and nonprofit sectors.

The Scrivner Institute and the Korbel School are deeply committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment and particularly seek candidates with research, teaching, service, or life experiences that can contribute to realizing that commitment. We also encourage applications from candidates with non-traditional career paths and from international applicants.

The position will begin on September 1, 2024. The initial appointment will be for a 3-year-term, renewable by mutual consent for future appointment terms of at least 3 years, according to Korbel School and University of Denver Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure guidelines.

Position Summary

The Teaching Assistant Professor in Public Policy at the Korbel School’s Scrivner Institute will be responsible for teaching six 10-week courses over three quarters per academic year that contribute directly to the Korbel School’s curriculum in Public Policy at both the undergraduate and Master’s levels. We are especially interested in candidates who are equipped to teach a subset of the following core public policy courses at both the undergraduate and Master’s levels: public policy analysis; cost-benefit analysis; quantitative methods for public policy; public management and budget; and program design, implementation, and evaluation.

In addition, both the undergraduate major in Public Policy and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree have great potential to grow in terms of both innovative programming and enrollment. Ideally, the candidate would also be able to offer additional core courses related to in-demand specializations in public policy, such as (but not limited to): comparative urban public policy; labor and workforce policy; housing policy; and race, inequality, and public policy.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Public Policy or a related social science discipline or an equivalent terminal degree by the date the position begins.
  • Experience in teaching (including as a graduate teaching assistant), or the ability to teach, core public policy courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
  • Commitment to inclusive pedagogy.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency with experiential learning methods, including, e.g., practicum- and community project-based learning.
  • Experience using both traditional and on-line modalities in teaching.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse populations and disciplinary perspectives.

Working Environment

  1. Standard office environment.
  2. Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
  3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

  1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
  2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule

While the University's administrative offices are open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, faculty schedules vary from term to term and are based on courses taught, service commitments, and research agendas. The University's academic calendars are posted on the registrar's website (the law school is on a semester system and has a different academic calendar).

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) December 31, 2023.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:

The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:

The salary range for this position is $75,000 - $80,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. CV
  2. A cover letter (max 4 pages) that addresses the candidate’s qualifications for the position, including details on the candidate’s approach to teaching (including, where relevant, how the candidate’s engagement with scholarly research contributes to their teaching effectiveness) and the candidate’s approach to diversity, equity, and inclusivity (DEI) in the classroom and beyond. Alternatively, the candidate may choose to submit a shorter cover letter (max 2 pages) along with a separate teaching statement (max 1 page) and a separate DEI statement (max 1 page).
  3. Up to three sample syllabi for relevant courses the candidate has taught (including as a graduate teaching assistant) or might teach for this position
  4. Up to three course evaluations (presented in a complete institutional format including numerical evaluations and a full set of student comments)

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non‑Discrimination‑Statement.

The University of Denver recognizes that its success in being a great university dedicated to the public good depends greatly on how well it engages, supports, and champions the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. As part of our intentionality in recruiting and retaining faculty from a wide variety of historically excluded intersecting identities, including those from communities of color, with diverse gender and sexual identities, first-generation college graduates, or with disabilities, new faculty will have the opportunity to choose to participate in a pilot University-wide initiative. This initiative will connect new colleagues in a cohort, building community across units with supportive programming led by the Office of the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs in collaboration with the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and each faculty participant’s academic unit. To learn more about the University of Denver’s commitments and work in support of DEI and J, please visit: https://www.du.edu/equity. For more information about this program or if you have any questions, please email inclusion@du.edu and/or visit https://duvpfa.du.edu/faculty-resources/prospective-faculty/.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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