Instructional Assistant Professor


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Public Policy Leadership (10920874)
Employee Designation:  Temporary Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Note for Current UM Employees

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Position Description


Public Policy Leadership.  The Department of Public Policy Leadership at the University of Mississippi invites applications for a one-year instructional assistant professor for 2024-2025 to begin in January 2024. The position is renewable for up to one year with the agreement of both parties.  The successful candidate will teach three undergraduate courses per semester.  A Ph.D. or ABD in Public Policy, Public Administration, Political Science, or a related field is required at the time of employment, as is a record of excellence in teaching. The successful candidate is expected to teach PPL 101 “Foundations of Public Policy Leadership” (theories and principles of public policy formation, implementation, and assessment), U.S. domestic policy or leadership studies courses in the candidate’s area of specialization, and possibly PPL 212 “Critical Thinking, Communication, and Public Policy”.


The Department of Public Policy Leadership provides a challenging undergraduate major that prepares high-performing students for positions of leadership in an increasingly complex world. The interdisciplinary curriculum for the major incorporates geography, political science, public policy and administration, and philosophy. The program emphasizes in-depth understanding of policy issues, the global nature of responsible decision-making, the ethical imperatives of leadership, critical thinking and communication skills, and the methodological skills necessary for careful policy analysis. It maintains small class size and seminar-style teaching environment. Visit our Web site at


Apply online: Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and the contact information of three references. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Position Details

Appointment (9 Month)

Assignment Type (Non-Tenure Track)

Application Procedures

Combine the documents into two individual documents and utilize the "cover letter" and "resume" upload feature.

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.


Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.


EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

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