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Visiting Assistant Professor (Public Policy Leadership)


University, MS, US, 38677

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

The Department of Public Policy Leadership at the University of Mississippi invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor to start in August 2020. The term of the position will be 2 semesters with the possibility of renewal. The successful candidate will teach three courses per semester. Each term, the successful candidate will teach the following courses: PPL 212 - “Critical Thinking, Communication, and Public Policy” and PPL 300 – “Public Policy and Ethics”. They could also teach a further undergraduate course already in the curriculum or in their area of specialization.


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. It maintains small class sizes and seminar style teaching environments. The interdisciplinary curriculum for the major incorporates geography, political science, economics, philosophy, and public policy/administration. 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. Visit our website at

Position Details

Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

ABD or Ph.D. in Philosophy, Political Theory, or a related field is required. Preference will be given to those with teaching experience in Ethics, Political Philosophy, or Philosophy of Law.

Application Procedures

A cover letter, curriculum vitae, the contact information of three references, and a teaching portfolio (teaching statement, syllabi and evaluations, if available) should be included in the online application.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi