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Instructor, MPA@UNC Program

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Posting Details

Posting Information

Position Type Visiting / Part-time Faculty
Working Title Instructor, MPA@UNC Program
Department SOG MPA Online Program - 375400
Vacancy ID F001476
Salary Range Dependent on Qualifications
Full-time/Part-time Part Time
If part-time, hours per week
Faculty Posting Category Instructor
Posting Close Date 07/16/2018
Proposed Appointment Date
Estimated duration of appointment 1 year
Position Summary

The School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill works to improve the lives of North Carolinians by engaging in practical scholarship that helps public officials and citizens understand and improve state and local government. As the largest university-based local government training, advisory, and research organization in the United States, the School of Government offers up to 200 courses, webinars, and specialized conferences for more than 12,000 public officials each year. In addition, faculty members annually publish approximately 50 books, manuals, reports, articles, bulletins, and other print and online content related to state and local government. The School is also home to a nationally ranked graduate program in public administration and specialized centers focused on information technology and environmental finance.

The Master of Public Administration program prepares public service leaders, helping students reach their potential for leadership through rigorous academic study and practical experience. Carolina MPA graduates attain leadership positions in every level of government and in organizations that support the public interest.

An Instructor for MPA@UNC is responsible for teaching one of the core or elective courses in the online format of the School’s MPA program. Classes of up to 16 students meet once a week, typically on weekday evenings. Academic terms are 13 weeks in length. Instructors are expected to lead class sessions, be available for regular office hours, and respond to student issues and questions in a timely manner. Instructors review and provide feedback on all student assignments and are responsible for assigning the final student grade for courses. Instructors will follow the syllabus and content of a course as designed by the lead faculty but will be expected to bring their unique background and expertise to the course experience.

Some instructors will be asked to take an additional coordinating responsibility, helping to ensure all sections of a given course are taught similarly and facilitating collaboration between instructors across sections.

Applicants should review the MPA curriculum and indicate in a cover letter which course(s) he/she is qualified to teach. Competitive applicants will have practical, professional experience in the course content area.

The School of Government recognizes the importance of an educational and work environment in which all individuals are respected and valued. To that end, we are strongly committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. For more information about the School’s commitment to diversity, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page:

Education Requirements

A masters in public administration or management, political science, public policy or related field is required. A Ph.D. in a similar field is preferred.

Qualifications and Experience

Applicants should have work and/or teaching experience directly related to the course being taught.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special Physical and Mental Requirements
Stimulus/ARRA Funded? No
Special Instructions

Contact Information

EEO Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost office at (919) 962-1092 or send an email to

Please note: The Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost office will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

If you have any questions about the job requirements or the hiring department notify the Department Contact.

Contact Instructions

Optional and Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Sample Syllabus

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * What is your highest degree and what field is it in?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * How many years of teaching experience do you have? List courses you have taught and where you taught them.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Describe any experience you have teaching online.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * How many years of public service experience (government, nonprofit, etc.) do you have? Describe your key role(s) and the organization(s).

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Identify topic areas you are interested in teaching (e.g. Intro to Public Administration, Research Methods, Human Resources, Leadership, Organizational Development, Law, Finance, Professional Communication)? Please list as many areas as appropriate.

    (Open Ended Question)