Visiting Assistant/Associate Professor - Public Policy


Position Title

Visiting Assistant/Associate Professor – Public Policy


College of Arts and Sciences 


Full Time/Exempt

Position Summary

The Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant/Associate Professor in Public Policy position, beginning in August, 2023.Successful candidates must demonstrate a willingness and ability to teach core, elective, and capstone courses in the MPP Program, and in the undergraduate Minor in Public Policy Program. These courses would come from among the following:

  • Introduction to Public Policy (undergraduate)
  • Research Methods
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Microeconomics and Public Policy
  • Public Finance
  • Other topical courses within the area of Public Policy.


The successful candidate must also show a strong ability to interact with students and faculty. In addition to their interaction with students and faculty, the successful candidate must also demonstrate an ability to engage in the practice of public policy, particularly with policy practitioners and community leaders.  The successful candidate will work closely with the Institute Executive Director on Institute governance, the MPP academic program, campus programming, and community engagement. The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to building a strong research agenda and publication record, as well as playing a leadership role for the MPP program commensurate with their degree of experience. The determination of the appropriate rank for the appointment will depend on the successful candidate’s qualifications, background, and experience


  • Teach classes—a typical l0ad is 24 hours annually
  • Engage in research/scholarship
  • Supervise student research projects
  • Supervise student internships
  • Participate in university service at the department, school, college, or university level

Required Skills/Abilities

  • The ability to teach a broad range of courses at both the undergraduate and master’s levels
  • The ability to incorporate technology into classroom teaching and to teach online and hybrid classes
  • The ability to supervise and conduct research and supervise student research in area of expertise
  • The ability to work with diverse students and small class sizes
  • Participation in departmental, school, college, or university service
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Time management and organizational skills
  • The ability to work in a collaborative and cooperative manner

Education, Certificates, Licenses, and Experience

Applicants must have earned a PhD in Public Policy, or a closely related social science discipline, such as political science or economics. The candidate must demonstrate a commitment and promise in teaching and scholarly publishing as well as a willingness to contribute to the growth of the MPP Program and Public Policy Institute. 

About Us

The Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute (Institute), established in 2012, is the first Institute of its kind in Florida and offers a Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree, Executive Master in Public Policy (EMPP) degree program, and three dual degree programs: MPP-Marine Science, MPP-MBA, and MPP-Juris Doctor. A Minor in Public Policy is also offered to undergraduate students.

Jacksonville University conferred the first MPP degrees in the history of Florida in 2015. In addition, the nonpartisan Institute provides a neutral gathering place for public policy education, discussion and debate, hosting over 100 events on campus since 2013, and is actively engaged in the community, including training of elected officials, keynote addresses, and television and radio commentary. The Institute has a nonpartisan 25 member Board of Advisors, made up of extraordinary business, community, and civic leaders, and typically has leading policy makers, including the Governor, US Senators, and leading national policymakers as keynote speakers at board meetings. In addition, the Institute has a nine member MPP Minority Fellowship Board of Advisors, which awards fellowships and scholarships to qualifying minority applicants.

Jacksonville University is a private, distinctive institution built on engaged learning, the integration of thinking with doing, and the combination of professional preparation with a strong liberal arts foundation. Our university community provides personalized service, close student-faculty interaction, and an extensive array of educational and co-curricular programs, including select graduate programs designed to build on the campus’ unique location and strengths. We help students realize their full potential and prepare them for lifelong learning and growth through our investment in them as individuals.

Important Note

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required for this position. The University reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs.


Diversity and Inclusion

Jacksonville University, an Equal Opportunity Employer, believes students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who are committed to Jacksonville University’s efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we actively welcome applications from members of groups who are historically underrepresented in higher education.

Physical Requirements

  • Manual dexterity to efficiently operate a computer keyboard and other business machines.
  • Adequate hearing to communicate effectively in person and virtually.
  • Near vision sufficient to read written communications and computer display screens
  • Stamina to teach up to 24 hours weekly.

To Apply

The following application materials are required: (1) a letter of interest, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) copy of transcripts for all degrees earned (unofficial are accepted at this stage—official will be required prior to the start date), (4) a statement regarding teaching philosophy, (5) evidence of effective teaching (syllabi and course evaluations), (6) evidence of scholarly writing, and (7) contact information for at least three professional references.

Interested applicants may send their application materials, preferably as a PDF packet to Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute at with the subject line Visiting Assistant Professor Search. The review of applications will begin immediately on May 12, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applicants should apply no later than that date. All questions regarding the open position should be sent to the search committee chair Dr. Rody Borg via the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute at