Pool - Online Lecturer

Updated: 2 months ago


School of Public Affairs&Admin

Position Overview

The School of Public Affairs & Administration invites qualified scholars and professionals to apply for part- to full-time lecturer positions for the instruction of online courses. Lecturers are non-tenure-track members of the faculty. Positions vary and are dependent upon the need, if any, each semester for development and instruction of course(s). Primary role is instruction with no obligations to perform research or service. The appointment dates will vary based on the type of lecturer appointment and the timeframe for the preparation and instruction of the course(s).

Application materials will be reviewed by the faculty and placed in a pool for consideration for developing and teaching undergraduate or graduate courses in the School of Public Affairs & Administration consistent with departmental instructional needs. Applications will be accepted throughout the year.

Lecturers may teach in any academic program offered by the School of Public Affairs & Administration including:
•    Undergraduate program in public administration
•    Undergraduate program in law and society
•    Master’s of Urban Planning (MUP) program
•    Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) program

Course needs vary and include the following areas: Human Resources Management; Budgeting and Policy Analysis; Public Finance; Public Policy and Administration; Public Management; Organizational Analysis; Ethics; Quantitative Methods; Nonprofit Management; Organizational Change; Information Technology; Performance Management; Auditing; Law & Society; Urban Planning; Housing and Development; Sustainable Land Use Planning; Transportation; Electives related to the above topics.

The successful candidate must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before employment begins.

Job Description

Online Lecturer Duties
100% - Teach a specified number of courses per semester. Courses may be undergraduate or graduate level and are taught online.

•    Design course content and syllabus in accordance with departmental guidance and KU standards, utilizing resources provided by the School and University as needed.
•    Prepare for and attend all online class meetings. Provide timely feedback and instructor/student interaction in asynchronous online course format with occasions for online office hours and/or Q&A sessions.  Regular weekly interaction is expected in online courses.
•    Provide instruction for course(s). Class meetings will generally be asynchronous, but instructional expectations match those of the face-to-face experience.
•    Administer assignments and tests, evaluate student work, provide timely feedback to students, and assign grades.
•    Be available for students involved in classes taught. “Office hours” may include a set time where students can contact the instructor, but must also include expectations for timely responses to student inquiries outside of a set contact time.
•    Adhere to departmental, college and university policies.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in resume, and (3) information provided from professional references.

To teach undergraduate courses, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
1.    Possess a master’s degree in a related field
2.    Possess a bachelor’s degree in a related field plus five (5) or more years of work experience directly related to specific area of instruction

To teach master’s courses, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
1.    Possess a PhD in a related field
2.    Possess a master’s degree in a related field plus five (5) or more years of work experience directly related to the specific area of instruction

Preferred Qualifications

1.    Previous successful teaching experience

Contact Information to Applicants

Diana Koslowsky
Administrative Officer

Additional Candidate Instruction

A complete application will include:
•    A letter of application, including a list of courses the applicant is qualified to teach (https://kupa.ku.edu/class-offerings)
•    A curriculum vitae
•    The names and contact information (including email) for three professional references

Review of applications is ongoing and hires will be made as positions become available throughout the academic year.

Deadline/ Review Date:  Ongoing
Estimated Start Date:      Ongoing

Application Review Begins


Primary Campus

University of Kansas - Lawrence

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with qualifications and experience


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