The Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS) at Carnegie Mellon University invites candidates to apply for a special faculty position as a teaching Fellow in the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP) in Washington, DC. The CMU/WSP fellow will teach the Policy Forum as part of the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP) in Washington, DC. The Policy Forum is a core course in the CMU/WSP curriculum.
The Policy Forum course takes a critical look at decision making in domestic politics and US foreign policy. It does so through weekly roundtable discussions with a diverse set of thought leaders invited by the CMU/WSP fellow. Based on intellectually significant essays that students are expected to read in advance of each class, these discussions give students an opportunity to ask probing questions about the three branches of the US government, media, embassies, advocacy groups, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations. This course seeks to help students understand the responsibilities and activities that leaders and decision makers carry out on behalf of their organizations. Students are instructed in how to confidently and respectfully ask critical questions of those shaping policy. The term "roundtabling" is used to describe submitting an issue for critical discussion among relevant stakeholders. Knowing how to direct a roundtable is a significant element in the professional development of anyone interested in taking part in the policy arena, and this course helps students hone this important skill. In requiring students to read important essays related to each class session and then step back from discussions with leaders to write analytical essays, this course teaches students how to develop strong arguments based on solid logic and credible evidence, an essential component in making democracy work.
All classes are seminar-style and discussion based and meet once per week for 2.5 hours.
In the semester-long CMU/WSP, students live, intern, and study in Washington, DC, coming into direct contact with political, business, and community leaders and learning about the most pressing policy issues of the day. CMU/WSP students intern three or four days per week in any sector or field of interest within Washington, DC, while taking classes in the late afternoons and evenings. IPS sponsors events and policy-oriented opportunities in Washington for participating students to further enrich their experience and enhance their understanding of how Washington functions as a hub of international and public policy decision making.
This course will be taught as a mini semester course during the spring 2021 semester and will run from March 22 through May 7, 2021. The instructor will be paid $7,500 for teaching the mini semester course. This is a part-time position.
Robust network in the Washington, DC, from which to invite Policy Forum guest speakers.
Ph.D., JD, (or another terminal degree), or unique combination of experience and expertise in the subject area.
Materials to be submitted:
Cover letter stating the applicant's academic background and interest in the program;
Teaching Statement (titles and short descriptions of at least two undergraduate courses that the candidate is eligible to teach or has taught); and
Contact information for two references.
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About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.