Columbia University – School of Professional Studies — Associate Professor of Professional Practice or Professor of Professional Practice in Political Analytics

The School of Professional Studies at Columbia University in collaboration with the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, invites applications for a full-time position at the rank of Associate Professor of Professional Practice or Professor of Professional Practice to teach in the new MS Program in Political Analytics, launching with its inaugural cohort during the Fall 2023 semester.

The Department of Political Science and School of Professional Studies have developed the Master of Science in Political Analytics program to train a new generation of professional political analysts, consultants, and managers who are uniquely equipped in the substance of politics and quantitative methods to understand and communicate effectively with other professionals and laypeople about political behavior and dynamics. The degree prepares graduates to develop the data analytics and quantitative skills necessary to engage effectively with professionals working at the intersection of political science and data science.

This is a full-time appointment with a multi-year renewal contingent on successful review. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2023.

We seek high-quality candidates with a doctoral or terminal degree in political science, economics, public policy, political economy, data science, statistics, or other disciplines directly related to political science or analytics. Applied professional experience leading analytics efforts for political campaigns, think tanks, trade associations, government entities, or corporate entities is strongly desired. Candidates with online course development and teaching experience are of particular interest.

This position will involve regular teaching in the program’s core and selective courses. The successful candidate will teach courses related to political analytics in one or more of the following areas: program evaluation, survey and polling methodology, fundraising analytics and campaign finance, strategic thinking, leadership, and the Capstone course. The Associate Professor of Professional Practice or Professor of Professional Practice will also participate in student recruitment, admission review, course design, student mentoring, and overall development of the Political Analytics program.

Qualifications
A doctoral or terminal degree is strongly preferred. All applicants must have a BA/BS.

Candidates at the rank of Associate Professor of Professional Practice are expected to have teaching experience, documented evidence of excellence, and evidence of professional growth and activity in the given field.

Candidates at the rank of Professor of Professional Practice are expected to have substantial experience and accomplishments, a superlative record of teaching, and documented evidence of excellence in carrying out administrative or other department responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications
The ideal candidate will:

  • Hold a doctoral or terminal degree in political science, economics, political economy, public policy, data science, statistics, or other disciplines directly related to political science or analytics.
  • Possess at least 5 years of professional practice experience, including data-oriented leadership roles in political campaigns, consulting firms, think tanks, consulting, lobbying, public and governmental affairs, policy analysis, political fundraising, or other organizations participating in the political arena.
  • Exhibit a commitment to excellence in teaching, mentoring, instructional design, and professional practice and/or scholarship.
  • Have experience teaching graduate students online.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the classroom and professional practice.

Application Instructions
Applicants are encouraged to apply by November 28, 2022 to receive full consideration, although application review will begin immediately.

All applications must be made through Columbia University’s Academic Search and Recruiting (ASR) system: https://academic.careers.columbia.edu/#!/105994. Please upload the following required materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Writing Sample(s)
  • 3 letters of Recommendation (solicited from a list of references provided)
  • Teaching Evaluations
  • Research Abstract (optional)
  • Publication(s) (optional)

Columbia University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

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