VT’s nationally-ranked Masters in Public Administration program seeks adjunct faculty to teach courses in Public Budgeting, Policy/Program Evaluation, and Public Policy Processes at the School for Public and International Affairs campus in Alexandria, Va., starting in January 2018. Our classes meet in the evenings since many of our MPA students are full-time professionals in the public service.
Qualifications: Ideal candidates should have experience teaching public budgeting, program/policy evaluation, and public policy processes at the graduate or undergraduate level, and hold a PhD. We are seeking faculty to join a dynamic and welcoming team that works to promote good governance and the advancement of capable and ethical public service by providing outstanding education, research, and outreach in the theory and practice of public administration, management, and policy. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume or CV to TeachVTMPA@vt.edu.
Course Information: The following descriptions are drawn from prior iterations of the courses for the purpose of providing further information about course content. Adjunct faculty members will have license to define their syllabi in consultation with the faculty team.
Public Budgeting Processes: This course surveys the basic concepts and practices of contemporary public budgeting at all levels of government. Students gain understanding of budget preparation, adoption, and execution; alternative budgeting theories and practices; alternative modes of taxation; the dynamics of procedural reform; and the politics and impacts of revenue extraction and allocation on public policy and citizens’ everyday lives. The course utilizes case studies, problems, and practical exercises in order to demonstrate the links between theory and the “real world” of public finance, and also to enable students to gain some basic skills and become acquainted with some of the technical components of budgeting.
Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Policy and Programs: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the fundamentals of public policy analysis and/or program evaluation. This course is focused on skills training and practice. Students learn the key tools used in policy analysis and/or program evaluation, and apply those tools to the analysis of a specific policy or program.
Public Policy Processes and Analytical Approaches: The course seeks both to impart understanding of theories of the policy process and to prepare students to participate in the policy process in practice. The first part of the course provides a broad overview of public-policy making by introducing models that seek to describe, explain, and predict the trajectories of individual public policies and patterns of public policy-making at the national, state, and local levels. The second part of the course draws on additional theoretical and empirical work to derive guidance on how a public administrator or an issue advocate can effectively contribute to the policy process.