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Position Details
Posting ID: 16058
Position Title: CMC Policy Lab – Professor of the Practice
Category: Non Tenure-track
Department: Government
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Description: Overview of the Claremont McKenna Policy Lab

CMC’s Policy Lab allows students to learn and apply essential skills for policy writing, analysis and creation. Students apply skills working with our many partners on real-world policy projects. Our course is divided into seminars and "staff meetings." Seminars cover process, writing, applied methodology, and economic theory, all with an emphasis on the skills related to our current projects. The staff meeting is an exciting, collaborative discussion where students learn about policy, teamwork and working with clients. We hire students from previous semesters to serve as Lab Managers, to assist instructors with course. Past partners include the Brookings Institution, RAND Corporation, Bipartisan Policy Center, and R Street Institute. Alumni of the program have gone on to policy jobs at Brookings, AEI, and other leading think tanks, as well top policy programs such as Harvard's Kennedy School and the Evans School at the University of Washington. Policy Lab employs two faculty members as co-directors, a postdoc, teams of student research assistants, and an administrative assistant.

We are building Policy Lab’s capacity for experiential education in public policy over the next three years by adding more practitioners to the Policy Lab. Our approach to public policy education is to blend the theory of the classroom with the real world, contingent process of policymaking. To give students a firm foundation in how policy is made in the United States, to prepare them to be ready for work in legislatures, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, or to pursue graduate education, we believe a public policy curriculum must include political science, economics, and practical application. We believe the model of policy education we’ve developed has had tangible successes in integrating think tank practitioners in our Policy Lab course, in our students in finding jobs in policy-related fields, and in producing policy research at a professional level. However, our ability to grow the model has been limited by our staffing resources. To expand our class offerings, research resources, and student involvement in experiential learning, we are opening a professor of the practice position at CMC’s Policy Lab.

Position Description

The Policy Lab professor of the practice position in non-tenure track and funding is available for two years. The position will include teaching one course per semester, advising students, coordinating their research with students, and participating in the public policy program at CMC. The position is open to different areas of policy expertise and a successful candidate would be able to develop course offerings in their specific area of expertise. These courses would be aimed at undergraduate students in Claremont McKenna’s public policy program.


Successful applicants will have demonstrated research skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, an interest in building a policy research portfolio, and the ability to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team. Salary is commensurate with experience. Area of topical specialization is open.


Candidates for the professor of the practice position must have experience working professionally in one or more policy areas, in an administrative, legislative, or research capacity. It is preferred candidates have several years’ experience working professionally, and have an active policy research agenda. It is also preferred that candidates have experience working with undergraduates in a professional or academic setting, and have experience or strong interest in teaching.

Educational Requirements

PhD or MA in public policy, public health, policy analysis, applied economics, public administration, health policy, education policy, or other closely related fields. In addition, candidates with backgrounds in law or journalism and the requisite policy experience are also encouraged to apply. Candidates at the dissertation stage, who also have relevant professional experience and expect to complete a Ph.D. within 12 months, may also apply.
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Please include a cover letter that details both teaching interests and a proposed research agenda, CV, professional references and writing sample with your application. Applications are due January 15, 2020.

Special Note

Applications received by November 1, 2019 will be considered for interviews at the 2019 APPAM Fall Research Conference in Denver, CO. Please indicate in your cover letter whether you will be attending the conference to be considered for an interview.