The School of Public Policy and Management at Heinz College seeks an adjunct instructor for a course on Applied Statistics for Public Policy for junior level undergraduate students participating in the Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) summer fellowship program. Fellows are selected through a competitive application process and come from undergraduate institutions across the country.
Course length to be eight weeks of instruction. Course times to be (two 80 minute class sessions a week).
This course is an intensive introduction to statistical methods. It will provide students with a background in descriptive statistics, univariate and bivariate data analysis, and summarizing findings from a statistical analysis. The topics covered include:
• Descriptive Statistics
• Elementary Probability
• Random Sampling
• Hypothesis Testing
o One-sample Means
o Difference of Means
o Linear Regression
o Analysis of Variance
In addition to lectures and exercises, key elements can also be addressed by assigning a reasonable number of readings from the press, practitioner, or academic literature. The instructor may also use a textbook.
The course should test mastery of concepts for grading purposes. This can be done through homework exercises, case study write ups, quizzes and exams, or if used, student team projects. If desired, the instructor can receive help in grading homework assignments and/or coaching students through assignments from student TAs or qualified Heinz staff.
A syllabus used by a prior course instructor is available for review.
Interested candidates should provide a resume by February 28, 2020 11:59PM.
About the PPIA Junior Summer Institute
The PPIA Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship Program is a rigorous academic preparation program for undergraduate juniors committed to public service careers. The program was started to address the lack of diversity across the spectrum of professional public service, including government, nonprofits, public policy institutions, and international organizations.
The purpose of the JSI Fellowship is to prepare students to obtain a Master’s or joint degree, in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field. This is a fully-funded opportunity.
The JSI curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen the students’ quantitative, analytic and communication skills. Extracurricular activities are included as well. These skills are vital for admission into the top graduate programs in public and international affairs. The successful completion of a summer institute is a requirement for PPIA Fellows to qualify for graduate school benefits.
Students who are selected for the Junior Summer Institute cohort will study on the campus of one of our five participating universities:
Carnegie Mellon University – Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy
Princeton University – Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
University of California, Berkeley – Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy
University of Michigan – Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
University of Minnesota – Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
About Heinz College
The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy is home to two internationally recognized graduate-level institutions at Carnegie Mellon University: the School of Information Systems and Management and the School of Public Policy and Management. This unique colocation combined with its expertise in analytics set Heinz College apart in the areas of cybersecurity, health care, the future of work, smart cities, and arts & entertainment. In 2016, INFORMS named Heinz College the #1 academic program for Analytics Education. For more information, please visit www.heinz.cmu.edu.
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.