Adjunct Instructor: Policy and Leadership in Public Education
Carnegie Mellon University
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Internal Number: 101138
The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University seeks an adjunct instructor for aPolicy and Leadership in Public Education course for students in the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) program. We invite professionals with deep experience and demonstrated leadership in public K-12 education to apply.
This course introduces students to policy issues in public education while simultaneously building the skills to lead change through authentic assignments and in-class collaboration. The course should address both the "what" and the "how" of leading policy change, combining content presentation and discussion with an iterative approach to each assignment. The content of the course should consist of four aspects of education policy: 1) the basics: the purpose of schooling as well as the current structure and legislative landscape within K-12 public education in the United States, 2) what is taught: policy and practice around curriculum, standards, and assessment, 3) who teaches: human capital strategy and policy and 4) where does education take place: school design and structure, including opportunities for transforming how students learn.
Recognizing education policy and leadership is a broad and complex topic, the minimum goals of this course are to:
describe the basic features of public education in the US including structure and major policy areas;
identify and compare the differing perspectives related to a particular policy issue and construct a compelling argument for a policy change related to that issue;
devise a strategy for effectively leading change in public education;
and articulate complex ideas orally and through writing in an organized and clear manner.
The course is an elective course for students in the MSPPM program, typically in their second year of study. The instructor should assume that the students have some baseline knowledge of the public education system and policy in the United States. Students in this program may end up working in education administration, government, nonprofit organizations, or consulting. The course is also open to all students at CMU as an elective course – both upper-level undergraduate students as well as other graduate students.
The Policy and Leadership in Public Education course is a half semester (i.e. 7 weeks) during either the fall 2022 or spring 2023 semester. Course times could be afternoons (two 80 minute class sessions per week) or evenings (one 170 minute class from 6 – 8:50 PM, inclusive of a break, per week), as preferred.
The course design should at minimum include relevant readings (textbook, research papers, news articles, etc.), in-class discussions, and appropriate evaluations of mastery of concepts for grading purposes (homework, quizzes/exams, etc.). Given the focus of Heinz College graduate programs, utilization of data, strategic thinking, and application of leadership skills are highly encouraged to be integrated into the course.
About Heinz College
The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy is home to two internationally recognized schools: the School of Information Systems and Management and the School of Public Policy and Management. The unique colocation of these two schools sets Heinz College apart to tackle society's most complex problems by teaching our students a firm understanding of policy, technology and analytical foundations, and the management skills to deploy solutions for maximum impact – the intersection of people, policy, and technology to approach complex societal problems. For more information, please visit www.heinz.cmu.edu.
Heinz College adheres to four basic principles of being grounded in real-world problem solving; staying ahead of the curve in innovation; nurturing diversity; and developing compassionate leaders. The College, since its founding in 1968 as the School of Urban and Public Affairs, has had a long history of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, made ever more relevant in today's world of technology-driven social change.
The instructor should be a practitioner with direct experience in the field of K-12 public education. Recent experience in teaching is preferred.
Carnegie Mellon University shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.
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.