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The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities is seeking adjunct instructors to teach the following courses for its Washington, D.C.-based American Studies Program (course descriptions are provided further below):
Christian Political/Public Engagement (3 Credits)
Public Policy (3 Credits)
Qualifications & Basic Expectations
Interested Candidates Must:
Hold a minimum of a Master’s Degree in a course-relevant discipline
Be skilled at integrating Christian faith and scholarship/practice within class discussions/lectures
Allow space for students’ critical engagement by maintaining a neutral and non-partisan presence when interacting with students, both inside and outside the classroom
Be available to commute to the East Capitol Hill neighborhood to teach a 2-hour in-person evening course (two evenings each week during program intensives from August 16th-Sept 3rd and only once per week thereafter (semester ends before Thanksgiving; final grades due in early December)
Complete all grading of assignments for course in a timely manner, providing students with quality feedback and guidance
Be willing to work with support staff to identity and schedule course-appropriate Friday fieldwork (meetings, visits, guest speakers, etc. – candidate not required to be present on Friday)
Ideal Candidates will:
Hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field
Have previous professional experience in settings relevant to the course and an ability to draw and reflect on these real world experiences to further student growth and understanding
Have availability and interest in continuing serving as an adjunct during the Spring semester
Have had previous engagement with the American Studies Program and a general familiarity with program culture
How to apply: Interested candidates should email a CV/Resume and Letter of Interest to Jessica Martin at email@example.com. *For those interested in teaching Public Policy, please note the Policy Topic you intend on surveying within the course.
Christian Political Engagement Field Seminar (3 Credits) Course Overview This course blends theological studies and fieldwork activities to provide a Washington, D.C.-based study of how Christians engage in contemporary public life as citizens and professionals. The course begins with a “liturgical audit” of public life by investigating the institutional nature of power, the formative nature of institutions, and the challenges Christians face when trying to exercise power justly in morally pluralistic societies. The course next uses a Creation-Fall-Redemption-Consummation framework to explore how the biblical narrative shapes our understanding of Christian identity and responsibility as citizens and professionals when relating to earthly rulers and cultural powers. The course concludes with a comparative study of historic and contemporary Christian public engagement practices. We are honest about the potential for “malfunctions of the faith,” but also hopeful about the possibility of sustaining authentic Christian public witness and the faithful practice of power in public life.
Course Materials Course discussions are guided by a robust selection of readings from authors such as Robert Coles, James Davison Hunter, Yuval Levin, James K.A. Smith, Steven Garber, Jonathan Leeman, Clarke E. Cochran, Richard B. Hays, Hoang and Johnson, Miroslav Volf, Roger E. Olson, Stanley Hauerwas, and others.
The Politics of Public Policy Field Seminar (3 Credits) Course Overview This course blends theory and fieldwork activities to provide a Washington, D.C.-based study of the politics of public policy and the practice of policy analysis. Theory-based studies will teach you key concepts associated with the study of public policy, the different contexts in which public policy is made, different reasons given for governmental involvement, the challenges the separation of powers poses for policymaking, similarities and differences between domestic and foreign policymaking processes, and the various evaluative criteria stakeholders may use to judge the value of policy proposals. Fieldwork activities occur alongside our theory-based studies to bring the practice of policy analysis to life. Policy analysis projects create opportunities for you to directly engage Washington, DC-based policy experts and organizations—governmental and non-governmental, national and international—through meetings and interviews to deepen your understanding of the interests and influence of key political stakeholders in current public policy debates.
Policy Topic Please note that this course surveys one primary real-world policy issue over the course of the semester. Immigration and Energy & Environment are examples of recent semester policy topics. Policy topic may be determined by instructor expertise and interest.
Course Materials Kraft, Michael E. and Scott R. Furlong. Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives, 6th edition. Los Angeles, CA: CQ Press, 2018
About Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities is a higher education association of more than 180 Christian institutions around the world. With campuses across the globe, including more than 150 in the U.S. and Canada and nearly 30 more from an additional 18 countries, CCCU institutions are accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities whose missions are Christ-centered and rooted in the historic Christian faith. Most also have curricula rooted in the arts and sciences. The CCCU’s mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help our institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth. For more information about our organization, visit our website: www.cccu.org. Learn more about our GlobalEd programs at: www.cccuglobaled.com