Part-time Lecturer on Social Welfare Policy, Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning, Tufts University, Massachusetts

Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences


Part-time Social Policy Lecturer (non-tenure-track)

The Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University is searching for a part?time lecturer to teach the graduate-level course U.S. Social Welfare Policy in Spring 2022.

This course will be taught on Mondays 6:30-9:00pm, although it is possible to negotiate a different time/day.  Instructors must also be willing to offer the course online if needed.

This course is an introduction to key characteristics of the U.S. social welfare state. It examines the socio-historical foundations and political economy of social welfare including the role of interest groups, courts, and public bureaucracies in molding U.S. social welfare. Special emphasis is placed on policies and political issues related to poverty, race, and gender. It also explores contemporary debates regarding devolution, privatization and the free-market, the role of faith-based organizations, and the role and politics of research.


Candidates should have a master’s degree or PhD in in public policy, urban planning, political science, sociology, or a related field. Those with real-world practice and policy experience are preferred, as well as teaching experience at the college-level.

Application instructions

All application materials must be submitted via Interfolio at . Please submit a cover letter, CV, available teaching evidence (syllabus, course evaluations, etc.) and contact information for three references.  Questions about the position may be directed to Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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