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Adjunct, Research Design

Position Description

The Institute of Public Service in the College of Arts & Sciences at Seattle University invites applications for a part-time Adjunct Faculty position to teach a course in Research Design during the upcoming Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters, beginning in September 2018.  In addition, we are also looking for someone to teach a basic course in civics entitled “Citizenship and Society” in the Winter Quarter with an emphasis on social justice.

The successful candidate will teach a course that provides an overview of how to design empirical research used for public decision-making.  This course will include the following topics: (1) a theoretical and practical introduction to social science research methods as applied to public policy and administration; (2) how public administrators, policy actors and managers can pose research questions to empirically investigate issues; (3) the methodologies involved in the collection of evidence; (4) concept design and measurement for a survey; (5) research ethics; and (6) the role of evidence in policymaking.


MA in a relevant field, Ph.D. in a relevant field preferred.

Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,400 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within nine schools and colleges. U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2017" ranks Seattle University 8th in the West among universities that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs. Seattle University is an equal opportunity employer.

In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominations of, individuals whose differing backgrounds, beliefs, ideas and life experiences will further enrich the diversity of its educational community.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit materials online at Please include a cover letter of interest and qualifications, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references. Application review will begin immediately. Open until filled.

Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122