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First consideration will be given to applications received by June 1, 2021, but applications will be considered until the position has been filled. Interested applicants may upload their application materials to:

The following application materials are required: a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest that includes detail on prior negotiation experience and teaching experience, in both online and in-person settings.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  The University of Michigan is an AA/EO employer.  Questions about the position should be directed to:  Paula Lantz, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (

Job Summary

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan invites applications from well-qualified individuals to develop and teach two new masters-level short courses on negotiation skills for public policy professionals.  The courses, which are part of a newly revised core curriculum, will be offered to Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Affairs students both fall and winter semesters, will amount to a teaching load of 6 credits during the academic year.

The successful applicant will develop and teach a 1 credit, 7-week course called “Negotiation Basics for Public Policy” with 14 hours of content on the basics of strategic negotiation with application in public policy settings.  This course will include some online/asynchronous online content, along with 3-4 synchronous sessions (in-person and online) in which students can discuss and practice negotiation strategies and skills.  This course will be offered 3 times during the academic year, 2 times in the fall term and 1 time winter term.

The person in this position will also develop and teach a 1.5 credit, 7-week course called “Strategic Negotiation for Public Policy Leaders” with 21 hours of content that builds upon the 1-credit negotiation basics course for further development of strategic negotiation skills.   This course will also include a combination of online/asynchronous content and synchronous sessions (in-person and online) in which students engage in case study discussions, role plays, simulations and other exercises through which negotiation skills will be built.  This course will be taught simultaneously to two different sections of students winter semester, mid-March through April.

Applications are welcome from people with training and experience in a wide range of fields, including law, public policy, social work, psychology or non-profit management.  An understanding of the wide variety of stakeholders in public policy negotiations, including members of under-represented communities and participants who have unequal access to power, is required.  Prior experience with negotiations in the public and non-profit sectors is essential.  Prior teaching experience is highly desirable.

The position will be as a Lecturer I with a university year (9 month) appointment.  The position does not qualify for benefits. 

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of ten calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the tenth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.