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The Position

Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the faculty director will be responsible for all Institute academic activities. 

Preference will be given to professors who are familiar with or interested in the full range of issues and topics that impact American economic competitiveness. Preferred candidates will have previous private sector ownership or management experience. Commitment to the educational needs of undergraduate students is essential. Managerial experience with functional and cross-functional teams, an ability to work across academic schools and departments, and experience in interdisciplinary curriculum development is preferred. 


The director's responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring the Institute educates students about important economic issues facing the United States, and equips them for entrepreneurship and understanding free enterprise;
  • Establishing metrics and goals around student engagement/involvement with Institute activities, and implementing and analyzing course assessments that show how the course is fostering student success; 

  • Expanding course reach through technology. To magnify the impact of the Institute, online instructional technology will be utilized. Lectures by core faculty will be digitized and made available to faculty across the USC eight-campus system along with workbooks, accompanying educational materials, and digital Capstone Conference proceedings;  

  • Submittal of the annual budget and other stewardship documents required by the McNair Foundation detailing the Institute’s operations;
  • Developing course curricula and recommending curricular revisions/additions to the academic leads of schools/departments presenting course materials;
  • Teaching courses and stewarding applied entrepreneurial experiences for students; organizing the Institute’s annual Capstone Conference;
  • Participate in conferences and meetings at the national level; and
  • Collaborate with directors and faculty of other McNair Centers.