Course Associate, Political Analytics ? Strategic Thinking (Online Fall 2023)

Full Time


Company Description

Columbia University has been a leader in higher education in the nation and around the world for more than 250 years. At the core of our wide range of academic inquiry is the commitment to attract and engage the best minds in pursuit of greater human understanding, pioneering new discoveries, and service to society.

The School of Professional Studies at Columbia University offers innovative and rigorous programs that integrate knowledge across disciplinary boundaries, combine theory with practice, leverage the expertise of our students and faculty, and connect global constituencies. Through seventeen professional master's degrees, courses for advancement and graduate school preparation, certificate programs, summer courses, high school programs, and a program for learning English as a second language, the School of Professional Studies transforms knowledge and understanding in service of the greater good.

Job Description

The School of Professional Studies M.S. in Political Analytics program is seeking industry professionals with experience in political science and data analytics to serve as a part-time Associate for a graduate-level course in Strategic Thinking. An Associate is a faculty line junior to a Lecturer who provides subject matter expertise and supports the instructional process for a course section. Serving as an Associate is an outstanding way to gain exposure to graduate-level teaching at Columbia University.

This course examines the intentional and rational thought process that focuses on the analysis of critical factors and actors, and variables impacting the long-term success of a political campaign or policy-making effort, essential to understanding political dynamics. Students will learn about game-theoretic tools for understanding strategic interaction in the political sphere, how policy decisions are made and how they can be improved. The course will teach about basic two-person games, dynamic games, and signaling games.


  • Attend all online class sessions, assist with instruction, lead breakout sessions, facilitate discussions.
  • Evaluate, grade student work and assessments as requested by the course Lecturer.
  • Monitor and address student concerns and inquiries.
  • Conduct weekly online office hours.


Columbia University SPS operates under a scholar-practitioner faculty model, which enables students to learn from faculty that have outstanding academic training as well as a record of accomplishment as practitioners in an applied industry setting.


  • Graduate degree in an area related to political science, data science, quantitative methods or related field.
  • 3+ years of professional experience in a role involving political analytics.
  • Coursework in game theory

Preferred Skills & Experience

  • University teaching experience.

Additional Information

: $3,246.35 per semester-length course

  • Please submit a resume inclusive of university teaching experience.
  • Must reside and be eligible to work in the United States.

Your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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