Adjunct Teaching Faculty – Undergraduate Programs at USC Mann – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The USC Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences invites applications for adjunct faculty positions to provide teaching and mentoring to undergraduate students in the USC Mann’s undergraduate educational programs.  Candidates must be strongly committed to excellence in teaching and curriculum development within the areas of neuropharmacology, addiction science, drug discovery, food science and the translational sciences.  The candidate must have a track record in course management and be familiar with curriculum development within professional degree and undergraduate education. The successful candidate must demonstrate ability to use innovative instructional strategies, technologies, and techniques that engage undergraduate students, including interactive, experimental, and practical learning methods. The candidate will work closely with the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education USC Mann to expand the educational opportunities within our growing undergraduate majors and minor offered to USC students with an interest in careers in biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences.  Teaching assignments, lecture hours, and specific course and lecture development and content will be discussed with or designated by the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and/or the course coordinator, consistent with the curricular needs of the degree programs. No administrative or service component is anticipated.

Qualifications and Compensation:

The candidate for this position should have a wealth of professional experiences in area of expertise that is consistent with the needs of the undergraduate program as described above. These real-life lessons brought to the classroom and mentoring settings are invaluable for students gaining knowledge and wisdom in these areas. Applicants must possess a doctoral degree in a relevant field (pharmacology, biochemistry, food science, for example), with emphasis in Drug Discovery/Development related to addiction science, neurodegenerative diseases, food science, and pharmaceutical product development that will allow the candidate to develop and teach within novel experiential programs centered on these and related subjects. The definition of an adjunct faculty member presumes gainful employment outside of USC, with salary and benefits provided the candidate in his/her major professional pursuit. Therefore, these positions are not full- or part-time by university definition and will be remunerated based on a generous established hourly rate, are not benefits eligible nor lead to consideration of tenure. A contract subtending the active engagement teaching period and proposed hours will be provided. Qualified candidates will preferably have demonstrated experience or leadership in diversity and inclusion within their prior academic and professional work environments that they can bring to the education setting. Teaching metrics and performance will be part of the evaluation for reappointment. Undergraduate course content is taught on USC’s University Park Campus in South Central Los Angeles.

The hourly rate range for this position is $150.00 – $250.00. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations. 

Application Procedure:

The position is available immediately. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Qualified individuals are requested to apply online at, and are requested to upload a current curriculum vitae, a letter of intent/personal statement, including teaching and mentoring philosophy and goals, and the names and current contact information for two individuals who will serve as professional references (one can be internal to USC or the Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences).

The University of Southern California is actively committed to equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion within its faculty hiring practices, so qualified candidates from underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

The USC Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is located on the USC Health Sciences Campus, which includes the Keck Hospital of USC, the Norris Cancer Hospital, and County General Medical Center. The school also operates 5 hospital and specialty pharmacies serving the needs of the community, of faculty and of staff. Ranked by US News and World Report as the #1 private pharmacy school in the United States, the USC School of Pharmacy is recognized for its more than century-long reputation for innovation in pharmaceutical education, practice and research. The School uniquely spans the entire spectrum of pharmaceutical development and clinical care – from drug discovery to regulatory approaches that promote safety and innovation, from delivery of contemporary patient care services to evaluating the impact of care on patient outcomes and costs. Collaborative efforts with our expertise areas and faculty in clinical pharmacy, pharmacoeconomics and health policy, pharmacoepidemiology, drug discovery, experimental therapeutics, and pharmaceutical sciences are manifest in the numerous MS and PhD programs across these disciplines. The school has recently received a $50 million endowment from the Alfred E. Mann Foundation to name the school and to support student scholarships, faculty development and recruitment, and integrated biomedical innovation.

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