Instructor at Graduate School of public policy



Information on Nazarbayev University

Nazarbayev University (NU) – located in Astana, Kazakhstan – is a new Western-style, English-language institution, created with the support of other leading university partners around the world. NU’s international partners include six of the top 30 universities in the world, including University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cambridge University, University College London and National University of Singapore. The University follows the rigorous admission standards laid out by its international partners and accepts only the best students from the region. NU’s Graduate School of Public Policy enrolled its first students in 2013. The School’s partner institution is the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.




To be appointed to the position of Instructor, an individual should have a graduate degree from a recognized accredited or attested university in his/her field of specialization.  An individual with a Master’s degree should have at least three years of post-Master’s teaching and scholarly experience at an institution of higher education. Research is encouraged. The research requirements can be waived for a faculty member involved with academic administration, committee work, or course coordination.

Program Coordination  

Oversee the coordination and academic progress per Policy Analysis Exercise/Final Project program objectives. Prepare reports and data related to both programs as requested by the Vice Dean. Evaluates Policy Analysis Exercise/Final Project curriculum and education strategies annually to improve effectiveness.

Organize, schedule, coordinate, and promote Policy Analysis Exercise/Final Project academic workshops, student abroad content, feedback sessions, meetings, presentation conferences, and graduation activities.

Academic Enhancement

Hold weekday, evening, and weekend drop-in and scheduled advising hours to advise and tutor masters and doctoral students in reading comprehension, writing, and academic English language skills for department wide offerings in 1-1 settings as well as in small group settings. Evaluate and address individual student ability and potential regarding their writing/communication skills and then work with that student and course faculty to improve those skills as needed.

Evaluate and analyze enrollment trends, student satisfaction, and related student academic reading, writing, and oral presentation services to guarantee academic success. Identify gaps between needs and existing resources and services; work with GSPP leadership and NU resources (including the NU graduate writing center) to generate creative and effective resolutions that connect students with academic and administrative solutions.

Act as the GSPP liaison with NU Library services and organize activities to increase student awareness and usage of NU Library data, journals, facilities, professionals throughout GSPP coursework.

Drawing on knowledge of the fields of English for Academic Purposes and andragogy, contribute to a writing culture by reviewing course/program design and partnering with faculty to provide targeted tutoring and integration of activities and assignments utilizing experiential and project-based learning, content-based learning, and instructional technology that will further assist student growth as high performing readers and writers. Develop supplemental course materials for faculty and share these materials with colleagues. This includes, collecting, organizing, and analyzing data that is helpful in developing and reviewing curriculum enhancement effectiveness. 

Institutional Engagement

Write and edit curriculum materials such as student activities, instructional guides, handbooks, educator support materials, etc.  Assist with writing and editing department publications for external audiences.  Contributing to the development of website, news items, case write-ups, publication summaries, and event descriptions content. Contribute to the proofreading of faculty course materials and draft publications as needed.

In collaboration with faculty advisors and administrative staff, develop, organize, and administer new student orientation and returning student re-entry activities.

Develop, coordinate, and execute new faculty orientation and onboarding to departmental programs, committees, procedures, resources, Policy Analysis Exercise/Final Project program objectives, etc.

Under the guidance of the Dean and in collaboration with administrative staff, coordinate departmental education abroad strategic objectives, programing, logistics, evaluation, review, and reporting.

Assist with the organization of and participate in GSPP functions, such as graduations, ceremonies, student team building, open house recruitment or outreach events, career/college fairs, executive education, and other activities as requested.

Serve on departmental and university-wide committees as needed.


Application Procedure:

Candidates should submit the following documents in electronic form (MS Word or PDF file) to


  • Cover letter
  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact details of three referees
  • Brief statement of past and current research