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Adjunct Faculty Pool - Psychology

Position Announcement

Position Details

Proposed Start Date 03/16/2017
Working Title Adjunct Faculty Pool - Psychology
Department 222000 - PSY Psychology
Position Number D97740
Representation AP - AFT, Local 3571

Position Summary

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept

Portland State University, with its 49-acre downtown campus, is a comprehensive public university enrolling 26,000 students. PSU seeks to meet the needs of its increasingly diverse population through its curriculum, research, and community service activities. PSU’s mission is to provide access through the life span to a quality liberal education for undergraduates and an appropriate array of professional and graduate programs.

The Psychology Department serves approximately 1200 undergraduate majors and offers classes of interest to undergraduate students from across campus. In addition to 18 full-time faculty, the department works with a cadre of about 20-25 talented and dedicated adjunct part-time faculty, many of whom have taught for the department for years.

Position Summary

Portland State University’s Department of Psychology invites applications for local Adjunct Instructors with expertise in core areas of psychology and teaching experience to teach undergraduate sections of courses in psychology.

Instructors must be qualified to teach courses in one or more of the following core areas (see PSU Bulletin for individual course descriptions):

Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science
Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science
Experimental Psychology Methods
Developmental Psychology
Human Development
Developmental Psychopathology
Psychology of Women
Social Psychology
Clinical Psychology
Abnormal Psychology

Minimum Qualifications

M.S. or M.A. in Psychology (or closely related field).

Previous teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. in Psychology (or closely related field).

Previous experience teaching large undergraduate classes in psychology.

Key Cultural Competencies

• Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.
• Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
• Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement
• Adheres to all PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.

Environmental Stewardship
Required Professional Standards of Conduct

At Portland State University, all employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner which maintains a safe, respectful, and productive environment for faculty, students, administrators, and staff. It is the responsibility of every member of the Portland State University community to conduct themselves in accordance with our PSU Professional Standards of Conduct which are available at

Compensation Adjunct faculty are paid per credit hour, per the AFT Collective Bargaining Agreement: Salary may be adjusted above the minimum rates based on qualifications and experience.

Application Instructions

Additional Information

Applicants should upload:
- a statement of teaching interest specifying desired courses and availability (for summer, fall, winter, and/or spring quarter),
- curriculum vita,
- evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness (including summaries of teaching evaluations if possible), and,
- names and contact information for two professional references with knowledge of the candidate’s teaching qualifications.

If you have any questions about your application, please email

Review of applications begins immediately and continues as new sections are needed.

Adjunct faculty are hired on either a per quarter or an academic year basis.

Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle? No
Background Check Required No

Search Details

Posting Close Date
Projected Close Date for Posting Open Until Filled

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Statement of Teaching Interest
  3. Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
  4. Professional References
Optional Documents