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Adjunct Instructor for 17-18 Academic Year

Position Announcement

Position Details

Proposed Start Date 09/16/2017
Working Title Adjunct Instructor for 17-18 Academic Year
Position Number D97719
Representation AP - AFT, Local 3571

Position Summary

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept

Portland State University, with an enrollment of approximately 30,000 students, serves the Portland metropolitan area, which is a vibrant and growing community with a culturally diverse population. Portland State University’s motto, “Let knowledge serve the city”, highlights the campus as a leader in local and international university–community partnerships.

The Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering is a multi-faceted program offering a strong educational experience steeped in a variety of research areas. The Department offers a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and a doctorate degree. The Department incorporates 13.5 full time tenure track faculty, 2 full time research faculty, 3 full time non-tenure track faculty, 4 full time staff, and various talented adjunct and affiliated research faculty.

Position Summary

The Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at Portland State University invites local, qualified candidates to serve as adjunct instructors in the following specialty areas: Thermal & Fluid Science, Design & Manufacturing, and Materials Science.

Adjunct instructors must be qualified to teach one or more of the following courses. See the PSU Bulletin for course descriptions:

Engineering and Applied Science (

EAS 215: Dynamics

Mechanical Engineering (

ME 121: Introduction to Engineering
ME 122: Introduction to Systems and Control
ME 123: Introduction to Design
ME 213: Properties of Materials
ME 250/L: Geometric Modeling + Lab
ME 320/L: Fluid Mechanics + Lab
ME 323: Heat Transfer
ME 351: Vibrations and System Dynamics
ME 370: Mechanical Engineering Profession
ME 410/510: Selected Topics
ME 420/520: Thermal System Design
ME 421/521: Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Design Fundamentals
ME 424/524: HVAC System Design and Controls
ME 445/545: Advanced Topics in Thermal and Fluid Sciences
ME 450/L: Solid Modeling + Lab
ME 488: Design of Experiments
ME 542/642: Advanced Heat Transfer

Materials Science (

MSE 547: Diffusion

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, or a closely related field. Work experience and/or teaching experience aligned with course content may be used in lieu of degree, at the Department’s discretion.

Preferred Qualifications

Previous teaching experience, preferred. PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, or a closely related field, preferred.

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 Adjuncts are paid per credit hour, and are hired on either a per term or an academic year basis, per the AFT Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Application Instructions

Additional Information

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

Applicants should upload a CV, Statement of Teaching Interest, and the names/emails/phone numbers of three Professional References.

Details about compensation and other components of the AFT Collective Bargaining Agreement can be found at:

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

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you first find out about this position?
    • PSU Website
    • HERCJobs
    • Urban League of Portland
    • Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber
    • Oregon Employment Department
    • Social Media
    • Person Referral
    • Career Builder
    • Glass Door
    • Other - Please describe in the next Question
  2. If you selected Other, please describe.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Which courses are you interested in teaching?

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

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