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2017-2018 Academic Year - University Studies High School Senior Inquiry Adjunct Faculty

Position Announcement

Position Details

Proposed Start Date 09/16/2017
Working Title 2017-2018 Academic Year - University Studies High School Senior Inquiry Adjunct Faculty
Department 222700 - UGE Univ Studies-General Ed
Position Number D97734
Representation AP - AFT, Local 3571

Position Summary

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept

Portland State’s 49-acre downtown campus is located in the heart of one of America’s most vibrant centers of culture, business and technology. We are recognized throughout the world for programs like Urban Planning, Social Work, and Environmental Studies that directly engage the community, and aim our students towards the creation of a better, more sustainable world.

Position Summary

University Studies is the award winning, nationally-recognized, integrated, interdisciplinary general education program for Portland State University. It is required of all undergraduates with the exception of students in the Honors College. University Studies collaborates widely across academic units at Portland State University, working with 40 academic departments and programs to deliver over 150 UNST-specific and almost 200 affiliated courses per term.

The program consists of four main levels each with its own organizational structure: Freshman Inquiry, Sophomore Inquiry/Clusters, the Capstones and the Mentor Program. Each level is administered by a Director.

University Studies is guided by its vision, “challenging us to think holistically, care deeply, and engage courageously in imagining and co-creating a just world.” To that end, the program emphasizes reflective practice and student empowerment in a caring community.

Minimum Qualifications

Masters Degree

Preferred Qualifications

Terminal Degree

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

Finalists are subject to a criminal background check.

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

Current or returning University Studies Adjunct Faculty will be required to upload their current Curriculum Vitae.

New applicants will be required to upload their Curriculum Vitae and must also upload a cover letter, Professional References (the names, email addresses and phone numbers of at least 3 professional references), and a statement of teaching philosophy.

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 Yes

Search Details

Posting Close Date
Projected Close Date for Posting Open Until Finalists Identified

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please specify the level course/themes that you are interested in teaching.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Have you facilitated an online or hybrid (partially online) course? If so, what subject(s)?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Have you facilitated a community-based learning project or course? If so, please describe briefly.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Have you taught writing across the curriculum? If so, please describe briefly.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please list special studies, honors, offices held, special abilities, or other information you feel would be helpful in considering your application for employment.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  3. Professional References