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Adjunct Pool - Special Education

Position Announcement

Position Details

Proposed Start Date 09/16/2017
Working Title Adjunct Pool - Special Education
Department 260100 - EDU Special Education
Position Number D97726
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 of 1.5 million people. Portland State University’s motto is “Let knowledge serve the city”, which highlights the campus as a national leader in university–community partnerships.
“Leading, Learning, Life Changing” is the motto of the Graduate School of Education (GSE), Oregon’s largest and most comprehensive school of education. We are leading through applying best practices to educator preparation and preparing all of our graduates to understand and apply best practices in their work. In addition, we are leading through the research and other scholarly work of our faculty and students that contributes to the knowledge base in our field.
The GSE is a learning community. Faculty, educator candidates, and our practitioner partners are working and learning together to improve education for all students. Through rigorous assessment and reflection, we seek to continuously improve our programs. Most importantly, we realize the tremendous influence of educators and how they can change the lives of their students. Through our programs we seek to prepare our educator candidates so they can positively and maximally influence the lives of their students. Ultimately, we seek to prepare all educators and students to contribute to improving the quality of life in Oregon and throughout the world and to creating a more just and democratic society.

Position Summary

The Graduate School of Education, Department of Special Educational (SPED) invites applications for local Adjunct Lecturers with expertise in following core program areas:
• Special Education: Elementary & Secondary
• Autism
• Applied Behavior Analysis
• Coaching for multi-tier systems of support
• Early Intervention Special Education
• Inclusive Education – Elementary Dual Licensure
• Inclusive Education -Secondary Dual Licensure
• Infant/Toddler Mental Health
• Visually Impaired Learner
• Orientation and Mobility

As the largest Department of Special Education in Oregon, we seek to improve the educational and life experiences of students with disabilities through the preparation of highly effective special education teachers. Our dedicated faculty and staff are committed to improving the outcomes of children and youth with disabilities through evidence-based teacher preparation, applied research, and state and national service. We welcome collaboration and value community-based partnerships to support children, youth, families, school districts, and agencies throughout the state.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Special Education (or closely related field)
PK-12 Teaching Experience

Preferred Qualifications

Ed.D or Ph.D. in Special Education (or closely related field)
Experience Teaching Adults

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 hired on a per quarter basis and are paid $928 per credit hour. Current information on the compensation rate is detailed in the AFT Collective Bargaining Agreement:

Application Instructions

Additional Information

Review of applications begins immediately and continues as new sections are needed.
For assistance, please contact Long Tran at 503-725-4684/
Applicants should upload:
- a statement of teaching interest specifying desired courses and availability (for summer, fall, winter, and/or spring quarter),
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

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Master Degree or higher in Special Education or a closely related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Please state which of the following licenses you hold now or have held in the past: Administrator License, PK-12 General Education Teaching License, PK-12 Special Education License, School Counseling License.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Briefly list your experience teaching adults:

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please indicate languages you speak in addition to English (If any).

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Do you have experience with edTPA?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Please provide the date of your most recent background check?

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * 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
  8. If you selected Other, please describe.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Professional References
Optional Documents
  1. Link to Website or Design Portfolio
  2. Link to professional websites, news articles, etc