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Assistant Professor

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As soon as you submit your application, your references will be emailed a link with a request to upload the letter of recommendation.

Position Announcement

Position Details

Proposed Start Date 09/16/2018
Rank C - Assistant Professor
Working Title Assistant Professor
Position Number D96044
Representation AU - AAUP
Faculty Type Tenure Track
Fixed Term End Date:
Position FTE 1
Term of Service 9 month

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, 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 Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Portland State University Graduate School of Education is seeking a tenure track faculty member at the Assistant Professor level in teacher education with expertise in bilingual/multicultural education and a foundation in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) education.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach graduate and undergraduate level classes in the curriculum and instruction department, emphasizing bilingual education, ESOL education, and multicultural/diversity courses and in related scholarly interest areas. In addition, the chosen candidate will conduct and publish research in these areas. The individual will participate in the refinement and/or development of the Bilingual, Dual-Language, and ESOL programs in collaboration with other program faculty.

Primary Activity I - Instructional
Minimum Qualifications

• Earned doctorate in education or related field, preferable focus on dual-language, bilingual, multilingual, ESOL, multicultural education, or equivalent from an accredited program by time of start date.
• Evidence of at least 3 years of professional experience working in a K-8 (elementary) school setting.
• Experience collaborating with school district partners & colleagues.
• Bilingual proficiency – Spanish/English or other language/English.
• Experience in multicultural, multilingual and diverse settings.
• Evidence of scholarly accomplishments or scholarly agenda by clearly articulating current and next steps in own research agenda.
• Successful completion of a criminal background check.

Preferred Qualifications

• Grant writing experience.
• Administrative and program coordination experience.
• Working with or teaching in a Dual-Language setting (focus on PreK-8).
• Teaching experience & background in Bilingual/ESOL/Multicultural Education (ie: Foundations in Bilingual Education and/or Second Language Acquisition).
• Demonstrated commitment to a critical perspective, social justice and issues of equity.
• Record of working collaboratively with linguistically and culturally diverse students, parents, and community partners.
• Utilizing technology in instructional settings.
• Working with and/or mentoring groups of preservice teachers.
• Ability to develop and teach university courses in Spanish
• Working with and/or mentoring groups of preservice teachers.
• Ability to develop and teach university courses in Spanish.

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
Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement

The starting annual salary rate for this position will be competitive, with an excellent benefits package including 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon Public Universities.

Annual Salary Competitive

Application Instructions

Additional Information
Additional Application Instructions (deadlines, etc.)

As soon as you submit your application, your references will be emailed a link with a request to upload the letter of recommendation.

Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle? No
Background Check Required Yes
Position End Date (if applicable)
If you have questions

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Search Details

Posting Close Date
Projected Close Date for Posting Open Until Finalists Identified
Application screening begins 09/25/2017
Will you consider an ABD applicant for this position? Yes
If yes, when must the degree be earned? 09/15/18
If necessary, would you be willing to sponsor the succcessful applicant for permanent US residence, now or in the future? Yes

Reference Requests

Reference Requests

Accept References Yes
Minimum Number of References 3
Maximum Number of References
Cutoff Date
Special Instruction for Reference Provider

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a doctorate in education or related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you currently have ABD status within a doctoral program?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Please name the specific field/discipline in which you received (or will receive) your doctoral degree.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Do you have at least 3 years of professional experience working in a K-8 (elementary) school setting?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Please list the languages you are proficient in. Please describe how you acquired this proficiency.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * How did you first find out about this position?
    • PSU website
    • Indeed
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • HERCJobs
    • Referral
    • Professional Listserv- please specify in comment box in the next question
    • Professional Journal- please specify in comment box in the next question
    • Other- please specify in comment box in the next question
  7. If you selected Other, please describe.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents