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Public Administration Adjunct Faculty Pool - AY 2017-18 - Open Pool

Position Announcement

Position Details

Proposed Start Date 09/16/2017
Working Title Public Administration Adjunct Faculty Pool - AY 2017-18 - Open Pool
Department 310300 - PAD Public Administration
Position Number D97633
Representation AP - AFT, Local 3571

Position Summary

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept

The Department of Public Administration’s vision is to be an agent of change to develop and enhance public leadership through education, scholarship and service. Building upon Portland State University’s commitment to community-engaged scholarship and service, the Department of Public Administration is uniquely placed to prepare current and emergent leaders in local, regional, national and global communities.

We recognize that solutions to contemporary problems require innovative approaches and alliances among governments, nonprofits and businesses, and encourage our faculty and students to engage in multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches to advance the public interest.

We aim to contribute to the integrity, effectiveness, and transparency of the next generation of trusted public leaders.

The Department of Public Administration at Portland State University is dedicated to preparing individuals for ethical, competent and effective public service in a range of roles in policy, management and leadership. We seek to improve practice by facilitating learning through community engagement, promoting scholarship, and encouraging reflection as we develop and work with leaders representing diverse communities across all domains of public service.

We recognize that public service professionals work within a complex set of constitutional, institutional, socio-cultural, and legal structures. We believe that they must understand the ways in which economic and political interdependence, both global and domestic, shape the exercise of administrative leadership and management. Our collective efforts support the educational and professional preparation of public service professionals and
new scholars.

Based on this recognition, we are guided by the following values which encompass our commitment to integrated, rigorous and relevant teaching, learning, and scholarship, all geared toward the sustainability of our increasingly diverse and rich communities:

We believe that the integration of theory and practice is essential for successful management and leadership in public, nonprofit and health organizations, and that reflective practice enhances this integration. We believe that a public service education that integrates ethics and experience is essential to our society. We seek to model in ourselves and develop in our students values of public service and provide mechanisms through which students can explore potential roles for engaging the public in their work. We are committed to addressing the life-long learning needs of our graduates and career public service professionals. We value scholarship that is both rigorous and relevant. We value Portland State University’s commitment to community-engaged teaching and scholarship. We are committed to collaborating with public and nonprofit organizations and communities to create rich learning experiences that both assist the community and prepare graduates for productive public service careers. We believe that public service professionals must understand the ways in which a multiplicity of interests help to shape, and in turn are shaped by, the underlying values of our systems of democratic governance. We believe that understanding the dynamic social relationships in diverse and global communities is essential for public service leaders and managers.
Position Summary

This position would teach courses in either the Public Administration undergraduate or graduate programs.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in relevant field and/or significant practitioner experience.

Preferred Qualifications
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

Contributes to a culture of environmental stewardship, practices resource conservation, and actively works toward achieving long-term sustainability goals.

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 $928 per credit per AFT collective bargaining agreement.

Application Instructions

Additional Information

Academic units in PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs are seeking to expand and diversify the roster of individuals who can serve as adjunct instructors in undergraduate and graduate courses. Individuals who submit an application to be added to an adjunct faculty roster are not guaranteed an appointment. Rosters are used to identify adjunct instructors when faculty members are on leave or sabbatical, engaged in funded research , or have assumed administrative responsibilities.

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

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  2. Statement of Teaching Interest