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Assistant or Associate 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 or Associate Professor
Position Number D98599
Representation AU - AAUP
Faculty Type Tenure Track
Fixed Term End Date:
Position FTE 1.0
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 Graduate School of Education at Portland State University (PSU) is seeking a 1.0 FTE 9-month, tenure track faculty appointment, at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank in the Department of Special Education, starting September 16, 2018.

The faculty member will teach courses in special education, pursue external funding, manage existing grant projects, and collaborate in program development and leadership. We are particularly interested in someone with experience in inclusive post-secondary education, transition, and inclusive secondary special education.

The successful candidate will:
a) co-direct PSU’s Career & Community Studies certificate program ( ), an inclusive college and employment experience for students with intellectual disabilities
b) co-direct the Think College Inclusion Oregon (TCIO) Project (,
c) teach courses as assigned by the Department Chair;
d) maintain an active research and publication agenda;
e) seek external grants funding in personnel preparation and post-secondary education for students with disabilities; and
f) provide advising, mentorship and support for graduate students.

Primary Activity I - Instructional
Minimum Qualifications

- An earned doctorate in Special Education or a related field.
- Committed to inclusive education, employment, and community living
- Committed to working with culturally, linguistically and socio-economically diverse students and underserved student populations.
- Experience in inclusive secondary special education and transition and/or post-secondary inclusive college experiences for individuals with intellectual and other disabilities.
- Demonstrated ability for teaching effectively at college level.
- Established record of external grant proposal writing.
- Experience in program and grant management.
- Committed to research-based practices and data-based decision making.
- Effective collaborator and strong team member.
- Completion of a criminal background check.

Preferred Qualifications

- Experience with transition partnerships with Vocational Rehabilitation and school districts to support post-secondary education for students with disabilities.
- Experience mentoring or supervising teacher candidates.
- Demonstrated success in teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students.
- Experience with data management, program evaluation, and assessment systems.
- Background in the use of technology to support student learning (e.g., Assistive Technology including Augmentative and Alternative Communication).
- Experience with e­-learning systems.

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.

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

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.

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
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Search Details

Posting Close Date
Projected Close Date for Posting Open Until Finalists Identified
Application screening begins 12/08/2017
Will you consider an ABD applicant for this position? No
If yes, when must the degree be earned?
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. * Please name the specific field/discipline in which you received your doctoral degree.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Have you taught at the college level?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Have you written and submitted grant proposals?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Have you managed grant projects (e.g., overseeing budgets, coordinating with partners, hiring support staff, managing project activities)?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * 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
  6. If you selected Other, please describe.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

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