Portand State University

Portand State University

Teaching Assistant Professor of Humanities

Position Announcement

Position Details

Proposed Start Date 09/16/2023

Rank CT - Teaching Assistant Professor Working Title Teaching Assistant Professor of Humanities Position Number D92513 Representation AU - AAUP Faculty Type Fixed Term Instructional (up to 3 years) Fixed Term End Date: 06/15/2024 Position FTE 1.0 Term of Service 9 month

Position Summary

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept

University Honors College, the only urban-focused honors college in the country, is a small, dedicated community of highly motivated students and engaged professors located within the larger academic environment of Portland State University. The Honors College at PSU provides small, interdisciplinary research-focused general education courses for high achieving undergraduates across campus. Honors students explore an academically intense curriculum through the lens of the culturally rich, ever-evolving city of Portland.

Portland State's 49-acre campus is located in the heart of one of America's most vibrant centers of business, 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

The University Honors College seeks applicants for an academic year, fixed term Teaching Assistant Professor in the Humanities beginning Fall 2023. Candidates with a PhD from a field within the humanities will be considered. Candidates must have a strong background in teaching writing; interest or experience in Honors education is desired but not required. A Ph.D. must be completed by August 30, 2023.

Successful candidates will be able to design writing and reading intensive courses around an inquiry into or topic related to “the urban,” broadly conceived. The position is open in regards to specialization, although we are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in Black Studies, Indigenous Nations Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies, or Ethnic Studies.

This position is teaching intensive with a primary emphasis on disciplinary methodologies and writing instruction. The successful candidate will be ready to assume responsibility for teaching courses focused on close textual analysis, writing and academic literacies, and disciplinary research methods. The Honors College curriculum focuses on the urban environment and the interdependence between the city and the global world. All faculty in Honors teach using a shared set of core assignments focused on fundamental writing and reading concepts; successful candidates will be willing to participate in the college's shared teaching project.

Teaching responsibilities will include a 3/3/3 course load, not to exceed 36 credits per academic year. Courses will include core second year humanities courses, second- and third-year transfer writing courses, and undergraduate thesis support courses in University Honors College.

The position includes an expectation of service activities including taking an active role in matters of college governance as well as participation in tasks associated with the annual Honors Admissions cycle. Responsibilities may include meaningful curricular development or redesign, and/or community-based work. Ability to work with, mentor and advise undergraduate students of diverse populations and participation in departmental, college/ school, or university service are required.

This is not a remote position. All UHC faculty are expected to maintain a regular presence on campus, including attendance of in-person faculty meetings and other in-person meetings and activities.

Primary Activity I - Instructional Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D in a field in the Humanities.
  • Expertise in the teaching and support of scholarly research writing.
  • Expertise in the teaching and support of transfer student writing.
  • Experience in the supervision of student thesis writing.
  • Documented excellence in teaching large and small undergraduate courses in the candidate's field of study.
  • Successful completion of a background check.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Candidate with experience teaching highly motivated students.
  • Experience teaching writing-intensive courses at both lower and upper division levels.
  • Key Cultural Competencies

    Create an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates differences. Function and communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities, and cultural backgrounds. Seek opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement. Adhere to all of 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, respect ul, and productive environment for faculty, students, administrators, and staff 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: https: // www. pdx.edu/human- resources/professional-standards-conduct-policy.

    Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement

    The starting annual salary for this position will be $68,751. An excellent benefits package includes 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon University System schools. Please visit our total compensation calculator to see the full value of our benefits package.

    Application Instructions

    Additional Information

    Additional Application Instructions (deadlines, etc.) Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle? No Background Check Required Yes If you have questions

    Please email UHC College Administrator and Search Coordinator Cornelia Coleman ([email protected]).

    Search Details

    Posting Close Date

    Projected Close Date for Posting Open Until Finalists Identified Application screening begins 06/09/2023 Will you consider an ABD applicant for this position? Yes If yes, when must the degree be earned? 08/30/2023 If necessary, would you be willing to sponsor the succcessful applicant for permanent US residence, now or in the future? No

    Reference Requests

    Reference Requests

    Accept References Yes

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

    Thank you for your time in providing our committee your assessment of the applicant. Please upload reference letters no later than Monday, July 10, 2023.

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • Do you currently hold a Ph.D. degree?
  • Yes
  • No
  • If you currently have ABD status, what month and year do you anticipate completing your Ph.D.? (Please answer n/a if you have already completed your Ph.D.)
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • From what university did you (or will you) receive your Ph.D. degree?
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Please name the specific field/discipline in which you received (or will receive) your doctoral degree.
  • (Open Ended Question)

    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
  • Optional Documents

    Job details


    Teaching Assistant Professor of Humanities


    Portand State University


    United States


    May 25, 2023

    Application deadline

    June 09, 2023

    Job type

    Associate Professor/Professor


    Arts and Culture,Linguistics,Literature

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