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Location:Portland, OR
Company:Portland State University
First posted:May 13, 2017

Position Announcement

Position Details

Proposed Start Date 09/16/2017

Working Title Adjunct Faculty Pool - Non-Fiction Writing

Position Number D97754

Representation AP - AFT, Local 3571

Position Summary

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept

A thriving campus in the heart of the city, Portland State University is Oregon's most affordable public research university and we offer tremendous opportunity to 27,000 students from all backgrounds. Our mission to "let knowledge serve the city" reflects our dedication to finding innovative, sustainable solutions to local and global problems. Our location in the heart of one of America's most dynamic cities gives our students unmatched access to career connections and an internationally acclaimed culture scene. PSU is the only Oregon university to offer a four-year degree guarantee.

The English Department offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses to meet the needs of students with a diversity of interests, and academic and professional backgrounds. By studying literature, rhetoric, composition, and critical theory, students in the Department of English acquire experience in inter-textual and cross-disciplinary inquiry represented by many cultures and historical periods. They learn critical approaches to texts and issues that enable them to interpret and compare positions, to read closely, critically, and with empathy, to conduct research, to weigh evidence, and to write with insight and expertise.

Position Summary

The Creative Writing program is looking for qualified adjunct instructors to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in Non-Fiction Writing. Courses include:

  • Wr 214 - Introductory Nonfiction Writing
  • Wr 228 - Media Writing
  • Wr 328 - Media Editing
  • Wr 428 -Advanced Media Writing
  • Wr 456 Forms of Nonfiction
  • Wr 457 Personal Essay Writing
  • Wr 458 Magazine Writing
  • Wr 459 Memoir Writing
  • Wr 523 - MFA Core Workshop in Nonfiction
  • Wr 528 Advanced Media Writing
  • Wr 556 Forms of Nonfiction
  • Wr 557 Personal Essay Writing
  • Wr 558 Magazine Writing
  • Wr 559 Memoir Writing

    Minimum Qualifications

    WR 228/328/428/528 Masters or PhD in Nonfiction Writing or Journalism.

    All other courses MFA or PhD in Non-Fiction Writing

    For 500 level courses: MFA or PhD in Non-Fiction Writing. Applicants should have a distinguished record of publication, including at least one book of Nonfiction, as well as demonstrated excellence in teaching.

    Preferred Qualifications

    For 300 level courses: Minimum two quarters demonstrated successful teaching of college level media editing, and significant publications in the genre.

    For 400 level courses: : Minimum two terms demonstrated successful teaching of college level upper division writing or comparable, and significant publications in the genre.

    For 500 level courses: Experience teaching at the graduate level.

    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.

    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 (please use the apply button below).


    Application Instructions

    Additional Information

    Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, the names and contact information for three professional references, as well as a teaching portfolio (statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, assignment sheets, teaching evals).

    If you have questions about this adjunct faculty opening, please email (see application details) and enter "Adjunct Faculty Application" in the subject line.

    Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle? No

    Background Check Required No

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