Instructor, Ethnic Studies / Black Studies

Oregon, United States
Salary Not Specified
Dec 17, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Instructor, Ethnic Studies / Black Studies

Requisition ID req747 Department Liberal Arts & Pre-College Programs Campus CA-Cascade Campus Employment Type Faculty Best Consideration Date 1/15/2021 Position Summary

The Liberal Arts and Pre-College Programs Department at the Portland Community College, Cascade campus has an open full-time Ethnic Studies/ Black Studies position scheduled to begin fall 2021. This position is responsible for working collaboratively with faculty and administrators across the PCC district (four campuses) to further develop the college-wide Ethnic Studies Program. Ethnic Studies at Portland Community College is a recent academic program developed in direct response to student demand for culturally-relevant curriculum centered on the perspectives of historically marginalized groups. The successful candidate will provide leadership in the development and implementation of the Ethnic Studies program across the PCC district. We seek a candidate with research and teaching experience in the Africana Diaspora.

This position is one of five openings at Portland Community College that will pilot a faculty cohort model that seeks to further diversify the college’s faculty and advance our efforts towards achieving equitable student success. This faculty cohort will join an educational community that values cultural competency and inclusive teaching practices. Incoming faculty will be provided with mentorship, professional development, and opportunities to connect with faculty across the district. For more information about Portland Community College’s commitment to equitable student success, please visit .

NOTE - You will be asked to address the following question as part of the application for this Full-Time Instructor position at PCC:

"A key tenet of culturally responsive teaching is the belief that students’ cultural background and lived experience can help bridge new learning. Please describe an example of how you connect academic concepts in your field to knowledge that comes from students’ families, communities, and/or lived experiences. As part of your answer, please tell us something about how your own lived experience is a factor in how you do this work."

See the classification description for additional information: Candidate Profile

These qualifications, skills and abilities are critical for success in this position.
Throughout the screening process, you will be evaluated based on the demonstration of these qualifications.

Please be sure to address the Success Criteria below in your Cover Letter

  • Demonstrated commitment to serving diverse student populations and advancing equitable student success through highly engaged and high impact instructional practices
  • Ability to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse colleagues across the college district to share responsibility for program review, annual assessment, curriculum development, and other non-instructional faculty responsibilities
  • Demonstrated understanding of community college students and their educational needs
  • Experience teaching introductory, interdisciplinary courses
  • Demonstrates awareness of their own cultural background and how it influences perception, values, and practices and how these perceptions, values, and practices shape their teaching and relationship to students
  • Demonstrates understanding of structural privileges/inequalities and how they impact educational practices; empowers learners to analyze and overcome the effect of institutional bias/inequality
  • Understands the differences between prejudice, discrimination, and racism and how they operate at the interpersonal, intergroup, and institutional levels
  • Demonstrates the ability or potential to develop culturally responsive curriculum and instruction in response to differences in individual experiences, cultural, ethnic, gender, and linguistic diversity, and socioeconomic status

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered, your application must demonstrate these minimum qualifications. (Experience is calculated based on the start and end dates you provide multiplied by the number of hours per week worked).

  • Master’s degree or PhD in Ethnic Studies, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Critical Ethnic Studies, American Ethnic Studies, OR
  • Master’s degree or PhD in African American Studies, American Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Border Studies, Central American Studies, Chicano/a Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Indigenous Nations Studies, Mexican American Studies, Native American Studies AND 4 or more quarter credit hours of graduate credit in Ethnic Studies, OR
  • Master’s degree or PhD in any social science or humanities field AND 12 or more quarter credit hours of graduate credit in Ethnic Studies, OR
  • Master’s degree or PhD in any social science or humanities field AND dissertation/thesis employing an interdisciplinary approach to the study of race and ethnicity

This list may not be inclusive as there are other degree titles that may be appropriate for the subject and related areas. The Division Dean in consultation with the Faculty Department Chair will make a recommendation to the Dean of Instruction about the applicability of a particular degree that is outside the scope of this list.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Education beyond the minimum qualifications in Black Studies, Africana Studies, African American Studies, African Diaspora Studies or relevant degree and coursework
  • Academic and/or professional background necessary to develop and grow Ethnic Studies-based curriculum and pedagogical practices;
  • Willingness to take risks and be innovative;
  • Demonstrated teaching experience, including experience teaching courses that center the history and experiences of people of color;
  • Ability and willingness to work with student groups and engage with the broader community through programming, outreach, service learning and social justice initiatives

Starting Salary Expectations Initial Salary Placement will be up to Step 3 ($61,137) based on related experience, per PCC's collective bargaining agreement. Position Grade Salary Range $57346 to $97136 Annual Salary FTE 1 PCC Benefits

PCC offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide employees and their families, including domestic partners, with access to a broad range of benefit options. Includes Health, Dental, and Vision options, Group Life, Long-term Disability, Long-term Care, and Auto and Home Insurance programs.

PCC currently funds the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS/OPSRP) pension and contributes an additional 6% into the employee's Individual Account Program under PERS/OPSRP. A portion of the 6% will be diverted to The Employee Pension Stability Account as mandated by Senate Bill 1049. PCC offers a tax deferred annuity program and a deferred compensation program where employees may save additional pre-tax dollars for retirement.

Additionally, PCC provides a tuition waiver for courses offered at PCC for yourself, domestic partner, and dependent children under 24 years of age; plus partial tuition reimbursement for yourself at other accredited institutions.

* Please note: Temporary Full-Time Faculty are not eligible for Personal Leave Days, Life Insurance, Long-term Disability, or AD&D Insurance.

Paid Leave:

  • 1 day of sick leave for every 18 days worked (~10 per year)
  • 21 hours of additional personal leave per year
  • 4 paid holidays (which occur during the term you are teaching)

View a complete list of PCC benefits .

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

Instructors shall have earned required academic credentials at a regionally accredited US institution or a foreign institution having the equivalent of regional accreditation.

Instructors with credentials from other countries will have their transcripts evaluated by agencies that have good standing with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services to establish fulfillment of this standard. (for more information see )

For more information on PCC's General Instructor Qualifications Policy I301 visit:

Background Check Required Yes

Portland Community College complies with the Oregon Veterans' Preference in Public Employment law which provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment. You will be given instructions during the application process to claim Veterans' Preference in the recruitment of this position, and to provide the documents required for verification of eligibility. Please do not send your documentation to the hiring manager directly. For verification of eligibility, please submit the following documentation:

  • Veterans: DD214
  • Disabled Veterans: DD214 and Letter from the Department of VA

Portland Community College is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected class.

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