Instructor to Senior Instructor I of English Literature

Portland State University
Oregon, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jul 09, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Portland State University is Oregon’s most affordable public research university, located in the heart of one of America’s most dynamic cities. Our mission to “let knowledge serve the city” reflects our dedication to turning ideas into action — in Portland and around the world. The city is our campus, giving students unmatched access to career connections, a vibrant cultural scene and hands-on learning experiences with hundreds of community partners.
More than 27,000 students from all backgrounds bring diverse perspectives to our classrooms and campus life, from the tree-lined Park Blocks to the bustling Urban Plaza and state-of-the-art science labs. We are proud of our world-class faculty, groundbreaking research and international reputation for excellence in sustainability, community engagement and innovation.

Position Summary:

The English Department at Portland State University invites applications for a full-time generalist Instructor or Senior Instructor I of English to begin September 16, 2021. This is a renewable 1.0 FTE fixed-term position. We seek an active instructor who can contribute to the department by teaching introductory and core undergraduate courses in literature, film, and writing. Preferred specialization in popular culture and alternative genres (such as graphic narrative, video games, fantasy fiction, science fiction, new media, mythology, genre fiction). Instructional duties may include teaching courses on Literature and Popular Culture, Topics in Film, and Topics in Literature and Film. 

Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in English or a related discipline and prior college level teaching experience. Preferred qualifications include experience with online teaching. A completed Ph.D. in English or a related discipline is required at time of appointment. 3/3/3 course load (quarter system); competitive salary; excellent benefits.


The starting annual salary rate for this position will be between $46,071 and $49,500 for an Instructor and  between $52,524 and $57,753 for a Senior Instructor I. The starting salary may be negotiable above this range, however it will be dependent upon the knowledge, experience, skills and abilities of the chosen candidate, the budget of the hiring department, and approval from HR.

PSU’s 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 Public Universities.

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