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Instructor or Senior Instructor I: Literature and Film

Portland State University
Portland, Oregon
Starting annual salary: Minimum of $46,439 + excellent benefits
Posted Date
Nov 7, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The English Department at Portland State University is a vibrant community of scholars, writers, and teachers with diverse interests and approaches to the study of English. We offer undergraduate majors in English and Creative Writing as well as minors in English, Writing, and Film Studies and a certificate in Comics Studies. For qualified undergraduates in the department, we also offer an accelerated program that leads to a BA or BS and MA in English. At the graduate level, students can study for an MA in English, an MFA in Creative Writing, an MA or MS in Book Publishing, and an MA or MS in Technical and Professional Writing.

Position Summary:

The English Department at Portland State University invites applications for a 1.0 FTE Instructor or Senior Instructor I of English to begin 12/16/22 (winter term). This is a two-year fixed-term position.

We seek an active instructor who can contribute to the department by teaching introductory and core undergraduate courses in literature and film. Preferred specialization in film and media studies, including film history, film theory, intersectional approaches to race, ethnicity, gender, and class, genre studies, and film in relation to other media. We are interested in scholars whose interests span both literature and film. A secondary specialization in medieval literature, nineteenth-century American literature, or digital humanities would be welcome but we will consider all qualified applicants. Specific instructional duties will include teaching critical theory of cinema, the history of cinema and narrative media, topics in film, and topics in literature and film as well as classes in the candidate’s areas of interest.

Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in English, Film Studies, or a related discipline and prior college-level teaching experience. Preferred qualifications include experience with online teaching. A completed Ph.D. in English, Film Studies, or a related discipline is required at time of appointment.

3/3/3 course load (quarter system); competitive salary; excellent benefits.


Salary is dependent on several factors, and new employees will typically start around the Q1 level to allow for later growth within the salary band. PSU has a structured process for determining starting compensation, taking into account years of related experience, applicable skills, knowledge and abilities, market parity, and internal equity. The starting annual salary for this position will be:

  • Instructor: $46,439
  • Senior Instructor I: $53,055

A higher salary may be negotiated, dependent upon the factors above, the budget of the hiring department, and approval from HR.

PSU offers an excellent benefits package which 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:

Please apply at

In addition to your CV and cover letter, please submit the following statements with your application materials:

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy: We aim to recruit faculty with experience in, or the willingness to learn and apply, evidence-based and culturally-responsive teaching practices to respond to diverse learning styles and build students’ sense of belonging. This statement should reflect such experience or willingness, and describe your philosophy of teaching, teaching experience and interests.
  • Statement of Inclusion (Upload under Other 2): The purpose of this statement is to identify candidates who have professional skills, experience, and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance our campus equity and inclusion efforts in alignment with the PSU President’s strategic priority of Acting on Equity and Racial Justice. This statement should discuss your past activities and experience as well as your future plans to advance equity and inclusion, in alignment with PSU’s mission, through your research, teaching, and/or service. Provide examples from your own experience, which might include (but are not limited to) the following activities: mentoring; teaching and curriculum; professional activities; committee or board service; research, scholarship or creative activity; other (such as recruitment, outreach, retention, community-based work).

Letters of recommendation will only be required for finalists.

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