Part-Time Faculty, Foundation

Willamette University
Oregon, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jul 28, 2023

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Position Summary:

PNCA invites applications for a part-time faculty pool in the BFA Foundation Program to teach in Fall 2023 and Spring 2024. We are currently seeking instructors for the following classes: 2D Design, 3D Design, Time Arts and Digital Tools

Each course meets in-person in downtown Portland, Oregon. Class times are either two 3-hour sessions weekly or one 6-hour session weekly. In addition, the faculty member is expected to hold weekly office hours and spend time outside of class doing preparation and grading.

The ideal candidate will have teaching experience as well as Design and/or Studio Art experience, but we are open to considering candidates with experience in the Arts who have not taught previously. Artists and designers of all disciplines are welcome.

PNCA’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As a learning community, we value, respect, and appreciate difference—in gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, class, and age. We strive to create a safe and supportive environment that is enriched by variety in voices, work, and perspectives. We know that we are a better community of learners and educators when we have space for a multiplicity of worldviews and experiences. Thus, diversity and inclusion at PNCA are crucial to our intellectual and aesthetic inquiry.

Guided by the principles of ethics and mutual respect, PNCA’s policies and procedures strive to ensure equity and social justice within our community of students, educators, and staff. A platform for experimentation and expression in the arts, PNCA is also a laboratory for critical reflection and dialog that nurtures better, more informed, more critically engaged citizens while it educates emerging artists and designers. An important aspect of our curriculum is building an awareness of and critical culture around issues of power and privilege in order to decolonize our curriculum and our world.

Required qualifications
  • MFA in relevant field OR equivalent professional experience

  • Demonstrated achievement and involvement in relevant artistic field

  • As this class will take place in person on the PNCA campus in Portland, the instructor must live in Portland or the surrounding area.

Preferred qualifications
  • Teaching experience

  • Knowledge of critical and inclusive pedagogies.

Questions may be directed to Foundation Co-Chairs Phoenix McNamara ( and Melanie Stevens (

To apply, please upload the following documents separately as part of your application materials in the "My Experience" section labeled Resume:
  • Letter outlining the required/desired qualifications and presenting any other applicant characteristics which deserve emphasis;

  • Current Resume/CV;

  • A portfolio of professional work and/or link to online portfolio

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

All University positions require that candidates submit to a criminal conviction record check prior to hire. Conviction does not automatically preclude candidates from being hired. Nature of conviction will be considered relative to the duties of the position.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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