Faculty - Career
Eugene, OR, Portland, OR
Labor Education and Research
Review of Applications Begins
December 15, 2021; position open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please include: a CV; a letter explaining your interest in the
position; the names of three references.
The Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) is a state-wide
program that combines teaching, research, and public service to
improve the lives of Oregon's workers, their families, and their
communities. Since its creation in 1977, LERC has provided
teaching, research, strategic planning and technical assistance
services to unions, other worker's organizations, and working
adults in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Throughout
its history LERC has served as a catalyst for critical analysis,
strategic thinking, and concerted action aimed at strengthening
labor organizations and improving the lives of working
With offices on the Eugene Campus and at UO Portland, LERC faculty
have strong roots in the union movement and expertise in a variety
of academic disciplines. In addition to teaching working adults,
LERC faculty members conduct research on relevant work, employment,
and public policy issues. They also work extensively with policy
makers, university faculty, labor relations professionals, and
community leaders on issues of concern to Oregon workers. LERC is
committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusive workplaces.
We practice this internally and also incorporate these concepts in
our teaching and public presentations.
A thirty-member advisory board provides LERC with support,
guidance, and strategic advice. The program enjoys an excellent
reputation at both the state and national levels as a valued
resource that works diligently to meet the multiple needs of its
constituents. For more information about LERC, please visit our
The Career Instructor is a labor educator who will design and teach
non-credit classes for working adults, union members, and community
partners. These classes include subjects related to:
- Effective union representation (e.g. collective bargaining,
labor law, grievance handling and arbitration);
- The social, economic and political context in which workers'
organizations operate (e.g. labor history, electoral politics, the
domestic and global economy, community outreach and coalition
- Skills needed for effective union leadership (e.g. strategic
planning, member recruitment, organizational development,
interpersonal communications, internal and external organizing; and
strategies for embedding equity & inclusion in workers'
- Strategies for facing emergent conditions for unions and other
workers' organizations in Oregon, the region, and the United States
including organizational changes in union structure, density, and
- Creating inclusive unions that serve the needs of workers who
are diverse in terms of their race, ethnicity, age, gender and
sexual identity, socioeconomic background, physical ability, and
enabling unions to advance equity in the broader society.
In addition the instructor may have the opportunity to teach credit
courses on campus or online, in collaboration with other university
departments and faculty.
An important part of this position is outreach and building
relationships with labor, community, and university partners. The
Career Instructor also will be responsible for curriculum
development and implementation in response to contract requests
from client organizations for tailored training. In addition, the
Career Instructor will be responsible for coordinating occasional
full-day and multi-day open enrollment conferences or institutes on
relevant topics that present opportunities for more intensive
exploration of timely topics. These conference duties are typically
conducted as part of a team with other LERC faculty and staff.
While individual faculty have significant autonomy to set
priorities and directions for their work, decisions about program
priorities are made collectively by the faculty.
While instruction is the main focus of this position, the
successful candidate may have the opportunity to pursue applied
research projects on labor and employment issues. They will be
expected to seek external funding for these projects when
This Career Instructor reports to LERC's Director and may be based
in either the Portland or Eugene LERC office. They work
collaboratively with fellow faculty at LERC, University and
community partners, and labor constituents. They do not officially
supervise other staff, but will work collaboratively with support
staff on program planning and implementation.
The Career Instructor is a core faculty member and will participate
in departmental and program decisions with an equal vote to other
faculty members, as provided under LERC's internal governance
policy. This position is a public employee of the state of Oregon
and is covered by the collective bargaining agreement between the
university and United Academics of the University of Oregon (AFT
Local 3209), which can be found here: https://www.uauoregon.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/CBA-2021.pdf
- Master's degree in social sciences, education, or other
relevant fields. In exceptional circumstances a bachelor's degree
with extensive (min. 5yrs) experience as a labor educator will be
- Two years of relevant teaching and facilitation experience in
adult education (e.g., classroom teaching, workshop training,
popular education, strategic planning and facilitation).
- Two years of experience with labor unions or other workers'
- Demonstrated understanding of the complex leadership and
membership structure of labor unions and related
- Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communications
- Competency using Microsoft Office programs or their Mac
- Demonstrated cultural competency and ability to work
effectively with a diverse range of constituents on work and
employment issues; a commitment to supporting and enhancing an
inclusive learning and working environment.
- Experience teaching, or developing curriculum for, on-line
- Fluency in a language other than English that could be used for
teaching classes for Oregon workers.
- Experience with technologies that can be used to create or
disseminate LERC programs and projects, e.g, videography, web
design, use of on-line learning tools, etc.
The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits
package to eligible employees, including health insurance,
retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about
benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.
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action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance
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To apply, visit https://careers.uoregon.edu/en-us/job/528005/instructor