Instructor - University Honors College

The University Honors College at Portland State University invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track Instructor to begin September 16, 2020 for a nine-month, fixed term appointment. This faculty member will join a small interdisciplinary core faculty housed in Honors. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in one of the humanities with experience in designing and delivering curricula remotely. We are particularly interested in applicants with degrees in Composition/Rhetoric/Literacy Studies and expertise in critical race studies, gender & sexuality, women’s studies or other related fields.

The Honors College at Portland State has an access mission and is the most diverse honors program in Oregon. Honors has students across all the majors, and Honors students typically take one Honors course a term. The focus of the Honors curriculum is preparing students to propose and write a senior thesis, under the supervision of an advisor in their major or minor. Because of this, Honors courses aim to demystify academic literacy practices and fulfill most of the students GE credits, including writing requirements.

The successful candidate will have teaching assignments that include 34-36 credit hours over three quarters, which will include the three-term HON 101-103 Global City sequence (15 credit hours) as well as 4-credit sections of HON 202 Methods in Urban Humanities, HON 407 Seminar, and HON 403 Thesis. All faculty teach the same signature assignments in the yearlong 100-level course. These assignments reappear in subsequent Honors coursework.

The position includes student mentoring and participation in UHC governance. Portland State is using a flex model to respond to the Covid pandemic. The Honors College’s courses default to a remote synchronous format for the fall quarter, although faculty can choose alternative models after consulting with the director. Faculty and student health and safety are the priority for making format decisions in the college.

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