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Instructor, Ethnic Studies, and/or Women's/Gender Studies and Writing (4 positions)

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Instructor, Ethnic Studies, and/or Women's/Gender Studies and Writing (4 positions)Requisition IDreq1064DepartmentRace, Indigenous Nations and Gender, and EnglishCampusCascade, Rock Creek, Southeast and Sylvania campusesEmployment TypeFacultyBest Consideration Date1/21/2022Position SummaryPortland Community College seeks applicants for a cluster hire of four full-time tenure-track positions in Ethnic Studies and/or Women’s and Gender Studies. Along with courses in those fields, faculty hired as part of this cluster will teach courses in our Writing Department.

This cluster hire grows out of PCC’s system-wide “Yes to Equitable Student Success” (YESS) initiative and is part of the college’s commitment to increasing opportunities for all students--especially those who have been excluded or underserved by higher education. We seek faculty applicants whose lived experiences, community connections, and scholarly credentials prepare them to provide transformational education for our students and our region.

This cluster opening builds on recent FT hiring among the RING (Race, Indigenous Nations, and Gender) disciplines (new FT faculty in Women’s & Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Black/Africana Studies). Successful candidates will join an educational community that values cultural competency and inclusive teaching practices. Incoming faculty will be provided with mentorship, professional development, and opportunities to connect with faculty across the district as part of this cohort. For more information about Portland Community College’s commitment to equitable student success, please visit

Faculty in this cluster will be hired into PCC’s RING (Race, Indigenous Nations, and Gender) departments: Chicanx/Latinx Studies, Native American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Black / Africana Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Social Justice. We have particular interest in hiring faculty with experience and expertise in one or more of the following specialities:

●Asian American / Pacific Islander Studies

●Women of color feminism

●Anti-colonial feminism

●Indigenous Studies

●Disability Studies

●Borderlands (bilingual, bicultural Spanish)

●Creative Writing

Like many current faculty in RING, who also teach gateway courses in fields that align with their academic training and experiences, new hires would also have departmental connections with our Writing program and teach some writing and English courses as part of their load.

This cluster hire builds on recent tenure-track hires in Women’s and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Black/Africana Studies, as well as an open search in Chicanx-Latinx Studies and joint-hire positions, similar to this one, in other fields. The college is demonstrating commitment to growing the particular strengths and expertise housed in fields like Ethnic Studies and Womens’ and Gender Studies. And also making sure that many students--via composition courses, for instance--also benefit from these frameworks. Successful candidates can expect to teach between 9-11 courses per year (on PCC’s quarter system), mixed between their RING field and Writing.

Learn more about PCC’s system, campuses, student demographics, and more.

For more information on PCC's Instructor Qualifications visit:

Candidate ProfileThese qualifications, skills and abilities are critical for success in this position.
Throughout the screening process, you will be evaluated based on the demonstration of these qualifications.

Please be sure to address how you meet the Success Criteria below in your Cover Letter:

    Taught at least four courses or have equivalent college classroom experience through a mentoring or internship programEvidence of teaching experience and applied scholarship informed by multilingual literatures, Ethnic Studies pedagogies, and/or Indigenous methodologiesExperience teaching writing in a college contextExperience in program development, collaboration with student services and/or external community engagementApplies instructional expertise and a deep understanding of Culturally Responsive Education theory and praxis to improve the effectiveness of curriculum and instruction

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered, your application must demonstrate these minimum qualifications. (Experience is calculated based on the start and end dates you provide multiplied by the number of hours per week worked).


At least one of...

    MA, or PhD in Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Chicanx Studies, Native American Studies, or Master’s Degree or PhD in any field plus a clear record of academic coursework, teaching, and/or publication in the field of Ethnic Studies;
    MA or PhD in Women’s Studies, Feminist Studies, Sexuality/Queer Studies, or Gender Studies, or Master’s degree in any field AND 30 quarter hours of graduate credit in Women’s Studies;
    MA, PhD, MFA in English, Literature, or Rhetoric/Composition or related fields.

Starting Salary ExpectationsInitial Salary Placement will be up to Step 3 ($62,665) based on related experience, per PCC's collective bargaining agreement.Position Grade Salary Range$58780 to $99564 Annual SalaryFTE1PCC BenefitsPCC offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide employees and their families, including domestic partners, with access to a broad range of benefit options. Includes Health, Dental, and Vision options, Group Life, Long-term Disability, Long-term Care, and Auto and Home Insurance programs.

PCC currently funds the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS/OPSRP) pension and contributes an additional 6% into the employee's Individual Account Program under PERS/OPSRP. A portion of the 6% will be diverted to The Employee Pension Stability Account as mandated by Senate Bill 1049. PCC offers a tax deferred annuity program and a deferred compensation program where employees may save additional pre-tax dollars for retirement.

Additionally, PCC provides a tuition waiver for courses offered at PCC for yourself, domestic partner, and dependent children under 24 years of age; plus partial tuition reimbursement for yourself at other accredited institutions.

* Please note: Temporary Full-Time Faculty are not eligible for Personal Leave Days, Life Insurance, Long-term Disability, or AD&D Insurance.

Paid Leave:

  • 1 day of sick leave for every 18 days worked (~10 per year)
  • 21 hours of additional personal leave per year
  • 4 paid holidays (which occur during the term you are teaching)

View a complete list of PCC benefits.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

Instructors shall have earned required academic credentials at a regionally accredited US institution or a foreign institution having the equivalent of regional accreditation.

Instructors with credentials from other countries will have their transcripts evaluated by agencies that have good standing with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services to establish fulfillment of this standard. (for more information see

For more information on PCC's General Instructor Qualifications Policy I301 visit:

Background Check RequiredYesPortland Community College complies with the Oregon Veterans' Preference in Public Employment law which provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment. You will be given instructions during the application process to claim Veterans' Preference in the recruitment of this position, and to provide the documents required for verification of eligibility. Please do not send your documentation to the hiring manager directly. For verification of eligibility, please submit the following documentation:

  • Veterans: DD214
  • Disabled Veterans: DD214 and Letter from the Department of VA
Portland Community College is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected class.


From training our community's workforce to preparing students for four-year schools to leading the way in educational success and completion, the work we do at Portland Community College today is at the heart of our region's success tomorrow.

As the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon, PCC serves nearly 90,000 full-time and part-time students. We fill a unique role, one that offers high quality education and opportunities for our students, which in turn contributes to the vibrancy of Portland's economic community.

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We welcome your interest in PCC - as a potential student, donor, or community partner. With your support, we can strengthen our region's economy by educating a skilled workforce, prepare students to successfully transfer to four-year colleges and universities, enrich the community through lifelong learning, build a greener workforce while shrinking our carbon footprint, and maintain our responsibility to be a sound financial steward of public dollars.

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