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Instructor, Foods and Nutrition

Portland Community College
Rock Creek Campus

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Instructor, Foods and NutritionRequisition IDreq1091DepartmentFoods & NutritionCampusRock CreekEmployment TypeFacultyBest Consideration Date1/26/2022Position SummaryPortland Community College’s Foods & Nutrition Program

This full-time faculty position is based at PCC’s Rock Creek Campus.As one of two full-time Foods & Nutrition (FN) faculty positions at PCC, this position performs all duties of full-time faculty at PCC and in particular:

    provides academic leadership in the implementation of a robust nutrition education program in the RC campus’ state of the art learning kitchen laboratory;
    supports and mentors other FN faculty across the district;
    supports the development of an innovative, culturally-responsive nutrition curriculum that meets the needs of a diverse student body

We are interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We welcome applicants who bring a diversity of identity, culture, experience, perspective, and thought. We encourage you to apply, if you believe you have a combination of education and experience to meet the qualifications described. You are also encouraged to address how your professional and lived experience, scholarship, teaching, mentorship and/or service will contribute to the College.

NOTE: Prior work with diverse audiences and teaching at the community college, college and/or adult education level preferred.

See the classification description for additional information:

Application Question:

Please note that you will be asked to respond to the question below as part of the application process:

A key tenet of Culturally Responsive Education (CRE) is the belief that students’ cultural background and lived experience can help bridge new learning. Please describe an example of how you connect academic concepts in your field to knowledge that comes from students’ families, communities, and/or lived experiences. As part of your answer, please tell us something about how your own lived experience is a factor in how you conceptualize and practice CRE.

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 these Success Criteria in your application materials.

  • Adapts practices to include a wide range of cultural knowledge, experiences, and perspectives, especially from communities who have been historically underrepresented
  • Collegial and collaborative approach in working with peers to share responsibility for project outcomes. This could include, for example, program review, student assessments, curriculum revisions and updates, and other out-of-classroom responsibilities
  • Ability to partner and collaborate with colleagues and community stakeholders to further embed Culturally Responsive Education in curriculum and departmental practices. This could be reflected in teaching assistantships, community-based training, student-community partnerships, program outreach, and community-based learning or service-learning
  • Demonstrated commitment to equitable student success in the face-to-face and remote classroom; meeting the needs of diverse student populations with varying levels of nutrition knowledge. This could be demonstrated through teaching experience and by a history of being innovative and learning from the process and outcomes
  • Demonstrated capacity to effectively deliver culturally relevant applied nutrition, food studies and food safety education in a kitchen laboratory facility

    Applies 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).

Master’s degree or higher in Nutrition, Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics, or Food Science

Master’s degree in related health field such as, but not limited to: Public Health, Community Health, Exercise Physiology/Science, Physical Education, Social Sciences AND a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Dietetics, or Food Science AND eithera) 30 quarter hours of graduate credit in nutritional sciences or

b) high level of demonstrable competence gained through a combination of study, teaching experience, and/or professional performance in foods and nutrition


Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Dietetics, or Food Science with an RD/RDN AND high level of demonstrable competence gained through a combination of at least 5 years study, teaching experience, and/or professional performance in foods and nutritionFN courses include in-person, hybrid, online and kitchen laboratory settings.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior work experience:

  • With diverse audiences
  • Teaching at the community college, college and/or adult education level

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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