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Adjunct Instructor, Communication Studies Department
College of Arts & Sciences
Communication Studies
Part time
No benefits offered

The University of Portland invites applications for an adjunct instructor to teach a class on collaborative group leadership in the Communication Studies Department of the College of Arts & Sciences. This appointment is for the spring 2020 semester. The spring semester starts January 13, 2020, and ends May 6, 2020.

Adjunct instructors are hired on a per semester basis, and teach assigned Communication Studies Department courses, not to exceed 12 credit hours across the University in an academic year. Please visit the Communication Studies Department website for information about the department: http://college.up.edu/commstudies/

This position has no benefits (other than benefits consistent with Oregon requirements).

Course Summary - Collaborative Group Leadership:

The course teaches small group theory and improve skills of collaboration and consensus-based decision making. Students are prepared to lead and facilitate groups, especially groups that interact intra-and/or inter-organizationally. Students learn how and when to share power among diverse group members.

Specific Duties:

- Teach courses using evidence-based instructional practices.

- Adhere to syllabus requirements.

- Conduct regular student assessments and provide timely graded feedback; including homework, quizzes, and exams.

- Online homework system use may be required.

- Be available in person for regular student meetings (office hours).

- Conduct oneself in a professional manner, including maintaining a respectful classroom environment and collegial interactions.

Education & Experience

- Required: Master's degree

- Preferred: Ph.D.

- Preferred: Experience teaching Collaborative Group Leadership

Application Process

Please submit the following documents:

Cover letter

Curriculum vitae

Contact information for three professional references

Statement of teaching philosophy with a list of courses taught and courses qualified to teach


Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until the position is filled.  

Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, References, Statement of Teaching Philosophy

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For those requiring a reasonable accommodation to apply: Applicants who have a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation regarding the application or hiring process should contact Human Resources (503) 943-8484.


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