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Full-time Instructor in Communication Studies (Non-Tenure Track)
College of Arts & Sciences
Communication Studies
Full Time Faculty
Full time faculty

The Communication Studies Department at the University of Portland seeks a full-time, renewable Instructor to begin August 2020.  The strongest applicants will have a record of teaching excellence and innovation in teaching public speaking, interpersonal communication, and a theory-based introduction to communication studies course, as well as be equipped and eager to teach courses in their additional area(s) of expertise as opportunities permit. Our innovative and supportive department welcomes applications from candidates with commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice. 

This is a full-time, non-tenure-track faculty position with benefits. Benefits include: medical & dental insurance, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, sick time, tuition remission benefits, retirement contributions (generally after 2 years of employment), and eligibility for the University’s home purchase assistance program. (Please note that eligibility for all University benefits is subject to applicable policies, practices, and requirements.)

To ensure full consideration, candidates should submit all application materials by March 9, 2020.

General Overview of Responsibilities:

Ideally, this colleague will bring curiosity, creativity and open-mindedness to their experienced teaching, learning and course design. UP Instructor colleagues are supported in their own scholarly and professional development and participate in department decision-making. Additionally, the ability to
 train and supervise speaking or teamwork peer tutors in the University's Learning Commons and/or work with communication-guided co-curricular groups and activities is a plus.

Teaching-Related Responsibilities:

The course load for this position is four credit courses per semester.


Education and Experience

Required: Master's degree.
Required: Demonstrated knowledge, skills and success in diversity & inclusion work within or transferable to higher education (diversity & inclusion work should be described in the cover letter and/or teaching statement, as described below in the "application instructions").
Preferred: Ph.D.

Application instructions

A complete application consists of the following:

-A cover letter addressing this position's selection criteria and describing diversity & inclusion work.

-A curriculum vitae

-A statement of teaching philosophy and recent teaching evaluations

-A research statement

-Copies of all graduate school transcripts.

-Contact information for three references from whom we can solicit letters of recommendation (recommenders will automatically be sent e-mails with specific directions about how and where to upload their letters).

To ensure full consideration, candidates should submit all application materials by March 9, 2020.

Curriculum Vitae, Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness, Research Statement, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Transcripts

Notice of University requirements regarding offers of employment and background investigations: Offers of employment by the University are in in writing and signed by the head of the Office of Human Resources and the President, the Provost, or a Vice President. Any offers of employment that do not meet these requirements are not final and are contingent on final approval by Human Resources and receipt of a written offer of employment that meets the previously-stated requirements. A background investigation process is required before final hiring procedures can be completed for all faculty and staff positions. Any offers received before a background investigation is successfully completed are not final and are contingent on successful completion of a background investigation.


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.


The University’s mission and EEO statement: Founded in 1901, the University of Portland is a private, comprehensive, Catholic university with a mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership. The University of Portland is an equal opportunity employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. The University of Portland does not discriminate in its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, or employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by and consistent with the law. Please see the University’s full Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy here: https://www.up.edu/disclosures/nondiscrimination-policy.html.