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Instructor, Geography

Requisition ID req155
Department Geography
Campus Rock Creek; 17705 NW Springville Rd., Portland, OR
Employment Type Faculty
Best Consideration Date
Position Summary

The Social Science, Communication & Health Division of Portland Community College, Rock Creek is looking for a full-time Geographer to teach human and cultural geography.  In addition to teaching, this position will work district wide to build the Geography and GIS programs in collaboration with the other full-time Geography Faculty (located at Sylvania campus).

Rock Creek needs a student centered, collaborative instructor experienced in teaching introductory geography classes, and who is ready to help mentor part-time faculty, develop curriculum, and assist with program review.;

Experience with GIS appreciated, but not required.

See the classification description for additional information:

Candidate Profile

These 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.

In the cover letter, please clearly address our experience with the following qualifications.

  • A minimum of two years of teaching experience including demonstrated experience teaching geography courses at the 100 and 200 levels. 
  • Ability to work collegially and collaboratively with Geography colleagues across the college district to share responsibility for program review, annual assessment, curriculum development, and other non-instructional faculty responsibilities.
  • Demonstrates understanding of community college students and their educational needs.
  • Demonstrates commitment to the use of innovative instructional techniques and technologies.
  • Demonstrates continuous professional growth and development.

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 in Geography OR a Master’s Degree in a related field* PLUS 30 hours of graduate quarter credits in Geography.

*Related fields include: GIS, Forestry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Urban Planning, Anthropology/Archeology, Economics, History, Political Science, Geology, Engineering, Public or Community Health, Architecture, Earth or Physical Sciences, Conservation Science, and other similar degrees. 

This list of degree areas may not be inclusive as there are other degree areas that may be appropriate.  The Division Dean, in consultation with the Faculty Department chair, will make a recommendation to the Dean of Instruction about the applicability of a particular degree that is outside the scope of this list.

Starting Salary Expectations Initial Salary Placement up to Step 3 ($56,274) will be based on related experience, per PCC's collective bargaining agreement.
Position Grade Salary Range $52530 to $91089 Annual Salary
PCC Benefits

PCC 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 fully 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.  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 waver for yourself, domestic partner, and dependent children under 24 years of age; plus partial tuition reimbursement for yourself at other accredited institutions.

Paid Leave: 

- 1 day of sick leave for every 18 days worked (~10 days/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
  • Official transcripts are required to be submitted within 2 weeks of offer date for degrees required in the stated Instructor Qualifications. 
  • 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: 

These positions are included in the bargaining agreement between Portland Community College and the Portland Community College Faculty Federation Employees. 

Background Check Required Yes

Portland 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.