Job Details

Instructor, Composition & Rhetoric (2 openings)

Requisition ID req175
Department Composition
Campus Rock Creek Campus; 17705 NW Springville Rd., Portland, OR
Employment Type Faculty
Best Consideration Date 12/19/2018
Position Summary

The successful candidate will:

  • teach the composition sequence;
  • develop composition curriculum aligned with student-centered pedagogy and subject area outcomes;
  • take an active role in student advising, placement, and acceleration programs;
  • participate in curriculum alignment with ESOL and developmental writing and reading classes;
  • engage in service-related activities for the department, campus, and college;
  • maintain regular office hours to ensure accessibility to students and colleagues;
  • attend department, division, and college-wide meetings, inservices and events;
  • take a leadership position in college, divisional, and program committees, teams, and task forces.


PCC Rock Creek English Department Highlights

  • The Bellwether Review is the Rock Creek campus literary magazine, offering poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork in an annual issue each spring.
  • Groundswell: A Conference of Student Writing: Each spring students present their original creative and academic writing on a range of topics.
  • The Rock Creek Writing Center helps PCC students from all disciplines and writing levels achieve their writing goals.
  • Our faculty balance teaching with active conference and workshop participation as well as scholarly and creative publications in poetry, fiction, film, literature, composition theory, and creative-nonfiction.


PCC Rock Creek Student Population

  • The Rock Creek Campus serves many students from neighboring Washington County, the second most populated county in the state with over 500,000 residents. Washington County is home to an increasingly diverse population, having the highest percentage of Asians (10%) and Latinx (17%), including cities with thriving and growing Latinx communities, such as Hillsboro and Forest Grove (each 24% Latinx).
  • Our composition classes represent a diverse population as well: Latinx (15%), Asian (8%), multi-racial (7%), African American (4%), and foreign nationals (3%).

PCC Rock Creek Campus

  • One of four main campuses that comprise Portland Community College.
  • 256-acres about 12 miles west of downtown Portland in the growing Beaverton-Hillsboro area.
  • Serves approximately 12,000 students in the 2017-18 academic year, including approximately 300 exchange students, and is led by President Dr. Chris Villa.
  • A sanctuary college, including Oregon’s first and only DREAM Center, which provides a safer space for our Undocumented/DACAmented community.
  • Houses the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) program, a federally-funded program that provides students with financial assistance and support services.
  • Includes a working farm, with sheep, cows, alpacas, rabbits, goats, horses, chickens, and a collection of dogs and cats from our highly regarded Vet Tech program.
  • Promotes interdisciplinary academic achievement, leadership development and sustainable food systems through the Rock Creek Learning Garden.


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 addition to the minimum Instructor Qualifications, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in:

  • collaborating effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds PCC Diversity;
  • composition theory and student-centered pedagogy, including culturally relevant teaching practices resonant with our campus population PCC Demographics;
  • leadership both in department and college service work;
  • language(s) other than English, ESOL instruction and/or accelerated curriculum.

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).

Education: MFA, MA, or PhD in English, Literature, or Rhetoric/Composition, OR an MA or PhD in an interdisciplinary field with a minimum of 30 graduate quarter credit -hours in one or a combination of English, Literature, or Rhetoric/Composition.

Experience: Have taught at least four college-level composition classes or have equivalent college classroom experience through a mentoring or internship program.

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.