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Instructor, Psychology

Requisition ID req214
Department Humanities/Social Science
Campus SEC-Southeast Campus
Employment Type Faculty
Best Consideration Date 1/21/2019
Position Summary

The Liberal Arts & Pre-College Division on the Southeast Campus of Portland Community College seeks an instructor with experience teaching college-level psychology and a commitment to equitable student success. We are looking for an innovative educator who is willing to center students and the knowledge they have gained from their lived experiences while taking classroom risks to meet student needs.

To apply, please include a cover letter (maximum of 500 words) that addresses the following questions:
How have you changed your courses in the past three years to meet your students' needs in terms of culturally responsive teaching? What have you learned from doing this? How has this experience impacted your teaching philosophy?

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.

  • Demonstrates a commitment to culturally responsive teaching as well as a willingness to innovate and take risks in the classroom.
  • Provides evidence of student-centered, college-level teaching experience in Psychology.
  • Demonstrates ability to effectively communicate current scientific content, theories, ideas, and interpretations to a wide range of students, including first-generation students, students of color, and students who live in poverty.
  • Demonstrates an understanding that assessing student learning outcomes and refining professional practices on a regular basis is a key component to supporting student success.
  • Demonstrates an ability to lead the department in professional development centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and in particular, the use of culturally responsive teaching methods and techniques.
  • Provides substantial evidence of commitment to remaining current in scholarship.
  • Provides evidence of commitment to serving the department, division, campus, and college district through work on committees, projects, curriculum development, and program 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 or higher in Psychology (including all specialized degrees with Psychology in the title of the degree)


  • Master’s degree or higher in Counseling (including specialties in MFT, MFCC, CMF)


  • Master’s degree or higher in a Related Area and completion of 30 quarter-hours of graduate credit in a Psychology or Counseling Department.

Related Area degrees include, but are not limited to:
Cognitive Science
Human Sciences
Social or Human Ecology
Social Work
Human Development

The list of Related Areas may not be inclusive as there are other degree titles that may be appropriate. The Division Dean, in consultation with the Faculty Department Chair (and/or screening committee), will make a recommendation to the Dean of Instruction about the applicability of a particular degree that is outside the scope of these lists.

Degree must be from an accredited institution.

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.

*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 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 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.