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Instructor, Studio Art

Requisition ID req215
Department Humanities/Social Science
Campus Southeast Campus
Employment Type Faculty
Best Consideration  Date 1/25/2019
Position Summary

The Liberal Arts and Pre-College Division on the Southeast Campus of Portland Community College seeks a full-time instructor with experience teaching college-level studio arts and a commitment to equitable student success.  We are looking for an innovative educator who is willing to focus on students and their lived experiences, while taking classroom risks to meet student needs.  This position will start in the Fall 2019 Term.

In your application, please submit a cover letter which addresses the following questions (maximum of 500 words):

  • 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?

This is our intended recruitment timeline:

December 27, 2018 - Job Open for Applications   

January 25, 2019 – Best Consideration Date / Job Closes

Late February 2019 – Initial Interviews

Mid-March 2019 – Finalist On-Campus Interview

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 awareness of the relationship between drawing and design, and other foundations curriculum
  • Demonstrates familiarity and expertise in various 2D drawing and design media such as charcoal, ink, graphite, painting and collage.  Candidate should demonstrate understanding of drawing and design in relationship to other media (both 2D and 3D) as well as in relationship to broad historical, cultural and contemporary contexts
  • Demonstrates a commitment to culturally responsive teaching, as well as a willingness to innovate and take risks in the classroom
  • Demonstrates a commitment to student-centered, college-level teaching experiences in Studio Art, including Foundations Level Drawing and/or Design
  • Demonstrates experience and/or commitment to work effectively with colleagues and a wide range of students, including first-generation students, students of color, students who live with poverty, students with advanced degrees, and life-long learners
  • 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

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 of Fine Arts degree in Visual or Studio Art

Preferred Qualifications

  • MFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Drawing or Painting from an accredited institution
  • Provides evidence of exhibition history
  • Provides evidence of studio practice
  • Provides evidence of commitment to serving the department, division, campus, and college district through work on committees, projects, curriculum development, and program development 

Starting Salary Expectations Initial Salary Placement will generally not exceed Step 3 of the Full-Time Faculty Salary Range ($56,274).  Higher placement may be considered based on qualifications, experience, and internal equity.
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.

Notes Regarding Academic Credentials
  • 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.