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Instructor, Biology

Requisition ID req39
Department Biology
Campus Rock Creek Campus - 17705 NW Springville Rd., Portland, OR
Employment Type Faculty
Best Consideration Date 12/5/2018
Position Summary

Are you passionate about undergraduate education?  Consider this opportunity to combine your biology expertise with your interest in teaching by joining a community of science educators at Portland Community College.

We are looking for outstanding candidates for a full time Biology faculty position that starts in Fall Term 2019.  The assignment will be the Rock Creek Campus, a beautiful, 260 acre campus near the western edge of the Portland metro area, in the growing Beaverton-Hillsboro region.  Over a third of the campus acreage is preserved in an Environmental Studies Center which is frequently used as an outdoor learning lab. The campus is also home to a solar array, a large Learning Garden, and a fully functioning farm with sheep, rabbits, llamas and cows.  PCC Rock Creek served nearly 22,000 students in the 2017-18 academic year.

PCC Rock Creek’s Science and Technology Division is home to an innovative and dynamic community of science educators in the natural and physical sciences and in science-related industry-focused technician programs in Bioscience Technology, Veterinary Technology, and Microelectronics Technology.  The successful applicant for this position will teach biology courses for science majors, non-majors, allied health and veterinary technology students, as well as specialized courses in 100-level Human Anatomy and Physiology OR Environmental or Organismal Biology.

See the Instructor Qualifications page 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 your experience with the following qualifications.

  • Significant college-level teaching experience (at least three years) 
  • Demonstrated commitment to understanding and effectively addressing the challenges faced by community college students
  • At least 3 years (9 quarters or 6 semesters) teaching general biology (for majors or non-majors)
  • At least 2 years (6 quarters or 4 semesters) of teaching experience in either Human Anatomy and Physiology (introductory level) -or- Environmental/Organismal Biology
  • Demonstrated collaborative approach to curriculum development
  • Knowledge of student-centered teaching methodologies
  • Evidence of cultural competency and understanding of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion for student success.  
  • Experience involving undergraduate students in appropriate applied undergraduate research experiences and/or fieldwork 
  • Small-grant management and/or procurement experience at a teaching-focused institution

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).

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.

Additionally, PCC provides a tuition waiver for you, your spouse/domestic partner, and children under 24 years of age, as well as tuition reimbursement for full-time employees at other accredited institutions.

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.

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.