Assistant Professor of Practice

Job Description


Position Summary

The College of Education (COE) at Portland State University is seeking a 1.0 FTE 9-month, non-tenure-track Elementary Education faculty with a continuous appointment at the Assistant Professor of Practice level in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, starting September 16, 2021. Various assignments for non-tenure-track instructional faculty include instruction, supporting scholarly activities, and service to the University, community, and profession. Expectations for the position are summarized in the position description and will be the principal components upon which annual review will be based.

Primary responsibilities for this position include:

-Developing and teaching courses in the College of Education (COE), primarily for pre-service elementary teachers,
-Leading cohorts of pre-service teachers as an advisor,
-Collaborating with supervisors and schools to support student teaching field experiences (and potentially supervising teacher candidates in field placements), and
-Engaging in service to the teacher preparation program, the Curriculum and Instruction Department, and the College of Education.

This position is not designed for a scholar who wishes to devote significant time to research and publishing.

Faculty hired in this category must hold an advanced degree in their field of specialization from an accredited program in their discipline and/or have comparable experience. Advanced degree in this case means a post-licensure MA/MS degree (a degree earned separately from one earned as part of initial teacher licensure) or EdD/PhD.

Portland State University serves the most racially diverse student population of any institution of higher education in Oregon and aims to center anti-racism, intersectionality, equity, and inclusion. The College of Education (COE) has adopted specific goals to combat inequity, which are outlined in the Educator Equity in Teacher Education Institutional Plan. The individual in this Assistant Professor of Practice position will have an important role in preparing critical educators with the capacity to implement anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices that drive social change for equity and inclusion.

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) educators and/or multiply-minoritized people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Minimum qualifications include significant teaching experience in diverse public elementary classrooms in the United States (5+ years).

Primary Activity I - Instructional Minimum Qualifications

-Post-licensure MA/MS degree in education or a closely related field (a degree earned separately from one earned as part of initial teacher licensure) or EdD/PhD.

-Significant teaching experience in diverse public elementary classrooms in the United States (5+ years)

-Successful completion of a background check

Preferred Qualifications

-Demonstrated leadership in the areas of anti-racist/anti-oppressive activism
-Understanding of intersecting forms of oppression as experienced by multiply-minoritized students
-Evidence of school leadership
-Demonstrated experience teaching one or more of the following: elementary literacy methods, elementary mathematics methods, elementary science methods, elementary social studies methods, building responsive elementary classrooms (management), instructional design and assessment, professional collaboration, educating for equity and social justice, ESOL courses, advanced literacy courses
-Demonstrated experience advising, supervising, or leading cohorts of teacher candidates
-Doctoral degree (EdD/PhD)
-Grant writing experience

Key Cultural Competencies

Create an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates differences.
Function and communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities, and cultural backgrounds.
Seek opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement.
Adhere to all of PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.

Environmental Stewardship

Contributes to a culture of environmental stewardship, practices resource conservation, and actively works toward achieving long-term sustainability goals.

Professional Standards of Conduct

At Portland State University, all employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner which maintains a safe, respectful, and productive environment for faculty, students, administrators, and staff. It is the responsibility of every member of the Portland State University community to conduct themselves in accordance with our PSU Professional Standards of Conduct which are available at

Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement

The annual salary rate for this position will be $62,604. The starting salary may be negotiable above this range, however it will be dependent upon the knowledge, experience, skills and abilities of the chosen candidate, the budget of the hiring department, and approval from HR.

PSU’s excellent benefits package includes 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon Public Universities.

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Additional Information

We will require the applicants to submit their statement of teaching philosophy if they are advanced to the initial interview.

Additional Application Instructions (deadlines, etc.)

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until finalists identified.

Please provide contact information for three professional references; references will only be contacted if you are considered for advancement to a campus interview.

Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle? No Background Check Required Yes