Instructor of Community Development (Non-Tenure Track)

    Portland State University
    March 27, 2019


    The Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning is recruiting for a non-tenure track instructional faculty member (NTTF) in the area of Community Development. We seek candidates whose expertise complements the existing strengths of the faculty, and are especially interested in areas such as: migration and immigrant communities, Latinx communities, energy and climate justice, neighborhood change, Black/African-American studies, ethnic studies, big data and online communities, social movements, and urban history and sociology more broadly.

    We seek a colleague who will enthusiastically contribute to strengthening our academic programs and interdisciplinary collaborations and whose work will effect positive social change. The successful candidate will be a dedicated, creative teacher-scholar able to foster success for our diverse student body. PSU is an urban-serving university with strong representation of veterans, first-generation college students, LGBTQ+ people, Pell Grant recipients, and adult learners among the student body. This is a career position with pathways to promotion and continuous appointment


    Job duties for this position include teaching courses and university service.


    Applicants should have a terminal professional degree in a relevant field such as a master’s in urban planning, or a Ph.D. in a relevant field such as community development, urban studies, urban planning, environmental studies, sociology, anthropology, geography, gender studies, or ethnic studies. Candidates should have prior experience with university-level teaching (as demonstrated by at least one course taught post-master’s degree or advancement to PhD candidacy, or have served as a graduate teaching assistant for at least two courses).

    Review of applications begins immediately, and the position will remain open until filled. The appointment is scheduled to begin September 16, 2019.

    Candidates should apply online at by submitting:

    • Cover Letter
    • CV
    • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
    • Summary of teaching evaluations or equivalent (3 pp. maximum)
    • Diversity Statement: discussing experiences and impact related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • Two course proposals: one-page summaries that include course description, learning outcomes, major readings and assignments - please choose one course currently required of undergraduate Community Development majors and one new elective that could be offered in the candidate’s area of specialization
    • Contact information for three referees who can address the candidate’s experience and potential as an instructional faculty member (the system will request letters immediately)

    Portland State University supports equal opportunity in admissions, education, employment, housing, and use of facilities by prohibiting discrimination in those areas based on age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion or creed, sex or gender, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis in law. We encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates, especially those who excel at working cross-culturally or with diverse groups (on and off-campus). We recognize that diversity maximizes our potential for creativity, innovation, educational excellence and outstanding service to the community.