Instructor, Non-Tenure Track Instructional
Review begins 12/1/16, open until filled

The Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning seeks a non-tenure track assistant professor, focused on undergraduate instruction and curricular innovation, and eligible for continuous appointment. Candidates should have expertise in one or more of the following topical areas:

  • International and transnational community development, including a focus on immigrant communities and global migration
  • Racial and ethnic justice
  • Queer and gender studies
  • Community organizing and urban social movements
  • Natural disaster and resilience
  • Environmental justice and climate justice
  • Urban design

We seek a colleague who will contribute to PSU’s mission of Let Knowledge Serve the City, and our School’s mission: “to assist in the development of healthy communities through an interdisciplinary program of teaching, research and public service. Faculty and students engage the intellectual, policy and practice aspects of urban studies and planning from the local to the international levels and actively participate in the analysis, development and dissemination of the innovations for which Portland and the Northwest are known.” We seek a colleague who will engage with communities in teaching, uses teaching and scholarship to affect positive change, including social equity and justice in urban areas, and values interdisciplinary collaboration. Successful candidates will be dedicated, creative teachers interested in working with a diverse student body. PSU is an urban-serving university that provides access for veterans, first-generation college students, and older undergraduates.

The successful candidate should have a record of excellent teaching at the university-level and be prepared to instruct conventional, hybrid and online courses, and community-engaged courses, primarily at the undergraduate level. The teaching expectation is approximately three courses per term in each of the three quarters of the academic year. Summer teaching opportunities may be available under a separate contract.

The candidate will also be involved in our School’s efforts to strengthen and grow our undergraduate program, including making connections to community colleges, improving graduation rates, expanding on-line course offerings, and exploring joint bachelor’s-master’s degree programs (e.g. 3+1+1). The first of its kind in the nation, our undergraduate program in Community Development prepares students for careers as leaders and change agents in addressing myriad social challenges. The CD program includes a strong reflective practice element and many classes incorporate community partnerships and projects as key elements of learning.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in community development, urban studies, urban and regional planning, environmental studies, sociology, anthropology, geography, gender studies, ethnic studies or other relevant disciplines or be able to provide assurance of completion of a Ph.D. prior to appointment.

Non-tenure track instructional faculty at PSU are eligible for continuous appointment after a probationary period of six years. Continuous appointment is an indefinite appointment that can be terminated only under certain circumstances outlines in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the PSU Chapter of AAUP and PSU. For more information:

The review of applications will begin December 1, 2016, and the position will remain open until filled. Inquiries can be directed to Professor Connie Ozawa, Search Committee Chair, at Applications, consisting of a letter of interest, a c.v., a teaching statement, and contact information for three references, should be submitted through the PSU Human Resources website: The appointment is scheduled to begin September 16, 2016.

The Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning offers six degrees: the B.A./B.S. in Community Development, the Master of Urban and Regional Planning, the Master of Real Estate Development and the Master and Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Urban Studies: Regional Science, along with graduate certificates in Energy Policy and Management, Transportation, Real Estate Development, Applied Social Demography, Urban Design, and Sustainable Food Systems. Portland State University is a nationally acclaimed leader in community-based learning.

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. In keeping with the President’s diversity initiative, we encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates especially those who are excellent at working cross-culturally or with diverse groups (students and publics). We recognize that diversity maximizes our potential for creativity, innovation, educational excellence and outstanding service to the community.