Instructor, Political Science – HigherEdJobs

Instructor, Political Science – HigherEdJobs

Requisition ID: req1097

Political Science

Campus: SY-Sylvania Campus

Employment Type

Best Consideration Date

Position Summary

Portland Community College seeks applicants for a full-time tenure-track position in Political Science. This is primarily a teaching position based on our main campus, Sylvania.

The position involves teaching a broad array of courses potentially including American Government, Comparative Politics, State and Local Government, and International Relations. Further specialization and interests are welcome. The position also requires assisting in the core duties and responsibilities of the political science program, including program assessment and program review.

This hire grows out of PCC’s system-wide “Yes to Equitable Student Success” (See: ) initiative and is part of the college’s commitment to increasing opportunities for all students–especially those who have been excluded or underserved by higher education. We seek faculty applicants whose experiences, community connections, and scholarly credentials prepare them to provide transformational education for our students and our region.

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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.

  • Teaching Experience: Candidates must have experience teaching political science. Preferably, candidates will have experience teaching multiple political science courses.
  • Teaching Excellence: It’s critical that successful candidates have a commitment to teaching as their primary job. Success at PCC requires classroom innovation and the desire and capability to handle a teaching load of four courses per term (this may include more than one of the same courses per term and excludes the summer term). Furthermore, faculty should create a safe and inclusive learning environment that is supportive of the diversity of learning, experiences and identities at PCC.
  • Mentorship and Community Engagement: PCC desires a faculty member with a strong commitment to mentorship, community engagement and student empowerment. A successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to engage with students beyond just the classroom with the intention of supporting PCC students and empowering a diverse future group of community leaders.
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching Excellence: Candidates must demonstrate experience adapting practices to include a wide range of cultural knowledge, experiences, and perspectives, especially from students who have been historically underserved by higher education. For example, developing inclusive syllabi, assignments, and assessments.  Demonstrates application of instructional expertise and a deep understanding of Culturally Responsive Education theory and praxis to improve the effectiveness of curriculum and instruction.
  • Facilitation: Successful candidates must demonstrate the ability and willingness to facilitate open and engaging classrooms. It is important that instructors foster a climate of openness to diverse viewpoints and backgrounds in the classroom.

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).

All PS courses except PS 211 and PS 280B:

  • Master’s Degree in Political Science or International Relations or
  • Master’s Degree, Ph.D., or J.D. in one of the following related fields: Public Administration, Economics, History or Law, plus the equivalent of 2 years working full time as a professional in the field of government or politics (this would include being an elected representative, working in a legislature or government bureaucracy, and campaign work among others).

PS 211 Peace and Conflict and PS 280B Community Service and Action Seminar (always cross-listed with SOC 211 and SOC 280B):

  • Master’s Degree in Political Science, Sociology, Conflict Resolution, Peace Studies, or Peace and Conflict Studies OR Master’s in any field with at least 24 quarter Graduate credits in Conflict Resolution, Peace Studies, or Peace and Conflict.

Starting Salary Expectations
Initial Salary Placement will be up to Step 3 ($62,665) based on related experience, per PCC’s collective bargaining agreement.

Position Grade Salary Range
$58780 to $99564 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 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.  A portion of the 6% will be diverted to The Employee Pension Stability Account as mandated by Senate Bill 1049.  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 waiver for courses offered at PCC 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 per 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.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

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: 

Background Check Required: Yes

As an AA/EEO institution, PCC continues to promote staff diversity. Minorities, women, veterans, disabled veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodation will be considered in compliance with the ADA.

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