Job Details

Assistant Professor

Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR

Job - Education

Close Date: 01/31/2018

JOB TITLE: Assistant Professor
DEPARTMENT: Interdisciplinary and Applied Liberal Arts
REPORTS TO: Department Chair
CLASSIFICATION: Exempt, Full-time FTE 1.0 (9 months)

The Department of Interdisciplinary and Applied Liberal Arts seeks candidates for Assistant Professor with expertise in communication, social justice and social change, and the integration of theory and practice in scholarship and teaching.

Candidates with a range of interdisciplinary and disciplinary expertise in communication, critical media studies, and other relevant fields in the social sciences and the humanities are encouraged to apply. Areas of particular topical interest include: social justice and social change, critical public engagement, social policy and advocacy, social movements, ethics, critical race and gender studies, politics, and political economy. We welcome candidates who connect theory and practice through engaged scholarship and teaching, as well as candidates experienced with online, experiential, and project-based learning and pedagogical practices.
The successful candidate will join a vibrant community of scholars to collaborate in building graduate and undergraduate programs and teaching both graduate and undergraduate students in small, seminar-style courses (in-person and online). The Department offers two undergraduate degrees, a Master of Science degree, and is developing a new M.A. degree. The B.A. or B.A.S. in Liberal Studies offers concentrations in social and cultural studies, environmental studies, and communication and media. The M.S. in Food Systems and Society focuses on the development of equitable food systems through critical analysis and inquiry; it is a cohort-based, two-year low residency degree program. A renewed M.A. degree focused on communication, leadership and social change will be shaped in part by the interests and expertise of the successful candidate. The Department seeks candidates with research interests that complement and add to our existing areas of expertise including qualitative methodologies, political ecology, international development, migration, labor studies, visual culture and cultural studies, critical race and gender studies, food systems and society, sociology, and political economy.

Graduate and undergraduate teaching opportunities for the successful candidate include on-campus, online, and hybrid courses in undergraduate and low residency master’s degree programs. This faculty member will have the opportunity to design and teach courses based on their interests and expertise from across the Department’s undergraduate and graduate curricula. Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills that will provide them the capacity to think and act in the world as engaged and effective agents of change. See the Faculty Job Description for details on faculty roles and responsibilities.

● Ph.D. in a relevant social sciences or humanities discipline.
● Two years university-level teaching experience; prefer knowledge of and experience in online and in-person seminar-style courses, as well as project-based or experiential pedagogies.
● Capacity to teach courses that support degree program focus on interdisciplinary critical inquiry and engagement.
● Engagement with critical and public scholarship.
● Interest in education in the service of social change and social justice.
● Interest in experiential and online pedagogical principles and practices.

TO APPLY: To apply for this position, please visit and select Faculty Positions found on the Job Openings page or visit
Review of applications will begin on January 3rd, 2018. This appointment will begin no later than September 2018; an earlier start date is negotiable. Direct inquiries to Dr. Sean Gillon (, Search Committee Chair.

Applications should include:
● A cover letter explaining interest in and qualifications for the position.
● A Curriculum Vitae.
● A one-page teaching philosophy statement.
● Complete contact information for three references; at least two academic.

Benefits: University-paid medical, dental, and vision coverage for the employee. Paid sick leave and holidays; tuition waiver program; life and disability insurance; and retirement plan.

Marylhurst University was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary to provide a high quality academic experience and to educate the underserved in the community. The university has a long standing reputation for providing innovative and personalized approaches to meet the needs of traditional and non-traditional students. In keeping with the foundation created by the Sister’s values and inspirations, the university places a high value on creating a sense of community, service and social justice and ethical leadership. The university is located just south of Portland, Oregon, near Lake Oswego, in one of the most idyllic campus settings, adjacent to the Willamette River. Visitors to the campus are struck by its beauty and peacefulness. Successful candidates are not required to be Catholic, or have any religious affiliation, to be a part of the Marylhurst community. We respect the Sisters' values as the foundation for the way we operate. Please visit for more information about the Marylhurst University community.

Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to age, gender, color, race, national origin, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other class protected by law.

Candidates with disabilities requiring accommodations and/or assistance during the hiring process may contact Human Resources. Employment at Marylhurst University is contingent upon clear results of a thorough background check.

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