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Instructor, Economics
Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon
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Date Posted 10/30/2019
Faculty-Liberal Arts-Economics
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Instructor, Economics

Requisition ID req486
Department Economics
Campus RC-Rock Creek Campus
Employment Type Faculty
Best Consideration Date 01/12/2019
Position Summary

PCC Rock Creek Campus
to begin 2020-2021 academic year


The Social Science, Humanities & Health Division at the Portland Community College, Rock Creek campus has an open full-time Economics position scheduled to begin fall 2020 to teach a variety of ECON courses in person, online, and through the hybrid modalities. This position will include assessing student learning, student advising, and participation in Subject Area Committee (SAC) duties. This position is responsible for working collaboratively with faculty and administrators across the PCC district to further develop the college-wide Economics Program. Dependent on the instructor’s qualifications, the teaching workload may include teaching a variety of courses from disciplines including but not limited to; Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Introduction to Economics.

See the classification description for additional information: https://www.pcc.edu/instructor-qualifications/ec/



As the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon, PCC serves more than 75,000 full-time and part-time students. Founded in 1961, the college serves a five-county area that includes Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC aspires to become an institution of higher education that operates with the theory of social justice as part of its foundation, mission and values. As such, the college takes intentional steps towards making PCC a more inclusive and welcoming learning and working environment. As articulated in President Mark Mitsui’s “Bridge to 2020” work plan, PCC’s focus is centered on improving opportunity and equitable student success. 


The 256-acre Rock Creek campus is about 12 miles west of downtown Portland in the growing Beaverton-Hillsboro area. The campus serves many students from neighboring Washington County, the second most populated county in the state. Washington County is home to an increasingly racially diverse population, having the highest percentage of Asians (10%) and Latine (17%), including cities with thriving and growing Latine communities, such as Hillsboro and Forest Grove (each 24% Latine).

PCC Rock Creek maintains a variety of academic programs, student support services and community events that center the experiences and perspectives of the campus’ increasingly diverse student body. In addition to being a sanctuary college, PCC Rock Creek is home to Oregon’s first and only DREAM Center. The center was envisioned and created by PCC students and provides a brave space for our undocumented/DACA-mented community. Rock Creek is also home to PCC’s College Migrant Assistance Program and the Oregon Leadership Institute—a partnership between the college and the Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement. The campus also has an active Veterans Resource Center, Women’s Resource Center, and Queer Resource Center.  Signature events on campus include the Multicultural Center’s Semana de la Raza, a week-long celebration of Latine culture, and the annual Women of Color Empowerment Conference hosted by the Women’s Resource Center.

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.

Demonstrates substantial, successful academic preparation in micro and macroeconomics
Demonstrates the ability to communicate significant economic theories, ideas, and interpretations effectively and connect topics in economics to current events
A background in heterodox economics including interests in economic history, political economy, history of economic ideas or international economics
Has teaching experience in Economics
Creative, dynamic and culturally responsive pedagogy and classroom style that meets the needs of a variety of diverse learners
Demonstrates willingness to engage the teaching-learning experience with new and emerging technologies, including teaching online
Demonstrates an understanding of the challenges of the community college student and a commitment to equitable student success
Demonstrates a commitment to classroom and campus diversity and demonstrates an understanding of intercultural competence
Demonstrates a commitment to serve the department/division/campus/college on committees, projects, and professional development as needed

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).

Master's degree in Economics


Master's degree in a related field
30 hours of graduate work in Economics (or 24 hours if candidate has a Bachelor's degree in Economics)


Preferred Qualifications

A background in economic history and the history of economic thought

*Degrees in the following areas should be regarded as related degrees:

Anthropology, Area Studies, Business, Communication Studies, Community Development, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, History, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Philosophy, Urban Studies

This list may not be inclusive as there are other degree titles that may be appropriate for related fields.  The Dean of Instruction will make the final determination about the applicability of a particular degree that is outside the scope of this list.

Graduate work in economics includes course work completed within the economics discipline or, as stipulated within the course title and course catalog description, courses completed within the related discipline in which economics content is the primary focus.

Starting Salary Expectations Initial Salary Placement up to Step 3 ($56,274) will be based on related experience, per PCC's collective bargaining agreement.
Position Grade Salary Range $52530 to $91089 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 fully 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.  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 waver 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 days/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 Official transcripts are required to be submitted within 2 weeks of offer date for degrees required in the stated Instructor Qualifications.

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 http://www.pcc.edu/hr/employment/faculty-information.html)

For more information on PCC's General Instructor Qualifications Policy I301 visit: 
Background Check Required Yes

Portland Community College complies with the Oregon Veterans' Preference in Public Employment law which provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment. You will be given instructions during the application process to claim Veterans' Preference in the recruitment of this position, and to provide the documents required for verification of eligibility. Please do not send your documentation to the hiring manager directly. For verification of eligibility, please submit the following documentation:

Veterans: DD214
Disabled Veterans: DD214 and Letter from the Department of VA

Portland Community College is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected class.


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