Adjunct Instructor / Division of Undergraduate Studies

Southern Oregon University

United States

September 15, 2021


Posting Details Posting Number F00108

Faculty Title Adjunct Instructor / Division of Undergraduate Studies Job Title Adjunct Instructor/ Division of Undergraduate Studies Official Transcripts

Once hired for a position the candidate shall have sealed official transcripts for all post-secondary degrees mailed from the granting institution directly to the Provost's office. Transcripts should be received by September 1.

Special Instructions to Applicants

POOLED ADJUNCTS: By applying to this pool, you are not applying for a specific position. You are submitting your application to be considered for adjunct appointments that may become available at Southern Oregon University during the posted triennium. Adjuncts are for specific temporary, part-time, limited- duration teaching positions. Positions can be one term (thirteen weeks) or multiple terms as needed. Your application will be kept on file and you will be contacted if a position becomes available that matches your educational background and experience. You can withdraw your application from the pool at any time. This pool will be refreshed triennially and you will be notified by of the requirement to re-apply for continued consideration.

Each applicant is encouraged to provide (preferably as attachments to the online application) the following supplemental documents: (1) letter providing some detail of the applicant's qualifications and interest in the position; (2) current resume/CV; (3) the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references. If you are unable to attach the supplemental materials to the online application please mail to:

Southern Oregon University Human Resource Services Churchill Hall, Room 159 1250 Siskiyou Boulevard Ashland, OR 97520

For inquiries and additional information, please contact: Human Resource Services via email at or by phone at (541)552-8553.

This position is intended not to be benefits eligible. Should employment conditions warrant eligibility, the incumbent will be notified by the HR Benefits Officer. For additional information, please visit https: // or call 541-552-8553.

Visa Sponsorship This employer will not sponsor applicants for visas. Appointment Basis Other FTE Up to 7 ELU per term (full time is 15 ELU or 45 ELU per academic year). Department Division of Undergraduate Studies Job Location Ashland (15 A) Other Job Location Hiring Pay Rate Anticipated rate of $650/ELU for professional adjunct instructors (term-by-term) and $750/ELU for professorial adjunct instructors (term-by-term). Graduate-level courses may be paid at a higher rate. Typical 4 credit course is loaded Benefits Eligible No Position Summary

Individuals appointed from this pool will have the primary responsibility to teach courses within the Division of Undergraduate Studies including: -First-year foundational skills The Division of Undergraduate Studies at SOU leads the way with innovative instruction, useful skill building and relevant knowledge deemed applicable to many areas of study. As a fully accredited four-year university guided by innovation, a degree earned at SOU holds strong value because it is built on well-defined learning outcomes. The courses taught within the Division of Undergraduate Studies focus on these specific learning outcomes. General Overview of the University Studies Learning Goals, Division of Undergraduate Studies Foundation Learning Goals – stress developing and enhancing fundamental communication (written and oral), critical thinking (logical, creative, holistic), information literacy (research), and quantitative reasoning skills. Exploration Learning Goals – stress acquiring a broadly informed knowledge of the various disciplines and becoming familiar with the kinds of inquiry that occur within the aesthetic, social, and scientific worlds. Integration Learning Goals – stress the deepening, application and transfer of knowledge across the disciplines. Students explore ethical perspectives in science and technology, citizenship and community, and diversity and global awareness. Much of the instruction in the Division of Undergraduate Studies is centered on teaching in theme-focused, skill-based seminars which include University Seminar, Bridge Program, and Undergraduate Workshop courses. While each of these seminar sequences (and other courses in the Division) offers subtle variations in content and delivery, all courses prioritize the University Studies learning goals. Interesting Topics and Content Areas Faculty members tailor courses around different focusing themes and/or content topics. Whether the themes and/or basic content is linked to the humanities, the social sciences or the sciences (and, for example, many seminars and other courses are highly interdisciplinary), all courses share the common goal of building the solid communication, thinking, and research learning goals and skills that students will use throughout their time at SOU and beyond. Typically, Adjunct Instructors assume an ongoing topic and/or course syllabus that has already been developed. Innovative Teaching Seminars and other courses offer innovative teaching and a collaborative learning environment. Courses are designed to be challenging, engaging, interactive and participatory. All seminars offer opportunities to practice writing, thinking, reading, and dialogue. Faculty and student peers work closely with learners producing clear and timely responses to learners' coursework. The teaching is responsive and dialogic. Caring Advisors Seminar instructors, in particular, also serve as academic advisors and mentors to those students who are enrolled in their own seminars, helping learners to better navigate the many learning paths available at SOU. Within the seminar cohorts, SOU offers a personalized, supportive, integrated and holistic learning experience where specific skills develop as learners explore their interests and become acclimated to university study. Even when not officially advising in a seminar cohort, those who teach in the Division of Undergraduate Studies are expected to be available, student-centered and interactive. Specific Courses Within the Division of Undergraduate Studies The Division of Undergraduate Studies is responsible for overseeing the following programs and courses and Instructors may be called on to teach to the learning goals within different programs via these courses, depending largely on the Instructor's experience and areas of expertise): Seminar Experience Course University Seminar (USEM 101, USEM 102, USEM 103) Seminar Support Courses (UGS 185, UGS 187, UGS 199) Transition to College Courses Bridge Program Courses UGS 100, 101, 102, 103 Academic English for ESOL Students Courses Essential Writing Courses Writing 122 (Research writing skills) Writing 227 (Technical writing skills) Other Courses Meeting the University Studies Learning Goals Adjunct Instructors (depending on areas of expertise and depth of experience) also may be qualified to teach other courses in the curriculum that meet the University Studies learning outcomes. Such courses may include introductions to the majors and upper division courses meeting University Studies general education requirements. Necessary Attributes, Experience and Skills: Adjunct Instructors, Division of Undergraduate Studies Those who would like to be considered for positions as Adjunct Instructors in the Division of Undergraduate Studies should have the following skills, attributes, and experience to qualify for consideration: • Demonstrated ability to teach process writing skills including pre-draft, draft, revision and final product, including being able to teach the various prose forms and the research essay. • Experience with first-year students, first-time university students, undergraduate seminars, and/or writing-intensive courses. • Experience with student advising, particularly with transitioning to the university culture and university-level learning. • Demonstrated teaching ability working with a diverse population of undergraduates including those with mixed academic achievement and who enter university from a wide range of economic, social, cultural backgrounds. Diversity and inclusion is a key value at SOU and Instructors must be comfortable and familiar with a diverse student population. • Experience with the technology needed to teach a course that relies on electronic classroom platforms, particularly platforms like Moodle, Canvas or Blackboard (not, however, focused on teaching via a complete online delivery) and library databases. Please note: with few exceptions, the courses in Undergraduate Studies are designed to be delivered as face-to-face instruction not as on-line instruction. • Commitment to student learning, retention, support, and assessment are critical.

Diversity Statement

Southern Oregon University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.

Minimum Qualifications

Most positions are anticipated to be hired at the adjunct instructor level. Adjunct Instructor (term-by-term): •Initial appointment at the rank of Instructor requires a Master's or terminal degree in the discipline taught, or a related field; OR Bachelor's degree in the discipline taught, or a related field, plus equivalency of Master's degree in years of professional experience in the field. •Demonstrated teaching potential. •Familiarity with the appropriate equipment as required for the discipline.

Adjunct Assistant Professor: •Initial appointment at the rank of Adjunct Assistant Professor requires a terminal degree in the discipline taught, or a related field; OR Master's degree in the discipline taught, or a related field, and is in the process of completing the appropriate terminal degree. •Demonstrated teaching potential. •Familiarity with the appropriate equipment as required for the discipline.

Preferred Qualifications

Adjunct Instructor (term-by-term): •Master's degree in the discipline taught, or a related field •Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and active participation in the life of the institution. •Commitment to student learning, retention, support, and assessment are critical.

Adjunct Assistant Professor: •Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching, development of a record of scholarship and active participation in the life of the institution and profession. •Work experience that equates to one-academic year of full-time college teaching, or one-academic year of the combination of part-time teaching experience while a graduate student. •Professional experience in the field related to teaching assignment, particularly if working with more advanced students

Physical Demands

Activities may involve standing, sitting, working at a computer, and lecturing

This position is designated as a critical, security-sensitive or safety- sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal Background Check. Yes Posting Date 07/21/2021 Application must be received by for priority consideration 09/15/2021 Closing Date Open Until Filled No Anticipated Appointment Begin Date 09/16/2021 Contact Name for Applicant Questions Human Resources Contact Email Quicklink for Posting https: // Special Conditions

•Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development. •Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis. •Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check. •Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): -Position classification defined as “exempt” are not subject overtime -Position classifications defined as “non exempt” are subject to overtime •The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the Oregon Revised Statues and is required to comply with the requirements set forth by the Oregon department of Human Services.

Notice to Prospective Employees Section 485 of the Higher Education Act, and The Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (now referred to as the “Clery Act”),requires that prospective employees be notified of the availability of SOU's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report provides the annual statistics and campus policies for the reporting of and responding to campus crimes and fires; access to campus facilities; conduct code and campus policies on use, possession and sale of drugs/alcohol; and educational/information programs to inform the campus community about campus security procedures and crime prevention.

An electronic copy of the Annual Security Report (ASR)can be accessed at the following link: https: // A physical copy of the ASR is available at no charge upon request. To request a copy please visit the Campus Public Safety Office at 382 Wightman Street, Ashland OR 97520. For more information call 541-552-6258, or email

Job Duties


•The primary responsibility of a faculty member is teaching. Teaching encompasses normal instructional activities beyond the teaching of assigned courses such as academic advising, working with students outside of class, posting and maintaining appropriate office hours, course and curriculum planning, etc. Efforts associated with teaching may include, but are not limited to: preparation; direct instruction; assessment; student contact outside of class (office hours, appointments, email); presenting complex concepts to a group of diverse learners; listening; understanding and responding to student questions in real time/in a classroom environment; and applying critical judgement to student work, both written and verbal delivery of information. Efforts associated with lab/workshop may include: providing students with practical experience using instrumentation and equipment in a way that enables student learning and ensures safety; simultaneously monitoring and managing multiple students individually and in groups; demonstrating and executing complex procedures; and using complex instrumentation and hazardous materials. •Incumbents appointed to multiple terms of teaching, may require professional development and service. Professional Development includes maintaining currency in the discipline taught. Service includes program and institutional administrative, committee, and student support and retention activities. •In addition to teaching and service, the primary responsibilities at the professorial level include participation in scholarly and/or creative activities, including mentoring student research projects, often related to the successful candidate's research program.

Percent of total time 100

Supplemental Questions

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  • How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
  • Chronicle of Higher Ed
  • Craigslist
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  • Oregon Employment Department
  • The Oregonian
  • Personal Referral
  • Saludos
  • SOU Website
  • Women in Higher Ed
  • Monster
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  • What is the highest degree you have earned?
  • None
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
  • ABD
  • Doctoral Degree
  • Please select primary program of interest
  • First-year foundational skills
  • Honors College
  • (Optional) Please select secondary program of interest
  • First-year foundational skills
  • Honors College
  • Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • References
  • Optional Documents

  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Other Document
  • Teaching Evaluations
  • Letter of Recommendation
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