2018–19 Humanity in Perspective Instructors

Part-time, temporary, June 2018 through May 2019. Apply by May 21, 2018.

Oregon Humanities, an independent nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities.

Humanity in Perspective is a college-level course that strives to increase civic participation and educational and economic opportunities for adults living on low incomes by removing barriers to lifelong learning opportunities and higher education. Students build reading, writing, analytical, and communication skills through collective inquiry and reflection on ideas of power, justice, and agency.

Instructors for the Humanity in Perspective (HIP) program are one-year temporary positions to teach one 100-level class in one of the following disciplines: Critical Thinking and Writing, History, Literature, Moral Philosophy, Art History/Visual Culture. This position is tasked with developing a syllabus for the subject area, teaching ten two-hour classes, providing written feedback on student assignments, and attending planning staff meetings. Classes are discussion-based rather than lecture-based. Success will look different for each student, but all students should further develop their capacity to read and listen closely, make persuasive arguments, and write with clarity.

From September 2018 to April 2019, this position will be based at the Rosewood Initiative in East Portland. Between June 2018 and May 2019, planning meetings with Oregon Humanities staff will take place at our downtown office and/or Rosewood Initiative. Classes are held on weekday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The instructor is expected to work with feedback from Oregon Humanities to create a syllabus and class plan and collaborate with program staff to find ways to help students meet their educational goals. Instructors are compensated with a $2,500 stipend.

To apply for this position, please complete this application form. Questions? Contact Kyle Weismann-Yee, program coordinator for Humanity in Perspective, at (503) 241-0543, ext. 112, or by email at kyle@oregonhumanities.org. We will begin reviewing applications May 21, 2018.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop syllabus for class
  • Teach ten classes in the fall or winter term
  • Provide written feedback on students’ assignments
  • Be available for email and/or phone communication with students
  • Attend planning meetings
  • Work with Oregon Humanities staff for program planning

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Experience working with people from a diverse range of backgrounds (racial, cultural, economic, gender identity, sexual orientation, learning styles)
  • Excellent facilitation and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to assemble a dynamic syllabus that can put canonical texts in conversation with those not given the same historical reverence in the discipline
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Experience teaching subject area and/or facilitating conversations on similar subject area
  • Master’s degree or higher with some college teaching experience (a CV or résumé will be requested with the application)

Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Experience working with communities in Rosewood, East Portland, and Rockwood
  • Conversational or proficient in one or more languages other than English 
  • Experience with humanities disciplines or humanities programming

Oregon Humanities values equity, justice, empathy, and respect as key attributes of vital, flourishing communities. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups, whose professional and personal experiences will help us work toward our vision of an Oregon that invites diverse perspectives, explores challenging questions, and strives for just communities.