2019–20 Humanity in Perspective Instructors

Part-time, temporary, July 2019 through May 2020

Instructor Positions for Humanity in Perspective

Part-time temporary

July 2019 to May 2020

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 (HIP) is a college-level course that strives to increase community participation and educational opportunities for adults who have historically lacked access to higher education by removing barriers to lifelong learning opportunities. Students build reading, writing, analytical, and communication skills through inquiry and reflection on ideas of power, justice, and agency.

Instructors for the Humanity in Perspective program are one-year temporary positions to teach one 100-level class in one of the following disciplines: critical thinking and writing; history; literature; philosophy; and art history/visual culture. This position is tasked with developing a syllabus for the subject area, facilitating ten two-hour classes, providing written feedback on student assignments, and attending planning meetings with staff of Oregon Humanities and partner organizations. Classes are discussion-based rather than lecture-based and have an explicit focus on community building. Success will look different for each student, and all students should develop their capacity to read and listen closely, make persuasive arguments, and write with clarity. Instructors are expected to work with Oregon Humanities, partner organizations, and students to create a syllabus and facilitate classes that help students meet their educational goals.

From September 2019 to May 2020, Oregon Humanities will run two HIP classes in partnership with organizations at two different sites. We will hold a second year of HIP classes in partnership with the Rosewood Initiative in East Portland. Planning meetings for this class will take place at our office in downtown Portland and/or at the Rosewood Initiative. Additionally, we will run a second HIP site at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon, in partnership with the YWCA’s Family Preservation Project. Planning meetings for this class will take place at our office. Classes will be held on weekday nights at both sites.

Compensation for each position is $2,500.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop syllabus for class
  • Teach ten classes in the fall (September to December) or winter (January to April) term
  • Provide written feedback on students’ assignments
  • Be available for email and/or phone communication with students
  • Attend planning meetings from June 2019 to May 2020
  • Attend trauma-informed care training (in partnership with YWCA of Greater Portland and arranged by Oregon Humanities) prior to beginning of class
  • Collaborate with Oregon Humanities’ staff, partner organizations’ staff, and students to find ways to help students meet their educational goals

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Experience creating a collaborative learning environment with people from a diverse range of backgrounds (racial, cultural, economic, gender identity, sexual orientation, learning styles, academic goals)
  • Willingness to incorporate trauma-informed care practices and responsively support students who may have had prior negative experiences in educational settings
  • 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)


  • Professional or lived experience working with communities in East County (East Portland or Gresham) -OR- experience working with people in prison
  • Conversational or proficient in one or more languages other than English
  • Experience with humanities disciplines or humanities programming
  • Professional or lived experience with popular education or colearning educational model

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.

These are one-year temporary positions. If you are interested in applying, complete this application form. Prospective applicants are welcome to apply specifically to one, either, or both sites on the form. Applications will be evaluated and accepted on a rolling basis. The application window will close when all positions are filled. Please direct questions to April Slabosheski, program manager, at a.slabosheski@oregonhumanities.org or at (503) 241-0543, ext. 123.

As of July 18, 2019, we are still seeking instructors to teach:

  • Art history/visual culture at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility