Career Instructor - Eugene or Portland
University of Oregon - Eugene, OR

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Location: Eugene or Portland

Closes: February 15, 2013

The Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) at the University of Oregon invites applications for a dynamic, committed labor educator to join our faculty as a Career Instructor.

About LERC : Since its creation in 1977, LERC has provided teaching, research, and technical assistance services to working adults and labor organizations in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Throughout its history LERC has served as a catalyst for critical analysis, strategic thinking, and concerted action aimed at strengthening labor organizations and improving the lives of working Oregonians.

LERC has a five-member faculty with strong roots in the union movement and expertise in a variety of academic disciplines. In addition to teaching working adults, LERC faculty members conduct research on relevant work, employment, and public policy issues. They also work extensively with policy makers, university faculty, labor relations professionals, and community leaders on issues of concern to Oregon workers.

LERC has a thirty-member advisory board that provides the program with support, guidance, and strategic advice. The program enjoys an excellent reputation as a valued resource that works diligently to meet the multiple needs of its constituents. For more information about LERC, please visit our website:

Job Description : The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to design and teach non-credit classes for working adults and union members. In order to prepare workers for the demands of a rapidly changing social environment, LERC provides a diverse set of educational offerings. These classes include subjects related to effective union representation ( collective bargaining; labor law; grievance handling and arbitration) the social, economic and political context in which labor operates (labor history; politics; the domestic and global economy; community outreach and coalition building); skills needed for effective union leadership (strategic planning; organizational development; interpersonal communications; internal organizing); and strategies for recruiting new members. The Career Instructor also will be responsible for coordinating occasional full-day and multi-day conferences on these topics with assistance from other LERC faculty and staff.

The Career Instructor will also be expected to pursue applied research projects on work and employment issues. These projects should be capable of attracting external funding or support.

Depending on the candidate’s background and qualifications, the position might also include occasional teaching of credit classes to undergraduate or graduate students at the University of Oregon.

The Career Instructor’s job will entail some travel along with periodic night and weekend work.


Master's degree required in social sciences, education, or other relevant field. In exceptional circumstances a Bachelor's degree with extensive experience will be considered.

Demonstrated interest in, and commitment to, issues affecting workers and unions

Relevant teaching experience (e.g., classroom teaching, training, workshop facilitation)

Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills

Ability to work with a diverse range of constituents on work and employment issues

Preferred :
Two or more years of experience working with labor unions or other worker organizations

Experience with curriculum development, teaching labor education, or conducting popular or adult education classes

Track record of producing applied research funded by external sources

Experience in working with racially and ethnically diverse communities

Employment Beginning : September 16, 2013

Compensation: Starting salary range is $55,000 - $65,000 DOE. Generous health care and pension benefits are provided by the University of Oregon. This position will be covered by the contract negotiated between the University of Oregon and the United Academics of the University of Oregon, AAUP/AFT, AFL-CIO.

Application Procedure: Application deadline is February 15, 2013. Please send cover letter, current CV or resume, names of three references, and responses to supplemental questions (see below) as ONE document (Word or .pdf) to Deb Mailander, LERC Program Manager, at with “Career Instructor Position” in the subject line. Cover letters and any questions should be addressed to:

Dr. Robert Bussel, Chair, Career Instructor Search Committee Labor Education and Research Center, University of Oregon.

Supplemental Questions (to be answered in a total of four pages or less):

Briefly describe your experiences with curriculum development, adult education, and conference organization.

Provide specific examples of your work or experience with labor unions or other workers’ organizations, accompanied by a discussion of the impact of your work and what you gained from the experience. Please include examples of any work you have done with racially or ethnically diverse groups.

Briefly outline your ideas for applied research projects that would be relevant to this position. You can draw from past experience as well as your current professional development interests.

Given the current circumstances of the union movement, what do you see as the most serious challenges or priorities facing today’s labor educators?

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. We invite candidates with a commitment to working effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.

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