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University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center: Instructor

Work type: Faculty – Career
Location: Portland, Oregon
Annual Basis: 12 Month
Starting Salary Range: $65,000 – $75,000 per year
Review of Applications Begins: January 29, 2018; position open until filled

To apply:

Department Summary
The Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) is a state-wide program that combines teaching, research, and public service to improve the lives of Oregon’s workers, their families, and their communities. LERC provides teaching, research, and technical assistance services to unions, other worker’s organizations, and working adults 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.

With offices on the Eugene Campus and at UO Portland, LERC has a six-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 is committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusive workplaces. We practice this internally and also incorporate these concepts in our teaching and public presentations.

Position Summary
The Career Instructor is a labor educator who will design and teach non-credit classes for working adults, union members, and community partners. An important part of this position is outreach and building relationships with labor, community, and university partners. The Career Instructor also will be responsible for curriculum development and implementation in response to contract requests from client organizations for tailored training. In addition, the Career Instructor will be responsible for coordinating occasional full-day and multi-day open enrollment conferences or institutes on relevant topics that present opportunities for more intensive exploration of timely topics. These conference duties are typically conducted as part of a team with other LERC faculty and staff.

While instruction is the main focus of this position, the successful candidate may have the opportunity to pursue applied research projects on labor and employment issues in specific sectors or communities. S/he will be expected to seek external funding for these projects when feasible.

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree in social sciences, education, or other relevant fields. In exceptional circumstances a bachelor’s degree with extensive (min. 5yrs) experience as a labor educator will be considered.
  • Two years of relevant teaching and facilitation experience in adult education (e.g., classroom teaching, workshop training, popular education, strategic planning and facilitation).
  • Two years of experience with labor unions or other workers’ organizations

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

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