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Company Name:
Southern Oregon University
Approximate Salary:
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Ashland, Oregon
United States
Position type:
Full Time
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Education level:
Master Degree


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.

Southern Oregon University invites applications for multiple positions at the Instructor level in the Division of Undergraduate Studies. Selected candidates will teach specialized seminars that are an essential part of the general education curricular requirements. Positions will begin in fall 2018. Instructors from multiple disciplinary backgrounds will be considered, but only if the applicant has extensive experience with first-year/first entry students and with seminars emphasizing the foundational transferable skills in thinking (rational, creative and holistic), in communication (both in process-oriented writing and in speech), and in research. Instructors are also first-year advisors and play key roles in retention initiatives that integrate high-quality instruction with embedded peer support in critical gateway courses.

Primary Function: All University Seminar faculty members share the responsibilities of teaching, advising, and have some role in the program and institutional assessment. To carry out our regional public higher education mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to engage with learners as they launch their journeys to achieve their educational goals.

First-entry seminar courses introduce learners to writing, speaking, critical thinking, and research skills at the university level. Learners read challenging texts; discuss and present various positions/ideas on complex issues; write organized informative, persuasive and argumentative essays with claims and support; evaluate, integrate, and correctly document outside sources; learn rhetorical strategies appropriate for various audiences; demonstrate control of academic communication protocols. Seminars offer a total immersion in practicing the skills foundational to all academic inquiry and the chance to be part of an inquisitive, practice-based learning cohort.

Primary Purpose: Instruct University Seminar or gateway undergraduate studies courses for a total of 45 credits, distributed over three terms in a quarter system. The typical schedule is (3) Seminars or Foundations courses, academic advising of students enrolled in sections taught, one seminar support course per academic year, and institutional-level assessment each quarter. The successful candidate is expected to support Program, Division, and University goals, furthering the academic environment to benefit the educational mission of Southern Oregon University.

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