Adjunct Instructor, Critical Studies



Job description

Posting Number: R0004066
Location: Portland Campus

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Position Summary:
PNCA invites applications for a part-time faculty pool in the MA in Critical Studies Program to teach Introduction to Critical Theory in Fall of 2022. The ideal candidate will be an experienced professional who is qualified to teach within the existing framework of PNCA’s Graduate programming. For information about the MA in Critical Studies Program see:
This course must serve as an introduction to Critical Theory for first term MA students who may be coming from a variety of educational backgrounds and disciplines. It should be a welcoming introduction to the Critical Studies program that builds confidence in graduate level reading, writing, and class participation and facilitation skills.

CRIT 501 Critical Theory 1: Introduction (3 credits)

This seminar is an introduction to major concepts and questions in critical theory, beginning with key figures in the Frankfurt School and moving through contemporary discourses such as Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, Critical Race Theory, Postcolonial Criticism, Disability Studies, and Environmental Criticism. The seminar claims critical theory as a creative project of analysis and exposure radically interested in accountability and the material effects of ideas. Because the course is taught in the context of an art school, we explore overlaps and tensions between critical theory and visual studies and investigate the role critical theory and artistic production can play in transforming institutions and ideologies.

Hiring will be to teach one class in the Fall and additional classes or future teaching at the college cannot be guaranteed.

MFA in relevant field

Demonstrated achievement and involvement in the field of study

Minimum of 2 years successful college-level teaching experience

As this class will take place in person on the PNCA campus in Portland, the instructor must live in Portland or the surrounding area

Preferred Qualifications

PhD in relevant field is preferred

Experience working with Graduate Students and those with diverse backgrounds and learning styles

Knowledge of critical and inclusive pedagogies

Typical Work Schedule

Part-time, two to three days/week Monday through Friday.

Physical Demands & Working Conditions

Typical work is performed indoors in a normal office environment.

About PNCA: Founded in 1909, PNCA is located in an award-winning campus in the heart of Portland, Oregon, offering BFA, MA, and MFA degrees. Under the guidance of practicing artists, designers, and scholars, students can focus on Communication Design, Illustration, Video and Sound, Animated Arts, Intermedia, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture. A PNCA education is centered on the core themes of Studio Practice, Critical Inquiry, Worldview, and Professional Practice. PNCA prepares students to interpret the conditions and events shaping the world, and enables them to engage that world and its cultures with understanding, enthusiasm and integrity. PNCA recognizes that diverse classrooms and workplaces offer the richest learning opportunities. The College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. PNCA is therefore committed to a policy of equality in our admission and employment practices. All students and employees will be treated fairly at all times and without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, citizenship, veteran or marital status, source of income, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or the presence of any sensory, physical, psychological or learning disability, and all other bases prohibited by local, state, or federal law. PNCA welcomes applications from candidates that expand the college’s diversity and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

How to apply

Apply online at–Critical-Studies_R0004066

Applications review will continue until the position is filled.

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  • Cover letter addressing the required/desired qualifications and presenting any other applicant characteristics which deserve emphasis
  • Current Resume/CV
  • A past syllabus and/or writing sample

Questions may be directed to Dr. Shawna Lipton, [email protected]

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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