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Adjunct Faculty Pool - Publishing more...
Location:Portland, OR
Company:Portland State University
First posted:April 25, 2017

Position Announcement

Position Details

Proposed Start Date 09/16/2017

Working Title Adjunct Faculty Pool - Publishing

Position Number D97754

Representation AP - AFT, Local 3571

Position Summary

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept

A thriving campus in the heart of the city, Portland State University is Oregon's most affordable public research university and we offer tremendous opportunity to 27,000 students from all backgrounds. Our mission to "let knowledge serve the city" reflects our dedication to finding innovative, sustainable solutions to local and global problems. Our location in the heart of one of America's most dynamic cities gives our students unmatched access to career connections and an internationally acclaimed culture scene. PSU is the only Oregon university to offer a four-year degree guarantee.

The English Department offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses to meet the needs of students with a diversity of interests, and academic and professional backgrounds. By studying literature, rhetoric, composition, and critical theory, students in the Department of English acquire experience in inter-textual and cross-disciplinary inquiry represented by many cultures and historical periods. They learn critical approaches to texts and issues that enable them to interpret and compare positions, to read closely, critically, and with empathy, to conduct research, to weigh evidence, and to write with insight and expertise.

Position Summary

The Publishing Program is looking for qualified instructors to teach a wide variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Courses include:

WR 410/510: Literary Agents and Acquisitions, a comprehensive course about how books are selected for publication and the associated rights negotiations.

WR 463/563: Book Marketing, a comprehensive course in professional book marketing. Covers issues specific to the marketing of fiction and nonfiction books in variety of genres and markets. Teach students how to do market research, produce marketing plans, write press releases, write advertising copy, and develop related marketing materials.

WR 462/562: Book Design Software, a foundational course in design software used in the book publishing industry, focusing on Adobe InDesign. Also explores Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat, as well as XHTML and ebook design. The class considers audience expectations through a range of hands-on design projects.

WR 461/561: Book Editing, a comprehensive course in professional book editing, including editorial management, acquisitions editing, substantive/developmental editing, and copyediting. Covers issues specific to both fiction and nonfiction books.

Minimum Qualifications

WR 410/510: Literary Agents and Acquisitions: Professional experience as a literary agent or as an acquiring editor for a publishing house.

WR 463/563: Book Marketing: Professional experience in book marketing and publicity.

WR 462/562: Book Design Software Professional experience in book or magazine design.

WR 461/561: Book Editing: Professional experience as an editor.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree from an accredited institution and prior college-level teaching experience.

Key Cultural Competencies

  • Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
  • Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement.
  • Adheres to all PSU's policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.

    Required Professional Standards of Conduct

    At Portland State University, all employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner which maintains a safe, respectful, and productive environment for faculty, students, administrators, and staff. It is the responsibility of every member of the Portland State University community to conduct themselves in accordance with our PSU Professional Standards of Conduct which are available at (please use the apply button below).


    Application Instructions

    Additional Information

    Please submit a cover letter and a curriculum vitae,

    If you have questions about this adjunct faculty opening, please email (see application details) and enter "Adjunct Faculty Application" in the subject line.

    Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle? No

    Background Check Required No

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