Career Instructor, Labor Education and Research Center, University of Oregon

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

LERC provides teaching, research, and technical assistance 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.

Job Description

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to design and teach non-credit classes for working adults and union members. 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.



  • 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


  • 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

More Information

Information on the application process is available at:

Other questions about the position can be directed to search committee chair, Bob Bussel ([email protected]).