Labor Education & Research Center, University of Oregon

Labor extension education and research center

Oregon Labor Center is Looking to Hire Two New Faculty Members


The University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center is looking to hire two new faculty members – one labor educator and one focused on strategic and policy research. 


LERC is a dynamic program that provides labor education, strategic planning and applied research services to workers and labor organizations across the state of Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest, in addition to offering classes and internships for Oregon undergraduates.  Oregon’s is one of the strongest labor movements in the country, and LERC partners with the state AFL-CIO and myriad local unions in hosting classes and conferences for Oregon workers.  We also work directly with unions on preparation for bargaining, strategic planning, and equity and inclusion strategies.  LERC’s research has been instrumental to policy discussions on issues including fair scheduling, the right to paid sick leave, prevailing wage, the care economy, and the ability of women and workers of color to access construction apprenticeship programs.


We are looking for two people to join in this work.  These are not tenure-track positions, but they are regular faculty positions, covered by our faculty union contract and, as public employees of the state of Oregon, come with generous benefits.  The people hired into these positions will be regular LERC faculty members, with the same rights and vote on departmental policies as any other faculty member.  Both positions start at $80,000-$85,000 depending on experience; minimum education requirement is a Master’s degree in relevant field.


Complete position descriptions, along with a link to apply for the jobs, can be found here for the labor educator position and here for the research position


LERC has offices in both Eugene and Portland, and new faculty members may be based in either location.


Women and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


Anyone considering applying who has questions about the positions should feel free to contact search committee chair Prof. Gordon Lafer at to arrange a time to talk by phone.




Prof. Gordon Lafer

Chair, Search Committee

Labor Education & Research Center

University of Oregon

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