Bachelor of Vision Science Program (BAVS):  The BAVS is a new degree program at Pacific University.  This dual degree program is offered exclusively to students from Pacific’s institutional partners in China and other countries.  BAVS students will begin their optometry studies in China and then come to live and study on the Pacific University campus as they complete the final year of their degree.  Their primary curriculum will be offered through Pacific’s College of Optometry.  Additional ESL courses and ongoing support will be provided by the ESL instructor.

Job Description: Instructor teaches 2 sessions per course of varying ESL skills in the Bachelor of Vision Science Program at Pacific University.  The position includes providing administrative support, planning and leading student activities, and assisting during new student orientations.  Instructor is responsible for teaching three 15-week semester sessions (Fall, Spring and Summer) each year.  This position is FTE 0.50, begins on August 1, 2018 and has an 11-month renewable contract.  The position may become full-time after August 1, 2020.


  • Teach 8 hours per week
  • Be available for students, keeping at least 2 office hours per week
  • Assist with new student arrival, orientation, testing, and placement
  • Incorporate technology into the curriculum and classroom instruction as appropriate.
  • Plan and organize field trips (2 per semester) and other extracurricular student activities
  • Provide administrative support and records maintenance as needed
  • Attend department meetings, professional development activities, conferences/workshops, and occasional special events.
  • Travel to China for exchange activities, English proficiency assessment and curriculum assessment for local institutions.


  • Master's Degree in TESOL or related field
  • A strong background in the sciences or medical fields.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching English for academic purposes at the university level (particularly clinical reports and case studies, thesis writing, grammar, and effective oral communication in clinical settings)
  • Experience teaching students from East Asia (particularly Chinese students)
  • Native-level proficiency in English
  • Experience working with large, homogenous class groups
  • Evidence of outstanding and innovative teaching at all levels
  • Flexibility in teaching style and course assignments
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to both follow a text and create original material for classes
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with Optometry professors


  • Experience teaching abroad
  • Fluency in a Mandarin Chinese
  • Valid driver's license and willingness to drive university vehicles for student activities

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:  Reports to the Director of Bachelor of Applied Vision Science Program.

CLASSIFICATION:  FLSA:  Exempt. Salary Range: $ 21,000 ~ 24,000

APPLICATION:  Please email cover letter, resume and names and phone numbers of three professional references to  Please name your documents as shown in the following example: (Example:  Adams_Amy letter, Adams_Amy resume, Adams_Amy references).  You may also mail your application materials to Human Resources/Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR  97116.

Application materials will be screened and interview candidates will be selected and notified.  The hiring process normally consists of several interviews and can last several weeks depending on the position.  Employment is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States and successful completion of a background check.  If the position is posted on our job board at it is an available position and you may apply.  No phone calls please.


Pacific University is a small but diverse community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment.  Tracing its roots back to 1849, when it began as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in people’s lives.  Nestled in the valley at the base of the coastal range and Mount Hood, the university is only a half hour to the Portland metro center. 

Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, health professions and business.  Pacific University has campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, Ore., as well as an office in Honolulu.  In addition, a variety of Pacific University health and eye clinics throughout the Portland area serve patients and provide students with practical experience.

At Pacific University, students and faculty engage in discovery through close, nurturing relationships that provide extraordinary learning experiences.  International study, service learning, internships and co-curricular activities have been integral parts of the education of nearly 25,000 alumni worldwide who share in the Boxer spirit.


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