Open Position: Certificate Program Comics Instructor

Position Available: 

The IPRC is currently seeking applications for a Comics & Graphic Novels Instructor in the Certificate Program. Qualified applicants will have experience teaching comics in an educational or community-based setting; facilitating critical dialogue around inclusion and equity in a workshop setting; and developing curriculum with a mind towards inclusivity when selecting texts and guest lecturers. Successful candidates will also be knowledgeable about and able to share resources related to the contemporary landscape of independent comics and publishing.

Job responsibilities include: 

  • Developing first term curriculum with assigned readings and discussions on craft
  • Overview of the tools and technical skills
  • Facilitating and leading regular critique
  • Giving feedback on all stages of student work
  • Participating in Certificate Program community events including
    • Info Session late July / early August
    • Meet & Greet / Student Orientation at the beginning of the year
    • Two student readings per semester showcasing works in progress
    • Spring Certificate Program Retreat
    • Certificate Program Graduation
  • Working closely with the Certificate Program Director to assess student outcomes

About the program: 

The Certificate Program is a year-long study in creative writing and independent publishing. Students in the Comics & Graphic Novel track receive instruction in storytelling and creating sequential narratives, while learning essential techniques from inking and panel design to layout and printing. In the first 12-week term, students will generate new original work, and will receive instruction in risograph printing in order to produce an original editioned print. During the second term students will be engaged in the critical study and discussion of International Comics, while making progress towards the creation of an independently published zine, or book of comics. Over the course of the third term, students receive instruction in production and professional development,  including graphic design, screenprinting, book arts, animation and guest lectures from professionals in the field.

To apply:

Please provide:

  1. A statement of interest
  2. A sample lesson plan or creative writing assignment
  3. CV or résumé 
  4. 1-3 teaching references

Applications can be sent by attachment to with subject heading: Certificate Program Comics Instructor, or dropped off at the IPRC (318 SE Main St. Ste. 155 Portland, OR 97214) no later than 5pm, Wednesday, July 24th.


$2,500 Fall Term (September through mid December)*
*Equivalent of 40 teaching hours and 40 prep hours and 20 hours of community engagement

Non-Discrimination Policy:

The IPRC will not discriminate against any individual with respect to employment or provision of services based upon that individual’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, disability, gender identity, source of income, or familial status.


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