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Chiropractic Teaching Assistant, part-time

Chiropractic Teaching Assistant, part-time

locationPortland, OR, USA
PublishedPublished: 12/22/2023
Education / Training
Part Time

Job Description:


Position Name: Teaching Assistant I

Classification: Non-Exempt; Non-benefitted

FTE: Up to 25 hours per week

Compensation: $27 per hour

Work Hours: Varies each term depending on instructional needs

Supervisor: Associate Dean

Location: On campus (8000 NE Tillamook St; Portland OR 97213)


Teaching assistants (TAs) in the doctor of chiropractic program (DCP) assist faculty in providing lab instruction and/or remediation in a variety of courses. Teaching assistants may also monitor and engage in open laboratory or review sessions. Subject areas may include, but are not limited to, biomechanics, palpation, adjustive technique, physical therapy, rehabilitation, history taking, communication skills, physical exam, orthopedic testing, case management, report of findings, taping/splinting, minor surgery, and report writing.


  • Observe, assist, demonstrate and offer constructive feedback to students in clinical skills development instructional lab sessions.
  • Note: TAs must obtain an Oregon chiropractic license within six months of hire and cannot demonstrate chiropractic adjustments prior to licensure.
  • Reinforce course content and instructions that are being taught by course instructor(s) and refrain from introducing outside concepts.
  • Review course content on WebCampus prior to class or instruction to be adequately prepared for work duties.
  • Participate in formative and summative evaluation of students’ clinical skills competencies as outlined by course instructor(s).
  • As appropriate, perform simulations of various conditions which may include having students take histories and perform examination procedures on the teaching assistant.
  • As appropriate, perform simulations of various conditions which may include having students take histories and perform examination procedures on the teaching assistant.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the lead instructor, department chair, dean and/or assistant dean.


The following Core Values are integral to working at UWS. All employees, regardless of their position within the university, are expected uphold the Core Values and demonstrate associated competencies.

Best Practices:We maintain high standards by using and integrating evidence across multiple disciplines.

Curiosity:We are innovative, open minded, and forward thinking.

Inclusiveness:We are respectful, mindful, and welcoming of different ways of being, thinking, and doing.

Professionalism:We are responsible, respectful, and accountable.

Student-Focus:We work for the common good of students’ academic and professional success.

Whole-Person Health:We promote physical, mental and emotional wellness in all facets of the UWS experience.


Education & Training:

  • Graduate of a CCE-accredited Doctor of Chiropractic program.
  • Official transcripts required upon hire.

Certifications & Licenses:

  • Hold an active chiropractic license in good standing, or attainment of an Oregon chiropractic license within 6-months of hire.


  • Minimum one-year clinical practice experience preferred.

Related Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in the clinical skills associated with the instructional assignment.

Other Qualifications"

  • Have sufficient mobility to move among students engaged in various types of lab activities.
  • Have sufficient visual acuity to accurately identify student psychomotor abilities.
  • Have sufficient manual dexterity to operate adjusting tables and/or equipment as instructional activities demand.


Applicant screening is continuous, and the position will remain open until filled. Please submit a cover letter, a resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references.

University of Western States conducts background checks for the finalist or finalists of staff and faculty positions. The type of background check will vary by position type.

Upon hire, UWS requires a set of official transcripts for the highest degree currently held. This is for accreditation purposes and must be received within 30 calendar days from the effective date of employment.

University of Western States is an equal opportunity employer.

University of Western States offers a generous compensation and benefits package, as well as the opportunity to work for a leader in the field of education. To learn more about our competitive benefits and additional rewards, including generous paid time-off, medical and dental insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, retirement plan with employer contribution, multiple flexible spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, click the link below.

University of Western States is an Equal Opportunity Employer.