Adjunct Faculty - Course Development - Pain Science and Neurophysiology


  • Salary Range: Approx. $1040 per credit
  • Department: School of Undergraduate Studies
  • Closing Date: Open until filled


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NUNM’s School of Undergraduate Studies is seeking an adjunct academic faculty member to develop the Pain Science and Neurophysiology course. Individuals developing courses at NUNM are contracted to deliver a completed syllabus, course outline and teaching materials necessary to properly deliver a course. Program outcomes and course competencies have already been developed; many learning objectives have as well but the developer will have the flexibility to further develop these learning objectives with the dean. The specifics about course delivery and pedagogy will be discuss with the right candidates. Course developers perform duties and responsibilities in accordance with the philosophy, mission, policies, and procedures of the University and appropriate to the individual assignment.


Course NamePain Science and Neurophysiology

Term: Taught winter term, 2019/20

Course Credits: 2 credits (development will be paid at 1 credit, or $1040)


NOTE: The development of this course is to be performed face to face, with the dean of the school of undergraduate studies at NUNM, in Portland, Oregon

The biopsychosocial model of pain is quickly surpassing the strictly biomechanical/biomedical model that has dominated for centuries. This has only been possible in the last few years by an integration of current neurophysiological concepts of pain with a greater understanding of the psychosocial aspects and a modern understanding of the anatomical and immunologic contributions to the experience. Compared with the significant psychological bias on the manifestation of organic pain syndromes, anatomy and physiology are seen as more concrete and well defined aspects. They still remain essential components on which the contemporary perceptions of pain medicine can be structured, despite the realization that, in this area too, changes in our scientific awareness are frequently being made. Without the biopsychosocial model of pain, the integrative understanding and treatment of pain would likely not advance. This main goal of this course is for the student to assimilate knowledge of pain science and neurophysiology and its relevance to the understanding and treatment of pain


  • Anatomy and physiology

Competencies. At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding about the basic neuroscience of pain and the interrelationship between psychological, physiological, contextual, and social processes in the experience of pain
  • Analyze the current understanding of the biological processes involved in the perception of pain
  • Identify the role psychological processes play in the perception and expression of pain
  • Relate ethical concerns that may exist in the treatment of pain
  • Discuss motivational interviewing and how it might be applied in the treatment of pain.


Applicants must have education, experience, skill and knowledge in the area they will be developing; preference will be given to those who have teaching and/or course development experience. This is face to face course development so the applicant must live in or within commuting distance to Portland, Oregon, USA.