Adjunct Faculty - Course Development - Palpation Lab


  • Department: School of Undergraduate Studies
  • Closing Date: Open until filled


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Adjunct Faculty Opening (In-Person Class, Portland, OR)

School of Undergraduate Studies

Bachelor of Science in Integrative Therapeutics – Massage Therapy Track


NUNM’s School of Undergraduate Studies is seeking an adjunct academic faculty member to develop the Palpation Lab 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 NamePalpation Lab

Term: Taught Fall term, 2019

Course Credits: 1 (Development will be paid $750)


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

This is an introduction-level palpation class that sets the foundation for deeper learning in the massage courses. Applying the information they used in their anatomy classes, students will learn to palpate the surface anatomy of the human body that is most pertinent to the practice of massage therapy. In addition, students will also, learn about optimal body mechanics, and areas of the body that should be generally avoided during a massage. This class is a lab format and will be entirely active and heavily experiential.


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

  • Apply their anatomical knowledge to palpate and identify the surface anatomy most pertinent in massage therapy
  • Apply and be able to self-correct, to achieve optimal body mechanics while palpating
  • Identify areas that massage therapists should generally avoid as they are areas that are prone to injuring or damage with the forces applied by massage therapy.
  • Assess the topics of: accuracy, reliability, benefits and shortcomings, of palpation and how this applies to the practice of massage therapy.



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.



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