Adjunct Faculty - Course Development - Principles and History of Massage


  • Salary Range: Approx. $1040 per credit
  • 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 Principles and History of Massage 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 NamePrinciples and History of Massage

Term: Will be taught Fall 2019

Course Credits: 3 credits (course development is paid at 1.5 credits or $1560)


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 course is designed to provide the student with foundational information about the history and theory of massage therapy. Material covered includes principles of professional touch, history of massage including pertinent people who helped develop massage into what it is today, evidence-informed practice, massage and public health, and the physiological effects of massage therapy and therapeutic touch.


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

  • Explain the history and development of massage therapy
  • Explain the basic classifications of massage therapy techniques
  • Hypothesize about common threads that exist within similar massage techniques
  • Analyze the validity of the purported mechanisms, used to explain the benefits of the most commonly-used massage technique
  • Explain how massage therapy fits into the national and international healthcare systems
  • Explain evidence-informed practice (EIP) and formulate what it means to practice massage therapy, utilizing EIP.



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.