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Call for Instructors

Do you have passion for a topic and a desire to instruct a PUGS course? This is the page for you! We are seeking applications for course instructors. For summer and fall course consideration, please apply by June 30th, 2019 (link at bottom of page).

PUGS is an active experiment of learning and growing as a community. Our instructors hail from a diversity of backgrounds and share a dedication for facilitating curiosity. We don’t require a specific degree to teach at PUGS. Rather, we invite people to facilitate on the basis of lived experience and passion. Following are the traits we hold up for PUGS instructors:

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In a spring 2019 survey to PUGS community members, we asked what they wanted to learn this year. Browse through the list of topics below for inspiration:

  • Food culture

  • Financial investing

  • Jump starting your creative side

  • Community volunteering

  • The art of communication for introverts

  • How to publish a book

  • Meditation skills

  • Plant identification/foraging

  • Interesting and affordable travel ideas

  • Wine appreciation

  • Urban homesteading

  • Sustainable living

  • How to reduce the amount of waste we produce

  • Rewilding

  • How to create sharing/bartering economies

  • Library science

  • Facilitation

  • Organizational development

  • Setting up as an independent contractor/freelancer

  • Psychology and human development

  • Design thinking, applied to nonprofit challenges

  • Address climate change (slowing it, grieving it, this could go a lot of ways)

  • Building a self-care routine

  • Portland/Oregon history and social justice

  • Volunteer management

  • Public speaking

  • Political campaign skills prior to election (with styles and ethics of canvassing)

  • Labor unions 101

  • Better sleep

  • How to overcome self-doubt or fear

  • Current developments in local environmental issues

  • Aging

  • Interrupting racism

  • Fires

  • Houselessness history and advocacy

  • Making authentic friendships

  • Reduce perfectionism

  • Clothing alterations

  • Drawing & art

  • Wilderness 101

  • Neuroscience; neurobiology

  • Intro to backpacking

  • World religions

  • Presence and mindfulness

  • Mushroom cultivation

  • Caring for aging parents

  • Unsticking yourself

  • Life transitions: a how-to

  • Writing

  • Civics 101

  • How to reason and argue

  • Stoic philosophy

  • Blueprints for positive community impact

  • Arab-American communities in Portland

  • Managing depression

  • Bread baking

  • Making simple robots

  • Creating silly costumes/pattern design 101

  • Basic electrical work (like how to install a new light fixture)

  • Diagnosing problems with your house plant care

  • Photography basics

  • Improv

  • Architectural history

  • Neighborhood/community design

  • Really practical, realistic budgeting tips

  • How to relax/take care of oneself in the context of being part of a marginalized group in this oppressive capitalist culture.

  • Tips for staying optimistic in late stage capitalism

  • Advanced recipe creation

  • Landscape planning

  • Irish folklore and fairytales

  • Mushroom foraging/hunting

  • Herbology and plants

  • Psychology of animal healing/therapy

  • Conflict resolution

  • Basic car maintenance

  • World cultures

  • How to write a curriculum

  • How to communicate with an organization about partnering opportunities

  • Intro to bookkeeping and accounting for new small business owners who are too busy to read a boring book about it

  • Marketing for social/economic justice

  • Economic justice

  • Budget/financial management for nonprofit programs

  • Music appreciation

  • How to be a socially conscious, activist traveler

  • Website design

  • Digital undergrounds

  • Podcasting

  • Project management

  • Google Analytics

  • Increase financial prosperity in ethical ways under capitalist oppression

  • Fermentation

  • Moving through creative blocks

  • Reading groups that move slowly

  • Form and maintain a nonprofit

  • Graphic design

  • Pizza making

  • Tree care

  • How to develop a personal philosophy about social media

  • Gratitude

  • Positive body image

  • How to sell artwork

  • Unicycling

  • Joy and activism

  • Creating supportive peer groups

  • Sing-along skills

  • Upcycling

  • Home management skills

  • How to hire and manage employees

  • Organization - home, computer, business

  • Systems change and next economy (permaculture)

  • Restorative economics

  • Data privacy

  • Reading “Drawdown”

  • Microaggressions

  • Cat parenting (with cat tour!)

  • How to make big decisions

  • Conflict navigation

  • Cultivating dialogue with inner voice

  • Spirit/meaning-making systems

  • Philosophy

  • Death and dying

  • Experimental art making

  • How to be a mentor/coach

  • Open GIS mapping tools

  • Public meeting attendance/discussion group

  • How to write advocacy letters (Congress, etc.)

  • Native American allyship, history

  • Political theatre

  • How to accept humanity and its flaws

  • Woodworking

  • Vegan cooking

  • Motherhood

  • Photographing people of color

  • Raspberry Pi

  • Build a bee box

  • Bee recognition/gardening

  • Urban trees of record

  • History of Chinese Portland

  • How to grill

  • Bike maintenance

  • Gardening seasons in PDX

  • The art of asking

  • Planning a wedding

  • How wealth is (really) distributed

  • Paternalism and you

  • Navigating your #metoo story

  • Professional business writing

  • How to use spices

  • Collaborative board gaming for beginners

  • Decoding knitting patterns

  • Help your kid with new math

  • Nature photography

Do one of these inspire you to teach? Please apply! We will review these on a rolling basis, with the first review to occur end of June 2019. Do you have questions? Check out our Teaching FAQs. Wondering about the makeup of our current faculty? Visit our faculty page.

Thank you for your interest! Go Team.