ACHS Adjunct Faculty Positions

Alli Woods, Dean of Faculty
5005 SW Macadam Avenue, Portland, OR 97239

ACHS recruits faculty on an on-going basis. Please note that due to the volume of applicants, only successful candidates will receive a personal response. We ask for your understanding.

View current openings and apply online at:

About ACHS

Founded in 1978, American College of Healthcare Sciences specializes in accredited online undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and continuing education courses in integrative health and wellness fields including aromatherapy, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, wellness coaching and other complementary modalities. ACHS is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

Our mission is to provide leadership in holistic health education through comprehensive professional online and on-campus education and high-quality natural products with a commitment to sustainable practices and principles.

As a Certified B Corporation, ACHS is devoted to excellence in education, sustainability, and ethical business practices. For more information, visit ACHS is a When Work Works award winner for 2017; Oregonian Top 100 Workplaces award winner 2016 and 2017; #2 on Oregon Business Magazine’s Top Green Workplaces 2017; 2017 Military Friendly school for the 9th consecutive year; and #7 most affordable online nutrition degree by OnlineU.

General Information About ACHS Faculty Positions

Interested applicants must enjoy and embrace teaching online and have a true passion for helping students succeed. At ACHS, this means being responsive to students while at the same time creating a challenging yet supportive online classroom environment. Curriculum for most classes has already been developed, thereby allowing you to focus on supporting students in their learning. ACHS welcomes faculty feedback on curriculum and suggestions for continuous improvement.

General Education - Social Sciences & Humanities - Social sciences include anthropology, cultural geography, general history, religious history and culture, economics, political science, general psychology, and sociology; humanities include language, literature, philosophy - Requires a Masters degree in a related field; a minimum of 18 graduate-level credits may be considered

Graduate-level herbal and nutrition courses - Requires a doctoral degree (e.g., ND, DC, DO, MD, PhD, etc.)

Undergraduate-level complementary and alternative health and wellness courses - Requires a Masters degree or higher in a related field

Graduate and undergraduate Aromatherapy courses - Applicants must have completed a NAHA- and AIA-approved aromatherapy program and be a Registered Aromatherapist.

All instructors must have:

  • At least two years teaching experience, preferably online, and subject knowledge and professional experience.
  • Experience in an online learning platform such as Canvas is essential. (Angel, Moodle, and Blackboard considered).

As a small institution, our faculty are integral to ACHS’s integrity and continuity through consistent and authentic engagement with students and participation in academic and collegiate life at ACHS and by representing ACHS with integrity in their day to day activities. Instructors work with one or more cohorts of students in a particular course, utilizing our online classrooms in the Canvas LMS.

Instructors are expected to teach material aligned with the ACHS philosophy and stated program and course learning outcomes, actively participate in class and engage in substantive interaction with students throughout each week to provide prompt feedback to students and conduct weekly virtual conferences with students (ACHS uses an integrated conference tool for seamless online meetings in class). Faculty also fulfill curriculum development work and are an essential part of the ACHS Center for Excellence in Teaching, Technology & Assessment.

Excellent online communication skills are essential, including an ability to communicate with a variety of learner styles and adult students.

Technical requirements:

  • A current PC or Mac at your home (minimum specs: 64MB RAM, 1.2 GB free space on hard drive, Windows XP or Mac OSX, MS Office, Internet Explorer 5.X, e-mail with file attachment capabilities),
  • High-speed Internet service (DSL, cable modem, or ISDN), webcam, and phone line.

A faculty role at ACHS is the perfect complement to a clinical practice, allowing you to give back to the industry by fostering the knowledge and skills of students! Positive outlook, a desire to make a difference, coaching ability, a problem-solving mentality, and computer and web competency required.

To apply, please visit Please upload your CV and order official transcripts to be sent to if sent via certified online transcript or service or by mail to Registrar’s Office, ACHS, 5005 SW Macadam Avenue, Portland, OR 97239. No phone calls please.

ACHS Offers:

Benefits include the following for eligible employees: subsidized medical, dental and vision coverage; paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave; employer-provided short- and long-term disability and life insurance, additional voluntary life insurance also available; paid parental leave; subsidized childcare; tax-deferred flex spending and dependent care options; 401K; education credits; subsidized gym benefit; and the satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of each and every one of our students and graduates.

ACHS is committed to equal opportunity and equal treatment for all qualified individuals and supports workforce diversity. ACHS does not discriminate nor will it tolerate discrimination against any person because of age, gender, gender-identity, color, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other class protected by law.

ACHS complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education, including but not limited to all forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence. Any person who files a complaint or participates in an investigation is protected from retaliation to the full extent of the law. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to ACHS’s Title IX Coordinator: Melissa Trujillo, Director of Student Registration Support, 5005 SW Macadam Ave, Portland, OR 97239,, 503-244-0726; and/or to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

Last updated 6/25/18