Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, Residency Focus

School: Pierce College
Position Type: Continuing Faculty
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Position Description:

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, Residency Focus

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OPENING DATE: 01/04/18
CLOSING DATE: 03/02/18 05:00 PM
Join our Student-Centered College!
Are you excited about growing the next generation of teachers and transforming the field? Do you enjoy working with colleagues and employers in the field to collaborate on best practices? Do you use creative teaching strategies that engage diverse populations of students with different abilities, interests and learning goals? Are you energized by collaborating with faculty from across the disciplines to close student achievement and equity gaps? If these questions resonate with you, then we invite you to consider joining the team at Pierce College, an innovative and equity-focused community college dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals.

About the Program:
The successful candidate will join an Early Childhood Education program that provides comprehensive education to allow students to develop the skills need to support the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development of children from birth to grade 3. Pierce College offers various state stackable ECE certificates, a Professional-Technical Associate Degree in Early Childhood, and a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Teaching with a Washington Residency Certificate and endorsements in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. Students gain the knowledge and competencies necessary for a professional career working with young children in a variety of settings. The program combines hands-on training in the on-site laboratory school, in community early childhood programs, and in a yearlong residency in the public schools, with college-level classroom instruction aimed at creating skilled, culturally responsive, and reflective teachers. Students learn to develop and apply curriculum methods and to meet the needs of each and every child as an individual and as a member of social communities and families.

About Pierce College:
Pierce College is an innovative community college committed to student engagement and learning. We value student learning experiences that foster equity and diversity in the classroom and expand into our local and global communities. From closing achievement gaps for all students to building directed career pathways, faculty, staff, and administrators work collaboratively to lead initiatives that advance student success. The college serves over 15,000 students in basic skills, transfer, and professional technical programs. Through conscious efforts, we have improved retention rates by 17% and graduation rates by 89%. This year, Pierce was named as a top community college in several national polls.

Pierce College employees and students live and work in various communities that offer the diverse cultural and environmental benefits of rural, suburban, and urban lifestyles in the Pacific Northwest. As part of the community and technical college system in Washington State, the District includes Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Pierce College Puyallup, Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, as well as other extended learning sites.
The successful candidate’s responsibilities include:
Coaching BAS teacher candidates in their residency experience on-site in a public school setting
Ensuring a high degree of integration between the college coursework and school-based residency
Evaluating BAS teacher candidate’s progress towards teaching competencies required by the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) during their residency
Building professional relationships with cooperating teachers, school principals, and other school district staff
Evaluating schools and staff for the quality of placement experience of BAS teacher candidates
Supporting the BAS teacher candidates in completing the edTPA
Teaching the BAS residency seminar course and other Early Childhood Education courses that focus on supporting children who are culturally, linguistically, and ability-diverse and that are grounded in sound developmental theory and teaching methodology;
Leading the team of residency faculty to ensure continuity
Conducting outreach and coordinating with community partners & advisory boards;
Drawing upon a strong base of disciplinary knowledge, skills, theories, issues, research, and applications to design engaging and effective learning experiences;
Analyzing course assessments, evaluations, and data and engaging in continuous improvement of courses based on that analysis in order to advance student achievement of outcomes, success in subsequent courses, and impact on retention and graduation;
Continuously innovating learning experiences (campus, online, hybrid, off-site) in response to assessment and evidence/data analysis;
Demonstrating multicultural competence, including an awareness and understanding of historically disadvantaged populations, and creating an educational environment that affirms commitment to equity and diversity;
Setting the stage for a high level of student engagement;
Creatively designing learning experiences that extend beyond delivering content and assisting students in achieving course, program, and degree outcomes, including the college’s five core abilities of Multiculturalism, Critical, Creative and Reflective Thinking, Information Competency, Responsibility, and Effective Communication;
Teaching, advising, and mentoring students holistically from recruitment to completion;
Engaging in shared governance;
Participating in the First-Year Faculty Cohort in the first year of the tenure process.
Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE), Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), or a related field (or in process) with completion before tenure can be granted
Three years’ full time ECE and/or ECSE experience (or equivalent combination of full and part-time) teaching experience with children birth to grade 3 and the ability to use those experiences to bring relevance and meaning to the adult learning classroom
Demonstrated knowledge and application of adult learning theories
Demonstrated knowledge and application of current ECE/ECSE theories and practices
Demonstrated knowledge and application of coaching/mentoring skills

Special Requirements:
Must provide or be able to attain a clean background check through the Department of Early Learning.
Ability to travel to local schools to support residency
To be considered for this position, applicants must include the following items in their application package:
Letter of formal application that addresses how your experience and education qualifies you to perform the assigned responsibilities (Cover Letter).
Response to the following: What personal and professional work have you done in order to broaden your understanding of multiculturalism? How have you infused multiculturalism into your classroom in order for students to be challenged/motivated/inspired to be a part of a multicultural society? AND Pierce College has set a goal of closing achievement gaps for all student populations by 2020. How will you contribute to this effort at the classroom, program, and institutional levels? (Supplemental Question).
Detailed curriculum vitae of all educational and professional experience, which includes a list of courses taught (Curriculum Vitae).
Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts. International transcripts must include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: http// (Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required prior to hire) (Transcripts).
A list of four current professional references with name, relationship to candidate, address, email address, and telephone number. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted in lieu of a list of professional references (References).
Terms of Employment:
This position, which is contingent upon funding, is a full-time, tenure-track assignment of 173 contracted days per year, anticipated to begin September 2018. Assignment may include district discipline/program coordination, as well as evening, hybrid, and/or online teaching. This is a District position with a “home” campus assignment. Initial placement of this position will be at the Fort Steilacoom campus with frequent travel to local partner schools. Candidates will be working for a District Dean and will be required to attend district meetings as well as collaborate with colleagues across the district and across departments.

Initial salary placement is based on the current full-time faculty salary schedule and is dependent upon education and experience. Salary placement for newly hired full-time faculty will be at one of five levels based upon qualifications including teaching experience and credentials. The five levels range from $51,462 to $55,571 per 173-day academic year. Opportunities for summer employment and other assignments are in addition to the base salary.

Reasonable Accommodation:
Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state’s free telecommunication access service

Screening & Interview Process:
Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and have met the required qualifications will be considered. The most desirable candidates will be contacted for an interview. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.

Conditions of Employment:
As a condition of employment, all Full-time Faculty bargaining unit members must either join the Pierce College Federation of Teachers or pay a representation fee.
An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.
Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in this policy.
The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices for all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.

For more information or assistance regarding your application, contact Human Resources at:

Questions regarding equal employment opportunities or discrimination may be directed to the following:

Holly Gorski, Vice President of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator
9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, Washington 98498
(253) 964-6519

Paula Henson-Williams, District Affirmative Action Officer
(253) 864-3229

Closing Date: March 2, 2018