Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems (CIS)

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

Join our Student-Centered College!

Are you passionate about sharing how computer systems work? Are you committed to the
development of students and their learning goals? Are you constantly looking for the next
great piece of code that will make your program operate even more efficiently? Are you
excited when you see a student finally understand why code is written a certain way? 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:

Pierce College’s CIS department offers professional/technical degrees and certificates that
prepare graduates to enter the workforce in areas such as junior database administrator,
database developer, business analyst, data analyst network engineer, and junior computer
programmer/web developer. Students take classes leading to one-year certificates and/or
two-year professional/technical degrees. Students who are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s
degree may transfer with their first two years completed at Pierce College to Central
Washington University, Western Governors University and others. Classes in our department
are also in demand by current industry professionals who seek to upgrade their skills and
remain relevant in their fields.

Courses taught through our Computer Information Systems Department support three
associate’s degree programs: Database Management and Design, and Health Informatics and
Integrated Technology, and Computer Network Engineering. Faculty teach and assess
individual course outcomes, as well as program outcomes, for these degrees. In addition, CIS
supports the Computer Science degree by offering two Computer Science programming
courses designed for transfer students. Faculty teach and assess individual course outcomes,
as well as program outcomes, for these degrees. Faculty also teach the district’s five Core
Abilities: Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking, Responsibility, Information Competency,
Effective Communication and Multiculturalism.

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 equity 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 continuous efforts, we have improved retention rates by 17% and graduation rates by 89%. This year, Pierce was named 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 will have a forward-looking perspective and teach Information Technology, Database and Software Development, Health Informatics and Integrated Technology, and Computer Science courses at a variety of levels in lecture (whiteboard design, live coding), lab (hands on work with students), and/or hybrid settings. Courses may be taught at any of our campuses, depending on need.

Primary teaching responsibilities may include:
SQL Server Database design, development, programming, and administration fundamentals;
Business and Systems Analysis with Agile development methods. Debugging and software maintenance and others as technology evolves;
Introductory to intermediate programming and scripting in a variety of languages (including, but not limited to: C#, SQL, HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Java, Python, andPowerShell);
Full stack web development using modern frameworks (i.e. ASP.NET MVC) Mobile application development.

Responsibilities of the successful candidate include:
Engaging in curriculum and program development incorporating current educational theories and research;
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;
Demonstrating multicultural competence, including an awareness and understanding of historically disadvantaged populations, and creating an educational environment that affirms commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion;
Working within a collaborative and innovative department;
Engaging in district wide efforts to improve student retention and success, specifically through intentional efforts to eliminate equity gaps;
Incorporating active student learning and appropriate use of technology in the classroom;
Continuously innovating learning experiences (campus, online, hybrid) in response to assessment and evidence/data analysis;
Tailoring curriculum to engage marginalized and oppressed groups;
Utilizing active and inclusive pedagogy;
Creatively designing learning experiences that extend beyond delivering content and assist 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.
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in any field with significant collegiate-level information technology coursework, and appropriate industry experience and certification(s) pertaining to enterprise level database development and administration and/or enterprise-level computer programming/applications development/systems development using current industry standard development techniques, systems, and languages.
Must be eligible for Washington State professional/technical certification (a basic overview can be found here:; while not essential for the position, a Master’s degree may satisfy certification requirements in some areas).
Application Requirements:

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).
Responses to the following: What personal and professional work have you done in order to broaden your understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion? AND How have you infused equity, diversity and inclusion into your classroom to equip/motivate/inspire to effectively engage in a multicultural society? AND Pierce College has set a goal of closing gaps in degree/certificate completion for all student populations by 2020. How will you contribute to this effort? (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 that include degree received and confer date. International transcripts must include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: (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 with the tenure process starting in September 2019, and with the opportunity to start working an earlier quarter. 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 Puyallup campus. 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 $57,380 to $59,675 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:

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.

Bargaining Unit:

This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the Pierce College Federation of Teachers.

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.

Closing Date: July 14, 2019