Assistant Professor of English -Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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

Join our Student-Centered College!

Do you love connecting adult learners with their educational goals so they can thrive in their lives and careers? Are you passionate about working with the incredibly diverse group of students taking classes through our Joint Base Lewis-McChord site, including active duty military personnel, their family members and veterans?
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 work with a dynamic district English department while serving primarily at the education centers on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). The department plays a vital role within our Achieving the Dream framework to advance student retention and completion. Like the main campuses, Pierce College at JBLM offers a wide range of precollege and college-level composition, literature, and humanities courses that meet transfer university requirements, but tailored to meet the unique needs of active duty military personnel, their family members, and veteran students both in the classroom and online worldwide. English courses serve to prepare students in written communication for all of the academic pathways at Pierce College. As the sole full-time English/humanities faculty member for Pierce College at JBLM, this position also includes Faculty Coordinator duties for about 15 adjunct faculty teaching in these areas.

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.

Responsibilities of the successful candidate include:
Teaching throughout the spectrum of English curriculum, including, but not limited to, pre-college English (including accelerated), freshman composition, literature and humanities both online and face-to-face;
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) in response to assessment and evidence/data analysis;
Perform faculty coordinator responsibilities for English, arts, and humanities for Pierce College at JBLM;
Demonstrating multicultural competence, including military culture and an awareness and understanding of historically disadvantaged populations, and create 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 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;
Working within a collaborative and innovative department;
Engaging in district-wide efforts to improve student retention and success;
Leading efforts to increase student success in English, including closing achievement gaps between demographic groups;
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 Permanent Status process.
Graduate degree in English
Documented successful teaching experience in English, preferably with adult learners
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 would you apply this work to address the barriers experienced by military-affiliated students (active duty, family members, and separated veterans)? (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, permanent status assignment of 220 contracted days per year, anticipated to begin July 2019. Assignment will include Pierce College at JBLM coordination as well as evening, hybrid, online, and web-enhanced teaching. Initial placement of this position will be at the Stone Education Center on Lewis Main, Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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 $66,397 to $70,895 per 220-day academic year.

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 21, 2019