English Composition Full-Time Faculty
Jackson College is seeking qualified applicants for a English Composition Full-Time Faculty position.
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Jackson College offers competitive wages, a generous benefits package including dental, vision and MESSA medical insurance, along with tuition grants for employees and eligible dependents. While we offer many of the amenities of larger institutions, our students, and our Total Commitment to Student Success (TCS2), is our focus. We provide small class sizes, individual professional development opportunities and a family atmosphere.
Annual Salary: $69,000.00 - $83,000.00
This position is responsible for teaching in the Liberal Arts department. A commitment to equity-minded instructional models including distance learning, hybrid, compressed semesters, and competency-based education is also expected.
This full-time teaching position includes instruction of 33-35 credit hours per academic year. Teaching assignments will be based upon the specific applicant’s qualifications and experience and will focus on gateway courses in composition, but may also include courses in research and writing, business and technical writing, literature, creative writing, and humanities. Leadership skills and advocacy abilities are expected as the Liberal Arts Department engages internal and external partners on behalf of student success initiatives. The position will be based at the Jackson College Central campus in Jackson, Michigan. Teaching courses at other JC locations, evening courses and weekend courses and at prison locations may also be expected and must include the ability to obtain a Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) clearance and maintain it annually, at all Michigan correctional facilities.
Strong communication skills and computer proficiency are a must. Other primary responsibilities include curriculum development and assessment, program development and review, advising students and meeting scheduled office hours; and regular participation in department and discipline meetings and in college-wide committees. Work effectively with other faculty and staff in a rapidly changing team environment. Support and contribute to diversity and student success initiatives. A commitment to professional development and learning is required. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to the mission, vision values and beliefs of Jackson College through working with diverse populations but still be able to connect one-on-one with students. This individual will have good listening skills and the ability to understand the needs of others, be flexible, and will maintain a high work ethic and integrity.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Participates in department and academic program and curriculum development activities.
- Plans thoroughly on a daily, weekly, and semester time period to ensure implementation of the established curriculum and provides strong support for students in their pursuit of established expectations.
- Develops plans that promote the development of higher-order thinking skills in the instructional process.
- Develops and maintains course outlines which are reviewed annually.
- Provides motivation to learn via:
- thorough planning
- enthusiasm for subject matter
- appropriate climate for learning within the classroom
- relevant and current course content
- understanding of individual differences and learning styles
- Facilitates and paces instruction to maximize learning.
- Utilizes varied instructional delivery modes.
- Assesses learning frequently using various methods, such as:
- questioning techniques
- oral and/or written quizzes
- student presentations
- writing assignments
- self-determined assessment instruments
- Provides remediation as deemed appropriate and possible.
- Develops and administers exams consistent with learning goals, including course competency examinations.
- Possibility of teaching evening and weekend courses.
- Develops and distributes course syllabi for each course taught to each student which:
- conveys the goals and outcomes of the course
- reflects curriculum adopted by the academic area and/or program for course
- establishes and communicates challenging expectations for students
- explains the relationship of those expectations to the grading and assessment process.
- Advises students on curriculum, academic programs, employment and career goals, and other matters as appropriate.
- Responds to requests of academic area and/or program leaders, department heads, committee chairs, records office, etc. in a timely and thorough manner.
- Consistently meets instructional schedule and other assignments and commitments in support of the college.
- Establishes and maintains regular and appropriate office hours
- Treats all members of the college community with dignity and respect.
- Works through established channels to resolve problems.
- Participates in activities designed to promote attainment of the college vision and its missions.
- Participates in academic area and/or program planning and improvement activities as requested.
- Meets requirements of the APRP with the intention of maintaining teaching effectiveness, professional development, and support of college/community initiatives.
- Attends Commencement.
- Attends and participates in academic area and/or program and department meetings.
- Formally documents learning assessment efforts in a timely manner.
- Learns and complies with all college policies.
- Upholds and enforces the student code of conduct.
- Maintains a current knowledge in subject area(s) of instruction.
- Maintains a current knowledge of research in the area of teaching and learning.
- Incorporates new knowledge in the planning and instruction process.
- Demonstrates a commitment to the ongoing growth and development of students and fellow staff members alike.
- Participates in professional development activities
- When appropriate, maintains ties with professional organizations.
- Advises students on curriculum, academic programs, employment, and career goals, and other matters as appropriate.
- Contributes to the growth and development of the academic area and the college by participating in team-based committee work, academic area planning, and other academic area-related and college-related activities.
- Supports the academic area and college through other work normally expected of faculty members.
- Places the primary emphasis on student learning in the design, delivery, and evaluation/assessment of courses.
- Understands the various levels of preparation represented in the typical classroom and communicates well to the various levels.
- Provides a course syllabus to the students.
- Understands and adapts teaching to various learning styles present in the classroom as demonstrated in the presentation of course materials and assessment of student learning.
- Conducts classroom assessment techniques.
- Designs and implements course curriculum that reflects the relevance and conveys the value of academic studies to the every-day world.
- Understands and successfully uses learning technology, as needed, both in class and as a tool for distance learning.
- Fosters higher-level learning with an emphasis on analysis, problem solving and critical thinking.
- Promotes student demonstration of learning through a variety of assessments that may include exams, discussions, debates, presentations, simulations, and/or debriefings.
- Has high expectations of students and gives challenging work.
- Makes contact with students, recognizing them as individual learners
- Is accessible to students both in and out of the classroom and/or formal office hours and strives to help students be successful.
- Listens to students and encourages them to actively participate in the learning process.
- Demonstrates respect, care, and empathy for students.
- Encourages students to believe they can learn successfully; shows confidence in them.
- Is flexible switching from one teaching approach to another when things don’t work yet keeps the objectives of the course in sight at all times.
- Is enthusiastic about the subject matter in the classroom and shares the joy of learning with students.
- Maintains a sense of humor and humanity in the classroom.
- Encourages student growth and celebrates student success.
Faculty Professional Development
- Demonstrates a continuing engagement with the learning and scholarship of their area of specialization.
- Strives to be on the cutting edge of professional content knowledge and methodology
Professional Qualities and Abilities
- Serves as a role model of good written and oral communication skills and good time management skills.
- Possesses a positive attitude; able to see good in self and others.
- Shows flexibility including the acceptance of and willingness to change; sees change as an opportunity for growth.
- Seeks improvement over time by taking risks and trying new things.
- Knows and acknowledges personal limits.
- Displays self-discipline and a strong work ethic.
- Accepts responsibility for professional and personal growth.
- Demonstrates commitment to be a productive and supportive member of the college community.
- Successfully organizes, executes and follows up on projects; sets specific objectives and measures to achieve results.
- Accepts criticism gracefully and uses it as an opportunity for growth.
- Handles conflict effectively.
- Inspires others; sets an example of professionalism both within the college and the community.
- Leads and/or follows as circumstances require.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
- Master’s degree in English Composition, English Writing, Written Rhetoric or closely related degree
- Teaching experience in English composition, literature, and/or related subjects
- Two years’ teaching experience at the community college level in a related field
- Experience in creating courses, course materials and content
- Engagement in strategies and practices for accelerating and remediating developmental needs
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Section
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
Utilize arithmetic and apply concepts of basic algebra as appropriate to the job responsibilities.
Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.,) in its most difficult phases. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk, reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions while traveling between buildings on campus. Must be willing to follow Blood borne Pathogen and OSHA requirements due to potential exposure in lab and clinical settings. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
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