English Composition Full-time Faculty
Company: Jackson College
Posted on: September 23, 2022
DescriptionLooking to Transform and Change Lives every day?
Think about joining our Jackson College team and be a part of one
of the elite League for Innovation Colleges. Located in the
Midwest, with four beautiful seasons, miles of golf courses and
beautiful lakes parks, trails, and active downtown. Jackson has an
Amtrak stop, bus service, and we are an hour from an international
airport. Our employees enjoy working on a beautiful campus complete
with state-of-the art facilities, a fitness trail, disc golf, on
site medical, dental, mental health care, and childcare.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.*Primary
Responsibilities*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 FunctionsESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
include the following. Other duties may be assigned.Planning
- Participates in department and academic program and curriculum
- 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
- Develops plans that promote the development of higher-order
thinking skills in the instructional process.
- Develops and maintains course outlines which are reviewed
- 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:a. conveys the goals and outcomes of the
courseb. reflects curriculum adopted by the academic area and/or
program for coursec. establishes and communicates challenging
expectations for studentsd. explains the relationship of those
expectations to the grading and assessment process.*General
- 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
- Treats all members of the college community with dignity and
- 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
- Formally documents learning assessment efforts in a timely
- Learns and complies with all college policies.
- Upholds and enforces the student code of conduct.Professional
- Maintains a current knowledge in subject area(s) of
- Maintains a current knowledge of research in the area of
teaching and learning.
- Incorporates new knowledge in the planning and instruction
- 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
- 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
- Supports the academic area and college through other work
normally expected of faculty members.Teaching Effectiveness
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Makes contact with students, recognizing them as individual
- Is accessible to students both in and out of the classroom
and/or formal office hours and strives to help students be
- 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 methodologySupport of College, Community Initiatives
- Is fully committed to the mission and values of Jackson
Community College and participates actively in the shared
- College mission may include, but would not be limited to:
- College Assessment Activities
- Curricular Development*Coordination/Communication -Transfer
- Academic Advising*Career Advising
- Recruiting/Screening Faculty*College Projects and
Activities-Participation and Leadership
- Professional honors awarded during the evaluation
period*Faculty professional development opportunities
- College Committee Participation/
- Advisory Committee Participation*Service to Community on Behalf
- Presenting or Consulting in Areas Related to Field*Representing
the College at School Visits
- Program Coordination/Leadership*Teaching for Extended
Educational Services or Training and Research
- Relevant Work Activities (contributory to college role or
institutional image)*Recruiting Students
- Community Service/Leadership Publication Research*Facilities
- Articulation*Participation in community education initiatives
- Artistic/Creative Accomplishments Related to Field*Assistance
to Other Faculty and Staff
- Participation in College Sponsored Events*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
- 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
- Knows and acknowledges personal limits.
- Displays self-discipline and a strong work ethic.
- Accepts responsibility for professional and personal
- 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
- Handles conflict effectively.
- Inspires others; sets an example of professionalism both within
the college and the community.
- Leads and/or follows as circumstances require.Minimum
QualificationsEDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE*Required*
- Master's degree in English Composition, English Writing,
Written Rhetoric or closely related degree
- Teaching experience in English composition, literature, and/or
related subjectsStrongly Preferred
- Two years' teaching experience at the community college level
in a related field
- Experience in creating courses, course materials and
- Engagement in strategies and practices for accelerating and
remediating developmental needsAmericans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) Compliance Section*QUALIFICATIONS*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.*LANGUAGE
SKILLS*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.*MATHEMATICAL SKILLS*Utilize arithmetic
and apply concepts of basic algebra as appropriate to the job
responsibilities.*REASONING ABILITY*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.*"This description is
intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work
difficulty that will be required and shall not be construed as
declaring the specific duties and responsibilities. It is not
intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor
to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his or
her supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration
describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not
mentioned that are of similar kind or level of
difficulty."*Supplemental InformationJackson College only accepts
on-line applications though this system. For assistance with this,
please call 517-796-8468.Please use your* legal *first and last
names on your application. If you are hired, you will have the
opportunity to identify and utilize your preferred name.The Jackson
College Nepotism policy prohibits the hiring of direct relatives of
current employees or members of the Board of Trustees including
spouse, domestic partner, child, stepchild, parent, stepparent,
aunt, uncle, niece/nephew, grandparent, grandchild. This policy
applies to all full and part-time employees except for student
workers, tutors, temporary employees and adjunct faculty.Please
attach the following to your application as separate documents:
- Cover letter that includes your salary expectation
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume
- Evidence of Student Learning
- Role of the Community College
- Statement of your Teaching Philosophy
- Unofficial TranscriptsFailure to provide all of the documents
above may result in disqualification of your application.It is
important that your application show all the relevant education and
experience you possess (even if you are repeating it from your
resume or cover letter). For instance, do not say, "See Resume or
C/V." Applications will be rejected if incomplete.When you apply
for the position, you will get to the document upload area where
you will be given an opportunity to attach your documents such as
your vita, transcripts, etc.. Instructions will also be found
there.The College reserves the right to request proof of degree or
certification at a later date if these documents are required as
part of the qualifications for the position. Official transcripts
for all degrees earned will be required for teaching
positions.Final candidates will be subject to a criminal background
as part of the employment process.If selected you will be required
to complete the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Employment
Eligibility Verification form I-9 and provide documentation
verifying identity and eligibility to work in the United States.
Jackson College is NOT able to support Visa applications for
employment at the college. Applicants must already be eligible to
work in the United States to be considered.Applicants with
disabilities may request accommodation to complete the application
and interview process. Please notify Human Resources at least three
(3) working days prior to the date of need.A copy of Jackson
College's Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report is
available on the JC Campus Safety & Security website. The security
report contains crime statistics for the previous three years for
all of our campus locations and the annual fire safety report,
which contains statistics for any reported fires in campus housing
units and fire safety systems in these buildings. Additionally, the
report contains policies, available resources and information
concerning personal safety, fire safety and reporting procedures
for both crimes and fires.Applicants have rights under Federal
employment laws (Download PDF reader). Jackson College is an Equal
Opportunity Employer that actively supports workforce diversity.Job
Type: Full-timePay: $69,000.00 - $83,000.00 per yearBenefits:
- Dental insurance
- Flexible spending account
- Health insurance
- Health savings account
- Life insurance
- Retirement plan
- Vision insurance
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