Assistant Professor of Humanities
Position Title Assistant Professor of Humanities
Open Internally or Externally External
If faculty, tenure track status Tenure Track
Reports to (title) Dept Chair
Requisition Number F22TT05
Position Type New position
Job Category Faculty
Initial Work Location Multiple Locations
Starting Salary Commensurate upon experience
Job Open Date 09/06/2022
Open Until Filled Yes
Priority Review Date 11/28/2022
"Salt Lake Community College will be a model for inclusive and transformative education, strengthening the communities we serve through the success of our students."- SLCC Vision Statement
Salt Lake Community College educates more than 60,000 students each year – few institutions in Utah have a more significant impact on the state's economy, workforce and education pipeline. SLCC is a place where high school graduates can take their first step into higher education, and where students can receive training and learn skills to take them directly into the workforce. SLCC is dedicated to engaging and supporting students from all cultures, abilities, and ages, including underserved, first generation, and refugee students, as well as English language learners from around the world. About 70% of SLCC students work while attending college, 56% are the first in their family to attend college, and 25% are from ethnic minorities. Rapidly changing student demographics, with increases in students from Hispanic/Latino/Latina backgrounds, have made the imperative to close achievement gaps for students of color a top priority for the entire college.
Salt Lake Community College seeks to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber, with demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, professional growth, and service. The successful applicant will join an innovative, collaborative, and diverse academic division, whose members are dedicated, knowledgeable professionals and skilled teachers in their respective fields. They participate in their professional communities, locally and nationally, excelling as scholars and reflective teachers. SLCC faculty members actively serve students in developing the knowledge and skills they need to lead meaningful, engaged lives, including successful and rewarding careers in the area of their choosing.
The Humanities and Languages (HuLa) Division is situated in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, strongly committed to social justice and issues of equity. The division includes programs and courses in Humanities, International Studies, Religious Studies, Philosophy, World Languages, and American Sign Language-Interpreting. The faculty member in this position will teach 14-15 credit hours per semester (30 per academic year) of Humanities and related classes as required by student demand and as assigned by the associate dean. The majority of the regular load will consist of introductory courses, especially our "Introduction to Humanities" course, which is one of the most highly-enrolled courses at SLCC. Other duties will include course development and revision, textbook selection and/or preparation of OER materials, and serving as a liaison and coordinator for the Humanities courses in local high schools. The successful applicant will demonstrate an understanding of, and proficiency with, the theory, focus, or method of two or more fields within the Humanities, and will engage students in exploring the intersection of these disciplines.
The faculty member will have the possibility of designing, developing, and teaching interdisciplinary survey courses in their areas of expertise, and we are especially interested in candidates who can contribute courses in the areas of International and Global Studies, Disability Studies, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, and diversity. Preference will be given to candidates with experience and interest in building opportunities for undergraduate research and whose applications demonstrate an on-going commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice. Experience planning and organizing college-wide events, such as colloquia, with an interest in pursuing internal and external funding, is also advantageous.
Faculty members are expected to contribute to SLCC and the HuLa division by attending forums, meetings, and significant College and division events; serving on College and division committees; advising and mentoring adjunct faculty; developing, revising, and conducting Humanities courses (including f2f, hybrid, and online). Professional development in the faculty member's area of expertise, and in pedagogical fields, is both required and supported by the College and division. Humanities faculty are expected to integrate high impact practices and engage in inclusive pedagogy, a collegewide priority. Full-time faculty members teach day, evening, and weekend classes in accordance with established guidelines and policies, in addition to maintaining regular office hours and an on-campus presence.
Utah's natural beauty, economic vitality, and nationally recognized schools offer residents an incredible quality of life. Salt Lake Community College is located in the Salt Lake Valley, nestled in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. Salt Lake City is the cultural heart of Utah, rich in educational resources, sporting events, arts, music, and entertainment. Utah's exceptional economy includes a thriving tech industry and the burgeoning "silicon slopes." The state's scenic red rock country, vast national parks, and world-class skiing make it a year-round destination for people from all over the world.
Essential Responsibilities and Duties
a) Conducts assigned courses in accordance with accepted best pedagogical practices to maximize student learning.
b) Consistently improves course quality, design, and course integrity through participation in College, division, and program assessments of student learning, and in accordance with advancement through the pre- and post-tenure process.
c) Meets program, division, General Education and College expectations for the integration of high impact practices, including creating opportunities for student research where possible.
d) Supports the College's mission, vision, and values by incorporating appropriate cultural material representing a broad variety of ethnicities, national origins, socioeconomic groups and other identities, in addition to using inclusive pedagogical practices in the classroom and other learning environments.
e) Collaborates as appropriate with program, division, and College colleagues to ensure consistency in policies and placement, as well as in course syllabi, pedagogy, assignments, ePortfolio work, testing, grading, and so forth.
f) Teaches assigned classes at the scheduled time and place and meets required contact hours.
g) Maintains and posts teaching schedule and a minimum of five consultation hours per week. Maintains a significant campus presence to respond to instructional and daily needs of students and the program, division, and College.
h) Responds to student inquiries and emails in a timely fashion (usually within two business days).
i) Responds to student concerns or complaints in accordance with program, division, and College policy and procedure.
j) Prepares and administers student assessments. Provides appropriate and timely feedback per division and College standards.
k) Maintains accurate and complete student attendance records, grades, and other classroom documentation as applicable. Grades must be maintained on the College's learning management system.
l) Provides ADA accommodations in accordance with College policy.
m) Is available to teach courses as determined by program, division, and College needs.
a) All full-time faculty members are expected to assume leadership responsibilities consistent with the needs of the program, division, and College, and in accordance with advancement through the pre- and post-tenure process.
b) Participates in strategic planning and in the implementation of program, division, and College initiatives, including College promotion, the creation of articulation agreements with other Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) institutions, and Pathways efforts.
c) Participates in regular program and division reviews. Evaluates and revises program requirements and offerings on an ongoing basis.
d) Actively participates in updating and developing new curriculum and related activities.
e) Provides leadership and instructional integrity through collaboration with full-time colleagues and part-time and concurrent enrollment instructors. Participates in the hiring process, provides mentoring and support, observes classes, reviews teaching and assessment materials, and assists in training and evaluating program and division instructors.
f) Develops and participates in student recruitment and retention strategies, and assumes an active role in the student advising process, through contact with students, the preparation of advising materials, and interaction with College advisors.
g) Develops, coordinates, analyzes and reports regular assessments of student learning in accordance with College, accreditation, and State requirements.
h) Assists in planning and organizing college-wide Humanities events, such as colloquia, including preparing related funding requests.
i) Helps foster strong community relations, through initiatives such as service learning, cultural demonstrations, field experiences, or other community outreach events.
j) Serves on program, division, and College committees, administrative bodies, collaborative work teams, etc., developing a more comprehensive vision of the program, division, and College over time, and contributing accordingly.
k) Participates in required college events unless excused by the associate dean/chair.
l) May assist in the preparation of class schedules.
m) May participate in budget reporting and management. Duties may include identifying budgetary needs and priorities within the program, division, or College; researching large-scale purchases to determine current program technology, equipment, and supplies.
n) Assists with prior learning assessment and reporting as needed.
o) Reports maintenance issues for classrooms and equipment to appropriate areas.
p) Maintains inventory, if appropriate, of equipment, tools, supplies, and storage/disposal of hazardous materials required for classes, and requests appropriate equipment repair.
Essential Responsibilities and Duties Continued
a) Maintains educational credentials and professional skills appropriate to the teaching assignment and consistent with program, division, and College initiatives.
b) Expands knowledge in discipline, current accepted best pedagogical practices, and assessment of student learning outcomes on an ongoing basis, consistent with advancement through the pre- and post-tenure process.
c) Demonstrates significant reflection on teaching practices, professional development, and service work, focusing on the dialogic nature of the review process and the overlap and interweaving of these multiple aspects of a well-rounded professional life.
d) Creates and maintains an ePortfolio in accordance with the College's review procedures.
a) Ph.D. in Humanities or a related discipline, such as Interdisciplinary Studies, American Studies, Art History, World History, Literature, Comparative Religion, Disability Studies, Gender Studies, or Ethnic Studies. Credentials must be from an accredited college or university.
b) Demonstrated background in more than one Humanities field and its theoretical approaches or perspectives.
c) Demonstrated experience with undergraduate research and other high impact practices.
d) Demonstrated understanding of, commitment to and engagement with equity, diversity and social justice.
e) Demonstrated understanding of, or experience in, developing effective Humanities courses and curriculum, for all delivery modalities (f2f, hybrid, online, competency-based).
f) Coursework, experience, and training in current pedagogy and high-impact practices for all delivery modalities.
g) Teaching experience at a community college.
h) Theoretical understanding or demonstrated success in course and program assessment and reporting, and/or in assessment of prior learning in Humanities and Humanities-related fields.
i) Theoretical understanding or demonstrated success in developing OER materials.
j) Student teaching evaluations and letters of recommendation that demonstrate superior teaching in Humanities courses and student-centered pedagogy.
k) Ability to create and teach International-Global and/or Diversity courses.
l) Theoretical understanding or demonstrated success in improving access for, and completion of, students from communities traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
m) Experience creating opportunities for undergraduate student research and mentoring students pursuing research.
n) Experience planning college-wide academic events.
o) Experience successfully fostering strong community relations.
a) Master's degree in Humanities or a related discipline or interdisciplinary area, including but not limited to American Studies, Art History, World History, Literature, Comparative Religion, Disability Studies, Gender Studies, or Ethnic Studies. Credentials must be from an accredited college or university.
b) A record of successful teaching in Humanities or a related field, for 40 credit hours or more, at the college level, including online courses in a Humanities discipline. (Note: Applicant must indicate number of credit hours taught.)
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
a) Able to work and communicate effectively with diverse SLCC community members, including students, staff, and faculty, from a broad range of academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and ability backgrounds.
b) Becomes familiar with and abides by SLCC policies and procedures.
c) Completes required department paperwork on time.
d) Completes/attends required College, division, and program trainings; participates where possible in other trainings, as appropriate.
e) Responds to division and College inquiries and emails in a timely fashion (usually within two business days).
f) Knowledge of high impact pedagogical practices and inclusive pedagogical methods, and experience in teaching critical thinking.
g) Native or near-native level of fluency in English.
Priority Review Date: 11/28/2022: Applications received by this date will be reviewed by the committee first. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a needed basis until there is a offer extended.
Expected Start is Fall Semester 2023.
The search committee requires the following documents to be submitted online as part of the application:
a) A letter of interest addressing how the candidate meets the required and preferred qualifications;
b) A copy of the candidate's current curriculum vitae;
c) A Statement of Teaching Philosophy (please upload in "other document");
d) Copies of university transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are fine for screening purposes, but official copies are required before hiring;
e) Student evaluations of teaching.
Reference Letters upon request only.
Applicants selected for an interview will be asked to send three confidential letters of recommendation, and may be asked to participate in a teaching demonstration and to provide an academic portfolio. If necessary, the selected finalist will complete an oral proficiency examination (OPI) before hiring. The committee will notify the selected candidates when appropriate.
The SLCC HR Dept will conduct criminal background checks on the selected finalist. In addition, official transcripts from the selected finalist are required before offering employment.
Faculty salaries are commensurate upon higher education and experience.
SLCC offers a comprehensive benefits package for FT Faculty members.
Please see "SLCC Benefits" listed on the SLCC jobs (https://jobs.slcc.edu) Home Page.
Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is fully committed to policies of equal employment and nondiscrimination. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, religion, protected veteran status, expression of political or personal beliefs outside of the workplace, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.
SLCC is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems ("URS").
This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check.
To apply, visit: https://jobs.slcc.edu/postings/53601