Assistant Professor in Family Human Studies

Position Information

Position Information

Position Title Assistant Professor in Family Human Studies
Open Internally or Externally External
If faculty, tenure track status Tenure Track
Reports to (title) Associate Dean Family & Human Studies
Department Family & Human Studies
Requisition Number F17028
Position Type New position
Job Category Faculty
FT/PT Full-time
Initial Work Location Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Starting Salary $44,393-$66,590/Academic Yr
Job Open Date 03/06/2018
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Priority Review Date 04/09/2018
Job Summary

Overview of SLCC and the Community:
Salt Lake Community College is Utah’s largest college with the most diverse student body in the state. Salt Lake Community College’s values include collaboration, inclusivity, integrity, and trust. It serves more than 60,000 students on 8 campuses including an eLearning virtual campus. It is in the dynamically vibrant and economically stable urban environment of the Great Salt Lake Valley. Salt Lake residents enjoy easy access to numerous recreational opportunities during all four seasons, as well access to five National Parks throughout the state. Also, Salt Lake hosts many sporting events, such as professional basketball, champion soccer, Triple A baseball, and the Salt Lake Marathon. Downtown Salt Lake offers many urban opportunities such as art galleries, the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, as well as a variety of restaurants and brew pubs. The Sundance Film Festival draws 46,000 attendees and makes Utah one of the centers of the independent film industry. Salt Lake boasts a rich and celebrated diversity, with significant population diversity, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic events and festivals that highlight many groups. Local events throughout the year include Pioneer Days, which features one of the largest and oldest parades in the nation, one of the West’s largest Pride Festivals, the Salt Lake Greek Festival to various Cinco de Mayo and Pacific Island celebrations. In addition to the wide variety of religious faiths represented here, there is a vibrant and active LGBT community. Salt Lake City also has a reputation as a refugee center.

Salt Lake Community College is dedicated to engaging and supporting students from all cultures, abilities, and ages, including English Language Learners (ELL) from around the world, underserved, first generation, and refugee students. Additionally, 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.

The Family and Human Studies department serves students from a variety of backgrounds that bring to the classroom a variety of social literacies, meaning-making skills, knowledges, languages, and life experiences. Therefore, Salt Lake Community College and the Family and Human Studies department seek to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber, skilled in the scholarship of teaching, discovery, application, and integration of knowledge. We especially value faculty with experience and/or theoretical understanding of the value of high-impact practices (HIPs) for traditionally underserved and underrepresented student populations.

Job Overview:
Under general supervision the faculty member will prepare and teach lecture, hybrid and distance-learning Family and Human Studies (FHS) courses as assigned by the department. This position will include the development and teaching of general early childhood & child development courses as well as courses in the faculty member’s area of expertise. The faculty member will also serve the department, the school, the college, and the larger community by attending both general and discipline-specific forums and meetings, by serving on College and Department committees, by serving on community committees, engaging with the community in a range of ways and by mentoring adjunct faculty. The faculty member will also participate in a range of professional development activities.

The faculty member will teach an average of 15 instructional units (credit hours) per semester in the Family & Human Studies program at Salt Lake Community College. Regular full-time faculty members teach assigned day, evening, and weekend classes in accordance with established guidelines and policies and participate in advising, committee assignments, other academic and institutional support activities, and supervisory responsibilities as assigned. Much of the regular load will be introductory and survey courses. This position may also include Concurrent Enrollment coordination of courses in local high schools and may include the development and instruction of courses in the faculty member’s areas of expertise. Additional responsibilities include supervision of labs and practicum courses, participating in online curriculum development, training and mentoring adjunct faculty, attending forums and meetings, and serving on department and college committees and boards as requested. Duties will include coordination of the periodic review of the Family & Human Studies program with other faculty members.

Starting salary is commensurate with degrees and experience with a minimum starting salary for a nine-month contract (Fall and Spring semesters) of approximately $44,400. Depending on departmental need, a summer contract equal to approximately 18% – 20% of the nine-month contract total may also be available. Compensation for the nine-month contract will be paid out over twelve months. The faculty member is eligible for the College’s generous benefits package, which includes insurance coverage and retirement contributions.

General Job Duties:
The faculty member will:
a. Become familiar with, and abide by, all college policies with immediate priority given to those policies that govern interactions with colleagues, staff, administrators, and departments throughout the organization.
b. Maintain professional etiquette in communications with students, staff, faculty, and administrators.
c. Work closely with department peers and administrator to understand processes and procedures that lead to becoming a successful teacher and contributing member of the academic unit.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties

Job Duties – Teaching:
a. Create an effective, supportive learning environment for students regardless of delivery method.
b. Teach courses consistent with department procedures, the appropriate Course Curriculum Outline (CCO) and catalog description.
c. Provide each student with a syllabus (paper or online) at the first class meeting that complies with department procedures and the CCO.
d. Teach assigned classes at the scheduled time and place and meet during required contact hours.
e. Demonstrate incorporation of active and applied learning in courses taught (hands‐on and engaged activities).
f. Provide appropriate and timely feedback for all assignments.
g. Promote development of critical thinking among students.
h. Actively participate in the update and production of new curriculum development and related activities as a contributing team member of the program area, department, campus, college and state.
i. Maintain and post teaching schedule. Maintain significant campus presence to respond to instruction and daily needs of students, departments, college and community. Meet with students outside of class—a minimum of 5 hours/week in person or on‐line.
j. Be available to teach courses at times directed by academic needs of the program and availability of staffing pool. The department recommends final teaching assignments with final decision by the Academic Administrator.
k. Return graded assignments in a timely fashion per department standards.
l. Consistently improve course quality, design and course integrity through participation in college‐wide assessment of student learning.
m. Maintain student attendance records (for Financial Aid purposes) and grades.
n. Conduct a variety of appropriate evaluations of student performance. Inform students of progress to date periodically and assign and submit grades by published deadlines.
o. Assist in maintaining a safe and mutually respectful instructional environment. Prepare and submit incident reports to the Dean of Student Services for inappropriate student behavior as defined by the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy.
p. Use appropriate resources and technology in the delivery of courses.
q. Collaborate with colleagues for instructional improvement.
r. Maintain professional and collegial behavior.
s. Coordinate and supervise labs and practicum experiences for students as assigned.
t. Respond to voicemail and email communication promptly (generally within 1‐ 2 contract days).
u. Meet deadlines.
v. Maintain professional appearance as defined by the discipline and/or College procedure.
w. Partner with the college to provide innovation to improve the learning environment.
x. Promote support for the mission, vision, values and goals of the College by incorporating culturally‐competent pedagogy and inclusivity practices.

Job Duties – Professional Activity:
a. Maintain necessary educational credentials, professional skills and demonstrated teaching competencies consistent with department standards.
b. Solicit feedback and implement suggestions from students and peers when appropriate.
c. Expand knowledge in discipline and teaching craft on an ongoing basis.
d. Promote professional development of peers/colleagues through recognized professional activities (in‐service activities and the presentation of conference papers and/or publications, and other methodologies appropriate to the teaching field), as approved by departments.
e. Participate in collegial mentoring relationship, serving as mentor and/or mentee in the department and college.
f. Engage in local, state, and/or national professional organizations appropriate to the faculty role.
g. Serve community partners as content area experts when needed.
h. Complete required training and participate in professional development.

Job Duties – Service:
a. Provide service to the institution through appropriate participation in academic and campus committee assignments; offer adequate service on at least one department, school, or college‐wide committee.
b. Promote, model and exhibit the College Values with colleagues, students and community stakeholders.
c. Respond to discussions and requests for department work in timely manner (e.g. answers email, completes task assignments, etc.)
d. Mentor new faculty as assigned.
e. Serve on tenure sitting committees for department colleagues when appropriate.
f. Know and enforce FERPA guidelines and other pertinent federal regulations.
g. Assist in maintaining a safe and secure campus environment.
h. Review and recommend program textbooks and/or materials.
i. Attend Convocation, Professional Development Day, Commencement and other institutional meetings (e.g. department meetings).
j. Handle/respond to student concerns/complaints.
k. Assume an active role in the student advising process, formal and/or informal, per departmental guidelines.
l. Meet with and update counseling office; update and maintain advising materials per departmental guidelines.
m. Develop and/or participate in student recruitment and retention strategies. (Career and Majors Fair, Pathways to Professions, informal outreach, etc.)
n. Assist with assessment of credit for prior learning as needed.
o. Participate in the formulation and implementation of department initiatives.
p. Evaluate and revise program offerings/materials on an ongoing basis and develops new curricula as needed.
q. Participate in strategic planning and monitor the institutional effectiveness and accountability process.
r. Provide leadership and instructional integrity through classroom observation, mentoring and evaluation of part‐time employees or serving on tenure sitting committees as needed. Participate in state‐level issues as requested.
s. Report maintenances issues for classrooms and equipment to appropriate authorities.
t. Maintain inventory, if appropriate, of equipment, tools, supplies and storage/disposal of hazardous materials required for classes, and request appropriate equipment repair.
u. Actively participate in the informed budget process.
v. Identify budgetary needs and priorities within the program as applicable.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties Continued

other duties as assigned

Preferred Qualifications

1. Demonstrated understanding of the scholarship, theory, and practice of
teaching and learning (pedagogy)
2. Expertise in multicultural theory and/or pedagogical practices.
3. Theoretical understanding or demonstrated experience teaching in Early Childhood/Child Development.
4. Theoretical understanding or demonstrated experience teaching traditional and online higher education courses
5. Teaching experience in Early Childhood or Child Development in a higher education environment.
6. Ability and willingness to supervise Early Childhood lab and practicum students.
7. Theoretical understanding or demonstrated experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and demonstrated commitment to improving access to, and retention in, higher education for students from communities traditionally under-represented in higher education.
8. Theoretical understanding or demonstrated success in working with diverse populations, together with demonstrated understanding of diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, including students with special needs.
9. Communication skills and cross-cultural abilities that maximize effective collaboration with a diverse community of campus and external students and colleagues.
10. Expertise in the theory or application of High Impact Practices (HIPs) for underserved populations.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in Early Childhood Development, Early Childhood Education, Family and Human Studies, Child Development or in a closely related field with at least 15 semester hours or 22 quarter hours of graduate-level courses in child development and/or early childhood education.
2. Paid experience as a lead teacher in an early childhood environment (ages birth to eight).
3. Full- or part-time experience teaching higher education courses.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

1. Computer literacy skills as they relate to on-line teaching.
2. Strong commitment to student success.
3. Cultural-competence in practice and curriculum development.
4. Knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices and the NAEYC accreditation standards.

Ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of diverse people, culture, ethnic background, and abilities, to maintain good working relationships across the College. The ability to work with all groups in a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic background of community college students, faculty and staff, including those with disabilities.

Non-Essential Responsibilities and Duties
Special Instructions

Priority Review Date: April 9, 2018. All applications received by this date will receive first priority in screening. All others will be reviewed as needed until the position is filled.

Anticipated Hire Date Fall Semester (August 2018).

For full consideration, the committee requests the following attachments:
1. Resume or curriculum vitae
2. Copy of transcripts

The SLCC HR department will conduct a criminal background check on the selected finalist.

Official transcripts from the selected finalist are required before the offer of employment is made.

Selected finalists will be required to conduct a classroom teaching demonstration.

SLCC offers a comprehensive benefits package for FT Faculty members. Please visit our Benefits Information web page at:

FLSA Exempt

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume / Curr. Vitae
  2. Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Letters of Reference
  3. Other Doc
  4. Student/Faculty Evaluations