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Chemistry Professor - Tenure Track

Company: Tacoma Community College
Location: Tacoma
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:


$51,150.00 - $61,600.00 Annually


Tacoma WA 98466, WA

Job Type

Full Time


Academic Affairs

Job Number

23-03-FAC #MON

Who We Are
Priority Consideration Date: February 13, 2023

Located in the scenic Puget Sound area with Mount Rainier in the distance, Tacoma is the third largest city in Washington State with a thriving and diverse community of over 200,000 residents. Tacoma Community College (TCC) was built on the ancestral territory of Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Puyallup and Squaxin Island Tribes. The 1854 Medicine Creek Treaty forcibly removed them to Reservations to make way for colonizers; we recognize the privilege of utilizing this land has come at great cost. We honor the resilience of the Puyallup and Squaxin Island people, who still live here, defend their rights, and contribute greatly to the well-being of our community. Our institution aims to increase partnerships and community ties with the local indigenous populations. Moreover, TCC stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the Black community by further strengthening collaboration with the Black Student Union as well as community entities such as the Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective, the Tacoma Urban League, and local black-owned businesses. In addition, we strongly support the Stop Asian Hate movement and have an active Asian Pacific Islander Student Club as well as an Asian and Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Coalition. TCC is committed to developing more culturally responsive curricula by infusing and incorporating more educational content focused on the lives, experiences, and contributions of Native, Black, Asian, and other marginalized communities. We continually strive to become an anti-racist institution.

To grow our workforce, we are seeking creative, collaborative faculty who are reflective of the diverse community we serve. Tacoma Community College is a public Associate- and Bachelor's-granting institution that serves a student body of approximately 12,000 students. Our students are 27% students of color, 60% female, and have a median age of 26. We embrace our identity as a community college. Our faculty are engaged in innovative work to improve student retention and program completion, and community success. According to the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, TCC ranks high on measures of active learning and academic challenge, thanks to our creative and scholarly faculty.

We are specifically focusing on improved support for traditionally marginalized populations, including Black/African- American, Indigenous, People of Color, Dreamers, justice-involved, immigrants and refugees, Veterans, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community. To this end, TCC seeks applicants who:

  • Value intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching
  • Welcome difference and model respectful interaction with others
  • Recognize and honor the important role that diversity brings to an educational community
  • Are committed to educating a racially and socioeconomically diverse student population
  • Are committed to teaching in a community college setting
  • Care deeply about student success
  • Intentionally support and promote efforts related to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Honor TCC's mission promoting equitable access to educational opportunities
  • Reflect the diversity of our community
    The Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (SEM) Division, which includes around 35 full-time faculty, offers courses for STEM students, who transfer to colleges and universities throughout the nation, our pre-allied health students, and general education courses. We also proudly have a Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) program, with the stated goal of diversifying the STEM workforce. Chemistry is part of the Biology, Earth, Environmental, and Chemical Sciences department. The department is a small, collaborative group of about 12 faculty members (8 in Biology). As a Chemistry professor, you will have the opportunity to provide direction with a focus on increasing diversity within the discipline.

    For information on Tacoma and the surrounding area: https://www.tacomacc.edu/tcc- life/life_in_tacoma

    Position Summary:
    TCC, winner of the 2020 Association of Community College Trustees Equity Award for the entire Pacific Region, invites you to apply for the position of Chemistry Professor (Tenure Track). This full-time tenure-track position entails teaching lectures and labs in at least one of the following areas: organic, allied-health, general, and introductory chemistry. Tacoma Community College's Biology courses meet the full spectrum of General Education, Allied Health, and STEM requirements.

    This is an on-campus position with opportunities for hybrid and online teaching. This position occasionally may be assigned classes to be taught on evenings or weekends, or at our Gig Harbor campus. This position reports to the Dean for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics. This position is expected to start in Fall 2023.
    Essential Functions
    • Prepare and teach courses including General Chemistry, Allied Health Chemistry, and/or Organic Chemistry (approximately 15 instructional contact hours per week of lecture and lab)
    • Instruct and assist in the growth and success of a diverse population of students through careful preparation of course materials, effective teaching methods including hybrid and online pedagogy, and informed critical feedback on assignments and discussions including student learning outcomes
    • Provide service to the College, including curriculum development and participation in college committees, shared governance, and appropriate professional development activities
    • Advise and mentor students, helping them to formulate sound educational and career plans
    • Participate in department, division, and college governance
    • Participate in SEM Division and College equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) efforts and work towards promoting an anti-racist curriculum
    • Participate in the recruitment and retention of science and engineering students, particularly historically under-represented groups, such as black, brown, and female students
    • Collaborate on strategies to facilitate success for historically underserved populations
    • Participate in program review and instructional assessment
    • Participate in institutional effectiveness and college accreditation activities
    • Work in support of the mission, vision, values, and strategic priorities of the college
    • Perform other related duties as assigned
      Minimum Qualifications
      • Masters degree in chemistry or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.
      • Strong academic background in chemistry.
        Preferred Qualifications
        • Teaching experience in both classroom and laboratory settings
        • Teaching experience in community colleges.
          Conditions of Employment
          • Successful completion of a criminal history background check.Duties of the position require the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
            • Ability to effectively respond to the broad-ranging needs of a racially and socioeconomically diverse student population
            • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with students, faculty, and staff
            • Ability and willingness to develop well-coordinated relationships with other academic divisions and institutions
            • Experience in recruiting and retaining historically underserved students into science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics
            • Experience in reviewing, developing, and assessing curriculum
            • Experience with instructional technology and online learning management systems (e.g. Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle)
            • Experience integrating technology into teaching and learning including LMS/CMS software
            • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership in projects and initiatives
            • Cultural self-awareness and cultural sensitivity to diverse populations of students and colleagues
            • Dedication to remaining current in the discipline
            • Willingness to using contemporary teaching techniques such as collaborative, inquiry-based, active, and experiential learning, integrative learning communities, and individual and group student projects
            • Knowledge of and attention to safety in classroom and laboratory environments
            • A strong commitment to serving as an accessible mentor to students
            • A strong commitment to helping students improve their writing and critical thinking skills, and to assessing those skills
            • A strong commitment to continuing professional development
              Application Process
              Application Materials & Procedures
              Complete application packages must include the following:

            • Tacoma Community College online application.
            • Resume and cover letter describing how your educational background and experience align with the responsibilities and qualifications.
            • Copies of transcripts for all colleges and universities attended (official transcripts will be required for the successful candidate).
            • Tacoma Community College is committed to eliminating barriers and systems of oppression so we may serve all learners AND support each other as colleagues. We strive to be an anti-racist institution and value compassion, respect, and continuous improvement. A critical component of this is the understanding that the work of cultivating Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) belongs to all employees. Please address both parts below.
              • Please provide a teaching philosophy that shows how you reflect on your own positionality, how you use your cultural capital to enrich the student experience, how you value and encourage student application of cultural capital, and how you can help us to move towards the College's strategic goal of advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion.
              • How do you incorporate antiracism into your teaching practices?

                Terms of Employment
                This is a full-time tenure track faculty position contracted on an annual basis. Placement on the faculty salary schedule will commensurate with educational background and experience per the Faculty Negotiated Agreement ( Article 4.00 Academic Employee Compensation ). The salary range for this position is $51,150 - $61,600. A collective bargaining agreement exist and membership in the TCC Federation of Teachers or payment of a service fee and is available anytime upon hire. Evening and off campus assignments may be a part of the instructional load. Flexibility is required to meet the needs of the department. Degrees must be from accredited colleges or universities recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and verified by National Clearinghouse. International degrees will be verified for U.S. equivalency.

                Tacoma Community College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Tacoma Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). Provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Stephen Smith, Title VII and Title IX, Building 14, 253-566-5055; Dr. Davi Kallman, Section 504 Officer, Building 7, 253-566-5157. This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and or modified without notice.

                Tacoma Community College
                Human Resources
                6501 S 19th St Bldg. 14, Tacoma WA 98466

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