Assistant Professor, Political Science

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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 populations of Latinos (22%), Asians (4.5%), and Pacific Islanders, mainly comprised of Samoans and Tongans, (2%). Native Americans and African Americans round out our cultural mix. Multi-cultural and multi-ethnic events and festivals highlighting the many groups take place throughout the year, from Pioneer Days, which features one of the largest and oldest parades in the nation, to one of the West’s largest Pride Festivals, from the Salt Lake Greek Festival to various Cinco de Mayo and Pacific Island celebrations, and many more. 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 department/program 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 Political Science 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.

The faculty member will teach 15 instructional units (contact/credit hours) per semester in the Political Science program at Salt Lake Community College. Most of the regular load will be introductory and General Education courses. Regular full-time faculty members teach assigned day and evening classes depending on need and in accordance with established guidelines and policies. They participate in advising students, committee assignments, curriculum development and assessment, and other academic and institutional support activities. This position will also include Concurrent Enrollment coordination of American Civilization sections in local high schools. Additional responsibilities include training and mentoring adjunct faculty, attending forums and meetings, and serving on department, school and college committees and boards as requested. Duties will include coordination of the periodic review of the History program with other faculty members.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties

Essential Job Duties

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 administrators to understand processes and procedures that lead to becoming a successful teacher and contributing member of the academic unit.


a. Creates an effective, supportive learning environment for students regardless of the delivery method.

b. Teaches courses consistent with department procedures, appropriate Course Curriculum Outline (CCO), and catalog description.

c. Provides each student with a syllabus (paper or online) at the first class meeting that complies with department procedure and the CCO.

d. Teaches assigned classes at the scheduled time and place and meets during required contact hours.

e. Demonstrates the incorporation of active and applied learning in courses taught (hands-on and engaged activities).

f. Provides appropriate and timely feedback for all assignments.

g. Promotes the development of critical thinking among students.

h. Actively participates 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. Maintains and posts teaching schedule. Maintains significant campus presence to respond to instruction and daily needs of students, departments, college, and community. Meets with

students outside of class—a minimum of 5 hours/week in person or on-line.

j. Is available to teach courses at times directed by the academic needs of the program and availability of staffing pool. The department recommends final teaching assignments with the final decision by the Academic Administrator.

k. Returns graded assignments in a timely fashion per department standards.

l. Consistently improve course quality, design and course integrity through participation in the college-wide assessment of student learning.

m. Maintains student attendance records (for Financial Aid purposes) and grades.

n. Conducts a variety of appropriate evaluations of student performance. Informs students of progress to date periodically and assigns and submits grades by published deadlines.

o. Assists in maintaining a safe and mutually respectful instructional environment. Prepares and submits incident reports to the Dean of Student Services for inappropriate student behavior as defined by the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy.

p. Uses appropriate resources and technology in the delivery of courses.

q. Collaborates with colleagues for instructional improvement.

r. Maintains professional and collegial behavior.

s. Coordinates and supervises internships and clinical experiences for students as assigned.

t. Responds to voicemail and email communication promptly (generally within 1-2 contract days).

u. Meets deadlines.

v. Maintains professional appearance as defined by the discipline and/or College procedure.

w. Partners with the college to provide innovation to improve the learning environment.

x. Promotes support for the mission, vision, values, and goals of the College by incorporating culturally- competent pedagogy and inclusivity practices.

Professional Activity

a. Maintains necessary educational credentials, professional skills, and demonstrated teaching competencies consistent with department standards.

b. Solicits feedback and implements suggestions from students and peers when appropriate.

c. Expands knowledge in discipline and teaching craft on an ongoing basis.

d. Promotes the 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. Participates in the collegial mentoring relationship, serving as a mentor and/or mentee in the department and college.

f. Engages in local, state, and/or national professional organizations appropriate to the faculty role.

g. Serves community partners as content area experts when needed.

h. Completes required training and participates in professional development.

Service to the College

a. Provides service to the institution through appropriate participation in academic and campus committee assignments; offers adequate service on at least one department, school, or college-wide committee.

b. Promotes, models and exhibits the College Values with colleagues, students, and community stakeholders.

c. Responds to discussions and requests for department work in a timely manner (e.g. answers email, completes task assignments, etc.)

d. Mentors new faculty as assigned.

e. Serves on tenure sitting committees for department colleagues when appropriate.

f. Knows and enforces FERPA guidelines and other pertinent federal regulations.

g. Assists in maintaining a safe and secure campus environment.

h. Reviews and recommends program textbooks and/or materials.

i. Attends Convocation, Professional Development Day, Commencement, and other institutional meetings (e.g. department meetings).

j. Handles/responds to student concerns/complaints.

k. Assumes an active role in the student advising process, formal and/or informal, per departmental guidelines.

l. Meets with and updates the counseling office; updates and maintains advising materials per departmental guidelines.

m. Develops and/or participates in student recruitment and retention strategies. (Career and Majors Fair, Pathways to Professions, informal outreach, etc.)

n. Assists with the assessment of credit for prior learning as needed.

o. Participates in the formulation and implementation of department initiatives.

p. Evaluates and revises program offerings/materials on an ongoing basis and develops new curricula as needed.

q. Participates in strategic planning and monitors the institutional effectiveness and accountability process.

r. Provides leadership and instructional integrity through classroom observation, mentoring, and evaluation of part-time employees or serving on tenure sitting committees as needed. Participates in state-level issues as requested.

s. Reports maintenance issues for classrooms and equipment to appropriate authorities.

t. Maintains inventory, if appropriate, of equipment, tools, supplies, and storage/disposal of hazardous materials required for classes, and request appropriate equipment repair.

u. Actively participates in the informed budget process.

v. Identifies budgetary needs and priorities within the program as applicable.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties Continued Preferred Qualifications

1. PhD in Political Science from an accredited college or university

2. Experience in online teaching and course development

3. Experience teaching Political ideologies/Political Theory; Intro to Public Admin

4. Experience teaching and/or completed coursework in various subsets of US Government and Politics, such as Civil Rights, Race and Politics

5. Experience and ability to teach Ethnic Studies and/or Gender Studies

6. Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and improving access to, and retention in, higher education for students from communities traditionally under-represented in higher education

7. Experience teaching in environments with a diverse student body

8. Experience teaching in the community college environment

9. Demonstrated experience in multicultural pedagogical practices

10. Demonstrated commitment to undergraduate research and service learning

Minimum Qualifications

1. Master’s Degree in Political Science from an accredited college or university

2. A record of successful teaching in the discipline on the college/university level

3. Experience teaching U.S. Government

4. Graduate coursework with U.S. focus

5. Graduate coursework in Public Administration

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

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.

Competency in Canvas

Effective written and oral communication skills

Knowledge of computer information programs such as Microsoft Office, Adobe, etc.

Non-Essential Responsibilities and Duties Special Instructions

Anticipated Hire: Fall Semester 2022.

Applications selected for an interview may be asked to participate in a teaching demonstration.

Required items to submit the application include:
1. Answer the supplemental questions when applying for the position.

2. Copy of Transcripts

3. Cover letter stating your reasons for applying for this position and your qualifications.

4. Curriculum vitae/Resume

**Note: Reference Letters upon request of the committee only and Student evaluations are optional.

The SLCC HR department will conduct a criminal background check 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 visit:×11-digital-04-06-21.pdf for more information.

FLSA Exempt SLCC Information

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.

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