Join our Student-Centered College!
Are you passionate about student success? Are you committed to helping students transition to college? Do you use creative teaching strategies that engage diverse populations of students with different abilities, interests and learning goals? Are you energized by collaborating with faculty from across the disciplines to close student achievement and equity gaps? If these questions resonate with you, then we invite you to consider joining the team at Pierce College, an innovative and equity-focused community college dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals.
About the Program:
The Pierce College Adult Diploma (PCAD) program helps students complete their high school graduation requirements and equips them for successful transition to college. The PCAD program offers academic English/ESL courses that are integrated with content areas (history and science). In the final quarter of the adult diploma program, students seamlessly transition and complete one quarter of college as their final graduation requirement. Faculty who teach in the program are highly collaborative, continuously analyze its effectiveness, and make improvements. The Transitional Education Division is committed to helping students realize their academic, workforce, and personal goals. The department seeks equity-focused candidates with a strong pedagogical foundation in transitioning pre-college students to college-level work, and college-level students to the completion of their declared degree or professional technical certificate.
About Pierce College:
Pierce College is an innovative community college committed to student engagement and learning. We value student learning experiences that foster equity and diversity in the classroom and expand into our local and global communities. From closing achievement gaps for all students to building directed career pathways, faculty, staff, and administrators work collaboratively to lead initiatives that advance student success. The college serves over 15,000 students in basic skills, transfer, and professional technical programs. Through continuous efforts, we have improved retention rates by 16% and graduation rates by 25%. This year, Pierce was named a top community college in several national polls.
Pierce College employees and students live and work in various communities that offer the diverse cultural and environmental benefits of rural, suburban, and urban lifestyles in the Pacific Northwest. As part of the community and technical college system in Washington State, the District includes Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Pierce College Puyallup, Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, as well as other extended learning sites.
Responsibilities of the successful candidate include:
- Design and teach English and ESL courses, both pre-college and college level in a manner that promotes student engagement and success for diverse student populations; other transition and academic support courses may also be part of instructional load;
- Provide district leadership in curriculum, staffing and program development;
- Assist with district-wide professional development and trainings that integrate content, teaching and college success strategies across the disciplines;
- Participate in initiatives that increase student success and retention for students, especially those who are transitioning to college;
- Document student progress and complete student reports as part of the Washington State reporting system;
- Engaging in curriculum and program development incorporating current educational theories and research;
- Analyzing course assessments, evaluations, and data and engaging in continuous improvement of courses based on that analysis in order to advance student achievement of outcomes, success in subsequent courses, and impact on retention and graduation;
- Demonstrating multicultural competence, including an awareness and understanding of historically disadvantaged populations, and creating an educational environment that affirms commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion;
- Working within a collaborative and innovative department;
- Engaging in district-wide efforts to improve student retention and success;
- Incorporating active student learning and appropriate use of technology in the classroom;
- Continuously innovating learning experiences (campus, online, hybrid) in response to assessment and evidence/data analysis;
- Tailoring curriculum to engage marginalized and oppressed groups;
- Utilizing active and inclusive pedagogy;
- Creatively designing learning experiences that extend beyond delivering content and assist students in achieving course, program, and degree outcomes, including the college's five core abilities of Multiculturalism, Critical, Creative and Reflective Thinking, Information Competency, Responsibility, and Effective Communication;
- Teaching, advising, and mentoring students holistically from recruitment to completion;
- Engaging in shared governance;
- Participating in the First-Year Faculty Cohort in the first year of the tenure process.