Join our Student-Centered College!
Are you passionate about student learning and inspired by working with a diverse student population? Do you seek out opportunities to teach information literacy in innovative ways? Can you envision yourself enthusiastically working with faculty and students on a wide range of topics and projects from across a variety of academic disciplines? Do you want to work side by side with colleagues who are connecting the library to increased student retention and degree completion? 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 successful candidate will join a dynamic district library that encourages individual research and the exploration of ideas by connecting students, staff, faculty, and the community with the information needed for teaching and learning, and by providing high-quality instruction that enables our students to thrive in an information-based society. The innovative library instruction program teaches and assesses information literacy at the reference desk, in course integrated instruction, and in credit bearing Information Studies courses. The program is actively engaged in the teaching and learning mission of the college and is committed to student success. The library seeks 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 associate degrees.
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:
- Delivering quality reference, instruction and information services to students, faculty, staff, and community members;
- In collaboration with library and departmental faculty, design, teach, and promote an information literacy curriculum within an outcomes assessment and abilities-based model;
- Participating in developing the library's reference and circulating collections to reflect the college curriculum and the diverse voices of the college community;
- Working effectively with colleagues and students of various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds;
- Taking the leadership on library projects as needed. For example: Open Educational Resources (OER), collection development for new bachelor-level classes, development of online learning materials, guidance on copyright and fair use, and other emerging opportunities;
- Participating in Pierce College District shared governance and contribute to District wide initiatives that are intended to improve student success and access to education. For example: Guided Pathways, Achieving the Dream, and closing achievement gaps;
- Advising and mentoring students as they work towards their degree;
- Performing other duties relevant to the position, as assigned;
- 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.