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Are you passionate about sharing how computer systems work? Are you committed to the development of students and their learning goals? Are you constantly looking for the next great piece of code that will make your program operate even more efficiently? Are you excited when you see a student finally understand why code is written a certain way? 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:
Pierce College's CIS department offers degrees and certificates that allow graduates to enter the workforce in areas such as network engineer, junior computer programmer/web developer, junior database administrator, database developer, business analyst, and data analyst. Students take classes leading to one year certificates and/or two year professional/technical degrees. Students who are interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree may transfer with their first two years completed at Pierce College to Central Washington University, Western Governors University and others. Classes in our department are also in demand by current industry professionals who seek to upgrade their skills and remain relevant in their fields.
Courses taught through our Computer Information Systems Department support three associate's degree programs: Computer Network Engineering? Database Management and Design? and Health Informatics and Integrated Technology. Faculty teach and assess individual course outcomes, as well as program outcomes, for these degrees. In addition, CIS supports the Computer Science degree by offering two Computer Science programming courses designed for transfer students. Faculty teach and assess individual course outcomes, as well as program outcomes, for these degrees. Faculty also teach the district's five Core Abilities: Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking? Responsibility? Information Competency? Effective Communication and Multiculturalism.
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.
About the Position
The successful candidate will teach Information Technology, Computer Science, Database and Software Development courses at a variety of levels in lecture (whiteboard design, live coding), lab (hands-on work with students), and/or hybrid settings. Courses may be taught at any of our campuses, depending on need. Primary teaching responsibilities may include:
- Full stack web development using modern frameworks (i.e. ASP.NET MVC)
- Mobile application development
- Database fundamentals
- Business and Systems Analysis with Agile development methods
- Debugging and software maintenance and others as technology evolves
Responsibilities of the successful candidate include:
- 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.