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Instructor or Assistant Professor of Social Sciences/ACE Faculty Coordinator

Summary:  The Instructor or Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science, Geography, History)/ACE Faculty Co-coordinator is responsible for providing high quality instruction and dynamic, student centered, growth oriented leadership for the above disciplines.  Responsibilities include teaching the equivalent of 15 credit hours per semester in one or more of the above listed disciplines.   

The Instructor or Assistant Professor of Social Sciences will also receive release time to serve as Faculty Co-coordinator for the College’s NACEP-approved Accelerated College Education (ACE) program in which he/she will consult with high school faculty teaching College courses in a range of disciplines.  Responsibilities may include advising Associate in High School students, coordinating ACE Faculty site visits, and coordinating/delivering on-line academic discipline training.        

Other professional responsibilities include academic support and advising, participating in departmental and College-wide governance structures to ensure the quality and integrity of the overall curriculum, program development, participating in the assessment of student learning and course/program effectiveness, staying current in the discipline through involvement in appropriate professional development activities, and otherwise supporting the mission of the College by engaging in appropriate service activities.    

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.

  1. Adaptability/Flexibility – embraces change with innovation, courage and resiliency.
  2. Promotes Key Values – consistently demonstrates Pennsylvania Highlands’ values.
  3. Communicates Effectively – shares information and engages in candid and open dialogue.
  4. Focuses on Customers – works to exceed expectations of internal and external customers.
  5. Produces Results – directs action toward achieving goals that are critical to Pennsylvania Highlands’ success.
  6. Manages Own Performance – plans and organizes time and priorities to achieve expected results.
  7. Uses Sound Business Judgment – uses knowledge of the field and common sense to make the best decisions.
  8. Teamwork/Collaboration – excels at building partnerships and working as part of a team.
  9. Demonstrates Technical and Functional Expertise – seeks out technical knowledge and skills to meet the needs of both internal and external customers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  1. Teaches assigned courses in qualified discipline(s).
  2. Participates in curriculum development and maintenance.
  3. Provides academic support and advising to students including establishing and maintaining a schedule of office hours.
  4. Participates in college governance by serving on joint, ad hoc, college, division and discipline committees.
  5. Participates in the recruitment and hiring of new faculty through participation on search committees.
  6. Participates in the planning and development of affiliated partnerships.
  7. Participates in college and community service activities.
  8. Participates in professional growth activities and maintains awareness of new trends and developments within areas of instructional responsibility.
  9. Recommends textbooks and supplementary materials (software, etc.) appropriate to the needs of students and course requirements.
  10. Ability and endurance necessary to work the hours needed to complete the job.
  11. Attendance at all mandatory meetings.
  12. Regular attendance.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Preferred Education and Experience:  Earned doctorate in Political Science, Geography, History, or closely related field; 5 years of successful teaching experience; demonstrated ability to work with a diverse student population.

Minimum Education and Experience:  Master’s degree in Political Science, Geography, History, or closely related field; 3 years of successful teaching experience; demonstrated ability to work with a diverse student population.

Note: Doctoral degree is required for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. 

Language Skills:  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.  Ability to demonstrate effective teaching, learning and advising strategies.  Knowledge of and experience with a variety of instructional technologies.  Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to establish positive relationships with students, faculty and staff.

Mathematical Skills:  Basic Skills, i.e. ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability:  Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills:  Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:  Criminal Background Clearance

Other Qualifications:  Knowledge of and commitment to the community college mission.  Ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff and student body.  Willingness to teach day, evening, weekend classes.

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit and talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to use hands to write, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms.  The employee may occasionally have to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment is normally quiet to moderate in noise level.

Performance Standards:  The performance is considered satisfactory when:

  1. Quality of teaching/student learning and advising is maintained at a level established by the college.
  2. Student academic needs (remedial and proactive) are met fully and completely.
  3. Participation in governance activities promotes the principles and values of the college.
  4. Thorough knowledge of qualified discipline(s) is demonstrated in the classroom and other academic settings.
  5. Effective, cooperative work relationships are developed and maintained with students, staff and faculty.
  6. Faculty member participates in community service activities.

DATE AVAILABLE:  Fall Semester 2014

RANK AND SALARY:  Rank and salary are governed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement and are dependent upon qualifications and experience.

  • INSTRUCTOR RANK: Mid to high $30’s.
  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR RANK:  High $30’s to low $40’s.

BENEFITS: The College offers an extensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision coverage to full-time employees and their dependents.  Benefits package also includes short-term/long-term disability, retirement, life insurance, personal days, and sick leave.

To APPLY: Only online applications will be considered.  For full consideration, a complete application package is required and must be emailed to hr@pennhighlands.edu by 4:00 p.m., on Friday, May 23, 2014; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  A complete application package includes the following materials:

  • A fully completed employment application which can be found by clicking the following link: http://www.pennhighlands.edu/forms/employment_application.pdf
  • Separate cover letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Separate list of three (3) professional references (name, address, email address, and telephone number)

Please do not fax or mail any documentation. 

Official Transcripts are required prior to hire. Reference to a resume may not be substituted for a fully completed online employment application.  Please include the title of the position to which you are applying in the subject line of your email.

*The College does not offer relocation assistance at this time.*

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Community College is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, or disability in its activities, programs or employment practices as required by Title VI, Title IX and Section 504.