Posting Number: 0601045
Manage the Language & World Cultures Department which includes English, Foreign Languages, Humanities, & the ESOL Program.
The nation’s most prestigious recognition of Community College Excellence, the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Prize, awarded Odessa College its Rising Star Award in 2017, which ranked Odessa College among the top five in the nation for improving and advancing student achievement out of 1100 eligible institutions.
1) Master’s degree in English or Literature or related field or Master’s degree with 18 graduate hours in English or Literature from an accredited institution;
2) Teaching experience
3) Leadership experience
4) Oral and written communication skills needed to deal effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds;
Department Chair or comparable leadership experience
Specific Position Duties:
- Supervise & evaluate Language & World Cultures faculty members (Full time and Part Time, including Dual Credit adjuncts);
- Teach 9 hours in the department’s courses;
- Initiate and oversee departmental responsibilities such as class schedules, overload reports, faculty leave forms, travel requests, budget adjustments, and office hours;
- Oversee submission of all institutional documents such as Divisional Office Budget as well as Departmental Budgets and Strategic Master Plans;
- Implement any Student Success Initiatives in the Department as directed;
- Serve as first line contact for student/faculty issues within the department; and other duties as Chair as directed.
- Assist instructors and student services staff in incorporating comprehensive literacy skills to address second language learners’ (SLL) needs;
- Provide support for the ABE/GED transitioning initiative to successfully transition ESOL students directly into workforce education programs in continuing education, technical degree programs, or university transfer courses.
- Assist with general student recruitment and participate in various departmental and campus-wide committees;
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge in the teaching field;
- Utilize appropriately-challenging coursework to help students realize their full potential as learners;
- Provide students with written expectations in such matters as syllabi, policies, assignment instructions, graded evaluations, etc.;
- Administer tests which are appropriate to course content;
- By ways and means of instructing students, affirm the worth and dignity of all persons and the right of all persons to learn;
- Maintain an appropriate learning and assessment climate in the classroom, whether traditional, web, or distance, which encourages the free exchange of ideas while defending academic honesty and objectivity;
- Prepare adequately for class and arrive promptly at class meetings, labs, and any other scheduled instructional activities;
- Deliver material in a clear and understandable manner;
- Address student concerns in comments, questions, and input, both in class and via posted office hours, timely electronic communication, and other suitable means;
- Attend completion ceremonies, such college graduation;
- Other duties as assigned.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please address how you meet the criteria in the “Minimum Qualifications” and in the “Preferred Qualifications” either in your cover letter or in a separate document.Required Applicant Documents:
Unofficial Transcript 1
Optional Applicant Documents:
Unofficial Transcript 2
Unofficial Transcript 3