Overview

The primary responsibility of this individual is to provide quality instruction to WWCC students enrolled in a variety of classes taught at the main campus in Rock Springs and at the Green River Center. Teaching an online course is common. This individual must be able to relate to a wide variety of students in the community college environment. This individual’s responsibilities will include teaching courses in US Political History and American Government while integrating technology into the process.

Typical load is 30 credit hours per academic year; usually 5 courses per semester with an average class size of 25. Teaching loads, however, range from 28 to 32 credit hours for an academic year.

It is expected that this individual will accomplish assigned duties in an efficient, effective and competent manner, and strive for improvement and excellence in all work performed. Additionally, this individual must understand the comprehensive role of the community college and cooperate and work harmoniously with college personnel and the public. This individual must follow all college policies, rules, regulations and guidelines as they relate to this position.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR WHICH THIS INDIVIDUAL IS ACCOUNTABLE

1. Provides quality instruction to students in assigned courses, including, but not limited to the government approved courses: HIST 1211: US to 1865, HIST 1221: US since 1865, HIST 1251: Wyoming History, and POLS 1000: American & Wyoming Government. Other specialty courses in American politics (history and/or political science) may be assigned.

2. Provides quality learning experiences for all students in accordance with their needs and abilities while maintaining the basic integrity of the course’s standards and objectives.

3. States clear objectives and criteria in each course syllabus; follows the Curriculum Committee’s guidelines regarding course syllabi; integrates the appropriate College’s learning goals into each course; and evaluates students’ performance in light of these objectives and criteria.

4. Teaches courses in a variety of environments and modes as required. Examples include teaching in the evening, in Rock Springs and in Green River; teaching in the standard classroom and through alternative methods, such as Internet or combinations of these methods.

5. Advises students clearly and effectively; learns the requirements for WWCC graduation and for transfer to other regional colleges and universities. Updates the advising information in the WWCC Advising Handbook related to his/her curricula at the University of Wyoming and other regional universities.

6. Recommends course schedules to the Division Chair; recruits and mentors adjunct instructors as assigned; prepares and updates course outlines; recommends new courses as needed.

7. Designs and implements effective learning processes for students; provides feedback on student improvement in attaining the College Goals for Student Success.

8. Maintains an appropriate schedule of office hours that allows on-campus and distance education students to interact and ask questions.

9. Develops good working relationships with professionals in this discipline in the College’s service area in order to solicit cooperation and support for curricular planning, recruitment, and other functions.

10. Assists the Chair in all divisional activities as requested including attending division meetings, and completing divisional duties and paperwork.

11. Stays current by attending conferences, seminars and workshops, and by reading appropriate professional literature.

12. Learns to communicate clearly and effectively using the college network system, including the e-mail system, word processing, and the advising modules; integrates learning with technology into the classroom as appropriate.

13. Assists in the College’s student recruitment program by cooperating with the Director of Admissions, visiting area schools, encouraging students to attend WWCC, and promoting the value of the college; assists in updating the department’s web pages.

14. Interacts with professionals in this discipline in the College’s service area in order to solicit cooperation and support for curricular planning and other functions; serves as a resource to the community by being willing to speak to groups, answer specific inquiries, assist with research projects and workshops, locate information and perform other related tasks.

15. Refers students to the resources in the College Learning Center, Peer Tutor Center, Smarthinking, Library, ACE IT Center, and Counseling, Disabilities and Support.

16. Assists in developing a well rounded, usable library collection in his/her discipline; teaches the proper use of library and Internet resources.

17. Assists part-time instructors to maintain quality instruction consistent with the expectations and standards of the full-time faculty, the division chair, the Dean of Academics, and the Vice President for Student Learning; interacts with adjuncts assigned by the Chair via e-mail or phone; reviews applications of adjunct faculty.

18. Becomes familiar with departmental budget and expenditures process.

19. Maintains an inventory of all assigned equipment and supplies in office and other assigned areas; takes prudent efforts to safeguard WWCC physical resources from unauthorized use. Maintains safe working conditions and practices.

20. Performs other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (Education, Experience, Knowledge, and Abilities,)

1. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree in US History with 18 graduate credits in Political Science or a Master’s Degree in US Political History or a Master’s Degree in Political Science with 18 graduate credits in US History.

2. Two years of teaching experience at the post-secondary level substantiated by excellent student evaluations and/or letters of recommendations.

3. Comprehensive knowledge of the concepts, technologies, principles and practices of the teaching of History and Political Science on a post-secondary level.

4. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff and administrators.

5. Ability to exercise sound judgment in all facets of the student-teacher relationship and to teach a diverse group of community college students.

6. Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills.

7. Evidence of continued professional development.

8. Willingness to teach in team-taught courses.

PREFERRED ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Abilities, Education and Experience)

1. PhD in US History or Political Science with an emphasis in American Government.

2. Coursework and/or research in Rural Governance, in particular Wyoming.

3. Experience in using active approaches to learning; experience using alternative methods of learning, such as interactive software, Internet, or individualized modular programs.

4. Active participation in relevant professional organizations.

5. Demonstrated teaching excellence at a community college.