Faculty (FY2017-18) - Fire Science Instructor
South Texas College is a comprehensive institution, which places primary emphasis on excellence in classroom instruction. Faculty members are expected to demonstrate and maintain competence in each of the following areas throughout their employment at the College.
1. Mastery of Subject Matter:
- Demonstrates a thorough and accurate knowledge of the field or discipline
- Possesses appropriate educational/professional credentials to teach in field or discipline
- Attempts to connect subject matter with related fields
- Maintains currency in subject matter through professional development
2. Teaching Performance:
- Plans and organizes instruction in ways which maximize student learning
- Effectively employs teaching and learning strategies
- Modifies instructional methods and strategies to meet diverse students needs
- Effectively employs available instructional technology when appropriate
- Encourages the development of communication skills and higher order thinking skills through appropriate assignments
- Effectively communicates subject matter content to student
- Contributes to the selection and development of instructional materials
3. Evaluation of Student Learning:
- Establishes and adheres to cogent learning outcomes
- Develops and uses evaluation methods, which fairly measures student progress toward outcomes
- Evaluates and returns student work to promote maximum learning
- Maintains accurate records of student progress
- Submits final grade rosters and supporting documents according to established deadlines
4. Support of College Policies and Procedures:
- Maintains familiarity with and adheres to College Policies and Procedures
- Fulfills requirements of instructors set forth in the letter of appointment
- Maintains regular office hours to ensure accessibility to students and colleagues
- Prepares, distributes, and submits syllabi and approved course outlines for all assigned sections in accordance with program, division and College procedures
- Prepares and submits First Week Financial Aid Attendance Rosters, Census Rosters, and Learning Outcome Data, by the respective deadlines each semester
- Assures confidentiality
5. Participation in College, Division, and Program Activities:
- Serves on College, divisional, and program committees, teams, and task forces as assigned
- Attends meetings and events as required by College administration
- Participates in professional activities which contribute to the educational goals of the College and its constituents
- Responds in a timely fashion to information requests from College and division administrators and program chairs
- Fosters and maintains effective working relationships with students, colleagues, and supervisors
- Assists the chair in developing, reviewing, and revising curriculum
6. Contribution to the Growth and Enhancement of College Mission and Programs:
- Maintains familiarity with College goals, mission, and long-range plans
- Contributes to planning and development processes through appropriate channels
- Performs professional responsibilities in accordance with pertinent goals, mission, and plans of College, division, and program
- Supports recruitment and retention of students, including advising
7. Performs other duties as assigned
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.
- Must possess appropriate academic preparation
- Must be able to provide official transcripts and/if transcripts are earned from a foreign teaching institution, then must be able to provide an evaluation indicating that this education is equivalent to or beyond the qualifications required. This evaluation must be from an approved evaluation service
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written; excellent interpersonal skills
- Excellent organizational skills
- Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate in a diverse, multi-cultural student population
- Commitment to the community college philosophy of education
Texas Commission on Fire Protection Fire Service Instructor Level III certificate preferred.
Education and/or Experience:
Applicant must meet the STC credential requirements as published in Board Policy 4151: Academic and Professional Credentials of Faculty
- Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science or related field from a regional accredited institution, preferred.
- Associate Applied Science degree in Fire Science or related field from a regional accredited institution, required.
- Texas Commission on Fire Protection Fire Service Instructor Level I certificate required.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Security Sensitive Position. All applicants are subject to a national criminal background check under STC policy.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, class assignments and business correspondence. Ability to effectively present information to students and respond to questions from individuals as well as groups of students and chairs/directors.
Physical Requirements for This Position:
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 job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand. The employee is occasionally required to walk and sit. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may carry 80 to 100 lbs. of equipment — such as hoses, axes, ladders, chain saws and extinguishers — into and around the training site. This may include climbing flights of stairs.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may involve the use of hand tools such as axes, sledge hammers, battering rams and power tools during training scenarios with students.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
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 noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to extreme heat, smoke, and fumes during training scenarios with students.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
South Texas College is an equal education and equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. As an equal education institution and equal opportunity employer, the College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. Discrimination is prohibited and the College will comply with all applicable College policies, and state and federal legislation. This policy extends to individuals seeking employment with and admission to the College.
Title IX Statement:
Title IX of the Education Amendments 1972 (20 U.S.C. s1681 et seq.) and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX),
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”