Culinary Arts Professor

Olympia, Washington State
$53,217 per contract year (177 days)
Dec 18, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Community College

Position type:  Faculty, Full time Tenure Track

Salary:  $53,217.00 per contract year (177 days)

Opens:  December 15, 2017

Closes:  February 20, 2018

Location:  Main Campus; Olympia, WA

South Puget Sound Community College seeks candidates for the 2018-2019 academic year to fill a full-time tenure track position in the Culinary Arts Program.  This position will begin effective September 10, 2018.

South Puget Sound Community College has been serving the city of Olympia and its surrounding communities for more than sixty years and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning, student success and community engagement. Our learning environment combines small class sizes, award-winning faculty and staff, and modern facilities. Our core themes revolve around completion, excellence, equity & diversity, innovation, and community.


Successful candidates will possess the interest, skills and abilities to help college teams lead the state in innovative and collaborative learning experiences designed to optimize student success. Candidates will be able to or have interest in learning how to:

  • Embrace the community and technical college mission and the faculty role of contributing to the technical and general education of students who will apply learning to the world of work and transfer their education to a university. Place student success at the center of all decision-making. Assess student knowledge, skills, and abilities regardless of how or where the learning and skills were acquired. Engage with students, faculty, staff and administrators to create a community of learners. Embrace change and risk-taking. Esteem the richness of diverse cultural values, beliefs and practices of self and others.

Essential Functions and Duties:

Faculty members will work with other faculty, staff, and administrators to:

  • Craft contextualized and integrated learning experiences to meet stated student learning outcomes at the course, program and college-level Create and facilitate authentic integrated learning experiences for students in the areas of Culinary Arts so that students can apply their learning to the world of work and further education Create authentic assessments of students’ knowledge, skills and abilities in Culinary Arts, the Culinary Arts program, and college abilities Apply multiple teaching and learning strategies that promote the affective, cognitive and kinesthetic domains of learning Use local, state, and national data and analytics to continuously improve strategies for student success Advise students regarding academic pathways and courses needed to reach each student’s academic goals Use a wide range of learning resources, tools and technologies to improve access and student success in higher education Oversee instruction and preparation of culinary products in a quality manner within budgetary limits; work as part of a collaborative team to facilitate the operation of multiple culinary retail operations including the Percival Room, the Clipper Café, and catering services. Remain current with culinary trends and breakthroughs and incorporate them into the curriculum Possess knowledge to perform at a high skill level in regard to hospitality management as well as cold foods and garde manger, hot food production, and molecular gastronomy.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Five (5)  years of progressively responsible experience in the culinary industry. Associates Degree in Culinary Arts or closely related field. Ability to provide and teach culinary skills, culinary theory, and operations and maintenance of kitchen equipment in a structured lecture and lab environment A Washington State Professional Technical Vocational Certificate or ability to become vocationally certificated, which requires at least two (2) years of applicable experience within the last 5 years A current Thurston County Food handler’s Permit or the ability to obtain a Thurston County Food Handler’s Permit Proficiency with Microsoft applications including Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Experience successfully instructing adult learners such as industry workers or students Recent industry experience Experience with ordering consumables and inventory tracking ServSafe certification A.C.F. certification (ability to be certified within one year of hire) Experience as a chef or manager in a food service operation


Interested candidates may apply by submitting the following items:

1.       Completed SPSCC Employment Application

2.       Letter of formal application that specifically addresses your ability to perform the responsibilities and competencies described in this announcement

3.       Resume of all educational and professional experience that demonstrates how you meet the minimum and any preferred qualifications

4.       Completed Supplemental Questions


Send application materials via one of the delivery methods below- email is preferred:

E-mail:  [email protected]

Fax:  (360) 596-5706


Human Resource Office

South Puget Sound Community College

2011 Mottman Road SW

Olympia, WA 98512




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