Faculty - Foundational Studies

Reading, Pennsylvania
$66,000 - $77,067 per year dependent on education
Feb 13, 2018
Institution Type
Community College


This individual will have instructional responsibilities in the Foundational Studies Division, primarily Orientation classes. The individual will also be responsible for academic-support assignments including, but not limited to, advising.

Load, Working Hours, and Academic Support Assignments:

Pre-Fall: 75 hours (over a period of three weeks) of academic support assignments

Fall semester: 9 credits teaching plus 150 hours of academic support assignments

Pre-Spring: 75 hours (over a period of three weeks) of academic support assignments

Spring semester: 9 credits teaching plus 150 hours of academic support assignments

Summer: 100 hours (over a period of four weeks) of academic support assignments

Specific academic support assignments will be determined by the Associate Dean in consultation with the faculty member. Specific hours for academic support assignments will be agreed upon between the supervisor and the employee at the start of employment.

Faculty members are appointed and assigned rank according to established policies and collective bargaining agreements.  Specific items such as wages, fringe benefits, and job responsibilities are determined by the College's collective bargaining agreement with the recognized faculty bargaining unit and institutional practices.

As professionals in a community college setting, faculty are involved in a variety of instructional and non-instructional activities which contribute to goals and objectives of a comprehensive community college. The following description of duties of faculty members clarifies the expectations of this institution and is not considered complete or exclusive.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities include the following

  1. Helping to refine and improve the ORI curriculum to more effectively support student learning
  2. Teaching ORI classes as assigned
  3. Working diligently with applicants, advisors and test administrators to improve accurate placement into classes
  4. Advising students through intensive and intrusive advising strategies so that students are retained and persist to their educational goals

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.
1.   Prepare and teach courses as assigned by the Division Assistant/Associate Dean.
2.  On the first day of each course, review and post, via the Learning Management System (LMS), a
     syllabus that provides, at minimum, the following information:
            a. Expected outcomes and performance objectives.
            b. Grading policy.
            c. Attendance policy - make-up work/tests.
            d. Schedule of assignments.
            e. Login information for students to access the College’s LMS.
3.   Provide the Division Assistant/Associate Dean with copies of materials listed in Item 2 above.
4.   Maintain office hours in accordance with the Faculty Bargaining Agreement.
5.   Participate in student advising and registration.
6.   Assist students in formulating educational and career plans.
7.   Assist students with academic or course problems.
8.   Establish and maintain positive working relationships with students, faculty and staff.
9.   Maintain accurate and complete course records and comply with all specified reporting dates.
10. Serve on college committees and participate in college governance.
11. To promote retention, contact students who do not attend class or attend class sporadically.
12. Participate each semester in the evaluation and documentation of the instructional process and work to
      continually improve student learning outcomes.
13. Complete program reviews in accordance with the division schedule.
14. Employ a variety of teaching techniques and strategies to address the diverse learning needs of
15. Attend instructional division, Academic Affairs area and institution-wide meetings.
16. Assist in developing budget for division, if applicable.
17. Engage in professional development, advisory boards and other external agencies to stay current in
      the field and ensure updated curriculum.
18. Notify the Sr. Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost of special projects, activities, etc. that may
      be used in publicizing the class, division, or College.
19. Support the College’s recruitment and retention efforts by upholding the institutional image
      on and off campus.
20. Stimulate interest in student activities by encouraging student participation.
21. Participate in graduation exercises as required.
22. Ensure all course assignments and course evaluations are linked to the LMS gradebook. 
23. In order to teach online or hybrid classes, faculty must attend training as offered.
24. Work collaboratively with Assistant/Associate Dean and Division faculty on initiatives to improve
      student success rates in division courses.
25 Develop and update curriculum.
26. Perform related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities                

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


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.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  1. Hold a Master's degree in Educational Leadership, a Master's degree in Organizational Management, or a Master’s degree in Education, or an equivalent degree.
  2. Have developmental teaching experience within the past five years.
  3. Have experience leveraging technology to support student learning

Preferred Qualifications:

• A thorough understanding of and complete commitment to the community college mission of taking underprepared students and helping them become College-ready
• Experience, ability and enthusiasm to support learners in developmental classes as they become college ready
• Experience, ability and enthusiasm to support learners in college classes as they progress toward their educational goals
• Ability and willingness to modify personal teaching style based on feedback and current research in effective teaching strategies
• Ability to lead and willingness to support program improvement through collaborative assessment of student learning and curriculum development
• Understanding of and sensitivity to diverse populations
• Interest in leadership opportunities such as program coordination

Language Skills                                             

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, correspondence, and procedure manuals, course syllabi and related teaching documents.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from students, other faculty, administration, boards of trustees and the general public.

Mathematical Skills    

 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                                             

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Internet software.  In addition should be able to learn and utilize a variety of education software packages.

Other Skills and Abilities                                           

Excellent classroom management and planning skills.
Demonstrated teaching and student coaching skills.

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 job, the employee is frequently required to stand and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and ability to adjust focus.

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 noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.