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Agriculture/Horticulture Tenure-Track Faculty

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Salary Depends on Qualifications
Location Champaign, IL
Job Type Full-Time, Faculty, Tenure-Track
Department Academic Services
Job Number AgFac11.29.18


Job Summary

One of the largest employers in our area, Parkland faculty and staff are united in their passion for serving students. In addition to competitive salaries and robust benefits, you will enjoy the support, commitment to professional development, and collegial relationships that you will find here.

Parkland College is a fully accredited, public community college established to serve the needs of District 505, the third largest community college district in Illinois. Our college is a center for educational opportunity and community enrichment in east central Illinois and has earned a national reputation for its excellent academic standards, innovative programs, and quality instruction.

At Parkland we celebrate the diversity in both our community and our world. Our goal is to recognize, promote, utilize, and educate one another regarding the unique qualities and shared humanity of our people and cultures.

Parkland is now hiring for FALL 2019. Courses taught may include Introduction to Marketing Standards; Agriculture Business and Farm Management; Plant Pest Identification; Agriculture Business Management; Soil Fertility and Fertilizers; Agriculture Sales; Grain Marketing; Agriculture Mechanization; and Agri-Business Work Exploration. The Agriculture/Horticulture Tenure-Track Faculty works in conjunction with the Agriculture Program Director to develop, prepare, and deliver specific courses in both classroom and various lab settings. They are responsible for supporting the needs of Agriculture Business Management, Precision Agriculture, and Agriculture degree seeking students through an active learning environment and coordinating activities/curriculum for current industry needs. Tenure-Track Faculty teach a full-time load as per the Parkland Academic Employees (PAE) bargaining agreement. They advise and mentor students, and participate in governance of their departments and the college.

Applicants must submit:

  • An online Parkland College employment application
  • Cover letter
  • Resume or CV
  • Official transcripts from the institution where you received your highest degree.
  • Teaching philosophy


Essential Job Functions

  • Select and compile tests, assignments, and/or discussion exercises that permit the measurement of course competencies and learning objectives as outlined in Course Information Forms (CIF).
  • Conduct and accompany students on course related and industry sponsored field trips including those in and out of the 505 district.
  • Prepare and utilize a course syllabus and assessments for each course using guidelines established by the institution and the A/EST Department.
  • Maintain current knowledge of effective teaching methodologies and utilize a variety of instructional delivery methods, classroom media, and educational resources.
  • Timely submission of all grades for any assignments and exams for course completion utilizing Cobra Learning system and Web Advisor; submit required reports on student progress according to published deadlines.
  • Maintain communication with the Agriculture Program Director on course and/or student concerns.
  • Provide recommendations to the Dean, Department Chair, and Agriculture Program Director regarding curriculum.
  • Demonstrate a positive and professional relationship with students, colleagues, college administration, and the community.
  • Attend required college and departmental meetings and participate in professional development activities.
  • Possess a passion for teaching community college students.
  • Activity participate in local high school events held on campus (FFA, recruiting).
  • Serve as an advisor for Phi Alpha Chi (Parkland Ag-Club).
  • Prepare and train agriculture students for agriculture contest teams and entries for PAS (Post-secondary Agriculture Student organization) and NACTA Judging.
  • Perform professional duties in accordance with the established policies and procedures of the college.
  • Is available for student advising/mentoring.
  • Maintain regular office hours to ensure availability for student consultation; provides assistance to students in a timely manner.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the department chair.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in Agriculture with 18 hours coursework in Agriculture Business, Farm Management and/or Agronomy. The following will also be considered: Candidates with an undergraduate degree in Agriculture must have two years related industry experience in Agriculture Business, Farm management and/or Agronomy and will complete a Master's Degree in Agriculture with 18 hours of coursework in Agriculture Business, Farm Management and/or Agronomy within three years of hire. Degrees must be conferred by May 31, 2019.
  • Applicant must pass a criminal background check with finger printing.
  • Ability to learn the Parkland information system and new programs as technology changes.


Preferred Qualifications
  • Two year related industry experience in Agriculture Business, Farm management and/or Agronomy.
  • Community college teaching experience.
  • Experience using online learning systems.
  • Experience with curriculum development.


All benefits outlined below are described in more detail in the
Parkland Academic Employees (PAE) Collective Bargaining Agreement.


Medical, Dental & Pharmacy Insurance
Parkland currently offers one health insurance plan option to full-time employees. The plan is a Qualified High Deductible Health Plan (QHDHP) with in-network deductibles of $4,000 for single coverage and $6,000 for family coverage. A separate deductible will apply for out of network providers. No monthly premium is charged for enrolling in the medical plan. Prescription benefits are included under the medical plan and are subject to the annual deductible.

A dental plan is offered separately to full-time employees. There is no cost for employee only coverage. A premium of $4.50/month is charged for family coverage. Preventive services are covered at 100%, general services at 80% and major services and orthodontics are covered at 50%. There is a plan year maximum benefit of $2,000 per person as well as a lifetime orthodontic benefit of $2,000.

Schedules of benefits for both the medical and dental plans are available through Human Resources. Employees are not required to enroll in the Parkland College medical and/or dental plans and do have the opportunity to make enrollment changes during Open Enrollment each year or if a qualifying event occurs. Please refer to the Summary Plan Description for more information.

Flexible Spending Account/Dependent Day Care Account
Parkland College provides full-time employees the opportunity to have pre-tax payroll deductions deposited into a Medical Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and/or a Dependent Day Care Account. Funds deducted for these accounts may only be reimbursed to the employee for eligible health or child care expenses as defined by the IRS. The annual maximum contribution for the Medical FSA is $2,600 and the annual maximum contribution for the Dependent Day Care Account is $5,000.

Enrollment in the Qualified High Deductible Health Plan may make an employee eligible to enroll in a Health Savings Account on an individual basis. Please see a Benefits Team member for more information.

Life Insurance
Parkland provides twice the base salary in basic term life insurance benefits at no cost to the employee. This policy is double indemnity and has portability provisions if the employee separates from employment. During the first 30 days of employment the plan provides a guaranteed issue period where the employee may elect up to $150,000 in supplemental coverage for themselves and $100,000 in supplemental coverage for a spouse, no questions asked. Any coverage above those amounts or after the guaranteed issue period ends, will be subject to evidence of insurability. Child Optional Benefits can also be purchased in increments of $2,500 to a maximum of $10,000. Premium rates for supplemental coverage are available through Human Resources. Coverage is underwritten by Reliance Standard.

Long-Term Disability Coverage
The disability plan pays 60% of base salary after a 90 day elimination period. Coverage is underwritten by the Reliance Standard. This plan is provided at no cost to benefit eligible, full-time employees.

State Universities Retirement System (SURS)
Eligible employees will be certified in the State Universities Retirement System (SURS). A mandatory contribution of 8% will be deducted from gross pay. New members to SURS must choose from one of three retirement options within 6 months of their start date. This is a one time, lifetime, and irrevocable investment election. Failure to make an election within the 6 month time period will result in a default election to the Traditional plan. More detailed information will be provided by SURS soon after your start date. Information can also be found via their website at www.surs.org.

In addition to the 8% contribution to SURS, full-time community college employees in the State of Illinois also contribute .5% to the College Insurance Program for retirees.

Additional retirement savings options are available for employees via pre-tax payroll deductions to 403(b) and 457(b) plans. Account applications and salary reduction agreements are available in Human Resources. For additional information, schedule an appointment with the Benefits & Compensation Manager. There is no employer match for 403(b) or 457(b) contributions.

Paid Time Off
Parkland Academic Employees accrue sick and personal leave as defined under the collective bargaining agreement. Sick and personal leave are granted up front at the beginning of the academic year.

Sick leave - 13 days per contract year, granted on the first day of the academic year. Employees starting mid-year will accrue a pro-rated amount for the remainder of the academic year. PAE employees on a 215-day contract will earn 14 days per contract year. Sick leave will be granted to PAE members for summer employment at the rate of one-half day for half-time employment, and one day for full-time employment. Sick leave is not subject to carryover limits.

Personal leave - 2 days per contract year, granted on the first day of the academic year. Employees starting mid-year will accrue a pro-rated amount for the remainder of the academic year. Bargaining unit members on 215-day contracts and those employed during the summer session will be permitted to use one additional day of their sick leave for personal leave purposes. PAE members may accumulate up to 4 personal leave days. Days in excess of 4 will roll to sick leave.

Bereavement leave is available in the event of the death of a member of the employee's family. See the Parkland Academic Employees collective bargaining agreement for more information.

Miscellaneous Benefits
  • Domestic Partner benefits for same and opposite sex domestic partners.
  • Wellness Reimbursement up to $200 per fiscal year for the development of an individualized weight loss or smoking cessation program as needed by the employee.
  • Employee Assistance Program that offers free, confidential counseling services for employees and members of their household.
  • Payroll Direct Deposit
  • Corporate Memberships at local fitness centers including The Fitness Center, Refinery and Mettler Center. Please contact these facilities directly for membership rates.
  • Free use of Fitness Center on Parkland Campus via registration in the non-credit course for Fitness Center use and submission of a tuition waiver.
  • Employee and Dependent Tuition Waivers for eligible Parkland courses.


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Posted: 11/30/2018
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