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Adjunct Faculty - Geography

College of Southern Maryland
La Plata, MD

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Position SummaryLocated 45 minutes from the Nation’s Capital, nestled in a history-rich community of southern Maryland, The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is a two-time Aspen Award-winning institution (top 15% of Community Colleges) with academic programs in over 100 disciplines. CSM is among America’s top 100 producers of Minority Associate Degrees in twenty categories, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education. CSM offers excellent health insurance benefits; State Retirement Pension plan; wellness programs; Code Green early closure Fridays in the summer; college closure for spring break and several major holidays, including the week between Christmas and New Year; and for several days in March for Spring Break. We are an innovative institution committed to student success and well known for our flexibility to meet student and community needs.

This is an applicant pool for part-time temporary faculty in the Geography discipline in the Department of Arts, Humanities, Social Science, and Education. The areas/courses taught in these disciplines include:

  • Introduction to Cultural Geography
  • Introduction to Geography
  • Introduction to Physical Geography
  • Maps and Mapping
  • United States Geography
  • World Regional Geography
CSM is looking for a dynamic individual who can implement the comprehensive mission of a community college by assessing, documenting, and improving student learning through instruction.

CSM is actively accepting applications for adjunct positions at all campus locations.
The college also has a significant need for passionate adjunct faculty excited to contribute to our Early College program. Students taking Early College classes are dually enrolled in their local high school while also completing courses at CSM towards a certificate or degree. Early College faculty teach face-to-face classes between the hours of 8:15 am and 2:00 pm, two to four days a week.
NOTE: CSM accepts resumes for part-time temporary faculty for all areas at all times. There may or may not be a hiring need at this time in your area of interest. When applying for part-time faculty, you are submitting your resume to an applicant pool. The Division Chair and Discipline Coordinator will access the applicant pool when there is a hiring need. You may follow up on your application by contacting the department directly at 301-934-7861.

College of Southern Maryland conducts background checks in order to ensure the safety and well-being of the College's staff and students. The final candidate for this position will be subject to the following background checks: Criminal History Check.

College of Southern Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Specific Duties and ResponsibilitiesNOTE: CSM accepts resumes for part-time temporary faculty for all areas at all times. There may or may not be a hiring need at this time in your area of interest. When applying for part-time faculty, you are submitting your resume to an applicant pool. Department Chairs access the applicant pool when there is a hiring need. You may follow up on your application by contacting the division directly at 301-934-7843.

At a minimum, the faculty member must be able to perform the following essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodations:

Teaching Functions:
  • to plan, organize, and instruct courses in the day, evening, or on weekends at the College of Southern Maryland campus, center, or clinical location to which assigned;
  • to ensure that assigned classes are held as scheduled; communicating all absences and changes to course schedule to the Course or Program Coordinator;
  • to keep active at a high level of expertise in the subjects taught and stimulate enthusiasm for those subjects;
  • to plan each unit or lesson, both as to content and method, to make each class meaningful;
  • to ensure that each program/class contains essential curricular components, has appropriate content and pedagogy, and maintains currency;
  • to teach all classes according to an approved course syllabus and for the required duration;
  • to study and utilize students' learning styles in each class in order to facilitate the best teaching and learning situations;
  • to incorporate instructional technologies in instructional delivery as appropriate;
  • to maximize the learning opportunities for each student;
  • to keep students informed and updated concerning course content, requirements, evaluation procedures and attendance requirements;
  • to keep students informed about their progress throughout the semester or term through the prompt grading of papers and other work;
  • to demonstrate a genuine concern for each student through individual student conferences, as needed.

Administrative Functions:
  • to file an appropriate course syllabus for each course taught with the appropriate program coordinator and the HEA administrative assistant;
  • to ensure that each course section is web-enhanced;
  • to make use of available college online resources in (home page, syllabi posting, grade book, etc.);
  • to make use of the college Group Wise email system for professional communication with students, faculty, division chair, and other college personnel with a response time of 48-72 hours
  • to keep Course or Program Coordinator informed of any student concerns or conduct violations within 48 hours of the incident
  • to maintain accurate and complete scholastic records, including attendance records;
  • to conduct class evaluations and complete other college evaluations in accordance with college policy;
  • to submit academic reports and other documentation in a timely manner and when appropriate;
  • to attend all faculty meetings, college assemblies, professional development and orientation activities, and other meetings as called by the President, Vice President, Associate Vice President, Division Chair, Program Coordinator, or Course Coordinator;
  • to become thoroughly familiar with all college policies and procedures and comply with all college policies and procedures;
  • to become familiar with the Faculty Handbook;
  • to convey college-related information to students in a timely manner as requested by college officials.

Program Improvement:
  • to participate in program and curriculum review and development and student learning outcomes assessment initiatives;
  • to recommend textbooks and other instructional materials including classroom and laboratory equipment to the Course Coordinator, Program Coordinator, Division Chair or designee;
  • to make suggestions to the Course Coordinator, Program Coordinator, Division Chair, Associate Vice President or Vice President of Academic Affairs concerning the improvement of the curriculum in keeping with the objectives of the college

Professional Development:
  • to keep informed of current trends and new approaches to instruction via professional development activities, submitting continuing education records to Program Coordinator and/or HEA Administrative Assistant;
Minimum Education and Training
  • Master's degree in the discipline of instruction OR Master's in any field AND 15 hours in the discipline OR sufficient experience in lieu of either requirement, as approved by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  • Teaching experience is preferred.
  • This person should possess enthusiasm and passion for student learning and be able to respond to the needs of students using a variety of teaching methods including new technologies.
  • Subject matter/content expertise in your field.


Working at College of Southern Maryland

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is a public, regional community college with a far-reaching mission — to help our students and community meet the challenges of individual, social, and global changes.

CSM is a thriving, progressive, and technologically advanced college that delivers quality higher education programs and services. The college is committed to offering a wide variety of learning options, student services, and high-quality workforce development training and support. That commitment is reflected in those we serve. More than 60 percent of tri-county residents who attend higher education institutions come to CSM.

The staff and faculty at CSM work closely with a diverse student population to provide a rich variety of educational options. CSM is a leader among Maryland community colleges in offering courses which meet the busy schedules of our students, including weekend and evening online classes, and Web-hybrid courses which offer a mix of online and traditional classroom face-to-face instruction. CSM strives to create a global education program, yet remains a local college that has a real stake in supporting our community's academic, professional, and self-enrichment pursuits.

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