Faculty- Meteorology/Environmental Science Instructor

Traverse City
Jan 13, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College
Northwestern Michigan College

Job Description

Job Title: Meteorology/Environmental Science Instructor

Department: Science & Math

Reports To: Academic Chair

FLSA Status: Exempt

Salary Range: $62,687.00- $65,019.00 Excellent benefit package, including medical, dental, paid sick leave, and tuition benefit. For more details about benefits, go to https://www.nmc.edu/hr/ and click on Salaries and Benefits, or request a copy from the Office of Human Resources.


This instructor will be required to perform all course development and teaching duties expected of current instructors at NMC. This faculty member will be responsible for teaching Earth Science and Meteorology & Climatology courses. In addition to instructional duties, the instructor will be expected to perform other tasks such as academic advising and giving talks to community organizations. Experience in developing and teaching courses using alternative delivery formats is desirable. This faculty member is a member of the professional teaching staff that is responsible for effectively implementing the mission of NMC and the Science/Math and Technical academic areas. Responsibilities may include teaching nights, weekends, and/or online instruction. All Faculty positions commensurate with degree and experience as outlined in the NMC Faculty Association Collective Bargaining Agreement.


  • Minimum of Master's degree (M.S. or M.A.) (18 graduate credits in Meteorology/Environmental Science)
  • Computer skills including word processing, databases, spreadsheets, presentation software.
  • Attention to detail and good analytical skills.
  • A clear understanding of sound research methodology.
  • The ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and constituents of varying technical backgrounds.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, with the ability to develop rapport quickly, speak and listen effectively, and the ability to give succinct instructions.

  • Preferred:
  • Master's degree in Meteorology, Environmental Science or related field
  • Two years of industry experience
  • Teaching experience
  • Experience at the community college level as an instructor and/or student

  • FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Essential for all NMC employees
  • Ethical behavior and integrity
  • Commitment to quality service, responsible stewardship, continuous improvement
  • Agility/adaptability/tolerance for ambiguity
  • Accountability/personal responsibility
  • Commitment to lifelong learning
  • Create/Contribute to a culture of innovation and thoughtful risk-taking
  • Collaboration/Teamwork
  • Value all people

  • ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Participates in Discipline and Department curriculum development activities.
  • Develops and distributes course syllabi for each course taught to each student which:
  • conveys the goals and outcomes of the course,
  • reflects curriculum adopted by the discipline for said course,
  • establishes and communicates challenging expectations for students,
  • explains the relationship of those expectations to the grading and assessment process.
  • Plans thoroughly on a daily, weekly, and term basis to ensure implementation of the established curriculum and provides strong support for students in their pursuit of established expectations.
  • Develops plans which promote the development of higher-order thinking skills in the instructional process.
  • Develops and maintains course outlines which are reviewed annually.

  • Instruction:

    Provides motivation to learn via:
  • thorough planning,
  • enthusiasm for subject matter,
  • appropriate climate for learning within the classroom,
  • relevant and current course content,
  • understanding of individual differences and learning styles.
  • Facilitates and paces instruction to maximize learning.
  • Utilizes varied instructional delivery modes.
  • Assesses learning frequently using various methods, such as:
  • questioning techniques
  • oral and/or written quizzes
  • student presentations
  • writing assignments
  • self-determined assessment Instruments
  • Provides remediation as deemed appropriate and possible.
  • Develops and administers exams consistent with learning goals including a final examination.
  • Possibility of teaching evening and weekend courses.

  • General Responsibilities:

  • Advises students on curriculum, academic programs, employment and career goals, and other matters, as appropriate.
  • Responds to requests of discipline leaders, department heads, committee chairs, records office, etc., in a timely and thorough manner.
  • Consistently meets classes and other assignments and commitments in support of the college.
  • Establishes and maintains regular and appropriate office hours of no less than 5 hours per week.
  • Treats all members of the college community with human dignity and respect.
  • Works constructively and through established channels to resolve problems.
  • Participates in activities designed to promote attainment of the college vision and its missions.
  • Participates in discipline planning and improvement activities as requested.
  • Meets requirements of the Faculty Evaluation Plan Guidelines in a timely manner and with the intention of maintaining teaching effectiveness, professional development and support of college/community initiatives.
  • Attends Commencement.
  • Attends and participates in discipline and department meetings.
  • Formally documents learning assessment efforts in a timely manner.

  • Professional Growth:

  • Maintains a current knowledge in subject area(s) of instruction.
  • Maintains a current knowledge of research in the area of teaching and learning.
  • Incorporates new knowledge in the planning and instruction process.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the ongoing growth and development of students and fellow staff members alike.
  • Participates in professional development activities that are part of contractual days.
  • When appropriate, maintains ties with professional organizations.

  • Curriculum
  • Advises students on curriculum, academic programs, employment, and career goals, and other matters as appropriate.
  • Contributes to the growth and development of the academic area and the college by participating in team-based committee work, academic area planning, and other academic area-related and college-related activities.
  • Supports the academic area and college through other work normally expected of faculty members.

  • Teaching Effectiveness
  • Places the primary emphasis on student learning in the design, delivery, and evaluation/assessment of courses.
  • Understands the various levels of preparation represented in the typical classroom and communicates well to the various levels.
  • Provides a course syllabus to the students as outlined in the faculty handbook.
  • Understands and adapts teaching to various learning styles present in the classroom as demonstrated in the presentation of course materials and assessment of student learning.
  • Conducts classroom research with classroom assessment techniques.
  • Designs and implements course curriculum that reflects the relevance and conveys the value of academic studies to everyday world.
  • Understands and successfully uses learning technology, as needed, both in class and as a tool for distance learning.
  • Strives to foster higher-level learning with an emphasis on analysis, problem solving and critical thinking.
  • Promotes student demonstration of learning through a variety of assessments that may include exams, discussions, debates, presentations, simulations, and/or debriefings.
  • Has high expectations of students and gives challenging work.
  • Resolves to “make a difference” in students' learning and their lives as appropriate.
  • Makes contact with students, recognizing them as individual learners including remembering their names and treating them as adults.
  • Is accessible to students both in and out of formal office hours and strives to help students be successful.
  • Listens to students and encourages them to actively participate in the learning process.
  • Demonstrates respect, care, and empathy for students.
  • Encourages students to believe they can learn successfully; shows confidence in them.
  • Is flexible switching from one teaching approach to another when things don't work, yet keeps the objectives of the course in sight at all times.
  • Is enthusiastic about the subject matter in the classroom and shares the joy of learning with students.
  • Maintains a sense of humor and humanity in the classroom.
  • Encourages student growth and celebrates student success.

  • Faculty Professional Development
  • Demonstrates a continuing engagement with the learning and scholarship of their area of specialization.
  • Strives to be on the cutting edge of professional content knowledge and methodology

  • Support of College, Community Initiatives
  • Is fully committed to the mission and values of Northwestern Michigan College and participates actively in the shared governance system.
  • College mission may include, but would not be limited to:

  • College Assessment Activities
  • Curricular Development
  • Coordination/Communication -Transfer Institutions
  • Academic Advising
  • Career Advising
  • Recruiting/Screening Faculty
  • College Projects and Activities--Participation and Leadership
  • Professional honors awarded during the evaluation period
  • Professional Participation Innovation in Instruction
  • College Committee Participation/ Leadership
  • Registration/Orientation Participation
  • Advisory Committee Participation
  • Service to Community on Behalf of College
  • Presenting or Consulting in Areas Related to Field
  • Representing the College at School Visits
  • Program Coordination/Leadership
  • Teaching for Extended Educational Services or Training and Research
  • Relevant Work Activities (contributory to college role or institutional image)
  • Recruiting Students
  • Community Service/Leadership Publication Research
  • Facilities Development
  • Articulation
  • Participation in Community Education Committee(s)
  • Artistic/Creative Accomplishments Related to Field
  • Assistance to Other Faculty and Staff
  • Participation in College Sponsored Events

  • Professional Qualities and Abilities
  • Serves as a role model of good written and oral communication skills and good time management skills.
  • Possesses a positive attitude; is able to see good in self and others.
  • Shows flexibility including the acceptance of and willingness to change; sees change as an opportunity for growth.
  • Seeks improvement over time by taking risks and trying new things.
  • Knows and acknowledges personal limits.
  • Displays self-discipline and a strong work ethic.
  • Accepts responsibility for professional and personal growth.
  • Demonstrates commitment to be a productive and supportive member of the college community.
  • Successfully organizes, executes and follows up on projects; sets specific objectives and measures to achieve results.
  • Accepts criticism gracefully and uses it as an opportunity for growth.
  • Handles conflict effectively.
  • Inspires others; sets an example of professionalism both within the college and the community.
  • Leads and/or follows as circumstances require.

  • Daily:

    Maintenance of classrooms and lab space


    In conjunction with the Environmental Science Department Chair, the individual will be expected to
  • participate in a 4-day field trip to the Elliot Lake region in Ontario, Canada in the spring

  • Within 3 years: Attend one-week Train-the-Trainer class for STCW competencies


    Master's degree (M.S. or M.A.) in Meteorology, Geography, Earth Science, or Environmental Science


    Supervises others in accordance with NMC's policies and applicable laws. Directly supervises 1 lab assistant. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems or gaps.


    This is a full-time, two teaching semester position. This position may require evenings, weekends, on-campus and/or Zoom instruction.

    TO APPLY: Applications must be submitted online at http://www.nmc.edu/jobs. Applications received by March 15, 2021, will receive first consideration. This position will remain open until filled. For assistance call 231-995-2612 or 1-800-748-0566 x52612 or email [email protected] .

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    Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities and admissions. nmc.edu/nondiscrimination

    Michigan Law requires that a person with a disability or handicap requiring accommodation for employment must notify the employer in writing within 182 days after the need is known.

    QUALIFICATIONS 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.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual will have computer skills, including knowledge of and the ability to use the Internet, email, calendaring software and word processing software.


    Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or the Board of Trustees.


    Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.,) in its most difficult phases. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.


    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 stand; walk; sit; use hands; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, 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.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, outside weather conditions due to travel between buildings, and risk of electrical shock. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
    Required Skills
    All applicants are required to review the job description prior to applying.
    Special Instructions to Applicants Applicants must apply online at https://jobs.silkroad.com/NMC/Careers/jobs/1293 include a copy of their transcripts for all degrees earned pertaining to the position. Official transcripts will be required of the finalist. Please attach a cover letter and unofficial transcripts to your application. Transcripts can either be mailed or emailed to: [email protected] Attention: Human Resources Northwestern Michigan College 1701 E. Front Street Traverse City, MI 49686

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