Adjunct Faculty Pool: Sign Language Instructor in the Department of English and Communication

College of Southern Maryland
La Plata, MD

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Position SummaryThis is a part-time faculty position in the Department of English and Communication. Other areas taught by this department include English, ESL, English Composition, Communication, and Reading.

CSM is seeking a Beginning and Intermediate American Sign Language Instructor who can teach virtually using Zoom for synchronous interaction. A strong background in American Sign Language is required.

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. 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. Department Chairs access the applicant pool when there is a need.
The part-time adjunct faculty member is responsible for the coordination, planning, preparation, presentation, and evaluation of classroom instruction and related activities to promote student-centered learning. The part-time adjunct faculty member is responsible for performing assigned duties during the day, evening, or weekend on the campus(es) or center to which the faculty member is assigned. At a minimum, the related activities include instruction, holding office hours, serving on various committees, and participating in local, state, regional, and national professional activities and organizations. A part-time adjunct faculty member performs all other duties as directed by the Division Chair, Dean, Vice President of Academic Affairs, or the President or designee.
The part-time adjunct faculty member will teach assigned course(s) throughout the academic year. The part-time adjunct faculty member will schedule, publish, and hold 1 office hour per week during the academic year, including fall and spring semesters. The part-time adjunct faculty member will participate in professional development opportunities and perform professional service hours, as set forth in the Faculty Handbook. When applying for this position, please be prepared to answer the following statements during the application submission process:

Please describe your activities that demonstrate a commitment to student success for a diverse population.

Please submit a statement of your teaching philosophy.

For more information on part-time adjunct faculty salary, please visit the Pay and Benefits Questions page at:

Your resume and transcripts are required as part of the application process. Please attach those documents to your application.

College of Southern Maryland conducts background checks in order to ensure the safety and well-being of the College's staff and students. ?Employment is contingent upon a successful background and sex offender registry check and must be completed prior to the first day of class.

This position is open until filled. The College of Southern Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Specific Duties and ResponsibilitiesAt 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 TrainingMaster'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 Provost.

Subject matter/content expertise in the Language and Literature field and ability to demonstrate this expertise in a teaching presentation.

This person should possess enthusiasm and passion for student learning and student services and be able to respond to the needs of students using a variety of teaching methods including new technologies.


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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