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ADJ-Faculty/Adjunct, Sociology

Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Rapids

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ADJ-Faculty/Adjunct, Sociology
Title: Adjunct Faculty - Sociology
Position number: 61
Work schedule: Fall and Winter Semesters
Reports to: Associated Dean, School of Arts and Sciences

General Information
-The College is interested in seeking candidates to teach Sociology courses in the Fall and Winter semesters at our downtown campus and various regional sites. A criminal background check will be conducted on all finalists prior to employment with Grand Rapids Community College.

Essential Job Functions
-Maintain accurate course records and submit related reports as requested.
-Effectively assess student performance.
-Create a safe and inclusive learning environment for students.
-Utilize multiple strategies to facilitate learning, i.e. small group work, workshops, etc.
-Incorporate new technologies and methods that enhance teaching and learning into his/her instructional methods.
-Support the Department and College through other work normally expected of adjunct faculty members.

Job Specifications
-MA degree in field
-Community college experience preferred
-18 graduate credits in the discipline
-Successful teaching experience in the discipline preferred

-Successful teaching experience preferred but not required.
-Successful teaching experience at a Community College preferred but not required.
-Experience working with adults from diverse backgrounds and with varying academic skills.
-Participation in professional development and/or continuous improvement activities in order to remain current in the field.

-Excellent written and oral communication skills.
-Demonstrated initiative and problem-solving abilities.
-Ability to perform routine and unexpected duties with minimum supervision.

Mental Demands
-An understanding of and appreciation for the community college philosophy and student population.
-An interest in teaching college-level material to high school students as part of a middle college or dual enrollment program.
-An interest in working with diverse student populations, who represent a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin and ability.
-Interest in and willingness to work with changing instructional technologies used in and out of the classroom.
-Willingness and availability to work a flexible schedule.
-High energy level with enthusiasm and interest in helping and supporting students, staff, and the general public.
-Ability to work under pressure while possessing mature judgment and flexibility in regards to interruptions and schedule changes.
-Must use good judgment in handling sensitive or difficult situations in a pleasant and professional manner.

Physical Demands
-Must have the physical capacity for lifting up to 25lbs.

Working Conditions
-Classroom environment in an academic setting.
-(any other appropriate conditions)

Method of Application
Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position via our website at Please include your resume and cover letter in one document; unofficial transcripts; and three letters of recommendation, which you may upload yourself or have your supporters e-mail to the Hiring Team at Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics. The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.

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Working at Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids Junior College (GRJC) was founded in 1914 by the Grand Rapids Board of Education after a resolution was passed by the University of Michigan’s faculty which encouraged the establishment of junior colleges in Michigan.

Today, GRCC’s eight-block downtown campus, encompassing more than 25 acres in downtown Grand Rapids, includes several classroom buildings, a learning center (including the Diversity Learning Center) and library, Spectrum Theater, the Applied Technology Center (which features a green roof), a remodeled music building, a fieldhouse with natatorium, a student center, Bostwick Commons, and the Calkins Science Center.

The college also offers instruction from a variety of regional centers in the metropolitan Grand Rapids area (including numerous local high schools, regional centers and its two Learning Corners on Wealthy St. and Seward Ave.) and on the West Michigan lakeshore (including West Ottawa High School, Careerline Tech Center, the Midtown Holland Center and Grand Valley State University's Meijer Campus in Holland).

In addition, GRCC has two Michigan Technical Education Centers (M-TECs in West Michigan. The Patrick Thompson M-TEC, part of GRCC's Lakeshore Campus, located in Holland, opened in Fall 2000 in partnership with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. The Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC ® in Grand Rapids opened in 2002. This world-class facility offers training in manufacturing, auto service, and building and construction trades.

To increase capacity to meet unprecedented demand, GRCC acquired the former campus of Davenport University on Fulton St. in downtown Grand Rapids and began offering courses at Sneden Hall beginning in the Fall 2009 semester.

In Winter 2010, more than 17,000 students enrolled in more than 1,900 liberal arts and occupational courses. The diverse student body represents students from Kent and surrounding counties as well as students from across the U.S. and 22 other nations. Another 10,000 learners are served by non-credit instructional opportunities. In addition to traditional classroom environments, students may also receive instruction through community and distant service-learning offerings, seminars, workshops, training classes, distance learning options and other educational formats. GRCC employs a faculty of more than 260 full-time and 590 part-time members as well as a staff of 430, all of whom are focused on the College’s priorities to be student-centered, collaborative, and flexible. Throughout its 90-year history of academic excellence, GRCC has maintained a solid reputation as a premier transfer institution and is nationally recognized for both its liberal arts and occupational programs. Many GRCC faculty members have been recognized regionally and nationally for their expertise and innovative teaching styles.

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