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Cluster Hire of Tenure-track Faculty to Support Black and Brown Students

Pierce College District
Lakewood, Washington State
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Pierce College District is student-centered and mission-driven to ensure that all our students thrive and reach their fullest potential. As an institution committed to antiracism, we are action-oriented and intentional in dismantling every systemic barrier that prevents Black and Brown student excellence and liberation.

As Pierce College deepens its commitment to racial equity, it is of the highest priority that we focus our tenure-track faculty hiring process to seek faculty with the expertise to lead our institution in serving Black and Brown students. This cluster hire is an opportunity for the college community to continue to act upon our values but more importantly for the empowering of our students' self-efficacy, for cultivating sense of belonging, and for the diversity of our entire student body, especially Black and Brown students, being reflected in a position of power in the classroom. We are fortunate that the Washington state legislature recognizes this through SB 5194 in its efforts to address student areas of inequities with the funding of additional faculty positions.

We are excited to invite you to bring your lived experiences and authentic selves to contribute to discourse and action in supporting Black and Brown students.


In order to be considered, we desire candidates who have two or more of the following characteristics:

Has experience or has demonstrated commitment to teaching, mentoring and/or engaging in services for Black and Brown students

Has demonstrated knowledge of barriers for Black and Brown students and experience in addressing disproportionate impact at an institution Has experience in or has demonstrated commitment in facilitating Black and Brown students’ navigating a higher education institution Has experience or has demonstrated commitment to integrating elements of culturally relevant and inclusive pedagogy


Pierce College has reserved the following tenure-track faculty positions to be a part of this cluster hire.

Complete job announcements and application instructions can be found within each job posting at


Application Due on March 8, 2022

Assistant Professor, Pierce College Adult Diploma (PCAD) - High School Science


Application Due on March 13, 2022

Assistant Professor, Social Services/Mental Health


The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices for all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.

Questions regarding equal employment opportunities or discrimination may be directed to the following:

Sean Cooke, Title IX Coordinator
 9401 Farwest Drive SW
 Lakewood, Washington 98498
 (253) 840-8472
 Tami Jacobs, ADACO/Section 504 Coordinator
 (253) 964-6581
 Holly Gorski, Vice President for Human Resources
 (253) 964-6519
 Paula Henson-Williams, District Affirmative Action Officer
 (253) 864-3229



Read our Diversity Profile Mission

Pierce College creates quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world.


Possibilities realized: Innovative and engaged learners enriching our local and global communities.


  • Learning
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Accountability
  • Sustainability

Core Themes and Objectives


The community Pierce College serves will have access to comprehensive educational offerings and support services.

  1. Learning opportunities will align with students’ educational and career goals, and will be consistent with workforce needs.
  2. Students will have timely access to the support services they need to accomplish their educational and career goals.
  3. We will engage with, and equitably serve, our diverse communities.


Pierce College will assure quality and continuous improvement in all endeavors.

  1. Departments and programs will meet or exceed their stated outcomes.
  2. We will meet the requirements for accreditations, fiscal viability, compliance measures, and other elements necessary to sustain our work.
  3. We will provide, and employees will engage in, learning and development opportunities that contribute to mission fulfillment.

Contribution to the Community

Pierce College will be a recognized leader in building and sustaining academic, industry, and broad-based community partnerships to advance educational opportunities and align with economic development.

  1. We will initiate, lead, and sustain mission-driven partnerships and collaborations within our community.
  2. Our community will recognize Pierce College’s value and impact.
  3. We will foster economic equity and development within our community.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Pierce College will promote an equitable, diverse environment for teaching, learning, and working, with collaborative decision-making and mutual respect.

  1. Our infrastructure will foster positive teaching, learning, and working opportunities.
  2. Employees and students will be engaged in, and support, shared governance.
  3. We will engage students, employees, and community members in ways that respect human dignity and lead to equitable, inclusive experiences.

Student Learning and Success

Students will experience quality, relevant learning that maximizes their potential for success.

  1. Students will make timely progress toward their educational and career goals.
  2. Students will achieve institutional and programmatic learning outcomes.
  3. Students will be successful when they transfer for further education or move directly into the workforce.
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