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Affiliate Assistant Professor American Sign Language - External

Grand Rapids Community College
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Affiliate Assistant Professor American Sign Language - External

Date: May 26, 2022

Position Title: Affiliate Assistant Professor American Sign Language

(End Date: April 2023 - One year appointment)

Department: Language and Thought

Job ID: 1352

Work Hours/Schedule: 32 weeks (Fall & Winter Semesters)

Compensation: Consistent with Faculty Association contract

Start Date: Fall 2022

Reports to: Associate Dean, School of Liberal Arts*

Posting Close Date: June 26, 2022 (Initial Review June 9, 2022)

*GRCC Academic and Student Affairs is completing a reorganization that will be in effect July 1, 2022. This position will be a part of the new School of Liberal Arts.


GRCC is seeking an affiliate faculty who possess an interest in working with diverse student populations from a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin and ability; engage in and develop innovative teaching strategies; effectively assess student learning outcomes; demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development and provide service to our students, the college, and our community at large.

Affiliate Faculty are full-time non-tenure track, classroom faculty, and are hired to develop new programs which require new course development, expertise that does not exist with current faculty, and result in a new certificate, degree, credential, or pre major.

Faculty members are responsible to GRCC and to each other for the successful completion of departmental work, as well as associated with the School of Liberal Arts and GRCC as a whole. It is expected that faculty demonstrate outstanding communication skills, collaborate effectively, use personal initiative to overcome obstacles and work efficiently to meet deadlines. In an environment where innovation is valued, each faculty member will take responsibility to perform their work in a manner consistent with both the letter and the spirit of GRCC values.

Essential Job Functions
  • Teach American Sign Language (ASL) courses as a full-time faculty member
  • Coordinator duties may include:
    • Lead adjunct faculty in ASL - recruitment, orientation, and mentoring
    • Provide schedule recommendations to the Department Chair
    • Be a point of contact for all ASL questions from internal and external communities
    • As requested by students, provide assessments for students to help determine class placement
    • Serve as the department liaison for dual enrollment inquiries
    • Advise students of additional opportunities at other colleges and universities to continue their study of ASL
  • Curriculum duties may include:
    • Review and revise current ASL curriculum (align Sign Language 3 and Fingerspelling with LCC guidelines)
    • Develop a Sign to Voice course
    • Develop a 1+2+1 program with LCC and Siena Heights University
    • Develop a partnership with Lansing Community College Interpreter Program
    • Explore practicum opportunities for students in the Grand Rapids area
    • Create partnership with local high schools to recruit students and potentially offering courses on site
    • Work with Communications Department to market ASL opportunities and curriculum to students and community
  • Participate fully as a member of the Language and Thought Department in such activities as department meetings, curriculum development, assessment, evaluation, course revision work, committee membership, textbook selection, community outreach and other duties as determined by the College.
  • Provide leadership and mentoring for adjuncts as needed or requested by the department.


  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Master's degree preferred
  • Minimum one of the following certifications: BEI, Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) level Advanced or ASLPI Level 4, EIPA 4.0+, ASLTA, NIC, NIC Advanced, NIC Master, CI/CT, CSC

Work Experience
  • Community college experience preferred -Successful teaching experience in the discipline preferred

Equipment Use/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities
  • Appropriate technology required to perform the duties of the position

Physical Demands
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time.

Mental Demands
  • An understanding of and appreciation for the community college philosophy and student population.
  • An interest in working with diverse student populations, who represent a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin, and ability.
  • A commitment to serve the Kent County community.
  • Demonstrated initiative and organizational and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to perform routine and unexpected duties with minimum supervision.
  • 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.

Working Conditions
  • Grand Rapids Community College will comply with any mandated health and safety requirements. Employees will be directed to our GRCC Policy(s) for compliance information.
  • Classroom environment in an academic setting.
  • Ability to work in a high traffic, indoor office environment.


Grand Rapids Community College provides an excellent benefits experience for our GRCC family. Our benefit package is designed to enhance employees' health and well-being. Part-time employees have different benefits outlined in the specific collective bargaining agreements and handbooks. Below is an overview of these benefits, additional details are available on the Human Resources/Benefits website:
  • Six health insurance plan options (includes a high deductible plan with a health savings account option).
  • A unique dental & vision reimbursement program (includes coverage for adult orthodontia & lasik eye surgery).
  • Employer sponsored retirement plans as well as voluntary retirement savings plans (403b or 457 plans)
  • Tuition benefits at GRCC for you, your spouse and your dependents.
  • Tuition reimbursement at other higher education institutions for you.
  • Generous time off that includes sick, vacation and personal leave banks.
  • Paid holidays and holiday shutdown period in late December!


Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position at Submit a cover letter and resume in one document. The opportunity to apply for this position will close on June 26, 2022 at 11:59PM. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.

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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