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Instructor - Philosophy

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Requisition ID: req4875

Job Title: Instructor - Philosophy

Department: Academic Affairs

Location: Columbus Campus

Employment Type: Faculty

Employment Status: Board Approved

Bargaining Unit: CSEA(Faculty)

FLSA Status: Exempt

Compensation Type: Two Semester

Compensation: $43,460.00 - $48,675.00 (See Salary details below)

Schedule: Mon - Fri; Evenings and Weekends as needed. 

Job Description: 

Position Summary

Full-time members of the facultyare professional educators who have the primary responsibility of fulfillingthe Colleges’ mission, vision, values, strategic plan, President’s & Boardof Trustees’ charges and educational philosophy, and primary goal of providinga quality education for all students attending the College. Faculty members areclassified according to the ranks of Instructor, Assistant Professor, AssociateProfessor, and Professor. Faculty members are subject to Board policies,including academic freedom, and are also bound by its accompanyingresponsibilities. The relationship of the faculty member to the student is oneof leader, teacher, adviser, mentor, and facilitator of learning. This positionis intended to be in philosophy instruction.

Core Competencies Required

Professionalism, Managing Work,Continuous Improvement, Customer/Student/Employee Focus, Collaboration andLeadership


Instruction and StudentLearning

Teaches assigned courses asscheduled and assumes primary responsibility for and exercises oversight of thecurriculum in conjunction with the Department’s policies, ensuring both therigor of programs and the quality of instruction. Designs curriculum embracingdiversity, in all forms, to foster talent in students while modeling inclusiveteaching strategies, with an understanding of the sociocultural issues oftraditionally underrepresented groups. Considers individual differences ofstudents in order to design and support a range of appropriate learningactivities. Participates in the identification of students with academic orother needs and responds by utilizing an appropriate resource. Uses technology ina manner appropriate to the nature and objectives of courses and programs andcommunicates clearly to students the expectations concerning the use of suchtechnology. Keeps accurate and appropriate records in accordance with theFaculty Handbook and departmental policies.

Maintains attendance records,determines and submits grades timely, and in accordance with establishedpolicies and procedures of the College, and communicates progress feedback aswell as other relevant information to students throughout the semester. Createand maintain accurate syllabi that incorporate departmental, college,cross-college, and instructor requirements.

Participates in the selection ofappropriate materials to support course curriculum in accordance with theCollege’s guidelines. Conducts classes punctually and in accordance with theprescribed meeting schedule. Employs and assists in the design and developmentof appropriate assessment techniques to measure students’ performance inachieving course goals and objectives. Be a facilitator of learning in avirtual environment.

Student Engagement andAdvisement

Creates a positive classroomatmosphere that encourages active and collaborative learning, student effort,academic challenge, student and faculty interaction, and support forlearners.  Maintains posted office hours in accordance with departmentaland policies of the College.  Uses technology to assist in communicationwith students.  Encourages a sense of community among students for learningboth inside and outside the classroom. 
Advises potential or current students within the discipline about the program,career, or transfer options available to assist with degree completion. Refers students to appropriate student and academic support services availableat the College or in the community.

Continuous Improvement

Promotes continual improvement aspart of the cycle of teaching and learning by: assisting, as appropriate, inthe maintenance of instructional materials and laboratory facilities;contributing, as appropriate, to the development, selection, and improvement ofinstructional materials, laboratories, and other instructional facilities;providing guidance in the development, maintenance, and design of coursedescription, course outlines, and syllabi; recommending modifications to thecurriculum and participating in the design of new curricula.   
Completes all mandatory performance evaluation measures within specified timelimits and participates in all required training by the College.  Sharesbest practices with colleagues in formal or informal settings. Participates in instructional, departmental, or institutional research toimprove educational effectiveness.  Evaluates teaching and assessmentpractices to continue improving them. 

Provides feedback, as appropriate,regarding the general operations of the department, division and theCollege.  Provides advice and/or assistance to faculty within thedepartment, division, or College.  Attends faculty meetings as called by thePresident, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean or DepartmentChairperson; and participates, as appropriate, on departmental and divisionalcommittees.

Professional Development

Maintains a personal portfolio fortenure and promotion review and other career-related needs. Employs student,administrative and self-appraisals to establish goals and objectives forprofessional development, and participates in professional developmentactivities. Contributes, as appropriate, to the planning, evaluation, and/orpresentation of college professional development programs. Maintains requiredprofessional credentials, licensing, and continuing education hours asdisciplinary standards dictate. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Helpsto ensure the College meets its responsibilities in identifying areas ofopportunity and systemic concerns, while reporting complaints allegingdiscrimination.

Createsa welcoming, inclusive, equitable, and productive work and learningenvironment, where all students, faculty members, and college employees feelvalued and able to contribute to their full potential, regardless of theirdifferences. Ensures accessible and inclusive curriculum design and teachingstrategies, and specifically promotes, advises, and supports curriculumdevelopment aimed at creating a diverse and equitable learning environment.

Fostersand maintains a safe environment of respect and inclusion for faculty, staff,students, and members of the community.

Other Duties andResponsibilities

Provides consultative assistanceto and advises, as appropriate, student organizations and groups. Contributesto the community and/or the profession as a representative of the College.Participates in local, statewide, or national levels in the advancement of thediscipline and/or the two-year college mission. Works a varying schedule,including nights & weekends to meet departmental needs. Other duties asrequired.

Usual PhysicalRequirements

Reasonable accommodations may bemade to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential jobfunctions described in this position description. While performing duties ofthis job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering datainto computer. The employee frequently sits for periods of time, stands, andwalks. Employee converses verbally or manually with others in person as well asby telephone. Vision demands include close, relatively detailed vision whenfocusing on a computer screen. Employee occasionally lifts up to 10 pounds.

Working Conditions

Typical office and classroomenvironment. Regular exposure to moderate noise typical to businessoffices. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of: digital course development and delivery; on-line instruction techniques and methods computers, software, including cloud applications, to include Microsoft Office applications (Work, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint); instructional best practices; global issues and a genuine curiosity for societal and world affairs, specifically in higher education.Skill in: strong verbal and written communications; maintaining good public relations; customer service; creative problem-solving; excellent judgement; conflict resolution; general typing; application of job software programs; course design and development; digital course development and delivery; social media; providing quality instruction, including active and collaborative teaching techniques, and support to a diverse student body; learning technologies and use of multi-media technology to enhance student learning; instructional planning and presentation; incorporating critical thinking, effective communication, and other general education outcomes in course content.Ability to: collaborate with the College’s community partners, including K-12 organizations, higher education institutions, as well as business and industry; demonstrate collegiality and collaboration across all college divisions; manage curriculum development projects perform student learning outcomes assessments; demonstrate teaching strategies that focus on student-centered learning; demonstrate a commitment to improving student learning through innovative strategies that aid student success and retention and reflect current educational trends; adapt to multi-campus organizational work environments, as well as changes in discipline; maintain confidential and sensitive information, including FERPA; perform complex tasks and prioritize multiple projects; develop, plan and implement goals; work independently.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Philosophy or closely related field with at least 18 graduate hours specifically in Philosophy.
  • At least three (3) years prior teaching experience at the college level.
  • State Motor Vehicle Operator's License or demonstrable ability to gain access to work site(s). 

Preferred Qualifications: Broad experience with teaching survey courses in Philosophy; specializations in Logic and Symbolic Logic. Experience in curriculum development and articulation.

Additional Information:  Applicants must be willing to work with high school students and teachers to fulfill the college’s commitment to College Credit Plus which may require travel to central Ohio’s schools.College Credit Plus (CCP) is Ohio’s dual enrollment program that provides students in grades 7-12 the opportunity to earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking courses from Ohio colleges or universities. The purpose of this program is to enhance students’ career readiness and post-secondary success, while providing a wide variety of options to college-ready students, at no or limited costs to students and families. Columbus State is fully committed to supporting College Credit Plus and invites candidates with an interest in this initiative to apply.Applicants must attach curriculum vitae, cover letter, and appropriate transcripts with application.

Salary Details: 9 Month Instructor Salary $43,460--$48,675

Optional Summer Semester (Full load): $13,413--$15,023

Optional Overload (maximum amounts shown):

           --Autumn Semester(12 contact hours): $10,368

           --Spring Semester(12 contact hours): $10,368

           --Summer Semester(9 contact hours): $7,776


About Columbus State Community College

Columbus State is one of the largest colleges in Ohio, serving approximately 45,000 students annually. Committed to equity and accessibility, and driven to innovate on behalf of our students and our community at large, Columbus State is positioned as Central Ohio’s front door to higher education. Embracing a partnership mindset, Columbus State collaborates with university partners to provide affordable bachelor’s degree options, and with the region’s major employers to develop relevant, real-world educational offerings that produce in-demand workforce talent.


Columbus State offers convenient access to classes and college services at its locations across Central Ohio. Our Columbus Campus is located in the downtown Creative Campus neighborhood of the city’s Discovery District, while our Delaware Campus serves students in the fast-growing northern part of the region. Our Regional Learning Centers are located in Dublin, Grove City, Reynoldsburg, Westerville at Otterbein University, and The Southwest Center at Bolton Field.

National Recognition

Columbus State’s commitment to diverse, equitable and inclusive outcomes for our students and a better society is reflected in our recognition as the 2019 Leah Meyer Austin Award winner by Achieving the Dream, a national network dedicated to eliminating equity gaps in community college education. Columbus State is an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction and a 2021 member of its Racial Equity Leadership Academy initiative to further institutional racial equity change.

Points of Distinction

• In August 2019, Columbus State opened the new home for its School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, Mitchell Hall.

• The College is a leader in The College Credit Plus Program, an Ohio Department of Education strategy aimed at increasing educational attainment.

• Thanks to its strong academic foundation, Columbus State is extremely successful in the grant-writing arena, with 98 active grants from federal and state agencies, corporations, philanthropic organizations, and other sources with a total value of $70.4 million.

• Columbus State holds an annual Day of Service, where hundreds of students, faculty, and staff volunteer at dozens of locations around the area, totaling nearly 2,500 hours of service each year.

• In 2018, Columbus State adopted Four Pillars of Student Financial Stability and is actively partnering with community organizations to help solve issues of housing and food insecurity for our students.

• In 2019, the Mid-Ohio Market at Columbus State opened on the Columbus Campus to help address food insecurity for students and the larger community.

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