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Adjunct Faculty - Corrections

Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Rapids

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Adjunct Faculty - Corrections

Date: January 18, 2017

Title: Adjunct Faculty - Corrections

Position number: 773

Work Schedule: Hiring Immediately to begin March 2017

The Sheriffs' Corrections Academy Certificate is a 7-week program that will be offered in the Winter and Fall semesters, with consideration to run special academies during the summer semesters.

Reports to: Associate Dean, School of Workforce Development and Corrections Academy Coordinator

General Information

The College is interested in seeking candidates to teach in our new Sheriff's Corrections Academy Certificate program. The Sheriff's Corrections Academy is a pre-service and in-service academy that prepares students to become certified as Sheriff's Corrections Officers in Michigan. This training academy meets the requirements to prepare candidates to assume the role and function of corrections officers in a local correctional facility. A criminal background check will be conducted on all finalists prior to employment with Grand Rapids Community College.

Essential Job Functions

  • Teach courses related to the Sheriff's Corrections Academy Certificate program.

  • 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, labs, 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.


Education and Credentials

  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice or related field required. Master's degree preferred. Candidates with an Associate's degree in Criminal Justice who meet MSCTC requirements described below may also be considered.

  • All Academy Instructors must be currently approved by the Michigan Sheriff's Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC), or obtain the required MSCTC approval before teaching in the Academy.

  • Defensive Tactics Certification by an MSCTC approved vendor required for some course assignments (COR 102).

  • Fire Science Certification and/or MSCTC train-the-trainer course required for some course assignments (COR 105).

  • First Aid/CPR/AED Certification by an MSCTC approved vendor required for some course assignments (COR 105).


  • All Academy instructors must be currently working in, or have worked in a jail setting within the last 2 years, in accordance with the MSCTC standards.

  • Additionally, a minimum of 2 years of related work experience (4,000 hours) is required.

  • 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.


  • 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 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

Demonstrate, assist and/or support students with:

  • Physical Strength - lift large bags/ boxes of ingredients, pots, pans, etc., up to 40 lbs. Ability to walk, bend, stoop, kneel, stretch and reach. Ability to stand for long periods of time.

  • Mobility - stand, lift, reach, bend, stretch, and provide support and stability while moving expeditiously around the dining room, kitchen, and storage areas for up to five hours at a time. Sufficient independent mobility including the ability to maneuver in restricted spaces. Move quickly in an emergency.

  • Visual Discrimination - sufficient vision to differentiate movements and distinguish colors, read printed material at close range (12 inches or less).

  • Coordination - sufficient motor skills, eye-hand coordination skills, manipulative skills and sensory function in one upper extremity may be needed to assist and demonstrate culinary procedures and practices.

  • Manual Dexterity - sufficient fine motor skills to manipulate objects and people safely.

  • Taste - ability to distinguish between and among flavors, spices, temperature and mouth feel (smoothness, pungency, etc.) of food and beverages.

  • Smell - ability to distinguish between and among odors and scents as to their appeal and level of intensity.

  • Touch - ability to ascertain the texture of objects or commodities such as smooth/coarse, sharp/dull, as well as temperature, stability, etc.

  • Hearing - ability to hear verbal orders and warnings such as those needed to direct production or call out dangerous situations such as carrying hot liquids or sharp knives.

Working Conditions

  • Classroom environment in an academic setting.

  • Ability to work in a high traffic, noisy, indoor environment.

  • Ability to work flexible hours.

Method of Application

To apply for this position, please visit our website at Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position. Please include your resume, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. 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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