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Adjunct Instructor of English

Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids, IA, IA

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To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.

$1284 per credit hour of instruction.

Under minimal supervision, Kirkwood Community College is seeking an instructor to teach fully in-person English classes on the Main Campus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and at the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa in Coralville, Iowa starting Fall 2023. Meeting days and times vary.

The instructor must evaluate, record, and report student achievement and progress in assigned courses in accordance with department, division, and College policies and procedures.


  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions.
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success.
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.

    Constant (67-100%)

    • Effectively organize and teach English curriculum in accordance with established and/or developed syllabi.
    • Maintain current course syllabi for all courses taught. File a current copy of the syllabus at the beginning of each term in accordance with department guidelines.
    • Effectively organize and prepare learning activities for assigned courses in accordance with established syllabi.
    • Evaluate, record, and share student performance and progress on a regular basis and provide students with timely feedback.
    • Make student referrals when deemed necessary to the other college personnel such as the dean, counselor, Financial Aid, etc., for more specialized information and assistance.
    • Be able and willing to represent the college in the most positive manner with prospective, former, and current students, clients, suppliers, and the community we serve.
    • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as promote an environment that embraces differences, supports inclusion, and mitigates equity gaps.
    • Possess the ability to organize and present various concepts to a wide range of students with varying backgrounds and abilities, and adjust teaching techniques accordingly.
    • Prepare for, attend, and facilitate all classes and finals as scheduled.
    • Establish and maintain good working relationships with students, colleagues, staff, administrators, and the general public.
    • Communicate in advance to staff, dean, and associate dean when class is cancelled, moved to another location (such as the library), or taught by someone other than you.
    • Send or submit your course syllabi to the office staff at the beginning of each semester.
    • Check rosters to ensure that students in your section are registered for your section.
    • Report attendance for financial aid purposes.
    • Respond to students and to their work in a civil and timely fashion.
    • Report midterm grades and final grades accurately and by the published deadlines.
    • Respond to staff questions about scheduling matters.
    • Respond to staff questions for book orders.
    • Respond to staff and administrative communications about individual students.
    • Respond with data for the department assessment projects.
    • Attend to your Kirkwood email each weekday.


    Position involves sitting and/or standing most of the time in a classroom setting. Occasional (10-33%) repetitive motion, stooping, crouching, pushing, pulling, carrying and lifting up to 20 pounds. Frequent (34-66%) reaching, standing, walking, lifting and grasping.


    • A conferred Master’s Degree by date of appointment with at least 18 credit hours in English.
    • Familiarity or experience with teaching college writing at all levels.
    • Graduate coursework in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Instruction of Writing.
    • Experience teaching college composition at all levels.
    • Writing center or teaching experience at a community college.
    • Coursework in college pedagogy.
    • Demonstrated experience working with English Language Learners.
    EEO AA/STATEMENT:Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572, Email: or the director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email:


    Working at Kirkwood Community College 

    Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids is a globally recognized leader in higher education where learner success has always been a focal point. For more than 50 years, Kirkwood faculty and staff have cultivated a welcoming and motivating environment that meets students where they are, and helps them get exactly where they want to be. With one of the lowest tuition in the state, more than 130 programs to choose from, flexible class offerings, and convenient locations across seven counties in Eastern Iowa, Kirkwood makes higher education more accessible for people in all walks of life. Through affordable, innovative educational training and many impactful community partnerships, Kirkwood hopes to continue strengthening the regional workforce for years to come.

    As one of Cedar Rapids' top employers, Kirkwood strives to reward employees with a generous benefits package and perks, including:

    • Professional development opportunities
    • Free use of the Kirkwood Recreation Center
    • On campus retail discounts at places like our bookstore, Eagle Tech, cafeteria and hotel (yes, we have a hotel too!)
    • Free admission to performing arts and athletic events
    • Computer and software purchasing program through Eagle Tech, our Apple-authorized campus store
    • Employee tuition discounts and half-price tuition for family members
    • Generous leave policies that provide a work-life balance
    • Choice of retirement programs and unheard-of employer contribution
    • Competitive Total Rewards packages

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