Assistant Professor- Criminal Justice /Corrections TENURE TRACK

Grand Rapids, Kent County / Wyoming, Kent County
Apr 07, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
GRCC is seeking 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. Faculty members are responsible to GRCC and to each other for the successful completion of departmental work, as well as work associated with the School of Workforce Development and GRCC as a whole. In addition to the major position responsibilities, it is expected that faculty demonstrate outstanding communications 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 Major Teaching Responsibilities: - Teach and maintain courses in Corrections as well as other Criminal Justice courses. - Develop curriculum that aligns with The Michigan Correctional Officers’ Training Council and The Michigan Sheriffs’ Coordinating and Training Council requirements. - Provide instruction in both online and on-ground modalities. - Effectively assess, document, and advise students regarding their academic performance. - Demonstrate a commitment to a learning centered environment. - Incorporate new technologies and methods for enhanced teaching and learning into instructional methods. Major Student Service Responsibilities: - Advise students on curriculum, academic programs, and employment and career goals. - Participate in departmental student academic advising plans. - Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of students from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of abilities. Department and College Service Responsibilities: - Contribute to the growth and development of the department and the College by participating in academic program review; curriculum development, evaluation and revision; committee membership; department and advisory committee meetings. - Assist the Department Head in the preparation of reports and other required documents. - Assist in marketing and promoting of departmental and college programs and events. - Promote the department by creating partnerships with state and local communities, businesses and schools. - Lead, advise and support adjunct faculty to ensure consistent standards and instructional practices within each course. - Adhere to college processes, policies and contractual obligations. - Support the College’s Strategic Plan through departmental and college action projects as appropriate. - Support the department and the college through other work expected of GRCC faculty members. Job specifications Education - Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice or related field. Experience - Minimum of two years (4000 hours) of industry related work experience. - Must have a minimum of two years employment in a position directly involved with the custody, care and control of the following groups: - Incarcerated felons or misdemeanants. - Probationary felons or misdemeanants. - Paroled felons. - Incarcerated juvenile offenders. - Community College teaching experience or experience teaching adult learners. 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. - Demonstrated initiative and problem-solving abilities. - Ability to perform routine and unexpected duties with minimum supervision. - Proven ability to provide excellent customer service to students and staff in an academic setting. - 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. - Adhere to the code of ethics, safety regulations, and use sound judgment in regards to safety of self and others. - Ability to cope effectively with the emotional demands associated with various learning environments Physical Demands - Excellent written and oral communication skills. - Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time. - Must possess skills necessary to relate to others verbally and/or in writing Working Conditions - Classroom environment in an academic setting. - Ability to travel to external sites Method of Application Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position. To apply for this position, please visit our website at Submit a cover letter and resume in one document. The opportunity to apply for this position will close on May 3, 2014 at 11:59 PM. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Grand Rapids Community College is committed to a diverse and inclusive work and learning environment. GRCC creates an including 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 (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, height, weight, national origin, disability, 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 stated and federal law. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, Mi 49503-3295.