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American Indian Studies Instructor

Central Wyoming College

Job Description

Instructional faculty has the important responsibility of creating an innovative learning environment both inside and outside the classroom to inspire success and excellence in student learning. Instructional faculty members are also expected to adhere to professional standards and ethics.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Teach various American Indian Studies classes.
  2. Keep current on degree requirements in order to advise students majoring in American Indian Studies, Tribal Leadership Option of the BAS and other academic areas as necessary.
  3. Work with CWC BOCHES and high school instructors to offer concurrent and/or dual credit courses within the CWC service area.
  4. Provide an outcomes-based and interdisciplinary focused curriculum.
  5. Instructional competency including knowledge of business well as an ability to evaluate student progress.
  6. Be student focused.
  7. Works with CWC’s Admissions Department to recruit students into CWC’s American Indian Studies programs including the Tribal Leadership Option of the BAS and all CWC programs.
  8. Participate in community outreach efforts as needed or desired.
  9. Use innovative pedagogies and emerging technology to enhance learning.
  10. Promote a collaborative learning environment that extends beyond the traditional classroom.
  11. Assist in department and program budget development and compliance.
  12. Actively participate in annual and five year academic program review(s) including assessment of student learning at the course, program and institution levels.
  13. Revise curriculum offerings as needed.
  14. Participates in college and university articulation conferences as required and attends department and division meetings.
  15. Share student information with other faculty and counselors when deemed appropriate, including progress reports, attendance records, etc.
  16. Post and maintain office hours.
  17. Represents division on college committees as required.
  18. Performs other reasonable or related duties as directed.


Position Specifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education
    • Master’s degree in American Indian Studies, Ethnic Studies, Sociology/Social Science with an American Indian Studies emphasis, or related disciplines from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Preferred Experience
    • Two years’ experience in teaching in a face-to-face classroom, a Zoom classroom or on-line at the community college level or university.
    • Intimate familiarity with both tribes on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
  • Licenses/Certifications
    • None required.
  • Equivalency Statement
    • Equivalent combinations of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Desired Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree preferred


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Knowledge of discipline taught.
  2. Considerable knowledge of American Indian tribal culture and customs.
  3. Considerable knowledge American Indian tribal governance and history.
  4. In-depth knowledge of the Wind River Indian Reservation history, both tribes and their governmental structure.
  5. Knowledge and understanding of curriculum development and assessment.
  6. Knowledge of various instructional pedagogies and technologies that enhance attainment of student learning outcomes.
  7. Commitment to exploring nontraditional approaches to education a comprehensive community college atmosphere.
  8. Knowledge of CWC policies, procedures and practices.
  9. Excellent knowledge and demonstrable ability to use personal computer software, preferably Microsoft applications
  10. Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
  11. Ability to relate to a broad range of students.
  12. Ability to promote a positive atmosphere of teamwork and cooperation both with the college and the community.
  13. Ability to organize, prioritize and follow multiple projects and tasks through to completion within established deadlines.
  14. Ability to maintain confidentiality and to effectively identify and resolve problems
  15. Ability to teach using technology in the classroom.
  16. Ability to maintain professional relationships with students, colleagues and supervisors.
  17. Ability to relate with a diverse population in a professional, helpful manner and be a team player.
  18. Ability to perform administrative/clerical duties such as: technical telephone usage, copying documents, learning new software programs, integrating Learning Management System into on-site and online classes, entering data—ex. grades, retention
  19. Ability to apply communications skills in the areas of composing, editing, listening, presentations
  20. Ability to apply management skills in areas of procuring equipment, planning student projects, setting standards
  21. Ability to apply public relations, research and technical skills in an instructional setting such as thinking on your feet, contacting people, long term projects, interviewing, originating new ideas, writing,
  22. Nature of relationships requires interaction exchange of information in the same department and outside of department.
  23. Required to participate on campus in semiannual CWC in-service.


Level of Supervision

Work is performed under the general direction of the Dean. Plans own time to meet predetermined schedules; work is subject to general supervision and review. Follows general instructions and directions and makes recommendations for own work and department area. Has some freedom of choice in approach to problems, methods of operations and the setting of goals and objectives.


Working Environment

Reasonable accommodation will be extended to otherwise qualified individuals with a legally recognized disability.

  • Equipment Used
    • Performance of work requires operating a PC Computer, laptop, and other related instructional technology.
  • Physical Requirements
    • Sedentary work, up to ten pounds of force to exerting. Pulling, climbing, kneeling, lifting, grasping, standing particularly for sustained periods of time and/or sitting particularly for sustained periods of time (on-line instructing); extensive keyboarding and computer work; walking or moving about to accomplish tasks; talking including expressing or exchanging ideas; and hearing includes the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication and seeing, the ability to perceive the nature of objects by the eye.
  • Environmental Conditions
    • Work is generally performed in a classroom or office setting.


This position description is not intended, and should not be construed, to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required.


CWC is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. We are committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.  

If you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position, please call 307-855-2112 or email cwchr@CWC.edu.

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