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Affiliate Assistant Professor American Sign Language

Grand Rapids Community College

Job Description

Date: May 26, 2022
Position Title: Affiliate Assistant Professor American Sign Language
(End Date: April 2023 - One year appointment)

Department: Language and Thought
Job ID: 1352
Work Hours/Schedule: 32 weeks (Fall & Winter Semesters)
Compensation: Consistent with Faculty Association contract
Start Date: Fall 2022
Reports to: Associate Dean, School of Liberal Arts*
Posting Close Date: June 26, 2022 (Initial Review June 9, 2022)

*GRCC Academic and Student Affairs is completing a reorganization that will be in effect July 1, 2022. This position will
be a part of the new School of Liberal Arts.

GRCC is seeking an affiliate 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. Affiliate Faculty are full-time non-tenure track, classroom faculty, and are hired to develop new programs which require new course development, expertise that does not exist with current faculty, and result in a new certificate, degree, credential, or pre major.

Faculty members are responsible to GRCC and to each other for the successful completion of departmental work, as well as associated with the School of Liberal Arts and GRCC as a whole. It is expected that faculty demonstrate outstanding communication 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
? Teach American Sign Language (ASL) courses as a full-time faculty member
? Coordinator duties may include:
? Lead adjunct faculty in ASL – recruitment, orientation, and mentoring
? Provide schedule recommendations to the Department Chair
? Be a point of contact for all ASL questions from internal and external communities
? As requested by students, provide assessments for students to help determine class placement
? Serve as the department liaison for dual enrollment inquiries
? Advise students of additional opportunities at other colleges and universities to continue their study of
? Curriculum duties may include:
? Review and revise current ASL curriculum (align Sign Language 3 and Fingerspelling with LCC guidelines)
? Develop a Sign to Voice course
? Develop a 1+2+1 program with LCC and Siena Heights University
? Develop a partnership with Lansing Community College Interpreter Program
? Explore practicum opportunities for students in the Grand Rapids area
? Create partnership with local high schools to recruit students and potentially offering courses on site
? Work with Communications Department to market ASL opportunities and curriculum to students and
? Participate fully as a member of the Language and Thought Department in such activities as department meetings, curriculum development, assessment, evaluation, course revision work, committee membership, textbook selection, community outreach and other duties as determined by the College.
? Provide leadership and mentoring for adjuncts as needed or requested by the department.


? Bachelor’s degree required
? Master’s degree preferred
? Minimum one of the following certifications: BEI, Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) level Advanced or
ASLPI Level 4, EIPA 4.0+, ASLTA, NIC, NIC Advanced, NIC Master, CI/CT, CSC

Work Experience
? Community college experience preferred -Successful teaching experience in the discipline preferred

Equipment Use/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities
? Appropriate technology required to perform the duties of the position

Physical Demands
? Excellent written and oral communication skills.
? Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time.

Mental Demands
? Add mental demands here
? 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.
? A commitment to serve the Kent County community.
? Demonstrated initiative and organizational and problem-solving abilities.
? Ability to perform routine and unexpected duties with minimum supervision.
? 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.

Working Conditions
? Grand Rapids Community College will comply with any mandated health and safety requirements. Employees will be directed to our GRCC Policy(s) for compliance information.
? Classroom environment in an academic setting.
? Ability to work in a high traffic, indoor office environment.

Grand Rapids Community College provides an excellent benefits experience for our GRCC family. Our benefit package is
designed to enhance employees' health and well-being. Part-time employees have different benefits outlined in the
specific collective bargaining agreements and handbooks. Below is an overview of these benefits, additional details are
available on the Human Resources/Benefits website:
? Six health insurance plan options (includes a high deductible plan with a health savings account option).
? A unique dental & vision reimbursement program (includes coverage for adult orthodontia & lasik eye surgery).
? Employer sponsored retirement plans as well as voluntary retirement savings plans (403b or 457 plans)
? Tuition benefits at GRCC for you, your spouse and your dependents.
? Tuition reimbursement at other higher education institutions for you.
? Generous time off that includes sick, vacation and personal leave banks.
? Paid holidays and holiday shutdown period in late December!

Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position at https://www.grcc.edu/jobs. Submit a cover letter and resume in one document. The opportunity to apply for this position will close on June 26, 2022 at 11:59PM. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are enc

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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