Oakton Community College, Humanities and Philosophy
World Religions and World Mythologies
|Institution Type:||Two-Year College|
|Location:||Illinois, United States|
|Position:||Tenure Track Faculty|
About Oakton Community College:
Oakton Community College, a caring community of educators dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning, seeks Humanities and Philosophy faculty to join our College.
Founded in 1969, Oakton is a comprehensive two-year community college offering associate's degree programs and non-credit courses in northern Cook County, Illinois. Oakton's 147-acre main campus sits in a forest preserve in Des Plaines, Illinois. A second campus in Skokie serves residents on the eastern side of the District and is home to the Art, Science, and Technology Pavilion. The College also offers continuing education classes at off-campus locations throughout the region, and many students pursue studies at home through our distance learning program. The College has undertaken a five year, $68.5 million Master Plan which included the construction of a new Science and Health Careers building on the Des Plaines campus.
Oakton is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The College is recognized by the Illinois Community College Board and is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges, as well as numerous professional organizations.
Oakton's 720 full- and part-time faculty members' true passion is teaching. In small classes, our faculty engage students as individuals and guide their learning experience.
Oakton Community College seeks to fill one full-time, tenure-track Humanities and Philosophy faculty position beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year in August 2017.
The successful applicant would be a lead instructor for World Religions courses, and would be expected to teach other interdisciplinary Philosophy and Humanities courses.
Candidates are especially valued who are committed to furthering the department’s and college’s goals of fostering an inclusive, anti-racist and anti-bias learning environment.
Essential Functions of the Position:
- Construction of a course syllabus, consistent with the generic course syllabus that stipulates course objectives, content, and grading criteria.
- Preparation of course presentations and instructional materials for lecture.
- Delivery of instruction, including being prepared for and meeting courses at scheduled times.
- Consultation with and evaluation of students.
- Maintenance of clear records on student performance, as well as any other factors such as attendance involved with the grading of students.
- Compliance with departmental and institutional policies and procedures including but not limited to submission of midterm and final grades, keeping office hours, and decisions regarding instructional matters such as texts, assignments, and grading standards; also adhering to provisions of the collective bargaining agreement.
- Participation and compliance with departmental decisions regarding instructional matters such as texts, assignments, and grading standards.
- Participation in department and/or institutional assessments of student learning.
- Participation in department and/or institutional surveys.
- Participation on appropriate standing and/or ad hoc committees within the Humanities and Philosophy department and the Division of Languages, Humanities and the Arts.
- Participation in college wide activities, such as a college wide committee or task force, faculty governance, accreditation studies, student activities/clubs/organizations, planning and/or implementation of college wide professional development activities, college related external professional meetings and activities, planning and/or implementation of college related social or fund raising functions, and other college related community activities mutually agreed upon by the Dean and the faculty member.
- Compliance with institutional procedures.
A Master’s degree in Philosophy or Religion is required.
An ability to teach World Religions with an emphasis on ethical, social and philosophical issues; specialization in non-western religious tradition(s); an ability to teach World Mythologies or other humanities courses from an interdisciplinary perspective; prior college teaching experience, and an earned doctorate in Philosophy or Religion are preferred. Other preferred qualifications include:
- Participation in departmental and institutional service.
- Development and delivery of courses using learning management software (such as D2L or Blackboard).
- Demonstrated experience working with a culturally diverse student population.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse workforce.
- Understanding of and commitment to diversity and cultural competence.
We encourage applications from candidates who reflect the increasing diversity of Oakton's student body and community, who will enhance and promote engagement with other cultures and have a demonstrated commitment to working with and as part of a multicultural faculty and diverse student body and community.
The full time faculty member's workload during the nine month academic year is 30 lecture hour equivalents (LHEs). The average teaching load is 15 LHEs in the Fall and Spring semesters.
The academic calendar consists of 169 working days; instructional days total 153 of the working days within the academic calendar. Four days are used for instruction, final student evaluations, or course culminating activities. Two days are designated for grading, and one day is associated with commencement which is assigned on a three year rotation. The remaining nine days are designated for professional development, course preparation, student orientation, assessment, advising, registration, and/or college or departmental activities.
The faculty member is expected to have a minimum of 10 regular office hours per week during the Fall and Spring semesters.
The College expects full time faculty to participate in professional development activities and to engage in institutional and departmental service.
The hiring range for full time faculty is based on a 9 month, no overload contract. Additional pay is received for teaching overloads and summer assignments. The minimum salary in the hiring range for the 2017-18 academic year is $51,927 and the maximum is $68,640.
A comprehensive benefit package is available which includes medical, vision, and dental insurance; flexible spending; term life insurance; tuition waivers and reimbursement; retirement; paid holidays; sick days; sabbatical leave; and a four day summer work week.
The full consideration deadline is December 11, 2016.
On campus screening interviews will be conducted by the search committee with selected applicants, and are anticipated to be held in late December 2016 or early January 2017. A teaching demonstration is part of the interview. Finalists will participate in a second round of on campus interviews with the Dean and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Finalist interviews are expected to be conducted during the period January 30 to February 3, 2017.
Appointment to a faculty position is contingent upon approval by the College's Board of Trustees. It is anticipated that this appointment will be taken to the Board of Trustees for approval at the February 21, 2017 Board of Trustees meeting.
The faculty member appointed to the position begins employment on August 14, 2017.
Interviewees will be reimbursed for expenses associated with travel in excess of 50 miles to the interviews.
To become an applicant, interested individuals must complete and submit the online application found on the Oakton website. Electronic copies of a cover letter, resume/cv, list of three (3) references with contact information, two letters of recommendation and transcripts must be uploaded by the applicant to the Oakton employment website. Uploaded documents need to be under 2 MB in size and in either .doc, .txt, or .pdf format. A total of 8 separate documents may be uploaded to an application file that has been successfully submitted to the College.
An unofficial copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of application. Official transcripts for all degrees earned are required prior to appointment.
Recommendation letters may either be original documents with signature or e-mailed from the reference to firstname.lastname@example.org. Official transcripts or a placement/credential file should be e-mailed to email@example.com. Official transcripts or placement/credential files sent by postal mail should be sent to:
Oakton Community College
Faculty Search HUMPHL-17
c/o Human Resources
1600 East Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Please contact Craig Ahrndt, Assistant to the Chief Human Resources Officer at 847.635.1676 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you encounter any difficulties with electronic submission of these documents.
The full consideration deadline is December 11, 2016. Required transcripts, letters of recommendation, resume/cv, cover letter, and list of references with contact information are also to be submitted by December 11, 2016. The posting will be removed from the Oakton website at 11:59 pm eastern US time zone on December 12, 2016. Once posted positions are removed from the website, no additional applications will be accepted.
Oakton Community College is an equal opportunity employer.
Please contact Craig Ahrndt, Assistant to the Chief Human Resources Officer at 847.635.1676 or email@example.com if you encounter any difficulties with electronic submission of these documents
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