Computer Science Professor - Tenure Track

Tacoma Community College

United States

February 10, 2022

Description

Computer Science Professor - Tenure Track

Salary

See Position Description

Location

Tacoma WA 98466, WA

Job Type

Full Time

Department

Academic Affairs

Job Number

22-02-FAC #MON

  • Description
  • Benefits
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  • Position Summary

    Two positions to be filled.

    Who We Are (TCC) Located in the scenic Puget Sound area with Mount Rainier in the distance, Tacoma is the third largest city in Washington State with a thriving and diverse community of over 200,000 residents. ?Tacoma Community College (TCC) was built on the?ancestral territory of Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Puyallup. The 1854 Medicine Creek Treaty forcibly removed them to the Puyallup Reservation to make way for settlers; we recognize the privilege of utilizing this land has come at great cost. ?We honor the resilience of the Puyallup people, who still live here, defend their rights, and contribute greatly to the well-being of this community. ?Our institution aims to increase partnerships and community ties with the local indigenous populations. TCC is committed to increasing Native visibility by developing more culturally responsive curriculum. ?Moreover, TCC stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the Black community by further strengthening collaboration with the Black Student Union as well as community entities such as the Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective, the Tacoma Urban League, and local black-owned businesses. We are committed to infusing and incorporating more educational content focused on the lives and experiences of the Black community into our curriculum. ? We continually strive to become an anti-racist institution.

    Tacoma Community College is a public two-year institution that serves a diverse population of approximately 12,000 students. Our students reflect the diversity of our community; we serve 27% students of color, 60% female, and a median age of 26. We embrace our identity as a community college. Our Mission Statement says, “As the community's college, we create meaningful learning, advance equity, and strengthen student and community success.” Our faculty are engaged in innovative work to improve student retention and program completion. According to the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, TCC ranks high on measures of active learning and academic challenge, thanks to our creative and scholarly faculty. To grow this workforce, we seek to recruit faculty who exemplify similar attributes:

  • Commitment to educating a racially and socioeconomically diverse student population,
  • Reflects the diversity of our community,
  • Values intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching,
  • Honors the campus mission promoting equitable access to educational opportunities,
  • Cares about student success and collaborates on strategies to facilitate success for historically underserved populations,
  • Welcomes difference and models respectful interaction with others, and
  • Engages with the community both within and outside of TCC.
  • The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Division, which includes around 35 full-time faculty, serves our diverse student population. We offer courses for STEM majors who transfer to colleges and universities throughout the nation, our pre-allied health students, and general education courses. We also proudly have a Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) program, with the stated goal of diversifying the STEM workforce. Computer Science is part of the CAPE (Computer Science, Astronomy, Physics, and Engineering) department. The department is a small, collaborative group of about 10 faculty members. As a Computer Science professor, you will have the opportunity to provide direction and grow the program, with a focus on increasing diversity within the discipline.

    REGIONAL SETTING For information on Tacoma and the surrounding area: https: // www. tacomacc.edu/tcc-life/lifeintacoma

    TCC, winner of the 2020 Association of Community College Trustees Equity Award for the entire Pacific Region, invites you to apply for the position of Computer Science Professor (Tenure Track). This is a full-time tenure- track position which entails preparing and teaching Computer Science and related courses and supporting the ongoing programs of Tacoma Community College. This position occasionally may be assigned classes to be taught on evenings or weekends, or at our Gig Harbor campus. This position reports to the Dean for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This position is expected to start in Fall 2022.

    Essential Functions

  • Prepare and teach courses in computer science (Java), both online and in-person.
  • Develop and revise curriculum as necessary.
  • Advise students, helping them to form sound educational and career plans.
  • Actively participate in departmental initiatives, serve on college committees, and participate in college governance.
  • Develop and participate in efforts to recruit and retain students into the engineering and computer science programs.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with local university engineering and computer science programs.
  • Participate in STEM Division equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) efforts and work towards promoting an anti-racist curriculum.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
  • Qualifications

    Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in computer science, engineering, physics, math, information technology, or closely related field.
  • OR

  • Bachelor's Degree in computer science, engineering, physics, math, information technology, or closely related field and Master's Degree in education or closely related field.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Teaching experience related to the requirements of this position.
  • Openness to learning new skills to prepare and teach courses as needed by the department. These courses may include areas such as electric circuits, applied numerical methods (with Matlab), mathematics, and/or engineering graphics (SolidWorks).
  • Strong academic background in computer science, computer engineering, and/or electrical engineering.
  • Experience or academic background with other programming languages (C++, Python).
  • Work experience in computer science, electrical engineering, or a related field.
  • Condition of Employment

  • Successful completion of a criminal history background check.
  • Proof of completed COVID-19 Vaccination is required upon hiring and employment at TCC.
  • The Successful Candidate Must Demonstrate

  • Experience or background to teach courses within the Computer Science curriculum.
  • A strong commitment to teaching in a community college setting, responding to the broad-ranging needs of a racially and socioeconomically diverse student population.
  • Ability to develop and revise curriculum.
  • Commitment to helping students improve their communication, critical thinking, and teamwork skills.
  • Passion to provide vision for the direction of the computer science program on campus.
  • Ability and interest to advise students, both individually and in student groups or clubs.
  • Ability and interest to develop and participate in recruitment and retention efforts for Computer Science students, particularly historically under-represented groups, such as black, brown, and female students.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with students, colleagues, and staff.
  • Ability and willingness to develop well-coordinated relationships with other academic institutions.
  • Application Process

    Application Process All complete applications received by the priority consideration date will be reviewed by a screening committee. Selected candidates will be invited for interview which may include a teaching demonstration. Complete application packages must include the following:

  • Tacoma Community College online application.
  • Resume & cover letter describing how your educational background and experience align with the responsibilities and qualifications.
  • Copies of transcripts for all colleges and universities attended.
  • Tacoma Community College is committed to eliminating barriers and systems of oppression so we may serve all learners AND support each other as colleagues. We strive to be an anti-racist institution and value compassion, respect, and continuous improvement. A critical component of this is the understanding that the work of cultivating Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) belongs to all employees. Please address both parts below.
  • Please provide a teaching philosophy that shows how you reflect on your own positionality, how you use your cultural capital to enrich the student experience, how you value and encourage student application of cultural capital, and how you can help us to move towards the College's strategic goal of advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • How do you incorporate antiracism into your teaching practices?
  • Terms of Employment This is a full-time tenure track faculty position contracted on an annual basis. Placement on the faculty salary schedule will be commensurate with educational background and experience. The salary will be prorated to reflect the actual contract days remaining in the academic year. A collective bargaining agreement exists, and membership in the TCC Federation of Teachers or payment of a service fee is available upon hire. Evening and off campus assignments may be a part of the instructional load. Flexibility is required to meet the needs of the department. Degrees must be from accredited colleges or universities recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and verified by National Student Clearinghouse.

    Tacoma Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). Provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Title VII and Title IX, 253-566-5050; the Section 504 Officer in Student Affairs. Tacoma Community College is a smoke-free/drug free environment. This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and or modified without notice.

    Tacoma Community College

    Human Resources

    6501 S 19th St Bldg. 14, Tacoma WA 98466

    https:// www. tacomacc.edu/about/employment

    01

    Which best describes your level of education?

  • High School graduate or equivalent
  • Some College
  • Associates degree from an accredited college or university
  • Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university
  • Masters degree or higher from an accredited college or university
  • 02

    What is the area or discipline of your degree?

    03

    Do you have a Bachelor's Degree in computer science, engineering, physics, math, information technology, or closely related field and Master's Degree in education or closely related field.

  • Yes
  • No
  • 04

    Tell us about your teaching experience as related to the requirements of this position?

    05

    Please describe your openness to learning new skills to prepare and teach courses as needed by the department.

    06

    Do you have strong academic background in computer science, computer engineering, and/or electrical engineering and experience or academic background with other programming languages (C++, Python). Please describe briefly.

    07

    Do you have professional work experience in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or a closely related field? Describe briefly.

    Required Question

    Agency

    Tacoma Community College
    

    Address

     6501 S 19th Street
    

    Tacoma, Washington, 98466

    Website

     https:// www. tacomacc.edu/about/employment
    

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