Turfgrass and Irrigation Management Instructor

Walla Walla Community College

United States

February 27, 2022

Description

Turfgrass and Irrigation Management Instructor

Salary

$56,466.00 - $62,113.00 Annually

Location

Walla Walla, WA

Job Type

Full Time

Department

Ag. Science (C00)

Job Number

2022-1021 Ag Turf

Closing

Continuous

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    Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) is seeking applicants for a full- time, tenure-track Turfgrass and Irrigation Management Instructor at the Walla Walla campus. The start date is at the beginning of the Fall quarter in September 2022.

    At Walla Walla Community College, we inspire all students to discover their potential and achieve their goals by providing relevant, equitable, and innovative learning opportunities and services. We have identified three core themes that describe the fundamental aspects of the College's mission by translating it into practice: Student Success, Strong Communities, and Resource Stewardship. As an organization, we value learning opportunities, a sense of community, diversity, health and humor, excellence, integrity, teamwork, innovation, personal and professional growth, and sustainability.

    The agriculture faculty at WWCC are innovative and passionate professionals focused on student success. We are seeking a creative and dynamic individual who will become an active and engaged member of the Agriculture Department's team.

    Teaching and Related Responsibilities Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Curriculum development.
  • Provide clear explanations, assignments and directions for students with a varied degree of abilities.
  • Utilize best practices when implementing technology in the classroom.
  • Assign and submit grades and maintain student records.
  • Participate in assessments of college-wide and discipline-specific outcomes.
  • Administer frequent assessments, both formative and summative.
  • Provide students with a comprehensive syllabus that aligns with the Master Course Outline for each class.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours.
  • Adhere to the six Instructional Competencies (outlined below).
  • Work in partnership with the agriculture department faculty and staff and attend regular team meetings
  • Participate in commencement ceremonies, wearing academic robes, unless excused by the President
  • Related Responsibilities:

  • Advise and mentor students on program options, career plans and graduation requirements.
  • Participate in division, campus and college-wide meetings.
  • Serve on college and/or faculty committees.
  • Participate in community activities and form community and industrial partnerships as related to instructional assignments and interests.
  • Maintain excellence in and commitment to professional development activities, which include discipline-specific knowledge and best teaching practices.
  • Competencies

    There are six essential instructional competency areas that are valued for all teaching faculty at WWCC. These essential instructional competencies focus on student success, equity, and teaching.

  • Student Success Teaching Strategies – Implement and practice diverse teaching and learning strategies understanding that students come with different educational preparedness.
  • Outcomes-Based Design – Design curriculum, assignments, and projects that align with course and college-wide learning outcomes.
  • Assessment Develop student knowledge and mastery through consistent, timely formative and summative assessment.
  • Equity, Diversity, and Cultural Inclusivity – Design learning opportunities that recognize student diversity as well as foster a learning environment of inclusion and understanding.
  • Digital and Information Literacy – Ensure students have technological and digital literacy skills needed for success at university level academic institutions or professional-technical work occupations.
  • Commitment to Professional Development and College Life – Engage in continuous professional growth as well as participate in activities that promote the Walla Walla Community College's community and mission.
  • Minimum Qualifications This position requires a Bachelor's Degree in a field related to Turfgrass Management, Irrigation, Crop Science, Horticulture, or Agronomy.

    Desired Qualifications Equivalent experience may substitute for some of the following desired qualifications at the discretion of the College:

  • Demonstrated ability to teach turfgrass and irrigation concepts.
  • Commitment to serve the mission of the two-year college.
  • Demonstrated ability working with and relating to persons from varied cultural, ethnic, gender, age, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds, and creating a welcoming, inclusive learning environment.
  • Instructional approach centered on students and informed by culturally responsive teaching.
  • Willingness to adapt to the changing needs of students, the College and teaching methodologies.
  • Strong interest and willingness, and preferably demonstrated skill, in using technology to deliver relevant information face-to-face, online, as well as hybrid.
  • Ability to use varied instructional approaches within and between courses.
  • Ability to work with industry to improve student recruitment, review curriculum, and assist students in job placement.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional growth and interdisciplinary work.
  • Bilingual in Spanish
  • Recent teaching or training experience in turfgrass management or closely related field.
  • Recent professional supervisory experience in turfgrass management or closely related field.
  • Experience in student advising or mentoring
  • Experience with the community college system.
  • Experience using online learning management systems.
  • Conditions/Terms of Employment

    This is a full-time tenure-track faculty position exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Faculty terms and conditions of employment are negotiated with their exclusive bargaining representative, the Association for Higher Education. A complete copy of the agreement can be found on the WWCC Employment Page. Persons hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of lawful authorization to work in the United States within three (3) days of employment and official college transcripts. Candidate will be subject to a criminal history background check as a condition for consideration of employment. The College has joined the Fresh Air Campus Challenge and is a tobacco-free campus.

    COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement – Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) issued by the Governor of the state of Washington (amending Proclamation 20-05, et seq.), prohibits any worker from engaging in work for a State Agency after October 18, 2021 if the worker has not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19; and provided proof thereof to the agency.

    Workers for WWCC must provide proof of full vaccination again COVID-19, which includes CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or photo of the card; documentation of vaccination from a health care provider or electronic health record; or state immunization information system record. Exemptions may be made for documented medical or sincerely held religious beliefs. If you have questions about this requirement or the exemption process, please contact us at personnel@wwcc.edu.

    Compensation The College has a negotiated faculty salary schedule. Employee placement on the schedule is determined by education level and experience. Salary is dependent on the number of days of the contract and the candidate's placement on the negotiated faculty salary schedule. Initial placement is generally $56,466- $62,113 for a standard 176-day contract, dependent on qualifications (additional compensation for doctorate degree). The College has a comprehensive faculty benefit program including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; paid sick leave; and retirement plan. The college also supports faculty professional development. Walla Walla Community College requires all employees to participate in direct deposit for payment of salary.

    Required Application Materials

    This position will remain open until filled. For priority consideration, applications should be received by Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Applications will be reviewed on January 26 and following as received. To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required qualifications and competencies and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:

  • Online application (via NEOGOV)
  • A letter of interest that speaks specifically to the following:
  • your experience teaching or training a diverse population (e.g., varied cultural, ethnic, gender, age, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds);
  • your commitment to the community college mission of providing access and support to all who seek higher education;
  • evidence of continuing education to improve in your discipline-specific knowledge and instructional or training methods as a professional;
  • your familiarity with instructional technology for use in face-to-face classrooms, hybrid, and online teaching.
  • Curriculum vitae or comprehensive résumé.
  • Contact information for three professional references.
  • Responses to the supplemental questions
  • Unofficial transcripts for application purposes; official transcripts are required upon hire
  • NOTES: All of the above are required to ensure your consideration for this position. In addition, candidates selected for interviews will be asked to provide three letters of recommendation. WWCC also reserves the right to not fill this position, reject all applicants, reopen the position or make a direct appointment. Applications received during this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies at the College's discretion.

    If you have difficulty logging into your account, attaching documents, submitting your application, etc., please call NEOGOV Applicant Support at 1-855-524-5627. Walla Walla Community College is committed to provide equal opportunity and nondiscrimination for all educational and employment applicants as well as for its students and employed staff, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, including gender expression/identity, marital status, age (over 40), the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, the use of trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, or status as a Vietnam and/or disabled veteran, National Guard member or reservist in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Federal Rehabilitation of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and any other applicable Federal and Washington State laws against discrimination. To qualify for veteran's preference, you must attach a copy of your DD214 or NGB 22. The Human Resources Office is accessible to persons with disabilities. If you need accommodation in the application/ employment process, please call (509) 527-4323 - TDD (509) 527-4412.

    Medical, dental life and long term disability insurance benefits are provided as currently administered under the Public Employees Benefits Board;

    Participation in a retirement plan is required.

    Sick leave and personal leave benefits are available and determined by a collective bargaining agreement negotiated between the college and AHE, the exclusive bargaining representive.

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    Describe your instructional approach to teaching turfgrass and irrigation management to a diverse population of students (e.g. varied cultural, ethnic, gender, age, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds) who may face challenges inside and outside the classroom or workplace. Address how you would maintain academic standards while recognizing the challenges that students face. (approx. 250-500 words)

    02

    Please share a particular assignment or activity that you found, or would find, exceptionally effective for student learning. In your description, please describe how that assignment or activity highlighted, or would highlight, your strengths in teaching turfgrass or irrigation management. (approx. 250-500 words)

    03

    How do, or would, you integrate the principles of social, environmental, and economic stewardship into your approach instructing turfgrass and irrigation management? (approx. 250-500 words)

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    Agency

    Walla Walla Community College
    

    Address

     500 Tausick Way
    

    Walla Walla, Washington, 99362

    Phone

     509-527-3676
    

    Website

     https:// www. wwcc.edu/CMS/