Faculty (Fall 2021) - Cyber Defense/Networking; Computer Information Technology

Title: Faculty (Fall 2021)Cyber Defense/Networking Faculty; Computer Information Technology

Position #: 350460

Anticipated Closing Date: March 21, 2021

Department: Business and Computer Technology

Required Documents Needed to Upload at Time of Application:

· Cover Letter

· Resume

· Unofficial Transcripts

Reference check requirements:

· Supervisory roles: two (2) current or former supervisors and one (1) current or former direct report

· Personal references (friends, co-workers, clergy, customers, relatives) are not considered acceptable references

Job Location:

The primary job location is the College’s Strawberry Plains Campus. Classes may also be taught in other locations in the College’s two-county service area.

Job Objectives:

To contribute to the success of Pellissippi State students through effective teaching, advising, continuous professional development, and service to the College and the community.

About Pellissippi State Community College

Pellissippi State Community College is one of 40 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. TBR is the governing board of the College System of Tennessee, offering more than 400 programs of study at the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus. The college is the largest community college in Tennessee by enrollment. Pellissippi State Community College offers eligible employees a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement programs, time off including annual and sick leave, and much more.

In 2018, Pellissippi State became a member of an Achieve the Dream (ATD) three-year cohort adopting a theme of Start Strong, Stay Strong, Finish Strong for our work. Achieve the Dream has partnered with the program Integrated Student Experience at Pellissippi State (Insteps) to improve the fall-to-fall retention rates for full-time and part-time students by 13% in the next five years. Our vision is to ensure every student who attends Pellissippi State will develop a sense of belonging and confidence in their ability to succeed academically, grow intellectually, and make timely progress towards achieving their educational and vocational goals. If this is something that aligns with your values, we encourage you to apply.

About the Business and Computer Technology Department

The mission of the Pellissippi State's Business and Computer Technology (BCT) Department is to meet the educational needs of present and future business, computer, hospitality, and paralegal professionals.

The BCT Department is committed to giving students both the classroom education and the hands-on experience they need to compete and excel in a wide variety of fields. And the department does an exceptional job of fulfilling that commitment: it enjoys an excellent reputation in the Knoxville area and has a long-term job placement rate of more than 90 percent.

Business and Computer Technology is made up of 30 faculty members, all of whom have their fingers on the pulse of ever-changing business and computer practices. Students benefit from constantly updated software and more than 50 computer labs across the College’s five campuses.

Whether you’re drawn to the applied field of computer technology or you prefer to share ideas at a corporate roundtable, Business and Computer Technology has developed a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree to suit your needs. Want to enter the workforce more quickly? The department has a growing list of one-year certificate programs. In fact, our offerings are continually modified to reflect the changes in the skills and knowledge graduates need to be successful in business and industry.

Already juggling a job or family? Accelerated “cohorts” have been created so that students can maintain their daytime responsibilities while earning an associate’s degree. A cohort allows students to enter and finish a course sequence together, with the benefit of the same supportive community.

Future small-business owners, marketing coordinators, computer systems developers, branch managers, medical transcriptionists, caterers, hotel managers, human resources assistants—all will benefit from a first-rate faculty and education at Pellissippi State.

The Knoxville Community

Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains along the Tennessee River, Knoxville is a thriving Southern city known for its great outdoors, diverse music scene, and wide variety of eateries. It is nationally known for its Urban Wilderness, located less than three miles from downtown, with more than 50 miles of natural trails. A vibrant downtown, located less than a mile from the heart of the UT campus, offers live entertainment, unique shopping and outstanding local dining and brews.

With a population at nearly 185,000, it is both the oldest and the third-largest city in the state of Tennessee; only Memphis and Nashville are larger. Knoxville is a one-hour drive from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the U.S. National Park Service’s most-visited site. Knoxville also is within a day’s drive or less to many major metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and the Atlantic coast. UT’s Neyland Stadium is one of the country’s largest sports venues.

Knoxville #8 in "America's Favorite Places" by Travel & Leisure, #2 in “Most Affordable Cities” by Forbes, #5 for “Best Cities for Small Business” by CNN Money, and a Top 10 “Destination on the Rise” by Trip Advisor.

Culture and Diversity

Knoxville claims a wide range of forward thinking national and international talents. The scholarly influence on the Knoxville metropolitan area bred literary greats including James Agee, Cormac McCarthy, and Nikki Giovanni. Knoxville is home to one of the largest sculptures dedicated to an African American in the country. Located in Haley Heritage Square is a 13-foot high bronze statue of author and Pulitzer Prize winner Alex Haley who chose to spend the last several years of his life in Knoxville. Renowned artists Beauford Delaney and Joseph Delaney hailed from Knoxville. Musicians Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, the Everly Brothers, and RB Morris called Knoxville home during their careers. Women’s suffragist Lizzie Crozier French was active in the ratification of the 19thamendment and was born and raised in Knoxville.

The lasting influence of these artists and activists leaves the Knoxville area as a welcoming area to live and work. More about the area and support groups can be found at Visit Knoxville https://www.visitknoxville.com , the Beck Cultural Exchange Center https://www.beckcenter.net , the Knoxville Urban League https://thekaul.org , Knoxville City https://knoxvilletn.gov , Knox County https://knoxcounty.org , My Knox Village http://myknoxvillage.com/business-directory/wpbdp_category/special-needsdisability-services/ , Knox Pride https://knoxpride.com/equality , Centro Hispano de East TN https://www.centrohispanotn.org , and Knoxville chamber https://www.knoxvillechamber.com .



1. Teach courses in Computer Information Technology (CIT) with primary focus on networking and cyber defense; day, night and online course offerings in Computer Information Technology.

2. Develop and update curriculum in cyber defense, networking, and systems administration.

3. Adapt instruction to the entry-level knowledge and skills of students.

4. Perform the role of lead teacher for cyber defense and networking classes, which includes providing course materials to adjunct faculty.

5. Participate in the accreditation process.

6. Recommend course and program changes to the Discipline Chair when appropriate.

7. Assist Discipline Chair with recruiting, processing, and training part-time faculty for CIT courses.

8. Inform students of special instructional resources located in the Educational Resources Center and/or the Learning Center.

9. Orient students to objectives and procedures before beginning instruction.

10. Use innovative instructional strategies where appropriate that are beneficial to a diverse student population, including individuals with disabilities.

11. Establish and communicate clearly defined grading procedures and standards; provide timely feedback on assignments.

12. Use evaluations to revise and update content, objectives, and instructional strategies.

13. Give examinations and other types of evaluations necessary to assess student level of performance, understanding and acquisition of hands-on skills.

14. Keep students aware of their progress in the course.

15. Perform record-keeping responsibilities related to teaching and advising.

16. Respond in a timely fashion to all reasonable deadlines.


17. Be available to students by maintaining office hours that are reasonably convenient.

18. Post and adhere to required office hours.

19. Be knowledgeable of College policies, procedures, and assistance available to students.

20. Assist advisees with the scheduling of classes.

21. Monitor the academic progress of advisees.

22. Hold conferences with students as needed.

Faculty Service

1. Serve on committees and task forces as approved by the supervisors.

2. Use professional knowledge and skills to contribute to local and professional community activities whenever appropriate.

3. Attend faculty meetings as scheduled.

4. Contribute to the advancement of institutional goals through appropriate individual goals.

5. Recommend course and program changes to the Discipline Chair when appropriate.

6. Assist Discipline Chair in the hiring of part-time faculty, scheduling classes, and representing the CIT department.

Professional Development (Teaching and Discipline/Field)

1. Participate in technical professional development.

2. Participate in educational professional development.


1. All full-time and part-time faculty teaching courses at the associate degree level in the areas of humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, and business administration (not including courses that are vocational/occupational in orientation and purpose) must have completed at least 18 graduate semester hours in their teaching field and hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited college/university.

2. Faculty in Computer Information Technology (CIT) must have a combination of a bachelor’s degree in computer science (or closely related field) along with industry-recognized CIT credentials or certificates appropriate to the anticipated teaching field. Five years of full-time work experience in the information technology field is required for applicants who do not possess a master’s degree.

3. Remedial/developmental faculty must have completed at least 18 graduate semester hours in their teaching field and hold a master's degree.

4. Faculty Proficiency in Oral and Written English - Pellissippi State Community College recognizes that the ability to communicate effectively is an essential skill for all academic personnel to perform competently. To ensure that all faculty are proficient in oral and written English, the following guidelines are to be used during the selection process to evaluate candidates:

1. Ability to speak and write English clearly.

2. Ability to understand written and spoken English; and

3. Ability to communicate effectively in an academic environment (for example, previous successful employment in an academic institution).

No individual will be appointed to a teaching position or recommended for tenure in such a position on any campus or other instructional unit unless the chief academic officer certifies in writing to the president that such an individual can communicate effectively with students in the English language.

The foregoing criteria are to be used strictly as a measure of the candidate's ability to communicate effectively as an instructor and will not be used arbitrarily to disqualify applicants of certain nationalities.



Bachelor’s Degree in computer science (or closely related field) along with at least one current industry-recognized Computer Information Technology credential or certificate appropriate to the anticipated teaching field. Five years of full-time work experience in the information technology field is required. Part-time work experience is calculated at 50% credit of full-time work experience.

Highly Preferred

Master’s Degree in Computer Science or related area with 18 graduate hours in Computer Science, Networking, Communication Systems, Cyber Defense or Security, or Information Assurance.

Please note that the degree must be from an accredited institution.


Use of current Windows and operating systems, UNIX/Linux, MacOS, data communications and data center hardware, and digital forensics hardware. Familiarity with current hardware/software of business and industry; standard office equipment.


Requires knowledge of hardware, networking and communication systems, computer security and information assurance, operating systems, applications software, and online computer resources. Preferred knowledge of the NIST Cyber Security Framework, virtualization, containers, host and network monitoring tools, forensics tools and techniques, firewalls, and security architectures. Five years of related work experience are required. Appropriate industry certification is required. Community college teaching experience preferred. Exhibit interpersonal skills to effectively and professionally interact with students, colleagues and administrators in the College community. Ability to handle departmental administrative details relevant to advising, committee work and curriculum development.


Other objectives agreed upon by faculty members and immediate supervisors in the development of personal and departmental objectives.

Special Instructions to Applicants: To be considered for a position at Pellissippi State, you must create an on-line application. Your skills, abilities, qualifications, and years of experience will be evaluated using only what is recorded on your application. Work experience that is not listed on the application will not be considered towards compensation. Please note: attaching a resume does not substitute for completion of the application form. Part-time work experience is calculated at 50% of full-time experience. Please note: to scan, upload, or attach documents, a computer and scanner are available at the Hardin Valley Campus Educational Resources Center, if needed.

If you have any problems or questions please contact Human Resources at Pellissippi State Community College’s Human Resource Office at 865-694-6607 or by email at recruiting@pstcc.edu .

A summary of our benefits can be found at http://www.pstcc.edu/hr/benefits

For information in regards to salary go to: http://www.pstcc.edu/hr/internal/pay_charts.php

If you are interested in this position, click on the link to the upper left to apply.


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