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Harper College
Palatine, Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Dec 2, 2023

We are Harper College…the college in your community.

The College was established by referendum in 1965 and opened September 1967. It is named for Dr. William Rainey Harper, a pioneer in the junior college movement in the United States and the first president of the University of Chicago.

Harper College is now one of the nation’s premier community colleges and one of the largest, serving approximately 29,000 students annually in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The College’s academic programs prepare students for rewarding careers and for transfer to four-year universities. Harper offers associate degree and certification programs, advanced career programs, workforce training, professional development, continuing education classes, accelerated degree options for adults and developmental education programs.


Schedule Information: Per course schedule; maintains a minimum of 15 contact hours of teaching and 6 office hours per week for student consultation; evening and weekend instruction may be required.  Serves on college committees; participates in departmental and division initiatives.

Weeks per fiscal year: Faculty are covered under a 9-month contract period (August thru May). This position requires an additional commitment in the Summer from May thru August. Additional compensation will be awarded for this time period. This position may include some evening and weekend work.

Benefits: Health, Dental, Life & Disability Insurance; Sick and Holiday pay; Personal Business; Educational Assistance: Tuition Waivers at Harper & Professional Expense

Position Description and Duties: In response to the growing need for Respiratory Care professionals, Harper College has made the commitment to create and offer a new Respiratory Care degree. The new Respiratory Care Program is housed in a newly renovated lab within the Health Careers Division. The Respiratory Care laboratory features state of the art equipment for teaching and learning.

Harper College is seeking applications for the Full Time Tenure Track Respiratory Care Faculty/Coordinator. This position offers the successful candidate the opportunity to develop and lead a new program. The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of the newly created Respiratory Care program including; the administration and fiscal management of the program, program planning and development, ongoing review and analysis of all program activities, faculty teaching assignments and workload, ensuring the program meets the requirements for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), and working in conjunction with the Clinical Education Coordinator coordinating didactic and laboratory activities which are sufficient to meet program outcomes required by CoARC standards.

Responsibilities include:
  • Develop the Respiratory Care curriculum, collaborate in the development of the laboratory space, equipment purchases, and ensure the program meets the standards set by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
  • Maintain program accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
  • Conducts program, course and student outcomes assessment.
  • In conjunction with faculty and Limited Enrollment Specialists determines admission of students into the program.
  • Supports and advises students on admission and continuation in the program.
  • Teaching a minimum of 30-credit hours per academic year; utilizing the Harper College Faculty Contract in determining reassigned time for Program Coordination and responsibilities.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with the Respiratory Care advisory committee who provides guidance for the Respiratory Care Program.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with cooperating agencies and clinical partners.
  • Develops policies and procedures for the program.
  • Is an active participant in Program, Division, and College committees.
  • Represents the Program, Division and College to communities of interest through engagement and resource development.
Educational Requirements:
  • Baccalaureate degree from an academic institution accredited by an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education is required. A master’s degree from an academic institution accredited by an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education is preferred.
Experience Requirements:
  • Valid Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.
  • Current state license. (If not an Illinois license, the ability to obtain an IL license within the first three months.)
  • Minimum of four years’ experience as a RRT of which at least two years include clinical respiratory care.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience teaching either as an appointed faculty member in a CoARC-accredited respiratory care program or as a clinical instructor/preceptor for students of such programs.
Application Review Date: Applications are accepted until the position is filled though priority will be given to applications received on or before: April 4, 2023.

Special Notes
*You will not be able to complete the application without attaching the following documents:
  • Cover letter
  • CV/Resume (Does not substitute for completed application)
  • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from Regionally accredited institutions
  • A one page single-spaced statement of your teaching philosophy. In your teaching philosophy, please include how you approach classroom management, how you assess students, and how you use instructional technology.
* Official transcripts required upon hire
* Employment is contingent upon Criminal Background Check.
* Employment sponsorship is not available.

Harper College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to create an inclusive learning and working environment where individual differences and identities are respected, valued and embraced. We encourage women, people from historically underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.


With continuous advancement in patient carer, health care workers with training in the latest technology and best practices are in constant demand. The Harper College Health Careers Division prepares students for a career in a variety of health settings, from hospitals and clinics, to nursing homes and community based organizations.


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