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Faculty - Geography Instructor

Job Description

Muskegon Community College, an associate degree-granting institution of higher education, is a center for lifelong learning which provides persons the opportunity to attain their educational goals by offering programs that respond to individual, community, and global needs. We are seeking qualified candidates for the position of Faculty.

Muskegon Community College

Named the 19th Best Community College in the U.S. in 2021, Muskegon offers accredited academic programs leading to 56 associate degrees and 29 certificates. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, MCC’s nationally recognized commitment to student success unites its faculty and staff in their mission to prepare students, build communities and improve lives.

One of Michigan’s most picturesque community colleges, the Muskegon main campus building - an award-winning Alden Dow design - spans Four Mile Creek on a 15-acre sylvan setting. The campus boasts several new multimillion-dollar facilities - the Health and Wellness Center, the Science Center and the Art and Music Building - and includes University Park Golf Course and the Carr-Fles Planetarium. The Sturrus Technology Center in historic downtown Muskegon is home to state-of-the-art applied technology offerings, the Rooks|Sarnicola Entrepreneur Center and the Lakeshore Fab Lab. MCC offers classes in adjacent Ottawa and Newaygo Counties.

Living in Muskegon County
Muskegon County residents enjoy 26 miles of sugar-sand beaches along Lake Michigan’s shoreline, as well as one of America’s only luge tracks at the Winter Sports Complex and the regionally popular Michigan’s Adventure Amusement & Water Park. An outdoor recreation hub with three state parks and swimming, fishing and boating on its many lakes and rivers, the Muskegon area offers dynamic downtown and beachfront restaurant and entertainment venues. The Muskegon Farmer’s Market is the second largest in Michigan. Cruise ships dock in Muskegon, while a high-speed ferry connects the city to Milwaukee. Notable local museums range from rare art collections to an actual World War II submarine and a U.S. Navy ship used during D-Day.

Unofficial Transcripts must be submitted.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: First Reviews begin April 8 , 202 4

This position begins in FALL 202 4 . Annual Load: 34

General Description:

Responsible for instruction and facilitating student learning; committed to student recruitment, retention and success; assessment of learning, development of curriculum and use of instructional delivery modes utilizing both traditional and non-traditional methodology. Contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to student success and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Required Skills

Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Master’s Degree in Geography or closely related field with a minimum of 18 or more graduate credits in Geography with two years’ relevant teaching experience preferably in higher education. Expertise in Physical Geography highly desired.
  • Experience in developing and maintaining a laboratory science program.
  • A member of the International Geographical Honor Society and Gamma Theta Upsilon a plus.
  • Experience as a student club advisor preferred.
  • Geospatial skills -ArcView (GIS) and remote sensing needed for Geospatial Technology Certificate.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach in multiple formats, these include online synchronous and asynchronous, face-to-face, and hybrid formats.
  • Demonstrated excellence in communication and presentation skills, both oral and written, which transcend diverse audiences.
  • Successful teaching experience and commitment to working with a diverse population of students and staff.
  • A passion for continuous learning and a dedication to support student success through the mission of the College.
  • The ability to facilitate varied teaching methods (i.e. lecture, class discussion, assessment, presentations, field work, laboratory) to enhance student learning and completion. Online teaching experience or willingness to complete online teaching training. Willingness to teach during the day, at night, and online, as well as at the main campus and extension centers.
  • Experience in educational theory and techniques, teaching, experience at the post-secondary level preferred.
  • Participation in professional and community organizations.
  • Detail-oriented, well organized, and able to interact effectively with college staff at all levels and handle confidential information appropriately.
  • Highly motivated and solution-oriented with a high degree of integrity, ethics and dedication to the mission of the College.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations representing a wide range of abilities, ages, nationalities, and cultures.


  • Essential Function:

  • Teach assigned course load, which may include day, night, and online courses, as well as at the main campus and extension centers. Classes are to meet on time for the fully allotted time.
  • Establish and promote an effective learning environment that maximizes documented student learning.
  • Participate in professional development activities and maintain current knowledge in the discipline.
  • Prepare, submit and maintain reports related to student learning.
  • Develop or assist in development of curriculum including review or revision to keep programs on the cutting edge.
  • Grade assignments in a meaningful way to promote continued student growth, return graded assignments to students in a timely manner, and assign final grades for all students, meeting or exceeding all institutional deadlines for completion.
  • Provide educational assistance to students during regularly scheduled and posted times (i.e., office hours) or by appointment.
  • Collaborate with outside universities and institutions to promote and expand educational opportunities.
  • Ensure student opinion surveys are conducted for each class and reviewed after summary information is available to assist with increasing student success.
  • Participate in the instructor evaluation process which assesses the following:


  • · Content Expertise

    · Instructional Delivery

    · Instructional Design

    · Course Management

    · Special assignment work in which release time is being given

    · Non-teaching duties including, but not limited to:

    a. Committee Work

    b. Student Organizations

    c. Governing Councils

    11. Contribute to Department or College by working collegially with Academic Affairs or other teams to support or review processes; participate in councils, committees, and teams; and provide future mentoring to new or part-time colleagues.

    12. Maintain levels of professional knowledge and expertise.

    13. Perform other duties as assigned.

    Physical, Mental, and Environment Requirements Include:

    Mental Demands:

    ☒ Detailed Work

    ☒ Student Contact

    ☒ Deadline oriented

    ☒ Problem Situations

    ☒ Multiple Priorities & Demands

    ☐ Emergency Situations

    ☒ Confidentiality

    ☐ On-call Availability

    ☒ Continual Interruptions

    ☒ Working Alone

    ☒ Faculty Contact

    ☒ Working with Others



    Physical Demands:

    ☐ Standing & Walking

    ☒ Sitting

    ☐ Reclining

    ☒ Carrying

    ☐ Lifting up to 10 lbs. ☐ Up to 25 lbs. ☒ Up to 50 lbs. ☐ 80 + lbs.

    ☐ Pushing, Pulling, Twisting, Bending

    ☐ Climb or Balance

    ☐ Stoop, Kneel, Crouch, or Crawl

    ☐ Squatting

    ☐ Handle or Feel

    ☐ Reach with Hands and Arms

    ☒ Talking or hearing

    ☐ Tasting/Smelling

    ☐ Working Overhead

    ☒ Speak in English via Phone or In Person

    ☐ Close, Distance, Peripheral, and Color Vision along with Depth Perceptions

    ☒ Ability to Adjust and Focus





    Work Environment:

    ☐ Exposure to wet, humid conditions (non-weather), fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals; extreme heat/cold; and moderate to loud noise levels.

    ☒ Normal Office environment with little, if, any, discomfort due to heat, dust, noise and the like. Ability to travel to all campus locations required.

    Muskegon Community College continues to promote staff diversity, and is an equal opportunity employer. MCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, political persuasion, disability, height, weight, veteran status, age or any other protected class in any of its educational programs, activities or employment. Minorities, women, veterans, and the physically challenged are encouraged to apply. Anyone with a disability will be reasonably accommodated by the College. If you have a disability and need an accommodation or assistance in applying for this position, please contact the Human Resources Office.

    Job Location Muskegon, Michigan, United States
    Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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