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Assistant Professor of English at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Pierce College (WA)
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA
$83,349.00 - $88,824.00
Date posted
Apr 18, 2024

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Position Summary

Join our Racial Equity-Centered College!
Pierce College District is student-centered and mission-driven to ensure that all our students thrive and reach their fullest potential. As an institution committed to antiracism, we are action-oriented and intentional in dismantling every systemic barrier that prevents Black and Brown student excellence and liberation.

As Pierce College deepens its commitment to racial equity, it is of the highest priority that we focus our tenure and permanent status - track faculty hiring process to seek faculty with the expertise to lead our institution in serving Black and Brown students. This cluster hire is an opportunity for the college community to continue to act upon our values but more importantly for the empowering of our students' self-efficacy, for cultivating sense of belonging, and for the diversity of our entire student body, especially Black and Brown students, being reflected in a position of power in the classroom.  Learn more about Pierce's faculty cluster hire here:

We are excited to invite you to bring your lived experiences and authentic selves to contribute to discourse and action in supporting Black and Brown students.

About the Program
Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis McChord classes and services are tailored to meet the unique needs of active-duty military personnel, their family members, and veteran students both in the classroom and online worldwide. Our small student-focused and collaborative team provides services at two locations, Stone Education Center on Lewis Main and McChord Education Center at McChord Field. This is one of four faculty chair positions at JBLM.

In addition to being part of the JBLM team, the English professor is also part of the Pierce College District English Department and Arts & Humanities Division. The Pierce College English Department is a dynamic group of faculty who actively interrogates data to identify areas of inequity and has been essential to advancing college’s commitment to equitable access, retention, outcomes, and transition. The department has been innovative in implementing guided self-placement processes and co-requisite freshman composition courses to advance student success, particularly for our most marginalized students. English Department courses and faculty are vital to our very healthy certificate, associate, and transfer programs, as well as our applied baccalaureate degree programs.

About Pierce College
Pierce College is an innovative community college striving to re-envision our institution through an antiracist framework to advance equity in student engagement and learning. We value student learning experiences that foster inclusion and intercultural engagement in the classroom and that expand into our local and global communities. Faculty, staff, and administrators work collaboratively to lead initiatives that advance equitable student success: from closing areas of inequity to building guided career pathways. The college serves over 15,000 students in basic skills, transfer, and professional technical programs. Through continuous efforts, we have improved retention rates by 17% and graduation rates by 89%. This year, Pierce was again named a top community college by several national organizations.

Pierce College employees and students live and work in various communities that offer the diverse cultural and environmental benefits of rural, suburban, and urban lifestyles in the Pacific Northwest. As part of the community and technical college system in Washington State, the District includes Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Pierce College Puyallup, Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, as well as other extended learning sites.

Essential Functions

Responsibilities of the successful candidate include:

Designing and teaching a variety of courses in the department, in a manner that promotes Black and Brown excellence;

Maintaining program viability through community outreach and recruiting;

Creating race-conscious course assessments and evaluations, assessing data, and engaging in continuous improvement of courses based on that analysis in order to advance student achievement of outcomes, success in subsequent courses, and impact on retention, graduation, and successful transition to employment or further education;  

Continuously innovating inclusive pedagogy and active learning experiences (campus, online, hybrid) in response to assessment and evidence/data analysis;

Demonstrating cultural humility and intercultural engagement, including an awareness and understanding of historically marginalized populations, and the creation of an educational environment that affirms the identities and communications of students of color;

Incorporating appropriate and engaging technology across modalities;

Creatively designing learning experiences that extend beyond delivering content and assist students in achieving course, program, and degree outcomes, including the college's five core abilities of Intercultural Engagement; Critical, Creative and Reflective Thinking; Information Competency; Global Citizenship; and Effective Communication;

Contributing to a collaborative and innovative department, division, and institution;

Leading efforts to increase student success in digital design, including closing areas of inequity, particularly with regard to race and ethnicity;

Teaching, advising, and mentoring students holistically from recruitment to completion and transition to employment or further education;  

Recruiting diverse industry partners for internships, and/or advisory board service;

Engaging in shared governance including district-wide efforts to build an antiracist institution focused on action to advance access, retention, and success for our most marginalized and vulnerable students and employees;

Actively engaging with cohort peers as part of the First-Year Faculty Cohort in the first year of the tenure process, which will provide opportunities to engage with practices that enable Black and Brown student excellence

Completing administrative duties including working independently on complex tasks and managing competing priorities

This position may also include department chair duties with release time from teaching:

Performing faculty chair responsibilities for Arts & Humanities for Pierce College at JBLM;

Coordinating with Arts & Humanities Department Chairs across the district and the other JBLM chairs to create an annual schedule.

Resolving conflicts within the Arts & Humanities department at JBLM in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct, the Negotiated Agreement (faculty union), and Pierce College policies and practices.

Working with Dean of Instruction and other chairs on the equitable staffing of JBLM courses, including hiring, observing, and mentoring adjunct faculty.

Participating in and/or leading JBLM program activities, initiatives, and meetings.


Graduate Degree in English  
15 graduate credits in English with a graduate degree in a related field such as: Black Studies, American Indian/Indigenous Studies, Asian American Studies, Latinx/Hispanic Studies etc.    

Special requirements: 

Because the primary work location for this position is a federal military installation, applicants must consent to and pass a criminal background check AFTER a conditional offer of employment and be able to meet security standards of Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) to obtain and maintain base access credentials. To use a vehicle on JBLM, they must maintain vehicle registration, vehicle insurance, and driver's license.

Application Process

To be considered for this position, applicants must include the following items in their application package:

  1. Cover Letter: Letter of formal application that addresses how your experience and education qualifies you to perform the assigned responsibilities.
  2. Supplemental Question: Responses to the following: Provide specific examples how you fulfill at least two of the following criteria: (a) Have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching, mentoring and/or engaging in services for Black and Brown students; (b) Have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for Black and Brown students and experience in addressing disproportionate impact at an institution; (c) Have experience in or have demonstrated commitment in facilitating Black and Brown students’ navigating a higher education institution; (d) Have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating elements of culturally relevant and inclusive pedagogy.
  3. Curriculum Vitae: Detailed curriculum vitae of all educational and professional experience, which includes a list of courses taught.
  4. Transcripts: Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts that include degree received and confer date. International transcripts MUST include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required prior to hire.
  5. References: A list of 3 current professional references with name, relationship to candidate, address, email address, and telephone number. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted in lieu of a list of professional references.

All correspondence regarding your application status will be sent to the email address associated with your NeoEd account. Please make sure to check your spam folder periodically, in the case of an automated, incorrect delivery.

Terms of Employment

This position, which is contingent upon funding, is a full-time, permanent status assignment of 220 contracted days per year, anticipated to begin September 2024. Assignment may include district discipline/program coordination, as well as evening, hybrid, and/or online teaching. Initial placement of this position will be at the McChord Education Center on Joint Base Lewis McChord. Successful candidate will be working for the JBLM Dean of Instruction and will be required to attend district meetings as well as collaborate with colleagues across the district and across departments.

Salary & Benefits 
Initial salary placement is based on the current full-time faculty salary schedule and is dependent upon education and experience. Salary placement for newly hired full-time faculty will be at one of five levels based upon qualifications including teaching experience and credentials. The five levels range from $83,359 to $88,824 per 220-day academic year.

While not guaranteed, full-time faculty may have the opportunity for additional income during the academic year and summer through additional teaching.  These opportunities are based on a variety of considerations including: student needs, balanced schedules, faculty preference and other appropriate factors.
Full-time faculty may receive an annual COLA equal to that allocated by the state. Newly tenured/ permanent status faculty members will receive a $2,000 salary increase starting in the first year of their tenure/permanent status. For more information and other promotional opportunities, please see Section 10.3 Faculty Salary Advancement in the PCFT Agreement located here: Human Resources - Collective Bargaining Agreements | Pierce College District (

Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation, worth an additional value equivalent to approximately 35% of your salary. A comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Life and long-term disability insurance plans; vacation, sick and personal leave; reduced tuition; and retirement benefits are also provided. For more information, please visit our Benefits and Leave website at: benefits.

Reasonable Accommodation
Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342.  Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.

Screening & Interview Process
Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Following the review of application materials, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Check the email account you used for the application process for communication regarding the status of your application. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned. 

Conditions of Employment
Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington State Law RCW28B.112.

An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.


Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in that policy.

Bargaining Unit
This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the Pierce College Federation of Teachers (PCFT).

Equal Opportunity 
The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices for all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.

For more information or assistance regarding your application, contact Human Resources at: or 253-964-7342.

Questions regarding equal employment opportunities or discrimination may be directed to the following:
Sean Cooke, Title IX Coordinator  (253) 840-8472

Davi Kallman, ADACO / Section 504 Coordinator (253) 912-3715

Deena Forsythe, Interim Vice President for Human Resources (253) 964-6586

Paula Henson-Williams, District Affirmative Action Officer (253) 864-3229 

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