About Oakton Community College :
Oakton Community College, a caring community of educators dedicated
to excellence in teaching and learning, seeks to fill two tenure
track faculty openings in Paralegal Studies/Business beginning in
Founded in 1969, Oakton is a comprehensive two-year community
college offering associate's degree programs and non-credit courses
in northern Cook County, Illinois. Oakton's 147-acre main campus
sits in a forest preserve in Des Plaines, Illinois. A second campus
in Skokie serves residents on the eastern side of the District and
is home to the Art, Science, and Technology Pavilion. The College
also offers continuing education classes at off-campus locations
throughout the region, and many students pursue studies at home
through our distance learning program. The College is undertaking a
five year, $68.5 million Master Plan which included the
construction of a new Science and Health Careers building on the
Des Plaines campus.
Oakton is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North
Central Association. The College is recognized by the Illinois
Community College Board and is a member of the American Association
of Community Colleges, as well as numerous professional
Oakton's 700 full- and part-time faculty members' true passion is
teaching. In small classes, our faculty engage students as
individuals and guide their learning experience.
Applicants must be strong communicators and effective classroom
facilitators who enjoy teaching in a student-centered
Candidates committed to working in a culturally competent
environment are especially valued at Oakton. Cultural competence
integrates and transforms knowledge about individuals and groups of
people into specific standards, policies, practices, and attitudes
used in appropriate cultural settings to increase the quality of
Applicants should be current and skilled in their use of evolving
technologies, active in promoting critical thinking, and committed
to challenging our students to be knowledgeable, ethical, and
capable global citizens. Oakton is seeking enthusiastic faculty who
are committed to innovation in college-level teaching and learning,
and interested in non-traditional delivery of instruction. The
College expects full time faculty to be professionally competent,
have strong leadership qualities, participate in professional
development activities, and to engage in institutional and
departmental service. Computer proficiency is required. The
individuals hired will be available to teach in the evening and/or
Essential Functions of the Position:
- Construction of a course syllabus, consistent with the generic
course syllabus, that stipulates course objectives, content, and
- Preparation of course presentations and instructional
materials, for lecture, and laboratory and clinical functions (as
- Delivery of instruction, including being prepared for and
meeting courses and laboratories (if appropriate) at scheduled
- Consultation with and evaluation of students.
- Maintenance of clear records on student performance, as well as
any other factors, such as attendance involved with the grading of
- Compliance with departmental and institutional policies and
procedures including but not limited to submission of midterm and
final grades, keeping office hours, and decisions regarding
instructional matters such as texts, assignments, grading
standards, and adhering to provisions of the OCCFA contract.
- Participation and compliance with departmental decisions
regarding instructional matters such as texts, assignments, and
- Participation in department and/or institutional assessments of
- Participation in department and/or institutional surveys.
- Participation on appropriate standing and/or ad hoc committees
within the position 's assigned department and division.
- Participation in college-wide activities, such as a
college-wide committee or task force, faculty governance,
accreditation studies, student activities/clubs/organizations,
planning and/or implementation of college-wide professional
development activities, college-related external professional
meetings and activities, planning and/or implementation of
college-related social or fund-raising functions, and other
college-related community activities mutually agreed upon by the
Dean and the faculty member.
- Compliance with institutional procedures.
Applicants must meet the requirements for both PAR & BUS
Minimum: A Bachelor's degree with three years of experience as a
practicing paralegal Preferred: College teaching experience;
License to practice law in the state of Illinois AND experience
working with paralegals, OR possession of a Juris Doctorate degree
AND experience working with paralegals
Minimum: MBA and a minimum of 2 years (4000 hours) industry
experience OR DBA/PhD Business/Terminal Degree in related field AND
a minimum of 2 years (4000 hours) industry experience Preferred:
College teaching experience; 5 years professional experience in
Additional Key Job Responsibilities
Oversight of the Paralegal studies department to ensure compliance
with the American Bar Association (ABA) guidelines.
- This position requires availability to teach in the evening
and/or on the weekends
- This position requires availability to teach on both the Des
Plaines and Skokie campuses
- This position requires availability to teach online in whole or
We encourage applications from candidates who reflect the
increasing diversity of Oakton's student body and community, who
will enhance and promote engagement with other cultures and have a
demonstrated commitment to working with and as part of a
multicultural faculty and diverse student body and community.
The full time faculty member's workload during the nine month
academic year is 30 lecture hour equivalents (LHEs). The average
teaching load is 15 LHEs in the Fall and Spring semesters.
The academic calendar consists of 169 working days; instructional
days total 153 of the working days within the academic calendar.
Four days are used for instruction, final student evaluations, or
course culminating activities. Two days are designated for grading,
and one day is associated with commencement which is assigned on a
three year rotation. The remaining nine days are designated for
professional development, course preparation, student orientation,
assessment, advising, registration, and/or college or departmental
The faculty member is expected to have a minimum of 10 regular
office hours per week during the Fall and Spring semesters.
The College expects full time faculty to participate in
professional development activities and to engage in institutional
and departmental service.
The hiring range for full time faculty is based on a 9 month, no
overload contract. Additional pay is received for teaching
overloads and summer assignments. The minimum salary is $52,627 and
the maximum is $64,690.
A comprehensive benefit package is available which includes
medical, vision, and dental insurance; flexible spending; term life
insurance; tuition waivers and reimbursement; retirement; paid
holidays; sick days; sabbatical leave; and a four day summer work
Appointment to a faculty position is contingent upon approval by
the College's Board of Trustees.
The anticipated start date for this position is Fall 2022.
Oakton Community College requires all employees to adhere to a
Vaccination /Testing Mandate and Mask Requirement.
Oakton does not currently have a work from home policy and
employees, are required to report to campus.
To become an applicant, interested individuals must complete the
online application linked from the posting found on the Oakton
website. Electronic copies of a cover letter, resume/cv, list of
three (3) references with contact information, two letters of
recommendation and transcripts must be submitted by the applicant
via uploading to the Oakton employment website. Please indicate the
position code (PAR-22) on the cover letter.
An UNOFFICIAL copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of
application by the applicant.
Recommendation letters may either be original documents with
signature or e-mailed from the reference to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Official transcripts or a
placement/credential file should be e-mailed to
email@example.com. Official transcripts or
placement/credential files sent by postal mail should be sent
Oakton Community College
Paralegal Studies / Business faculty (PAR-22)
c/o Human Resources Department
1600 East Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
***Official transcripts for all degrees earned are required prior
Please contact Matthew Robitaille, Recruitment and Retention
Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org if you encounter any difficulties
with electronic submission of these documents.
Once posted positions are removed from the website, no additional
applications will be accepted
Interviewees will be reimbursed for expenses associated with travel
in excess of 50 miles to the interviews.
Oakton Community College is an equal opportunity, affirmative
action institution, committed to employing competent, qualified
individuals. Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the
basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability,
age, marital status, military status, socioeconomic status, sex or
gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in admission to and
participation in its educational programs, college activities and
services, or in its employment practices.
Oakton is accessible by public transportation.
Posted positions may be removed from the Oakton website without
notice when it is determined that no additional applicants are