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Anthropology Instructor - Tenure Track - SFCC

Spokane Falls Community College
Washington, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Dec 30, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Anthropology & Archaeology, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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SALARY: $55,916.00 - $59,069.00 Annually


OPENING DATE: 12/30/21   CLOSING DATE: 02/04/22 04:00 PM  


The Social Science department housed in the Social Science, Business, and Human Services (SSBHS) division at Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) is seeking a Full-Time Tenure Track Instructor of Anthropology. We seek applicants with a strong commitment to our students, diversity and global awareness, and the ability to motivate and educate in an engaging and professional manner. Our faculty are content experts and knowledgeable about best practices, innovative strategies, and instructional technologies that support teaching and learning. We invite your application to join our dynamic team.    Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) District Equity Statement 
CCS believes that access to high-quality education in a safe and inclusive environment is the right of all individuals and imperative for the continued advancement of a strong democracy and workforce. We also believe higher education institutions have an obligation to work toward and demonstrate progress in ensuring equity amongst their students, faculty, and staff. Equity is grounded in the principle of fairness. In higher education, equity refers to ensuring that each student receives what they need to be successful through the intentional design of the college experience.
Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) is a beautiful campus located in the inland Pacific Northwest, on the ancestral home of the Spokane Tribe, near the Spokane River. Our campus is not far from the urban center of Spokane, a mid-sized city with a high quality of life and quick access to the outdoors. More information about living and working in Spokane available at:
 SFCC is one of two accredited community colleges that comprise the Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS). In addition to serving the urban and suburban population in greater Spokane, including students from Fairchild Airforce Base, CCS provides educational services to rural communities throughout our 12,302 square-mile region in Eastern Washington, including students from the Spokane and other Eastern Washington tribes.  
Serving about 8,200 students, SFCC endeavors to be an educational leader and a responsive partner with the community and region to provide access to relevant programs of the highest quality. We offer a large liberal arts/transfer program (approximately 75% of total enrollment) as well as state-of-the-art professional technical programs (about 25%). As reflected in our mission statement, we strive to “embrace diversity, promote equity, and foster global awareness” at every level of our college.

  • Prepares for and instructs, through traditional classroom and distance education modes, transfer-level classes in the discipline of Anthropology. Assignments may be at off-campus centers and may also include evening and/or weekend classes.     
  • Provides availability and accessibility to students for purpose of academic advising and support specific to the discipline, in a manner appropriate to meet student needs, through a combination of scheduled office hours, e-mail accessibility or other effective means of responsive and timely communication, and working with the Guided Pathways Advising Team. 
  • Communicates expectations and establishes clear grading criteria through appropriate instructional means, to include but not limited to developing course syllabi, handouts, and materials supporting the instructional process; evaluates student progress and provides clear, timely feedback; 
  • Participates in district, division, department, and general faculty meetings; in-service training; curriculum development; workshops or seminars; service on district or college councils or committees, or other activities within the scope of the position; 
  • Complies with state and federal law applicable to professional duties and responsibilities; Follows established procedures in areas such as printing, turning in grades, bookstore orders, office support, student financial aid requirements, safety and health issues and related administrative processes; 
  • Models professional decorum and mutual respect in all personal interactions; 
  • Supports and advances the CCS strategic plan, and performs other duties as assigned; 
  • In addition, faculty may:  
    • Instruct courses in related disciplines based upon individual qualifications and expertise.  
    • Supervise paraprofessional employees or direct the work of assigned work-study students. 
    • Advise student clubs or associations.
    • Mentor adjunct faculty.


REQUIRED COMPETENCIES (Minimum Qualifications)
  • An earned Master’s degree in Anthropology from an accredited institution.  
  • Teaching experience. 
  • Acceptance of the responsibility to promote the welfare and best interests of students at all times. 
  • Understand and support the role that community colleges serve in higher education, and specifically the mission, values, goals and objectives of the Community Colleges of Spokane. 
  • Ability to perform assigned duties in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations and goals of the institution and the community/technical college system. 
  • A demonstrated understanding of and value for the contributions that a diverse workforce can make to the success of both the organization and the students we serve.
PREFERRED COMPETENCIES (Desirable Qualifications) The following qualifications are not necessary for application but could support a candidate’s success:
  • PhD in Anthropology with field research and/or applied experience. 
  • Two years of teaching experience in an institution of higher education. 
  • Experience developing and implementing diverse instructional approaches such as the use of technology, including online teaching, service-learning, and/or learning communities. 
  • Demonstrated success working with diverse student populations.
  • Graduate coursework in Introductory Survey and Cultural Anthropology courses or special topics in Archaeology and/or Physical Anthropology. 
  • Experience in teaching Introductory Survey and Cultural Anthropology courses or special topics in Archaeology and/or Physical Anthropology.
  • Experience in academic advising.
  • Demonstrated professional contributions to the discipline such as professional association membership, conference presentations, and/or publications.


This is a full-time, tenure track position with an entry level base salary (for a 175-day academic year contract) of $55,916 - $59,069 / year. Future advancement in base salary is based upon a combination of years of service accrued at our college and professional development activity.

Annual salary is comprised of base salary plus any combination of academic year overload contracts, summer effort contracts, project stipends, student club advising stipends, and/or department chair /program lead faculty stipends consistent with the provisions of the current collective bargaining agreement between CCS and the Association for Higher Education (AHE).
More information regarding faculty earning potential and the Faculty Salary Scale can be found here:
TOTAL COMPENSATION $71,901 - $75,336.
 Total compensation is an estimate based upon adding the following amounts together:
  • Base compensation, plus
  • Current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution rates, plus
  • Median retirement fund contributions. 
The actual total will vary depending upon each employee's enrollment choices.
CCS reserves the right to cancel this recruitment without notice.  Union membership is no longer a condition of employment although this position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.  Anticipated date of employment is Fall 2022.
Person hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of U.S. Citizenship or lawful authorization to work in the United States. This is an absolute condition of employment. An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H1-B visa.   In addition, the Community Colleges of Spokane maintains a drug-free work environment and prohibits all smoking in the college buildings and state-owned vehicles. Must be able to successfully work in and promote a multicultural work and education environment.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position. Once an applicant is chosen for an interview, they are required to complete and submit a declaration regarding sexual misconduct and investigation per state law.

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader), state employees must be fully vaccinated. For anyone starting employment after October 18, 2021, your vaccine status will be verified at New Hire Intake. Please reach out to if you need information on a medical accommodation or if you need information on a religious exemption.
Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. PST on February 4th, 2022.  The application process will not be available after this time. To ensure consideration make sure your application is completed and submitted as soon as possible. Applications will only be accepted prior to 4:00 p.m. on the closing date.  


To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required competencies and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:
  • CCS online application.* 
  • Cover letter addressing your qualifications as applied to the responsibilities of this position. * 
  • Comprehensive curriculum vitae. * 
  • Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.* 
  • A one-page statement describing your teaching philosophy. 
  • College transcript(s) - unofficial/copies of transcripts are acceptable for initial application, official copies must be submitted when candidate becomes a finalist.*
  NOTE:  All of the above are required to ensure your consideration for this position.  The item(s) marked with an asterisk are required attachments to your application prior to submission. If you require an accommodation during the application or interview process, please contact HR at
Community Colleges of Spokane does not discriminate in its programs, activities and employment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, marital status, pregnancy, parental status or families with children, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, AIDS/HIV or hepatitis C, honorably discharged veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, use of trained guide dog or service animal by a person with disability, genetic information or any other legally protected category.  Please direct all inquiries regarding compliance with access, equal opportunity and/or grievances to the Chief Administration Officer, Community Colleges of Spokane, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., PO Box 6000, MS 1004, Spokane WA 99217-6000 or call 509-434-5037; WA Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS) 1-800-833-6384 or 7-1-1.
Native Land Acknowledgement
We are honored to acknowledge that the Community Colleges of Spokane, and our main campuses for Spokane Falls and Spokane Community College, are located on the traditional and sacred homelands of the Spokane Tribe. We also provide services in a region that includes the traditional and sacred homelands of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and the Kalispel Tribe. The CCS Pullman Center operates on the WSU campus and is located on the ancestral homelands of the Palus people and on the ceded lands of the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe.
We pay our respect to tribal elders both past and present as well as to all indigenous people today. This land holds their cultural DNA and we are honored and grateful to be here on their traditional lands. We give thanks to the legacy of the original people and their descendants and pledge to honor their stewardship and values.
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