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Full-Time Faculty, English Instructor Tenure-Track

Whatcom Community College
Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Apr 4, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Full Time Tenure Track Faculty English Instructor

Whatcom Community College (WCC) is looking for candidates who strive to achieve WCC’s core themes – achieving success, building community, advancing equity, and enhancing effectiveness – to create a thriving learning community that supports excellence, opportunity, and equity for students, faculty, and staff. WCC is focused on building a community of respect, sustainability and inclusivity through secure, welcoming, and engaging learning environments that encourage and support the academic and personal success of WCC students. Understanding this work is a lifelong process, the opportunities at WCC offer individuals the ability and means to seek personal and professional growth on and off campus in an area known for its beauty and culture. 


Being a faculty member at Whatcom offers the opportunity to engage in the advancement of equitable student outcomes and the elimination of equity gaps. Faculty have regular opportunities for on-campus professional development, collaboration with colleagues, and engagement in workshops and learning communities. These opportunities contribute to professional advancement at the College, as well as personal growth.

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Integrate diversity, equity and inclusion, throughout services and practices.
  • Demonstrate content knowledge in designated program or discipline.
  • Uses student centered, inclusive pedagogy, with innovative and inclusive curriculum and teaching methods.
  • maintain curriculum to high-impact practices within the field.
  • collaborate with college faculty and administrators in contributing to the future vision and scope of writing in all disciplines at the college.
  • remain current in the field and contribute to the evolving work of writing for multiple contexts and purposes.
  • foster and support an inclusive educational/work environment.

The English department prepares students for transfer, workforce, or continued education.

The successful applicant is expected to:

  • Teach composition and writing-intensive classes offered through the English Department including face-to-face, evening, hybrid, and online courses.
  • Participate in Departmental/discipline curriculum development, committees, meetings, and other related tasks.
  • Collaborate with college faculty and administrators in contributing to the future vision and scope of academic programs at the college.
  • Maintain currency in their academic disciplines, including professional activities to expand their knowledge and content and their effectiveness in the delivery of instruction.
  • Teach an equivalent of 15 credits per quarter and contribute to the college service.
  • Participate in mandatory college meetings, and trainings required by law or college policy.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in English or related field (such as but not limited to: American Studies, Africana Studies, Cultural Studies, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Women’s Studies).
  • Graduate coursework in Writing Studies or Composition-Rhetoric and/or creative combinations of professional pathways to the teaching of college-level writing.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in the following:

  • Teaching in academic or professional settings.
  • Graduate coursework in teaching/practice of college-level writing.
  • Online, hybrid, and/or inventive course design and delivery. 
  • Experience with culturally responsive pedagogy. 
  • Anti-racist writing instruction and assessment (including addressing patterns of inequity in student outcomes and completion).
  • Student ready college/pedagogy: meeting people where they are in their learning journey.
  • Equity and/or Social Justice work/training.
  • Academic and/or professional experience with underserved communities. 
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal): including empathy/compassion, active listening, adaptability, critical thinking, and openness to diverse perspectives. 
  • Collaborative practices within/across work areas. 
  • Leadership experience or demonstrated interest.
  • Experience and/or demonstrated interest in data driven decision-making.
  • Collaboration with people of diverse linguistic/neurological/physical ability.
  • Strength-based pedagogy: fostering growth and confidence in peoples’ own abilities.
  • Knowledge and/or demonstrated interest in the practice of Universal Design for Learning and accessibility; and experience in using a campus-wide learning management system.

Salary and Appointment: 

  • The 2021-22 Master’s degree salary begins at $62,536 (additional degrees, experience, and state-funded and negotiated increases will increase the actual starting salary); 174 day annual contract. 

  • Per Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14, state employees must be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status, having an approved medical accommodation, or having an approved religious accommodation. No start date will be approved until you have either verified your vaccine status or have an approved accommodation.

Benefit Package:

The position comes with a full benefits package, including health, dental, life, long-term disability insurance and a retirement plan.  Additionally, as a Washington State, public higher education institution, WCC offers the following:

  • Whatcom Community College is a qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF). If you work for the College full time, have had Direct Loans and are on an eligible repayment plan, you are eligible to apply.
  • Full-time employees are eligible to apply and participate in the Whatcom Community College Employee Tuition Program, which provides a tuition waiver for available and eligible WCC courses.
  • Full-time employees may qualify for Washington State Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) benefit.

Start Date:

  • Fall 2022.

Application Due Date:

  • For guaranteed consideration, application packets should be received by Monday, April 18th, 2022 at 5:00 pm. Position open until filled.
How To Apply

A completed application consists of an online application and:

  • Letter of application detailing relevant experience and how the applicant is prepared to meet the duties of the position.
  • Diversity statement that responds to the following question (1 page max).

Whatcom Community College has a strategic plan core theme to advance equity. Describe ways in which you have actively engaged and demonstrated a commitment to promoting the success of diverse students or employees.

  • Current resume.
  • Unofficial Transcripts for all earned degrees; official transcripts required prior to the official start date.
  • List of five recent professional references with contact information.
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