Affiliate Assistant Professor American Sign Language
Date: May 26, 2022
End Date: April 2023 - One year appointment)
Department: Language and Thought
Work Hours/Schedule: 32 weeks (Fall & Winter Semesters)
Compensation: Consistent with Faculty Association contract Start
Date: Fall 2022
Reports to: Associate Dean, School of Liberal Arts*
Posting Close Date: June 26, 2022 (Initial Review June 9,
• GRCC Academic and Student Affairs is completing a reorganization
that will be in effect July 1, 2022. This position will be a part
of the new School of Liberal Arts.
GRCC is seeking an affiliate faculty who possess an interest in
working with diverse student populations from a wide range of age,
ethnicity, national origin and ability; engage in and develop
innovative teaching strategies; effectively assess student learning
outcomes; demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and
professional development and provide service to our students, the
college, and our community at large.
Affiliate Faculty are full-time non-tenure track, classroom
faculty, and are hired to develop new programs which require new
course development, expertise that does not exist with current
faculty, and result in a new certificate, degree, credential, or
Faculty members are responsible to GRCC and to each other for the
successful completion of departmental work, as well as associated
with the School of Liberal Arts and GRCC as a whole. It is expected
that faculty demonstrate outstanding communication skills,
collaborate effectively, use personal initiative to overcome
obstacles and work efficiently to meet deadlines. In an environment
where innovation is valued, each faculty member will take
responsibility to perform their work in a manner consistent with
both the letter and the spirit of GRCC values.
Essential Job Functions
• Teach American Sign Language (ASL) courses as a full-time faculty
• Coordinator duties may include:
• Lead adjunct faculty in ASL – recruitment, orientation, and
• Provide schedule recommendations to the Department Chair
• Be a point of contact for all ASL questions from internal and
• As requested by students, provide assessments for students to
help determine class placement
• Serve as the department liaison for dual enrollment
• Advise students of additional opportunities at other colleges and
universities to continue their study of
• Curriculum duties may include:
• Review and revise current ASL curriculum (align Sign Language 3
and Fingerspelling with LCC guidelines)
• Develop a Sign to Voice course
• Develop a 1+2+1 program with LCC and Siena Heights
• Develop a partnership with Lansing Community College Interpreter
• Explore practicum opportunities for students in the Grand Rapids
• Create partnership with local high schools to recruit students
and potentially offering courses on site
• Work with Communications Department to market ASL opportunities
and curriculum to students and
• Participate fully as a member of the Language and Thought
Department in such activities as department
meetings, curriculum development, assessment, evaluation, course
revision work, committee membership,
textbook selection, community outreach and other duties as
determined by the College.
• Provide leadership and mentoring for adjuncts as needed or
requested by the department.
JOB SPECIFICATIONS Education/License
• Bachelor's degree required
• Master's degree preferred
• Minimum one of the following certifications: BEI, Sign Language
Proficiency Interview (SLPI) level Advanced or ASLPI Level 4, EIPA
4.0+, ASLTA, NIC, NIC Advanced, NIC Master, CI/CT, CSC
• Community college experience preferred -Successful teaching
experience in the discipline preferred
• Appropriate technology required to perform the duties of the
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time.
• Add mental demands here
• An understanding of and appreciation for the community college
philosophy and student population.
• An interest in working with diverse student populations, who
represent a wide range of age, ethnicity, national
origin, and ability.
• A commitment to serve the Kent County community.
• Demonstrated initiative and organizational and problem-solving
• Ability to perform routine and unexpected duties with minimum
• High energy level with enthusiasm and interest in helping and
supporting students, staff, and the general public.
• Ability to work under pressure while possessing mature judgment
and flexibility in regards to interruptions and
• Must use good judgment in handling sensitive or difficult
situations in a pleasant and professional manner.
• Grand Rapids Community College will comply with any mandated
health and safety requirements. Employees will be directed to our
GRCC Policy(s) for compliance information.
• Classroom environment in an academic setting.
• Ability to work in a high traffic, indoor office
Grand Rapids Community College provides an excellent benefits
experience for our GRCC family. Our benefit package is designed to
enhance employees' health and well-being. Part-time employees have
different benefits outlined in the specific collective bargaining
agreements and handbooks. Below is an overview of these benefits,
additional details are available on the Human Resources/Benefits
• Six health insurance plan options (includes a high deductible
plan with a health savings account option).
• A unique dental & vision reimbursement program (includes
coverage for adult orthodontia & lasik eye surgery).
• Employer sponsored retirement plans as well as voluntary
retirement savings plans (403b or 457 plans)
• Tuition benefits at GRCC for you, your spouse and your
• Tuition reimbursement at other higher education institutions for
• Generous time off that includes sick, vacation and personal leave
• Paid holidays and holiday shutdown period in late December!
METHOD OF APPLICATION
Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online
applications for this position at https://www.grcc.edu/jobs
. Submit a
cover letter and resume in one document. The opportunity to apply
for this position will close on June 26, 2022 at 11:59PM.
Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand
Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity employer. Visa
sponsorship is not available.
Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and
working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each
person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal
educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race,
color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual
orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight,
national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial
status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities,
services, employment and advancement including admissions to,
access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required
by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all
aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment,
including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to
identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination
on the basis of the listed protected characteristics. The college
will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for
bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an
investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO
Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.