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Community Colleges of Spokane


PO Box 6000, MS 1001
Spokane, WA 992176000

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Job Category: Education

Employment: Full Time

Salary: $49,414.00 Annually



Listing Expires: March 16, 2018

Job Description:

Philosophy Instructor - Non-Tenure Track

SALARY: See Position Description

OPENING DATE: 02/08/18

CLOSING DATE: 03/16/18 04:00 PM


Spokane Falls Community College is seeking qualified candidates for consideration of employment as a Philosophy Instructor for this annually contracted, non-tenure track position in the Philosophy Department. We seek applicants with a strong commitment to our students, the ability to motivate and educate in an engaging manner and a high degree of professionalism. The college strives for faculty who are content experts and who are also knowledgeable about best practices, innovative strategies, and instructional technologies that support teaching and learning. The Philosophy Department offers a wide range of courses with a reputation for quality instruction and is housed in the vibrant and active Humanities Division.

The successful candidate:


  • Is committed to advance diversity, promote equity, and prepare students to live responsibly in an increasingly global civilization.
  • Will work strategically with diverse colleagues, students and community members.
  • Is committed to serving a socially and culturally diverse student population.
  • Has experience in advising and mentoring a diverse student population.
  • Prepares for and instructs Philosophy through traditional classroom, hybrid, and online modalities. Examples of the types of courses typically assigned include: Symbolic Logic, Critical Thinking, Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics, Eastern Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Business Ethics (BAS) and Environmental Ethics. Assignments may be at off-campus centers and may also include evening and/or weekend classes.
  • Demonstrates commitment to advancing critical thinking skills to a diverse student population.
  • Provides availability and accessibility to students for purpose of academic consulting and support, 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.
  • 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, or general faculty meetings; in-service training; curriculum development; academic consulting; 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.
  • Supports and advances the CCS strategic plan, and perform 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. Responsible for ensuring assigned staff adhere to acceptable behavior and performance standards. Demonstrate that assigned staff have been informed how behavior and performance will be assessed, receive timely and accurate feedback regarding performance, and any observed performance and behavioral problems are corrected promptly.
    • Advise student clubs or associations.

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES (Minimum Qualifications)



  • An earned Master's degree in Philosophy from an accredited institution with emphasis and concentration in the teaching areas outlined above and/or a broad-based background across the discipline.
  • Experience equivalent to one full academic year of teaching. Teaching experience must be recent (within the past five years). Graduate teaching assistant work that included autonomous classroom instruction will be considered.
  • Evidence of instructional excellence. Acceptable forms of documentation may include student evaluations, peer evaluations, and/or supervisory evaluations.
  • Proficiency in classroom instructional technology and learning management system technology.
  • Acceptance of the responsibility to promote the welfare and best interests of students at all times.
  • Effective oral, written, interpersonal and collaborative skills.
  • Acceptance and willingness to 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.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and supporting a teaching, learning and working environment that honors diversity, equity and inclusion.

PREFERRED COMPETENCIES (Desirable Qualifications)



  • The successful candidate will be a well-qualified Philosopher with a combination of coursework or teaching experience which would enable the candidate to teach Introduction to Philosophy, Symbolic Logic, Critical Thinking, Introduction to Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, Existentialism, Business Ethics and Eastern philosophy in a variety of assigned modalities (on-site, online, or hybrid) and student populations (General, Honors, Gateway, BAS).
  • Teaching experience in a community college setting.
  • Experience teaching upper division Business Ethics courses.
  • Demonstrated commitment to student success in classes comprised of students with a wide range of abilities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous development in both the philosophical discipline and professional aptitude.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively on committees.
  • Additional coursework or degree in Philosophy beyond the master's degree from an accredited institution with emphasis or study in the teaching areas outlined above.
  • Knowledge of and experience with strategies aimed at improving student success and retention, particularly for the diverse student population found at a community college will be considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in academic advising.


This is a full-time, non-tenure track position with an entry level base salary (for a 175-day academic year contract) of $49,414 - $52,280 / year. Future advancement in base salary, up to the current maximum of 72,803, is based upon a combination of years of service accrued at our college and professional development activity.

Faculty have potential to earn up to $108,241 (average annual salary paid to our 20 highest earning faculty during FY2014/15). FY 2014/15 average annual faculty salary (all faculty) was $70,544. 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).

* Total compensation: $64,238 - $67,964. Total compensation is an estimate based upon base compensation, current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution rates and median retirement fund contributions. The actual total will vary depending upon each employee's enrollment choices.

Travel reimbursement (up to $500) is available to candidates traveling more than 200 miles to interview with the committee.

CCS reserves the right to cancel this recruitment without notice. Academic employees are represented by the Association of Higher Education (AHE), which is affiliated with NEA and WEA. AHE membership or payment of representation fee is required. Anticipated date of employment is Fall 2018.

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. 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. 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. Requires Criminal background check. If using personal vehicle for travel, proof of driver's license and car insurance required.

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. *
  • CV/Comprehensive resume. *
  • Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.*
  • Evaluations - Student, Peer, and/or Supervisor.*
  • List of classes recently taught which includes class title and frequency.*
  • College transcript(s) * - unofficial/copies of transcripts are acceptable for initial application, official copies must be submitted upon acceptance of job offer.

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.

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.