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Job Overview

Position: Nursing Instructor (one-year temporary, non-tenure track) – Job # T1207

Location: Nursing Program, Pierce College Puyallup
Salary: Depending on Experience
Posting Date: 6/12/2012 Closing Date: 7/12/2012
Anticipated Start Date: 9/14/2012

About the District:
The Pierce College District is part of the 34 Community and Technical College System in Washington State. The District includes two colleges. Pierce College Fort Steilacoom located in Lakewood and Pierce College Puyallup located in Puyallup, and a Military Education Program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Boasting majestic views of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains and Mt. Rainier, the district offers the benefits of rural, suburban and urban life in the Pacific Northwest. We invite applications from qualified individuals interested in working within a diverse, innovative, outcome focused, learning-centered environment.

About the Program:
The successful candidate will join a nursing department that offers the generic and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) student an opportunity to obtain an associate of science degree in nursing. The program also offers students the opportunity to matriculate to the University of Washington’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program. The program is innovative and designed to attract non-traditional students.

About the Position:
The successful candidate will demonstrate current content knowledge and experience with innovative teaching and assessment strategies in both grounded and online environments and utilize student success data and information to improve achievement of learning outcomes. Candidates will be expected to teach nursing didactic/theory and clinical skills to students in lecture, lab, acute, and long-term care settings. Supervising students in off-campus clinical experiences on medical, surgical, critical care and ambulatory units of local hospitals, in long-term care facilities of in community agencies for clients across the life span from birth through death, is imperative. Teaching assignments will vary and may include a combination of didactic and clinical responsibilities. The successful candidate will be expected to provide dedicated leadership in one of the following clinical areas of expertise based on training and experience; mother/baby, medical surgical nursing, mental health, pediatrics, critical care and ambulatory nursing care. The person in this position will work collaboratively with colleagues across disciplines; be engaged in ongoing professional development; participate in shared governance and contribute to a positive learning environment.

Expected Outcomes:
Pierce College faculty are expected to: 1) engage in teaching and learning; 2) advise and mentor students; and 3) participate in shared governance of the department, division, college and district.

Teaching and Learning Outcome
Faculty design quality educational experiences in order for each student to have the opportunity to apply core abilities, fundamental areas of knowledge, disciplinary and interdisciplinary skills, toward achievement of their education/career goal.

• Prepare, instruct and assess teaching and learning in order to maximize student achievement of learning outcomes and competencies to include:

  • The publication of a course syllabus that contains, at a minimum, the elements listed in the Faculty Handbook
  • Accessibility to students during posted office hours that are distributed over the week
  • The preparation and submission of a course outline with core abilities, fundamental areas of knowledge and/or course content competencies
  • The assessment of student progress toward learning outcomes and competencies at the course, program and degree level as appropriate to the discipline and in a manner consistent with the college’s Institutional Assessment Plan
  • The use of data on student learning from classroom assessment, program/degree assessment, student engagement surveys, student evaluations, peer observations and Advisory Committees (when appropriate) to adjust course content and pedagogy
  • The engagement in ongoing course/department/program review as determined by the department/program and that is consistent with the college’s accreditation guidelines
  • Remaining current within their field and teaching through appropriate professional development activities which may include:

• Participation in local and regional discipline-specific or appropriate educational conferences that align with Professional Growth and Development Plan;
• Engagement with department, division, district colleagues and those at neighboring institutions in the development and enhancement of teaching and learning;
• Engagement with community, regional and statewide partners in the development of teaching and learning.

Advising Outcome
Faculty provide quality advising/mentoring in order for the student to acquire the information necessary to plot an efficient career path to his/her learning goal.
• Provide advising/mentoring for assigned advisees
• Assist advisees in the preparation of an Educational Plan


Shared Governance Outcome
Faculty participate in the shared governance of Pierce College in order to promote faculty voice and engagement in college decisions

• Participate in department, division, college and district meetings as required
• Participate in planning and discussions through a variety of means which may include:

  • Representation on CLASS
  • Membership on college and district committees
  • Participation in regional and statewide committees

Responsibilities to meet the Expected Outcomes include:
• Facilitating a learning space that is student centered
• Encouraging and participating in an environment that emphasizes Student-Faculty interaction
• Designing learning experiences in a variety of instructional modalities (grounded, hybrid, online)
• Contributing actively to the student advising program and district-wide efforts to improve student retention and success
• Maximizing student achievement of learning outcomes and competencies through active and collaborative learning opportunities
• Collaborating with colleagues in the development of curriculum and programs that create a cohesive learning experience
• Engaging students who possess varying levels of academic preparation, knowledge and/or course competencies and having a wide variety of interests, ages, and backgrounds
• Possessing strong knowledge of disciplinary content, theory, and current advances to ground students in fundamental areas of knowledge
• Connecting with students during office hours over the week
• Collaborating with district/department colleagues in the development and assessment of course, program, and degree level learning outcomes
• Contributing to district instructional planning and activities
• Playing an active role on instructional committees
• Working collaboratively and effectively with colleagues and with all areas of the college community
• Participating in district shared governance activities, division, and department meetings
• Participating in college-sponsored professional development activities
• Participating in ongoing professional development activities related to one’s field of study
• Participating in professional development opportunities aimed at improving teaching and learning


Required: Master’s degree in Nursing, or enrollment in Master’s in Nursing program with expected completion by September 2012; current Registered Nurse (RN) licensure in Washington State or ability to obtain license prior to date of hire; two years’ experience as an RN; evidence of current clinical skills in nursing; documented successful teaching experience; experience relating to complex healthcare settings, such as acute care hospitals; current CPR certification; and currently hold or be able to attain vocational certification.
Preferred: Successful teaching experience at the community college level; experience relating to multiple healthcare settings, including Obstetric, Pediatric and Critical Care settings; evidence of successful use of technology in the classroom, use of innovative teaching strategies and participation in ongoing professional development; experience/coursework in curriculum development and related professional experience and/or activities in addition to teaching.

Terms of Employment:
This position is a full-time, one-year, non-tenure track, temporary assignment of 173 contracted days per year, anticipated to begin September 2012. The academic year work calendar is developed in order to respond to peak service and advising needs of students.
Pierce College District employees may be assigned to either Pierce College Fort Steilacoom or Pierce College Puyallup. Evening, split schedule and/or work at more than one site may be included in the assignment. Initial salary placement is based on the current full-time faculty salary schedule, and is dependent upon education and experience.

Application Requirements:
To be considered for this position, you must:
• Meet the required qualifications as outlined in the job announcement.
• Complete the online application profile at
• Apply for the specific job opening.
• Upload (attach) a cover letter describing how your educational background and experience align with the responsibilities and qualifications of this position.
• Upload (attach) your response to the following questions: “Describe the ways you determine whether your students have learned and the unique strategies you employ to ensure that they have.”
• Upload a detailed curriculum vitae (c.v.) of all educational and professional experience, which includes a list of courses taught.
• Upload an image of all college and university transcripts.
• SPECIAL NOTE: All application materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the closing date. Note: Official transcripts will be required for the successful candidate at the time of hire.

Reasonable Accommodation:
Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342. A telecommunication device for the deaf is available at (253) 964-6228.

Screening & Interview Process:
Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and meet the required qualifications will be considered. The most desirable candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Please visit the Pierce College benefits web page at for detailed benefits information.

Conditions of Employment:
• Agency Shop, Full-time Faculty: As a condition of employment, all full-time faculty bargaining unit members must either join the Pierce College Federation of Teachers or pay a representation fee.
• Physical Work Environment: Work is performed in an instructional setting and requires the ability to communicate clearly. Work also includes the ability to use a personal computer.
• In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.
• Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in that policy.

For more information or assistance, contact Human Resources at: