Classification/FLSA Status: PT (Exempt) (Faculty Position)
Primary Function: Faculty members provide effective instruction and student advisement for the doctor of chiropractic degree program. Duties include activities representing instruction, scholarship and service to the college and community. The part time technique instructor will assist/lead in various Technique classes.
- Provide students with an effective guided educational experience in the philosophy, science and art of chiropractic, culminating in a smooth transition from student intern to doctor of chiropractic
- Contribute to the development of the student’s knowledge skills, attitudes and competence in the location, analysis and correction of the vertebral subluxation
- Assist with the development and implementation of the educational program in order to meet established standards and desired outcomes
- Keep abreast of current best practices in course design and educational technology integration
- Collaborate with the department of teaching and learning to foster enhancements in teaching methodologies and student learning
- Keep abreast of current events, trends, research, literature within the subject matter of the courses he/she is assigned to teach
- Continuously update and reference course content
- Provide a challenging course curricula and a supportive learning environment
Prepare and administer valid student assessments that accurately measure course objectives and represent the rigor commensurate with the preparation of doctor of chiropractic
- Provide on-going instructional feedback (and remediation as needed) to students
- Prepare and submit quarterly syllabi, midterm and final examinations to the office of academic affairs
- Exhibit and role-model a communication style that projects a professional image
- Participate as an examiner, proctor or exam materials writer for the Clinic Entrance Exam and/or the Clinical Proficiency Examination (Exit Exam) as requested
- Assist in providing fully stocked, clean classrooms and to report equipment malfunctions as required to the respective dean
- Meet faculty responsibilities as outlined in the Faculty Handbook
- Commitment to the mission of Sherman College in any way correlated to the position.
Professional Development / Scholarship
- Participate in activities that enhance individual, personal and professional growth
- Acquire new skills for program enhancement and development. For example utilization of technology for course enhancement and administration
- Set annual professional goals that will contribute to the attainment of college goals and objectives
- Submit, to the vice president for academic affairs, annual assessment reports detailing his/her activities relative to meeting college and professional goals and objectives
- Actively engage in the continuous improvement of teaching and learning through teaching and learning scholarship, classroom innovation, collaboration and peer review (see faculty handbook for Research and Scholarly Activity Expectation)
- Utilize individual and college-wide outcomes information (evaluations) for the ongoing development of his/her professional effectiveness and for the ongoing development of the effectiveness of the doctor of chiropractic educational program
- Demonstrate student learning outcomes and identify deficiencies in knowledge, skills or attitude in the assigned discipline or topic
- Prepare and submit assessments of learner objectives and results for each course on an annual basis to the appropriate dean
- Modify curriculum and/or teaching style based on assessment results and professional development experiences. Document modifications based on assessment results
- Maintain certificates and/or licenses necessary for employment eligibility
- Post and maintain student office hours
- Provide coverage for his/her responsibilities during foreseen absences
Service to the College and Community
- Demonstrate responsibility for shared governance of the college by providing active participation and contribution to the Faculty Senate and on college committees
- Serve as a faculty mentor to assigned students and faculty members
- Lend enthusiastic support to college policies and to fellow faculty members, particularly in the presence of students and support personnel
- Provide questions for the National Board examinations when assigned to teach in areas applicable to the National Board exams
- Participate in the evaluative process for self, department and program
- Attend commencement exercises, faculty meetings, committee meetings and the annual Lyceum as required.
- Assume any other duties that may be assigned by the vice president for academic affairs and/or respective dean
Essential Knowledge and Skills (including but not limited to):
- A strong desire to share the philosophy, science and art of chiropractic with future doctors of chiropractic
- Required degree within specific teaching discipline
- Three years full-time chiropractic practice and/or teaching experience or the equivalent is preferred. Recognizing that not all practice experience is comparable, additional qualifications such as professional education, training and experience may be considered in lieu of the number of years.
- Schooled in the Sherman system and/or have a Gonstead background
- Strong organizational and supervisory skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to be assertive and maintain classroom decorum
- Computer: MS Office, Learning Management System and effective use of smart room equipment
Workload Expectations, Physical Demands and Work Environment
Faculty Workload Expectations:
For each primary teaching contact hour per week, approximately one hour of preparation time, including office hours, service and scholarly activity is expected. For each secondary teaching contact hour, approximately one-half hour of preparation time is expected. This work, other than required office hours, can be done at home or at school. A minimum of one hour per day is to be set-aside for on-campus office hours, when students can be sure that the faculty member is in his/her office, and is available for consultation in addition to classroom and Health Center hours. The faculty member is also to be available when needed for school business.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk, stand, crouch, kneel, stoop, sit; use hands to finger, grasp, handle or feel objects or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus. Carrying, lifting 25 lbs. maximum may be required.
Work environment: While performing the duties of this job the employee works in a controlled work environment and the noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.
General sign-off: The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to policies.