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Full-Time Faculty/Coach for Early Childhood

NorthWest Arkansas Community College

NorthWest Arkansas Community College

Bentonville, AR, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2024

NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) provides quality and affordable higher education to empower lives and strengthen communities within Northwest Arkansas and surrounding areas.

As the largest community college in Arkansas, NWACC is recognized as a leader in education. NWACC offers a full range of associate degrees, certificates and workforce training programs that prepare students for rewarding futures and careers.

NWACC employees are dedicated to fostering a diverse educational community and cultural learning environment that supports student success.

Faculty members serve multiple roles as teachers, mentors, colleagues, and scholars. Full-time faculty are expected not only to excel in classroom instruction but also to fulfill various responsibilities as active members of the college and the northwest Arkansas community. This is a full-time grant-funded provisional position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following list of duties applies to a full-time NWACC faculty member. Please note that some faculty positions include a combination of teaching and administrative or service duties, as noted below. (Refer to Faculty Workload Policy 5009.)

  • 4-6 teaching load hours as defined by the faculty workload policy

  • 19-21 clock hours of class preparation/evaluations and student coaching including observations, if needed

  • Some combination of the following that equals 15 clock hours

  • Class related office hours

  • General student development services

  • Three “committee” hours a week (“Committee” is defined broadly as committee work, club sponsorship, work on advisory boards, tutoring, etc. This would be considered the faculty member’s service to the college.)


  • Facilitate student learning, provide effective instruction, and perform evaluations of student learning for all assigned classes, using each course's standard course outline as a guide.

  • The standard teaching load for full-time faculty teaching credit courses is 15 load hours per semester during the nine-month employment period. Faculty on 12-month appointments teach 12 load hours in the summer for a total of 42 load hours annually.12-month faculty may substitute other duties as assigned by their supervisor for the 12 load hours during the summer semester.

  • Furthermore, several faculty positions include a combination of teaching and administrative or service duties. On occasion, faculty may receive a reduced instructional load to complete other duties related to the function of the college. Each semester's instructional load will be assigned by the faculty member's supervisor, which will be determined by the nature of the position, the needs of the department, and workload guidelines established by college policy. (Policy 5009)

  • Develop course curriculum, course handouts, lectures, labs, and presentations.

  • Participate in program level learning assessment. Participation includes helping articulate learning outcomes, choosing, and administering measures, evaluating student performance, and suggesting changes to improve student learning.

  • Work with other faculty and administrators in developing program curriculum, standards, and policies, including reviewing and participating in textbook selection process where appropriate.

  • Schedule, supervise, debrief, and evaluate students in clinical, internship, observation, field experience, and similar settings as appropriate for the course or program.

  • Be available to meet with students. The method of contact and hours of availability should be clearly communicated to supervisors and to students through the course syllabus each semester.

  • Assign grades, maintain course/student records in accordance with FERPA regulations, and submit grades and records by established deadlines.

  • Meet all classes and other scheduled responsibilities, such as office hours and meetings at the designated times. A faculty member should inform the supervisor if he or she is unable to meet a class on time.

  • Teach courses by alternative delivery methods as needed. The teaching load could include teaching at other facilities in Benton or Washington County and/or during the evenings or weekends. Teaching assignments will depend on the program, the course, and the needs of the students.

  • Attend departmental, divisional, and college-wide meetings.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Establishing relationships with Siloam Springs, Gentry, Gravette, and Decatur school districts

  • Establishing relationships with early childhood programs in Siloam Springs, Gentry, Gravette, Decatur

  • Placing students at early childhood programs for apprenticeship hours

  • Tracking student data and apprenticeship hours

  • Assisting with grant data tracking (surveys, etc.)

  • Recruiting additional students into the program for subsequent cohorts

  • Coaching students regarding persisting in the program, completing schoolwork, developing knowledge regarding developmentally appropriate classroom practices, etc.

  • Observing students working with children in the early childhood programs

  • Obtain feedback from early childhood programs regarding student performance during apprenticeship hours

Courses to be taught

Foundations of Early Childhood

Child Growth & Development

Environments for Young Children

Field Experience

Creative Experiences

Child Guidance

Preschool Curriculum

Infant Toddler Curriculum

Rate of pay: determined by faculty scale placement (education and years of experience)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the organization and administration of various higher education academic

  • and social programs.

  • Knowledge of campus and community resources.

  • Knowledge of state, federal, and campus rules, regulations, and requirements related to

  • campus academic and social programs.

  • Ability to coordinate the activities of campus academic and/or social programs.

  • Ability to evaluate collected information and formulate into recommendations.

  • Ability to compile information into report form.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

The following physical activities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations.
While performing the functions of this job, the employee is:
• Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding
• Sitting
• Standing
• Walking
• Hearing
• Repetitive motion
• Talking

The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes.

Environmental Conditions

The following work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Academic qualifications to teach Early Childhood Education and Child Development courses.
  • Master’s degree with at least 18 hours of Early Childhood Education and/or Child Development graduate credit.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or closely related subfield (e.g. Childhood Services), or PhD in Early Childhood Education or related field.
  • Experience teaching Early Childhood Education courses.
  • At least five (5) years of teaching experience.
  • Experience teaching at a Community College.

NWACC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, please see our EEO policy.