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National Labor College Position

Position: Assistant Professor in Labor Studies, (12-month appointment)
Salary Range: $73,000 (annually)
Benefits: Full medical and dental coverage for employee and immediate family; pension
plan; life insurance

The National Labor College in Silver Spring, Maryland is seeking a tenure-track assistant professor to direct the BA program in labor studies to begin in January 2013. Most of the coursework is done on-line and at a distance, with two short-term residencies associated with courses in the program. There are four Bachelor of Arts degree programs in the School for Labor Studies: Labor Education; Safety and Health; Union Leadership and Administration; and Labor Studies, in which students can concentrate in Labor and Politics or design their own major. The core courses in the School for Labor Studies curriculum are: Living Labor History (with residency); Labor and Work in the United States; Labor and Work in the Global Economy; Labor and Politics; Labor and Employment Law; Research Methods; and Capstone Writing Seminar (with residency).

The primary duties of this position include:
• Assist with the development of the curriculum for a hybrid low-residency/online program in
collaboration with instructional designers and other academic experts.
• In collaboration with the Dean, serve as lead faculty member for courses in the program, identify adjunct faculty to teach the courses, provide faculty orientation and ongoing development for adjunct faculty who teach the courses, and monitor and evaluate adjunct faculty who teach the courses.
• Review and evaluate courses for academic standards, maximum student engagement, currency, and integration with program, school and college curricula.
• Teach a reasonable course load online.
• Supervise one short-term residency per semester.
• Develop assessment instruments and rubrics for the courses to assist in implementing the outcomes
assessment plan for the program.
• Develop and/or enhance new degree programs, certificate programs, and non-credit enrichment programs.
• Participate in faculty governance.
• Participate in research that supports ongoing development of the faculty member, enhances teaching effectiveness and contributes to the excellence of the academic programs.

The National Labor College is the only institution in the United States with a mission based exclusively on service to the labor movement. The NLC is first and foremost a teaching institution. The learning environment is made up of students and faculty who together form a learning community based on a common understanding of the world of work and the ecology of the labor movement. Its student body is made up of experienced, working adults who have multiple commitments to family, job, union and community. The College honors higher learning that takes place both inside and outside the College classroom and has a fully developed Prior Learning Assessment program in place. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to offer degree completion baccalaureate degrees. The College currently offers four Bachelor degrees, and expects to be able to offer an Associate of Arts degree in the near future. For more information about the College and its programs, please visit the website

Minimum Qualifications
• Terminal degree in related area of study from a regionally accredited institution of higher
• At least five years experience teaching in a related area(s) at one or more regionally accredited institutions of higher education.
• Excellent writing and communication skills.
• Experience, knowledge and understanding of teaching in non-traditional and online formats.
• Experience, knowledge and understanding of working with adult learners.
• Commitment to building a strong labor movement.

Preferred Qualifications
• A doctorate in one of the related fields associated with labor studies, including history, sociology, anthropology, economics, and political science.
• Experience as an activist, staff member, or officer in, or working with, labor unions or working
people advocacy organizations.
• Demonstrated engagement in a relevant academic field.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, cv/resume, a sample of published writing or dissertation chapter, and three references to:
Applications will be reviewed beginning October 20, 2012 and will be accepted until the search is concluded.

The National Labor College is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. This is a bargaining unit position in Local 35, Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild, Communications Workers of America.