Art/Philosophy Instructor

Northwestern Michigan College

Job Description

This is a full-time teaching position teaching in the Humanities Academic Area that includes instruction in both Fine Art and Philosophy. This position includes instruction in the following philosophy courses: Introduction to Philosophy, Critical Thinking, Ethics, and Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas. This position also includes the following courses: Art Appreciation, HIstory of Art I and II, and Modern Art History.
The willingness to develop and teach courses in both traditional and online formats is required. This includes the possibility of teaching night and weekend courses. The ideal candidate will have the ability to develop a rapport with students, faculty, and staff, and take a genuine interest in helping each student. This person will display sensitivity toward issues of cultural diversity. This individual must be able to work independently as well as cordially collaborate with others. The successful candidate will build relationships through networking with individuals from the community that can grow into the potential for having the community members share their experiences with NMC and its students both in and out of the classroom.


  • M.A. in Art or an M.A. in Philosophy
  • At least 18 graduate credits in both Art and Philosophy.

Strongly Preferred

  • Experience teaching college philosophy and art courses


  • Community college experience
  • Experience with web-based and non-traditional teaching methods
  • Experience in teaching Introduction to Philosophy
  • Experience in teaching Critical Thinking courses
  • Experience in teaching Ethics and/or Applied Ethics
  • Experience in teaching Art Appreciation and Art History
  • Teaching experience at the community college level and/or work experience.
  • Experience in developing curriculum and program accreditation.
  • The willingness to develop and teach courses in both traditional and online formats.


Essential Responsibilities


Participates in Discipline and Department curriculum development activities.
Plans thoroughly on a daily, weekly, and semester time period to ensure implementation of the established curriculum, and provides strong support for students in their pursuit of established expectations.
Develops plans that promote the development of higher-order thinking skills in the instructional process.
Develops and maintains course outlines which are reviewed annually.
Provides motivation to learn via:
a. thorough planning
b. enthusiasm for subject matter
c. appropriate climate for learning within the classroom
d. relevant and current course content
e. understanding of individual differences and learning styles
Facilitates and paces instruction to maximize learning.
  • Utilizes varied instructional delivery modes.
  • Assesses learning frequently using various methods, such as:
a. questioning techniques
b. oral and/or written quizzes
c. student presentations
d. writing assignments
e. self determined assessment instruments
Provides remediation as deemed appropriate and possible.
Develops and administers exams consistent with learning goals including a final examination.
Possibility of teaching evening and weekend courses.
Develops and distributes course syllabi for each course taught to each student which:
a. conveys the goals and outcomes of the course
b. reflects curriculum adopted by the discipline for course
c. establishes and communicates challenging expectations for students
d. explains the relationship of those expectations to the grading and assessment process.


Work Environment


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the 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



Northwestern Michigan College

1701 E Front Street

Traverse City, Michigan, 49686


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