OVERVIEW OF CCA
The Community College of Aurora serves our diverse community by providing high-quality instruction and support services to prepare students for transfer and employment. We are particularly interested in applicants that demonstrate a commitment to working with individuals and groups from diverse identities, including but not limited to: socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation, gender identity expression, disability, multilingual learners, veterans, non-traditional, race and ethnic backgrounds We actively promote a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.
More than 20 different languages and 60 countries are represented at CCA. In addition to traditional degree and certificate programs, CCA offers non-credit professional development courses, customized training, and economic and workforce development resources to employer partners and individual professionals seeking to enhance the capacity and productivity of their workforce or individual knowledge and skills.
The college centers diversity, equity, and inclusion and we actively seek to employee partners who want to join us in working to reducing outcome gaps among our diverse student population.
The Chair leads, coordinates, supports, and collaborates with the department faculty and adjunct instructors in work and initiatives aimed at supporting the college vision, mission, and strategic plan. Importantly, the Chair shares a commitment to and exemplifies principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in all work done within the department and as part of the college community.
The Chair, as a faculty member, maintains a commitment to high-quality instruction and the ongoing pursuit of excellence.
As an active member of the CCA community, the Chair embraces and exemplifies the college values of respect, collaboration, quality, access, diversity, and inclusion when participating in a variety of institutional initiatives and activities, serving on committees, being a member of the Division Leadership Team, and representing the college, the division, and the department to assigned groups and tasks.
Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills
The Department Chair provides excellent leadership and management in the following areas.
Leadership, Program Management, and Support
- Collaborate with faculty and instructors in the design and implementation of department plans that support the college mission, vision, strategic plan, and equity and inclusion goals.
- Exemplify and maintain a positive climate of collaboration and inclusiveness inside and outside the department
- Foster a culture of academic excellence and culturally relevant pedagogy.
- Mentor faculty and instructors for professional growth by offering professional development opportunities within the department, and encouraging and facilitating the attendance of those provided by the college and professional organizations.
- Foster and support faculty and instructors in efforts oriented to closing the gap for historically underserved students.
- Utilize department/program reviews to improve department operations and increase student achievement.
- Use disaggregated qualitative and quantitative data to improve department programs, operations, and increase student achievement.
- Implement an equity lens when performing teaching observations, coaching faculty and instructors, and performance evaluations.
- Engage in and cultivate partnerships with external stakeholders as well as other academic departments and institutional units and offices.
- Conduct regular program reviews according to college guidelines.
- Monitor and implement statewide curriculum initiatives.
- Lead course and program development as well as curriculum changes, working with the Curriculum Committee for a timely and accurate reflection in the college catalog.
- Coordinate departmental promotion with the college Communications office, Outreach and Recruitment, and Pathway advisors.
- Facilitate resources for the organization and offering of extracurricular events sponsored by the department and attend them.
- Coordinate the offering and/or participation in professional development activities related to assessment of student learning.
- Develop and submit accurate course schedules based on enrollment trends and program curricula.
- Monitor course enrollment and open or close courses based on registration reports.
- Develop and oversee operating budgets.
- Approve and oversee concurrent enrollment instructors and courses.
- Teach 12 credits per academic year in the department.
- Demonstrate creativity and originality in course, lesson, and assessment design
- Incorporate high impact practices into pedagogy.
- Include student-centered practices within teaching and course preparation such as student feedback, student experiences, and/or student learning outcomes.
- Effectively navigate classroom dynamics when issues of equity arise with ability to recognize historical contributions to inequities from the academic discipline.
- Actively engage in assessment of student learning and utilize disaggregated quantitative and qualitative data to inform changes in teaching and learning practices.
Assessment of Student Academic Achievement
- Foster a culture of assessment of student learning to support the college in the goal to erase equity gaps.
- Oversee the development, performance of, and completion of course, program, and institutional assessment plans according to college guidelines.
- Coach faculty and instructors in the design and implementation of strategies aimed at improving student learning based on assessment findings.
- Submit assessment reports including plans for modifying instructional practices.
- Incorporate student centered practices such as including student feedback, student experiences, and/or student learning outcomes in decision-making.
- Ability to embrace change in a dynamic higher education setting.
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