Anthropology Instructor - Adjunct


See Position Description


Tacoma WA 98466, WA

Job Type

Part-time Faculty


Academic Affairs

Job Number


Position Summary

Dear Applicants,

Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, the college has taken steps to close our campuses to students and the general public through Thursday, April 9th. Over the next several weeks reviews of application submissions, hiring and onboarding processes may be extended beyond our normal timeframes.

 We appreciate your patience during this time and thank you for your interest in employment with Tacoma Community College. 

Who we are (TCC)
Tacoma Community College is a public two-year institution that serves a diverse population of approximately 14,000 students.  We embrace our identity as a community college and strongly encourage applications from candidates who recognize and honor the important role that equity, diversity, and inclusion brings to an educational community.  Our stated mission is to create meaningful and relevant learning, inspire greater equity, and celebrate success in our lives and in our communities.  We are recognized nationally as an, Achieving the Dream "leader college" and our faculty are engaged in innovative work to improve student retention and program completion. According to the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, TCC ranks high on measures of active learning and academic challenge, thanks to our creative and scholarly faculty.  We seek to recruit and retain a workforce that:

  • Reflects the diversity of our community
  • Values intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching
  • Is attracted by the campus mission promoting equitable access to educational opportunities
  • Cares about student success and collaborates on strategies to facilitate success for underrepresented populations
  • Welcomes difference and models respectful interaction with others
  • Engages effectively with the community both within and outside of TCC.

Regional Setting
For information on Tacoma and the surrounding area:   (see application details)
Adjunct positions at the college are open continuous and reviewed on a quarter by quarter basis. Individuals who apply to the applicant pool are considered active for a period of 12 months from the application date and may be contacted when vacancies occur. Submitting an application does not guarantee that a position will be available or offered. 

Position Highlights
Responsible to prepare and teach courses in Anthropology for the Social Sciences Program at Tacoma Community College.  This position reports directly to the Dean for Humanities, Social Sciences, Transitional Studies and Written & Oral Communications and works closely with the Social Sciences Program Chair and faculty.

Essential Functions
  • Prepare and teach courses in anthropology.
  • Depending on the quarterly needs of the program, courses assigned may include;
    • ANTH& 100, Survey of Anthropology
    • ANTH 204, Archeology
    • ANTH&205, Biological Anthropology
    • ANTH& 206, Cultural Anthropology


Minimum Qualifications

  • Masters degree in anthropology from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience teaching at a community college and/or the freshman & sophomore levels.
  • Experience in using online classroom platforms (Angel, Blackboard, Canvas, etc.) as a classroom support and learning tool.
  • Experience working with and teaching students of widely varying levels of proficiency and from diverse backgrounds, abilities and learning styles.
  • Experience using a variety of technology and tools both in and out of the classroom.

Conditions of Employment

  • Successfully complete a criminal history background check prior to employment.

The Successful Candidate Will Demonstrate

  • Competence to teach a variety of courses with an emphasis on English composition.
  • Professional and courteous interactions with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Dynamic, non-traditional delivery methods to teach students of widely varying levels of proficiency and from diverse backgrounds, abilities, and learning styles.
  • Experience using computers as an instructional aide in and out of the classroom to enhance learning.
  • An appreciation of diversity and the benefits of a commitment to cultural awareness and sensitivity in the workplace.
  • Excellent customer service skills; including establishing, building, and maintaining internal/external customer satisfaction.
  • Ethics and integrity.

Application Process

Application Materials & Procedures

Complete application packages must include the following:

  1. Tacoma Community College online application.
  2. Resume & cover letter describing how your educational background and experience align with the responsibilities and qualifications.
  3. Copies of transcripts for all colleges and universities attended.

Terms of Employment

This is a part-time faculty position contracted on a quarterly basis. Classes assigned to the successful candidate may be on campus, hybrid online, or fully online with an online learning management system (Canvas) component for some class materials. The salary for the 2019/2020 academic year is $862.93 per credit, which includes scheduled class time and final exam days, as well as time for class preparation, weekly office hours, and grading tasks in accordance with the Faculty Negotiated Agreement. A collective bargaining agreement exists, and membership in the TCC Federation of Teachers or payment of a service fee may be available upon employment. Degrees must be from accredited colleges or universities recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and verified by National Student Clearinghouse.

Tacoma Community College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator
Tacoma Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). Provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Stephen Smith, Title II and Title IX, (see application details); Dolores Haugen, Section 504 Officer, (see application details).  Tacoma Community College is a smoke-free/drug free environment.  This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and or modified without notice.

Tacoma Community College
6501 S 19th St Bldg . 14, Tacoma WA  98466 
(see application details)

Salary Range
$55,000.00 - 91,000.00
per Year
Salary range estimated by
Tacoma, WA 98401, US