History Instructor – Tenure Track

Posted on January 4, 2024
AFT Washington
Peninsula College
 - $ 
 per month
Port Angeles, WA
Health insurance, Paid time off, Paid holidays, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Life and disability insurance
Applications accepted until position filled
Type: Full-Time
Salary: Anticipated starting monthly salary: $5,134.00 – $6,103.00
Posted: 11/15/2023
Category: History


(Full-Time Faculty)

Open Date: 15 November 2023

Close Date: Open Until Filled

First Screening Date: 2 January 2024


Our collaboratively developed shared definition of equity is that as a College “we aspire to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff have access to resources and support in proportion to their needs and that they feel respected, connected, and can thrive in their goals.” Peninsula College’s equity efforts are led by an Equity Standing Committee with cross-campus representation. The committee appoints equity work groups and develops, assesses, and updates an annual equity plan. That committee’s collective work has identified the need for a position that can lead the College’s work in equitable hiring practices and equity training for all employees and that can act as resource for the College’s equity partners by sharing expertise and leadership.


Located in the northwest corner of the United States, Peninsula College is nestled in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. The main campus in Port Angeles, Washington, overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the nearby city of Victoria, British Columbia, and has easy access to the Pacific Ocean, Olympic National Park, and Seattle. Port Angeles is two hours from Seattle and a one-hour ferry ride to Victoria, Canada. The College is honored to serve six sovereign American Indian nations in the region: Jamestown S’Klallam, Lower Elwha Klallam, Quileute, Makah, Hoh, and Port Gamble S’Klallam.

The College is honored to have strong relationships with these six federally recognized Tribes in the College’s service district. The College is home to Longhouse of Learning, Peninsula College Longhouse. It is the first Longhouse in the nation to be built on a community College campus. The College offers transferable Indigenous language courses in Klallam/S’Klallam, Makah and Quileute and Hoh languages. Instructional programs include a Tribal Homeland Security & Emergency Management certificate and an Integrated Indigenous Studies transfer pathway. The College is committed to doing more and taking future direction from the Tribes.

As a public comprehensive community college with baccalaureate-granting authority, Peninsula College is highly regarded by businesses, schools, and community partners for its culture of inclusiveness, innovation, high academic standards, and community engagement. The College is part of the 34-college Washington State Community and Technical College System and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

The College serves more than 2,500 students through its main campus and Port Townsend and Forks campuses, its correctional facilities, community education, and its online course offerings. The College community is vibrant, engaged, and known for its commitment to serving the diverse needs of the local communities across its 3,600 square mile service district.

The College culture is defined by its Guiding Principles and its shared governance model, which values respect, open and honest communication, integrity and collaboration. The College is a leader in the Guided Pathways work in Washington State and sees developing an equitable and socially just institution as a central part of that work. The College is highly regarded as a warm and welcoming place. Click here for a video about Peninsula College.


Peninsula College is recruiting for a full-time, tenure-track History faculty position to begin Fall Quarter 2024. The college is seeking applications from innovative teachers who are committed to approaching the classroom from a social justice perspective and by engaging with critical pedagogies. Primary teaching duties will be World Civilizations I, II, and III; U.S. History I, II, and III; and Pacific Northwest History with the opportunity to develop other courses that align with areas of expertise. We acknowledge the historic, and on-going presence of tribal nations as the starting point for the study of history. The college also exists in relationship with the physical environment that is integral to the communities of the North Olympic Peninsula and recognizes the importance of studying climate resilience in the face of climate change.

Peninsula College has a strong commitment to the achievement of equity and inclusion among its faculty, staff, and students and values the rich diverse backgrounds that make up the campus community. The college values faculty members who bring creativity to the classroom by providing opportunities for active engagement of students; who decenters power and encourages co-creation of knowledge; brings varying perspectives to class content by including multiple forms of text, including OER’s; enhances academic achievement by including differing forms of assessment and proof of competence; and engages the values of learning outside of the classroom. Applicants with community college teaching experience and/or experience teaching introductory courses in regional, U.S., and world history are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants familiar with Guided Pathways and with working collaboratively to develop a curriculum that fits into Social Science Pathways, Integrated Indigenous Studies Pathways, and local Environment and Culture Pathways are also encouraged to apply.

To ensure the college provides an inclusive educational and employment environment focused on culturally responsive teaching strategies for success and equitable outcomes for all, we are seeking a candidate who has an understanding of, and experience with, successfully supporting individuals with varying backgrounds, including people with disabilities; people with various gender identities and sexual orientations; individuals from historically marginalized communities; and other groups.

Primary essential responsibilities, include but will not be limited to the following:

  • Teaching load of 15 credits per quarter.
  • Ability to teach a spectrum of history course offerings, including World Civilizations I, II, and III; U.S. History I, II, and III; and Pacific Northwest History with the opportunity to develop other courses that align with areas of expertise.
  • Teach classes in a face-to-face, hybrid, evening, weekend, and/or online format at Peninsula College’s main campus and at the satellite campuses.
  • Gather, organize, and/or create course materials that facilitate learning, with a focus on OER/zero-cost materials.
  • Deliver tailored instructional experiences that cater to a variety of learning styles and cultural backgrounds, ensuring a dynamic and inclusive atmosphere conducive to learning.
  • Actively engage in the advancement and diversification of the social science department, emphasizing the development of culturally responsive curricula and pedagogical strategies that respect and integrate diverse perspectives.
  • Assess student learning in History as part of the annual Academic Unit Plan and college accreditation process.
  • Engage in scholarly activity that complements and informs equitable teaching practices.
  • Work with the Social Sciences Division Chair, Dean, and Vice President of Instruction to develop retention strategies.
  • Advise students on programs and degree planning.
  • Participate in committee work supporting the college.
  • Work with regional nonprofit organizations and community groups to develop successful internships and collaborative learning opportunities.

Duties of the position require knowledge and skills

  • Work independently and in teams while maintaining professionalism and modeling the colleges Guiding Principles.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and speaking.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to interact with a diverse population.
  • Ethics, integrity, and sound professional judgment.
  • Commitment to student success and advocacy for students.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.

Duties of the Position require previous experience in

  • Online, and hybrid teaching.
  • Innovative use of instructional technologies.
  • Evidence-based teaching practices.
  • Relevant work in the fields of curriculum design, eLearning strategies, and assignment, course, and program assessment.
  • Experience with online instructional design and quality assurance.
  • Inclusive teaching strategies.

Essential qualifications

  • A master’s degree in History, or related Higher Education field from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, are essential.  This includes the ability to speak clearly and fully comprehend written and spoken English and to communicate clearly with native and non-native English speakers.
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Have exceptional teaching skills, with knowledge and use of diverse teaching methods, including a commitment to the use of computer technology in the learning environment, whether in face to face, online or hybrid classes.
  • Have enthusiasm for the subject matter which engages the students.
  • Experience enhancing traditional classes with interactive multimedia and Internet resources.
  • Experience designing, developing and delivering curriculum.
  • Experience implementing strategies to improve student success and retention.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Required physical abilities

  • Work is typically performed in a classroom environment and requires standing and/or sitting and using computers for extended periods of time.

Required work schedule and work environment

  • 40 hours per week.


  • Full-Time Exempt position.
  • Anticipated starting monthly salary: $5,134.00 – $6,103.00

Full Time Employee Benefits:

Employment Terms

  • A full-time tenure-track position beginning the 2024 Fall quarter; this is a nine-month academic year appointment.
  • The College has a negotiated faculty salary schedule in which placement on the schedule is determined by education level and experience. Initial annual salary placement is anticipated to be $56,554 – $59,102 for a standard 175-day contract, depending on qualifications. The current salary rate is expected to increase subject to the outcome of the negotiated Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • A standard 175-day contract is written annually for the period of September to June. Late contracts will be prorated on the basis of work days remaining in the contract year.
  • Excellent benefits package including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; paid vacation and sick leave; retirement plan options; optional credit union and tax deferred annuity programs. Peninsula College contributes $1,145 per month towards the cost of the Washington State employee insurance programs. The college also supports professional development.
  • Peninsula College is a qualified employer for the PSLF program. If you work for the College full time, have had Direct Loans and are on an eligible repayment plan, you are eligible to apply.
  • Full-time employees are eligible to apply and participate in the Peninsula College Employee Tuition Program.

Application Submission Procedure:

A complete application file will include:

  • a college employment application,
  • (attachment 1) a letter of application addressing specific qualifications of this position,
  • (attachment 2) a current CV,
  • (attachment 3) a teaching philosophy, not to exceed 2 pages
  • (attachment 4) a diversity statement, not to exceed 2 pages
  • (attachment 5) unofficial transcripts, (IF hired Official Transcripts will be required) and
  • (attachment 6) three current professional references qualified to assess your experience and ability to perform the duties specified. Please include references’ email addresses and telephone numbers.
  • In compliance with the Immigration and Naturalization Act, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.
  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Application materials may be uploaded electronically, by mail, or email to:

Human Resources

Peninsula College

1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Port Angeles, WA 98362

Phone: (360) 417-6298

Email: pchr@pencol.edu

Applications submitted electronically will be accepted without signatures.


About the employer: Peninsula College

Peninsula College educates diverse populations of learners through community-engaged programs and services that advance student equity and success. We are a destination for cultural and environmental diversity where academic excellence transforms students’ lives and strengthens communities.

About your union: AFT Washington

AFT Washington is a state federation affiliated with the 1.6 million American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. We represent about 6,500 members including faculty from the community and technical colleges and pre-K through 12 classified employees. We also jointly represent professors at Eastern, Central, and Western Washington universities and The Evergreen College with the Washington Education Association. The mission of AFT Washington is to voice the ideals of our locals and members for workplace fairness and social justice while strengthening and focusing their collective power to attain those ideals.

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