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Adjunct Professor – Funeral Service Education

Posted on August 5, 2021
AFT Washington
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Not disclosed
Kirkland, WA
Applications accepted until position filled

Lake Washington Institute of Technology is seeking qualified part time instructors. All instructor positions require two years work experience; college teaching experience and industry certifications are preferred.

View information on the Funeral Service Education Program here.

Develop and teach a variety of instructional objectives and courses related to the funeral service education program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Evaluate and modify courses when necessary to meet the needs of the change in industry. This program leads to AAS degrees in the funeral service education program. This position reports to the Dean of Allied Health.

Essential Functions:

  • Plan and develop a variety of instructional objectives and experiences appropriate to the funeral service education program goals including appropriate general education requirements for degrees and certificates
  • Teach a variety of funeral service and education courses
  • Employ a variety of teaching methods to meet a wide variety of learning needs and styles
  • Develop and teach productive and constructive work habits, study skills, and core skills as identified by the college; and model the communication, computation, and human relations skills required for employment in funeral services fields
  • Develop classroom and laboratory procedures, including safety, in accordance with identified local, state, and federal policies and procedures
  • Collaborate closely with other funeral services faculty
  • Maintain appropriate records which indicate student progress and meet college grading requirements; evaluate student achievement in terms of curricular objectives as related to funeral services knowledge and practice
  • Follow disciplinary procedures, as prescribed in college policy, and deal consistently and fairly with all students
  • Participate in self-improvement activities and staff development in the assigned instructional area and technical field
  • Maintain a comprehensive knowledge of their area, including funeral services competency in areas of responsibility and current clinical competency, and relate specific applications to industry
  • Assist in developing, expanding, revising, and updating effective program materials and department goals; assist in evaluation and review program for requirements for outcomes assessments, state and related accreditations
  • Regular and satisfactory attendance and punctuality; other duties as assigned
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with students, staff, and community from diverse backgrounds, including those whose native language is not English, and a commitment to a culturally diverse work environment
  • Post the class syllabus and students' grades via the online course system (currently Canvas)

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree; must complete Master's degree within five years of appointment
  • 2 years work experience as a funeral services provider
  • Demonstrated excellence in communication skills
  • Current license to practice embalming in Washington State or ability to acquire Washington State license within 6 months if licensed in another state
  • Knowledge of current funeral services practices, laws, and regulations
  • Ability to qualify for a WA state professional-technical certificate
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software applications
  • Previous experience with an online course system (e.g., Canvas, Blackboard, Sakai, Moodle)
About the employer: Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), located 15 miles northeast of Seattle, is the only public institute of technology in Washington state and has provided high quality education since 1949. We offer 10 applied bachelor's degrees, 40 associate degrees and 80 professional certificates in 41 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. LWTech is located within the city of Kirkland, which is home to companies such as GoDaddy, Google, Astronics and EvergreenHealth, and the college is within minutes from Microsoft and Nintendo. LWTech was recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the top 150 two year colleges in the nation in 2018 and is proud to be a Military Friendly School.
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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