Term Assistant Professor of Human Services

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Classification:Term Assistant Professor (F9)
Grade:UNAC Grade 30
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA Matanuska Susitna College
Location: Palmer
Categories: Education/Instructional, Library/Physical/Social Sciences

Position Summary:

Mat-Su College is seeking a Term Assistant Professor and Human Services Coordinator to lead the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and collaborate in the provision of the bachelor's degree in partnership with another campus. The Human Services AAS degree is designed to prepare students to work effectively in paraprofessional counseling roles and human services practice, outreach and engagement of people in need, and support of teams in the provision of human services. The AAS degree program prepares students for engaging members of diverse populations and helping members of vulnerable populations achieve success and well-being in their communities.


20Department/Program Coordinator & Service: Direct, organize, and supervise all aspects of the Human Services program including: Coordinate scheduling for Human Services courses. Collect student artifacts and coordinate assessment exercises for Human Services degree and general education courses. Perform continuous quality review and improvement of the Human Services program. Conduct long range planning and development of the program to assure a well-supported program that fully achieves regional, state, and national requirements for human services professionals. Assess program effectiveness and participate in accreditation review processes. Development and management of the program’s budget and finances. Purchase, select, and implement into the program’s curriculum durable and non-durable equipment. Prepare TVEP (Technical/Vocational Education Program) funding requests and/or applications for other grant funding. Maintain program policies and procedures in a manner that are consistent with UA, UAA, and MSC policies and practices including accreditation standards. Work with community service organizations to facilitate student practicum placements, provide orientation/training and supervision as appropriate for classroom and field experiences, and collaborate in job placement. Ensure delegated responsibilities are fulfilled in an effective and high-quality manner. Engage in University, professional and/or community service. Collaborate with other campuses in advancement of the Human Services curriculumEssential
80Instruction Responsibilities: Teaching undergraduate courses in a manner consistent with the specific course content description. Prepare syllabus consistent with approved UAA course content guide. Prepare instruction appropriate to student learning outcomes and class delivery mode, e.g. face to-face, blended, online. Ability to utilize appropriate instructional technologies to support classroom and laboratory learning. Evaluate student learning. Provide timely feedback to students on their learning in order to maximize student success. Respond to student questions about class in a timely manner. Submit final grades by established deadline. Hold office hours appropriate for the course(s) being taught. Create an interactive learning environment which actively engages students in the learning process. Provide a rich theory based foundation for learning, one which promotes progressive knowledge acquisitions and skill development for fitness for the profession. Mentor student development in the field of Human Services and the helping fields (or related field). Maintain a dynamic, accepting, and safe educational environment which promotes academic scholarship and inquiry.Essential

“Opportunities start here” is more than a slogan at Matanuska-Susitna College (Mat-Su College); it is our mission. Our aim is to transform student aspirations into realities. Matanuska-Susitna College seeks applicants who possess a desire to help students succeed in reaching their goals.

Mat-Su College is an extended campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage. The campus is located on 951 acres in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, the fastest growing region of Alaska. We serve as a major higher education hub for the communities of Wasilla and Palmer.  Our student-friendly campus offers small class sizes and state-of-the-art facilities, including paramedic classrooms with a fully equipped ambulance bay, updated science labs, and a new 520-seat performing arts theater, the first in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. The campus has an annual operating budget of nearly $11,000,000 and employs nearly one hundred full-time faculty and staff and more than one hundred adjunct instructors to serve approximately 2,000 students each semester.

Join us and help turn student aspirations into reality!

The Human Services Coordinator teaches 12 credits each semester for a total of 24 credits during an academic year.  Other responsibilities involve student supervision of field practica, course scheduling, curriculum development and assessment for the AAS degree and general education. We are seeking a colleague with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and who can work with diverse populations, and with individuals, groups, and communities experiencing marginalization and oppression. The Human Services program is competency based and community oriented and emphasizes the preparation of students for immediate employment within local community service organizations.  In addition, the faculty member will help those students wishing to continue at the bachelor’s level to transition into further education.  The faculty member will engage in student success practices supporting the professional and personal development of each student, and will foster a welcoming, supportive, and developmental culture within the AAS program. 

Students gain firsthand experience through practicum placements at local social service providers and obtain skill development through courses that emphasize practice, practicum seminars, and the use of electronic portfolios for documenting and advancing their professional development in human services. The Human Services coordinator will work with local community service agencies to create practicum placement opportunities for students, especially ones building community support for members of diverse groups. 

For more information on our Human Services Degree Program, please visit our webpage: MSC Human Services


Demonstrated history of working with a diverse group of people and commitment to advancing cultural content in education.
Knowledge of practicum (field placement) and other forms of experiential education.
Display open mindedness and excellent cross-cultural communication skills.
Evidence of ability to foster collegiality with peers, colleagues, supervisors.
Ability to work collaboratively with different groups represented in the Matanuska Valley including: diverse populations, veterans, persons in recovery and reentry.
Understanding of the professional career paths and demands of the field of instruction.
Ability to inspire students to the highest level of achievement in preparation for meeting employer expectations.
Exhibits excellent oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to teach and convey complex concepts in understandable ways to learners.
Commitment to student success.


Experience in providing human services to people from diverse backgrounds.
Experience in serving as field instructor within human services organizations.
Experience in the administration of human services programs, and in the development of personnel.
Experience in leadership positions, such as professional organizations, devoted to the advancement of the provision of human services or professional development of human service professionals.


PhD or Professional Doctorate or terminal degree in social work, psychology, education, human services or related fields.
3 years experience in the profession after the receipt of the Master’s degree or its equivalent.
3 years experience in teaching/supervising practicums or experiential learning in human services or in related professional fields.


This is a bipartite (no research requirement) position. While not tenure-track, faculty holding term positions are eligible for promotion in academic rank according to the University's protocols. The successful candidate must be prepared to teach & supervise instruction of our offered Behavioral Sciences courses for the program.

This faculty position is full-time, exempt (salaried), term-funded, 9-months per year, represented, and located in Palmer, Alaska at: Mat-Su College, 8295 E. College Drive, Palmer, AK 99645. Full benefit package that also includes: a tuition waiver for employee and immediate family that is accepted at all UA Campuses.

Application Requirements:

Submit/upload the following with your online application:

  1. Cover Letter*
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Three References
  4. Transcripts
  5. Teaching Philosophy Statement
  6. Diversity Statement

*Please address your cover letter as follows:

Dr. Talis Colberg, Campus Director

Matanuska-Susitna College

8295 E College Drive

Palmer, AK 99645

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date (December 3, 2021 by 11:55 pm AKST).

A teaching demonstration & a program vision presentation will be part of the interview process for candidates who advance to the final stages of the search.

Applicants must be legally eligible for unrestricted employment to work in the U.S. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

Special Conditions of Employment:  Official transcripts will be required at time of hire.


Union Representation:

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

Term Position:

This position is term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free. 

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.


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