SCC Hiring More Faculty
Sandhills Community College is set to hire 14 new faculty members for next fall in response to the dramatic increase in enrollment in recent years.
SCC President John Dempsey said enrollment is up about 30 percent, and the new faculty will help the college operate more effectively and maintain its student-teacher ratio.
"I honestly believe it is the single largest group of faculty we have ever hired in my tenure," said Dempsey, who's been at the college since 1989. "It is a group that is really going to shape the future of this college for the next 25 years. We're taking it very seriously."
The new faculty positions are in a wide range of disciplines. It expects to hire new instructors for associate's degree nursing, business administration/e-commerce, English, art, civil engineering, physical fitness technology, interdisciplinary humanities, early childhood education, respiratory therapy (clinical), biology lab, automotive/autobody, and sociology. It wants to add two instructors for history.
Dempsey said that "just about everybody" on campus has been involved in recruiting. He said there is a search committee for each department, and a senior faculty member sits on each one.
"There's a senior faculty member on each committee so the candidates know not just how to teach, but also how to be a faculty member at Sandhills," he said.
Linda Chandler, a mathematics professor and the president of the college's faculty assembly, said she and her colleagues have developed a list of criteria that they believe defines what it means it be an instructor at the college. She hopes the new faculty will fit in seamlessly and stick around for 20 to 25 years.
"We're casting a wide net to try to see who nibbles," she said. "We're trying to find people who want to come here, work here and stay here for the sake of consistency for our students."
The college accepted applications for the positions until March 1. Dempsey said it has been an orderly process so far.
On-campus interviews will be conducted into the first half of April. Demspey said the goal is to have all of the positions filled by June 1.
This is the first time in three years that the college has added faculty, Dempsey added, because of the financial uncertainty. Each opening is listed as being subject to the availability of funds, but Dempsey said it would take something unforeseen and "catastrophic" to prevent the hirings from happening, and that the college has left plenty of "cushion" in its budget.
"Based on the growth we've experienced, I'm confident we're going to be in a position to hire these people," he said. "We're really excited about it."
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