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Instructor Adult Basic Education and Literacy (ESL/ABE/HSE/IET/EL Civics) - Daytime Adjunct Faculty

Houston Community College
Fifth Ward/Frenchtown, Texas
Closing date
Jun 25, 2024

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Provide the expertise and knowledge that support the Adult Education and Literacy curriculum and programs. Establish courses following accepted Texas Adult Education and Literacy Content standards, teach students using a variety of effective methodologies and provide engagement and support activities that encourage student learning. The role of the Instructor encompasses teaching distance learning, academic advising, professional development and institutional and community service. Provide quality instruction to adult learners, integrating meaningful classroom activities and valuable experience that facilitate student learning goals and workforce training and employment skills.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Provide ABE activities and instruction across a continuum, from pre- and basic literacy through elementary levels, culminating with competencies equivalent to the eight-grade level. Instruction includes reading, mathematics, communication skills, social studies, physical sciences and health, Digital Literacy and career and college readiness competencies;

Provide ASE activities and instruction comparable to the competencies developed in secondary high school and college development education;

Provide instruction to help students earn the TxCHSE by successfully passing one of three tests (TASC, HiSET, GED) issued by TEA;

Provide ESL activities and instruction designed to support English Language Learners in achieving competence in reading, writing speaking, and comprehension of English that leads to attainment of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, followed by transition to postsecondary education and training or employment;

Provided Integrated EL Civics instruction to adult English Language Learners, including professionals with degrees and credentials in their native countries, and enable them to achieve competency in English and acquire the basic and more advanced skills necessary to function effectively as parents, workers, and citizens in the United States;

Provide instruction in literacy, ESL, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation;

Provide instruction that will teach students the skills in obtaining postsecondary and training credentials that are of value to local businesses;

Provide instruction for students to learn career and college planning including establishing short-term and long-term goals. Additional instruction on employment and training awareness, career and college readiness, and transition skills;

Provide AEL instruction and activities for students concurrently and contextually with Workforce Preparation Activities and Workforce Training for specific occupations identified as existing and emerging in-demand or targeted occupations or occupational clusters;

Provide Distance Learning activities in which participants and instructors are separated by geography, time, or both for most of the instructional period;

Provide instruction on Financial Literacy.
  1. Teaching:

a. Demonstrate skill and/or knowledge in teaching discipline;

b. Make continuous efforts to improve the quality of instruction by reviewing and utilizing innovative methodologies, techniques, and delivery methods;

c. Use the AEL standard syllabus for each course type and departmental guidelines;

d. Plan, develop, and use a variety of teaching methods and materials that assist students in meeting course objectives and which are appropriate for students with differing educational and experiential backgrounds and learning styles;

e. Evaluate students to measure their progress toward achievement of stated course objectives and inform them of their progress in the course in a timely manner;

f. Keep accurate student records and submit related reports and forms within requested timelines;

g. Teach courses at a variety of times and locations in response to institutional needs;

h. Use equipment and facilities responsibly and courteously; and

i. Demonstrate competence and interest in the use of technology in the classroom and willingness to explore new instructional methodologies.
  1. Academic Advising:

a. Maintain professional relationships with students, colleagues, and the community;

b. Provide access to students through posted office hours, electronic communication, and other appropriate methods. Provide advice and assistance to students regarding instructional or program-specific issues;

c. Provide presentations on a particular academic fields or workforce training programs and discuss opportunities for academic transfers and work (co-ops, part-time, work-study) as well as support services, scholarships, etc.; and

d. Work with Program Director to take on appropriate academic advising activities as needed by the AEL Program. (For examples, please refer to the HCC Faculty Workload Guidelines).
  1. Professional Development:

a. Establish annual objectives for professional growth in consultation with the department Program Director and Teacher Supervisor;

b. Keep pace with developments in the discipline;

c. Learn and apply technologies that support student learning and

d. Participate in the evaluation process for self, department, and college;

e. Willingness to complete four hours of New Employee Induction (NEI) orientation and two hours of classroom observation in an AEL class; and

f. Willingness to complete 15 PD hours, which must include principles of adult learning and at least another six hours, must be in relevant areas of literacy instruction. Additional six hours of PD must be in content areas, but the content must be related and relevant to the purpose of the AEL program.
  1. Institutional and Community Service:

a. Be familiar with and adhere to all policies and procedures of HCCS; and

b. Participate in activities required to maintain program and college accreditation standards.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. The qualifications listed below are representative of the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university required. Texas Teaching Certificate preferred.


One (1) year of teaching experience required.

Teaching experience working with adult students in a multi-level setting preferred. Experience working with a diverse population is preferred.

Experience with curriculum development.

  • Possess good organizational and planning skills;
  • Available to teach day, afternoon, evening or weekend classes at a number of sites within the program's service areas;
  • Knowledge and skill in a variety of computer usage and software are required;
  • Knowledge of instructional methods in Andragogy;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse professional, community, and student population;
  • Demonstrate sensitivity toward students from diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and students with disabilities;
  • Demonstrate ability to inspire and motivate students in a learning-centered environment.
  • Selfdisciplined and able to effectively manage others;
  • Maintain accurate record keeping in accordance to policy guidelines and tracks students' progress for academic, career and personal growth;
  • Assist adult learners with registration, orientation and assessment as needed according to standards and procedures; and
  • Advise students on academic and career issues.

This in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.

This job description may be revised upon development of other duties and changes in responsibilities.

The Organization

Houston Community College (HCC) is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering a high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career development and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society. We're proud to say that 98 percent of our graduates step into a job in their field of study immediately upon graduation. One of the largest community colleges in the nation, HCC has served the Greater Houston area for over four decades. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Schools Commission on Colleges, we offer 300+ associate degree and certificate programs to 75,000+ students across 13 Centers of Excellence and online each semester. We are proud to be No.1 among all community colleges in the nation in providing associate degrees to minorities and No.1 in educating international students, with 10.4 percent of our student population from outside the USA. Our vision is to become the Employer of Choice in support of our mission for Student Success by attracting, retaining and motivating the best employees.

The Team

Some of the brightest minds in academics and business are choosing HCC as their teaching home. We appreciate your dedication to educating students! When you join our talented faculty team, you'll play a special role as teacher, mentor and academic advisor. We'll support you in your professional development as you contribute your knowledge and expertise to HCC, our students and the community.


Houston is a city with limitless possibilities:
  • Fourth-largest city in the U.S. and home to 54 Fortune 500 companies, second only to New York City's 55.
  • 145 languages are spoken here.
  • Overall after-taxes living costs are 5.6 percent below the average for all 308 urban areas recently surveyed.
  • Houston is a major-league sports town, and don't forget the annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
  • The weather is great! Mild winters ensure that outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round.
  • World-renowned medical care. The Houston metro area has long been known for its first-rate health care system, with many Houston area hospitals consistently ranking among the nation's top institutions.
  • With over 150 museums and cultural institutions in the Greater Houston area, museums are a large part of Houston's cultural scene.
  • Houston is the Culture & Culinary Capital of Texas with more than 7,500 restaurants and eating establishments covering 60+ cuisines.

If this sounds like the role for you and you're ready to join an amazing team, please apply right away.

EEO Statement

Houston Community College does not discriminate on the bases of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran's status. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Osvaldo Gomez, MSW, Director EEO/Compliance, Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX (EO/TIX)

PO Box 667517

Houston TX, 77266

713 718.8271 or

HCC values its employees and their contributions, promotes opportunities for their professional growth and development, and provides a positive working and learning environment that encourages diversity, innovation and creativity, and inclusion.

Individuals with disabilities, who require special accommodations to interview, should contact (713) 718-8565.

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