Culinary Arts Instructor
Institution: Laredo College
Location: Texas, United States
Category: Faculty - Vocational & Technical - Culinary Arts
Posted: 12/03/2019
Application Due: 00/00/0000
Type: Fulltime

SALARY: $42,240.00 - $66,415.00 Annually
DIVISION: Workforce Education
DEPARTMENT: Culinary Arts
OPENING DATE: 12/02/19
CLOSING DATE: Continuous
PAY GRADE: Based on credentials and experience
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Culinary Arts instructor is responsible for: preparing students for a career in the hospitality industry, providing technical instruction relevant to the actual work environment using the prescribed course curriculum, exercising methods of recruitment and retention of students, working within and in harmony with the institution's goals and objectives. Perform the duties to include direct preparation and seasoning and cooking of salads, soup, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order and purchase supplies, and keep records and accounts. Responsible for activities which consist of collaboration with specified personnel and plans and develops recipes and menus, determines production schedules and worker-time requirements to ensure timely delivery of services in the hospitality industry, estimates amounts and costs and requisitions supplies and equipment to ensure efficient operation, evaluates and solves procedural problems to ensure safe and efficient operations in the hospitality sector.  This individual will provide course instruction and monitor teaching/learning effectiveness in his/her discipline in accordance with the duties as listed below and as assigned by the Department Chair, Senior Director for Workforce Education & South Campus, and/or Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs in accordance with the Laredo College Manual of Policy.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Develop, evaluate, and revise programs, courses, syllabi, and objectives to ensure instructional and programmatic responsiveness to the occupational and academic needs of students and accurately reflect the expectations the faculty has for their students and any new competencies delineated in the programmatical evaluation process, and to ensure instructional quality as demonstrated by students' achievement of competency-based objectives.

  2. Stay current of changes that occur in discipline. Participate in departmental initiatives to infuse changes into curriculum. Participate in interdisciplinary discussions which are directed at improving student learning and evaluating core competencies curriculum.

  3. Participate in college and departmental committees and activities. Substitute for colleagues as appropriate.

  4. Participate in college activities which include but are not limited to orientation, convocation, in-service, graduation, and workshops designed for professional growth and development.

  5. Prepare and, on the first day of class, distribute syllabi, to inform students, about course requirements, grading requirements, testing, assignments, absence policy, and other pertinent information for each course assigned to a faculty member to teach by the Department Chairperson with approval of the Dean of Workforce Education and the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs.

  6. Actively participate in meetings called by the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of Workforce Education & South Campus, or Department Chairperson for the purposes of disseminating information, providing input into the decision making process and sharing expertise with colleagues.

  7. Prepare professional development plan in consultation with the Department Chair; review plan on an on-going basis with the Department Chair.

  8. Prepare, administer and grade assignments and/or examinations in a timely manner to inform the student of their progress and allow for the development of a plan of constructive activities that will allow the student to succeed. Use multiple measurements of assessment. Include opportunities for research and outside assignments.

  9. Cooperate with the evaluation procedures of courses by students; participate in faculty evaluations; and/or act as mentor to faculty members.

  10. Provide a safe environment for students and be responsible for their security and daily maintenance of assigned equipment, materials, and classrooms.

  11. Encourage use of support services available to students. Collaborate with support services staff to ensure that appropriate information is being shared and discussed.

  12. Participate a minimum of forty hours per week to their duties, which include 15 hours of prep time, and a minimum of 10 office hours for consultation with students.

  13. Participate as a faculty advisor during the registration process and during the semester by providing accurate career counseling and guidance at times assigned by the Department Chairperson, Dean of Workforce Education & South Campus, or the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs. Use the Program Degree Guide on an on-going basis to maintain current information about each student's progress.

  14. Provide appropriate information to Library staff regarding desired discipline materials.

  15. Provide information and/or data to the requesting administrator so that the proper reports may be completed and filed with the proper educational agency, funding agency, or accrediting agency.

  16. Follow procedures related to the Registration Office, including grade report and deadlines; attendance record reports; withdrawal deadlines; class changes; and time and room scheduling.

  17. Follow the proper procedures for purchasing groceries, requesting textbooks, instructional supplies, expendable supplies; submit travel and absence reports on a timely basis.

  18. Support the recruitment activities of the college by participating in career days, participating in civic activities, and presenting career guidance to high school, junior high school, and grade school students.

  19. Participate in the presentation and ongoing updating of class schedules, the catalog and the web page.

  20. Sponsor or provide assistance with student clubs and organizations.

  21. Promote the College's Programs and curricula.

  22. Follow the academic calendar and other policies and procedures adopted by the Board of Trustees.

  23. Visit laboratory sites (restaurants), evaluate the students at the sites and confer with supervisors.

  24. Use current technology to enhance effectiveness, including but not limited to computers, CAI programs such as PASPort, Blackboard/Soft Chalk/Camstasia Studio, Canvas, PowerPoint, audio visual equipment, and willing to learn and apply any other new technology needed to enhance learning.

  25. Maintain FERPA standards as applied to public institutions of higher learning.

  26. Participate in Southern Association accreditation activities; participate in Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and other agencies reports, site visits, self-studies, etc.; implement Institutional Effectiveness plan in occupation area.

  27. Perform other duties assigned by the department chair, Dean of Workforce Education, Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs and LC President.

Required Qualifications

  • Associate's degree with a major in the teaching field.

  • The instructor must have file (5) years of work experience in the area of culinary arts, nutrition, dietetics, and/or home economics including field experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in the teaching field.

  • American Culinary Federation Certified, Executive Chef Certification, and/or a Serv-Safe instructor/proctor certification.

  • Extensive knowledge in the areas of food sciences, international cuisine, fundamentals of baking, garde manger, buffet theory and production, principles of food beverages, the management of food production and service in the hospitality industry.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • The faculty must demonstrate discipline, competence, pedagogical competence that engages the student and focuses on student learning.

  • The faculty must demonstrate the ability to use current technology to enhance teaching effectiveness.

  • The faculty must be cooperative and professional in his/her communications with the public, the students, colleagues, college administrators and the Culinary Arts advisory committee members.

  • In addition, the faculty must have good writing skills, vocabulary skills, and computer skills.

  • Faculty must be able to operate specialized laboratory equipment and audio-visual instructional materials.

  • Must be able to develop and use laboratory/lecture strategies that enhance teaching effectiveness and promote student learning.

  • Knowledge and use of Microsoft Office and Microsoft Outlook is required.

  • Faculty must be willing to work days, evenings and weekends as needed.

Supervision Exercised


Supervision Received

Department Chairperson, Dean of Workforce Education & South Campus, Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, and LC President.

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit.

The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, or crouch.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move items weighing up to 50 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment

Work is perform in a standard office environment.

Work·inside a well-lighted and air-conditioned area most of the time.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.


Required to work safely and follow safety rules.

Report unsafe working conditions and behavior.

Take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent others from engaging in unsafe practices.

Special Conditions

Immediate supervisor may assign other duties.

May be required to work outside regular working hours as needed.

May be required to work at a different college work site or campus as needed.

EEO Statement

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Laredo College is open to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, or national origin who are otherwise eligible for admission as students. Furthermore, Laredo College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and no applicant or employee will be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability or national origin. This institution will not enter knowingly into any contractual agreement for services or supplies with any firm failing to follow fair employment practices.

Foreign Degrees

Foreign degrees require an evaluation for United States equivalency from an approved stated education agency or having membership with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Transcripts issued outside the United States of America require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached to your online application at the time of applying. For your convenience, we have provided the following links to assist you in complying with this requirement. However, you may use any other certified transcript evaluation service.


The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. LC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by LC as its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


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