Political Science Instructor (Clovis Community College) Full-Time
State Center Community College District
Closing Date: 2/6/2020 at 11:55 PM
Campus Location: Clovis Community College
Start Date: 12/21/2019
Essential Functions: At Clovis Community College we value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. We prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits a diverse student population brings to a community college. The successful faculty member will be an equity-minded individual committed to student success by collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also dedicated to closing equity gaps. An equity-minded individual is a person who:
Understands the importance of holding ourselves accountable as educators for closing equity gaps and engaging in equitable practices;
Reframes inequities as a problem of practice and views the elimination of inequities as an individual and collective responsibility;
Encourages positive race-consciousness and embraces human difference;
Reflects on institutional and teaching practices and aims to create a culturally responsive teaching environment; and
Strategically builds buy-in and participation among colleagues for equity-related initiatives.
Clovis Community College seeks faculty members who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals. Divisions strongly encourage collaboration across disciplines to create inclusive, integrated, and interdisciplinary learning experiences. Clovis Community College faculty are expected to be knowledgeable about, and willing to use, different learning and teaching methods appropriate to the students they serve. Faculty members should be open and willing to participate in culturally relevant professional development that will help them prepare for the population of students who attend Clovis Community College.
The ideal candidate will share Clovis Community College's commitment to educating its racially and socioeconomically diverse student population. As Fall 2018, we currently enroll approximately 12,000 students in which 44% identify as Latinx, 10% as Asian/Pacific Islander, 3% as Black/African American, 34% as White, 1% as American Indian/Alaska Native, and 7% as multiracial. Clovis Community College is a Hispanic-Serving Institution, reflecting the great responsibility that the College has to the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community. The successful candidate will join a department dedicated to the use of curriculum responsive to the students it serves.
Providing instruction in Political Science on the Clovis Community College campus and/or at off-site community campus locations, the instructor will be responsible for:
Teaching all Political Science courses, including the following, but not limited to American Government (including information on California and local politics), Introduction to Political Theory and Thought, Comparative Government, and International Relations and American Institutions;
Maintaining standards of professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professional position and currency in teaching Political Science;
Using a variety of pedagogies and integrating a wide range of instructional delivery systems, including innovative and creative uses of technology for face-to-face, on-line, and/or hybrid formats;
Communicating effectively with students;
Involvement in the community and working with campus organizations;
Serving on and attending department, college, and district committees as needed;
Participating in program development and expansion of Political Science courses, including connections with industry and Career and Guided Pathways;
Participating in program review, student learning outcome development and assessment to improve student learning;
Identifying and recommending potential adjunct faculty to teach classes;
Assisting in evaluating adjunct instructors;
Teaching assignments in a variety of instructional settings and times, including evening and/or weekends, on-line or off-campus and large group instruction classes as needed; and
Otherwise fulfilling all of the duties and responsibilities of instructors as required by Administrative Regulation 7122.
Minimum Qualifications: All candidates must have evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice within the classroom; AND
Masters in political science, government, or international relations;
Bachelors in any of the above AND masters in economics, history, public administration, social science, sociology, any ethnic studies, JD or LL.B.
A valid California Community College Credential;
The equivalent education and/or experience (requires an equivalency).
(NOTE: If the degrees posted on your transcript(s) do not match EXACTLY as stated above, you MUST petition for equivalency.)
Experience and skill with addressing issues of equity in the classroom;
Recent experience working with African American, Latinx, Native American, and other racially minoritized students in the classroom and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups in higher education shape patterns of participation and outcomes;
Willingness to examine and remediate ones instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support racially minoritized students;
Experience working with a diverse student population;
Experience in teaching political science courses;
Ability and willingness to develop new and current curriculum, participate in program planning, and focus on student learning outcomes to improve student learning;
Knowledge of current political science research;
Knowledge of current assessment methods and materials;
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with students and staff;
Related work and professional experience;
Potential for contribution to institutional vitality and growth; and
Knowledge of the community college and its mission and goals.
Conditions of Employment: 177 duty days per year.
Salary and Benefits: Starting salary is $57,320 $86,295 based on education and experience. A doctoral stipend of $2,082 is available. In addition, the District offers an attractive fringe benefit package including medical, dental, and vision coverage for the employee and dependents, and life insurance. Employees are also members of the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS).
Selection Procedure: Applications will be screened by Human Resources for completeness and to determine which applicants meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement.
From the applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and who have submitted all the required documents by the closing date and time listed on the job announcement, a selection committee will review the candidates who are best qualified based on the minimum and desirable qualifications then determine who will be invited to interview. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of February 24th.
The selection committee will rate responses to the interview questions, teaching demonstration, and writing prompt (if applicable). Based on this rating, a small number of applicants will be selected as the recommended candidates. These candidates will be forwarded to the Vice President of Instruction and College President for final interviews which are tentatively scheduled for the week of March 9th.
A hiring recommendation will be made by the College President and forwarded to the Board of Trustees of State Center Community College District for final approval.
State Center Community College District is an equal opportunity employer. It is our pledge to treat all applicants fairly and equitably in the recruitment and selection process. We endeavor to be a service-minded organization and respond to the needs of our applicants. SCCCD EEO Plan
For more information, contact the Academic Human Resources Office, 1171 Fulton St, Fresno, California, 93721, (559) 243-7100. For information on Clovis Community College or State Center Community College District, visit our website at www.scccd.edu. Please refer to Position No. CPOLI-INS.
Submission of application and related materials is the applicants responsibility and must be submitted through the districts online applicant portal. The District reserves the right to re-advertise or to delay indefinitely the filling of a position if it is deemed that the applicants for the position do not constitute an adequate applicant pool or if funding is not available. All application materials are subject to verification. False statements may be cause for disqualification or discharge from employment.
Additional Information: This is a full-time, tenure track position. The District may fill more than one position from this pool.
State Center Community College District (SCCCD) provides students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at SCCCD, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.
CLOVIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE About the College Located in the heart of California, Clovis Community College is the newest college in the State Center Community College District, as well as one of the newest and fastest growing community colleges in California. Clovis Community College offers quality education in a friendly, innovative, and contemporary setting to students from the Fresno, Clovis, and foothill communities. Accredited in 2015, the Colleges culture is based on a commitment to and a vision for creating and maintaining a collaborative teaching and learning environment that fosters equitable student achievement and academic excellence.
The Colleges instructional and student services units are united by the common goal of providing exemplary academic programs and support services tailored to meet the needs of its diverse student population and its communities. The College mission and vision reflects this ambitious and inspiring goal.
OUR MISSION Creating Opportunities One Student at a Time
We embrace diversity and serve all students of the community;
We believe education is based on integrity, generosity, and accountability;
We foster critical, creative, and engaged thinking;
We support student success by preparing students for their futures and for the communitys future through career/technical certificates, degrees, and transfer programs;
We cultivate community partnerships to enhance student learning and success;
We engage in reflective, data-drive cycles of research and innovation focused on learning and student outcomes.
Clovis Community College continues to make history with many accolades and accomplishments, because of its emphasis on excellence and student success, and recently had its accreditation reaffirmed for seven-years by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). Additional awards and accomplishments:
Selected Top 10 Finalist for the National Bellwether Award in 2018 , out of nearly 400 nominations submitted nationwide, for our English Departments collaboration with Clovis West High School;
Awarded Champion for Higher Education, for exemplary work in awarding associate degrees for transfer for two years in a row in 2018 and 2019 by the Campaign for College Opportunity; and
Earned the following rankings out of 115 California Community Colleges (Data source: California Community Colleges Student Success Metrics):
#1 for the number of transfer students to UCs and CSUs (per 1,000 students) in 2016-17;
#1 in Associate Degrees for Transfers earned (compared to similarly sized community colleges) in 2017-18; and
#1 in Associate Degrees earned with the fewest units accumulated by students 2017-18.
State Center Community College District is committed to lifelong learning and success for all students by providing accountable, accessible, innovative and quality educational programs and services that enable productive citizenship in a diverse, global society.