Position TitleAdministration of Justice Assistant Professor
Special Instructions to Applicants
Thank you for your interest in applying for a tenure-track faculty position in the Administration of Justice area at DVC! We are eager to learn about who you are and why you are passionate about teaching Administration of Justice at our community college. We want to know what you are like as an instructor, colleague, and member of a campus community.
The supplemental question section of this application is an opportunity for us to learn about your strengths, perspectives on teaching, and how your unique background, experiences, and skills will help to achieve the goals of the college and our area. Please make sure to answer all parts of each supplemental question. In addition to information from your cover letter and resume/CV, your responses to the questions help us determine how you satisfy the desirable qualifications for this position. The information provided by your responses guides the decision on which individuals will be invited for an interview and a possible teaching demonstration. Feel free to repeat information from a previous answer, cover letter, or resume if necessary to fully answer a question. Please respect the word limits indicated for your responses.
Note: The disciplines listed in the minimum qualifications are determined by the statewide Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. A Doctoral degree (PhD) is considered to encompass a master’s degree (MA or MS).
If the title(s) of your degree major(s) listed on your unofficial transcripts or other documents from the degree-granting institutions are not an EXACT MATCH
to the degrees listed below, you MUST
submit an equivalency form. Without it, your application will not be considered. The equivalency form can be downloaded here.
In addition to responding to the required Supplemental Questions, please upload the following required documents:
1. Any/all undergraduate and graduate unofficial transcripts (must show degree and the date degree was conferred);
2. Résumé including information regarding preparation and experience relevant to the position; and
3. Cover letter explaining your interest in the position.
Contra Costa Community College District is returning to some in-person activities in a gradual, responsive process following all relevant local, state, federal, and CDC guidance related to COVID-19. Job applicants are advised that the Contra Costa Community College District has mandated that District employees will need to be vaccinated or obtain a waiver for religious or medical reasons. Employees who receive a waiver will be required to wear a mask and test regularly. If this employment condition is unacceptable to a job applicant, they should not apply for consideration.
Description of Position
Diablo Valley College inspires, educates, and empowers a diverse community of students to transform their lives and their communities. To help further this work, DVC seeks a tenure-track Administration of Justice Assistant Professor to start in August 2022. We are looking for a colleague who will demonstrate discipline expertise and show sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic backgrounds and abilities of community college students. We are looking for instructors who share a strong commitment to social and racial justice and who use or are inspired to use anti-racist pedagogies that close equity gaps by recognizing, understanding, and respecting the perspectives of all students. We strongly encourage those with historically marginalized and/or underrepresented identities to apply, including people of color, non-binary and transgender individuals, women, and Indigenous people.
The successful candidate will possess highly effective teaching skills as well as demonstrated work experience and expertise in the various criminal justice fields in order to be highly qualified to teach all Administration of Justice courses.
The successful candidate will have advanced knowledge and skills in criminal law, criminal procedure, leadership and ethics, police and police operations, investigations, forensics, community policing and innovative problem-solving, corrections and juvenile justice, police/public safety career hiring processes and applicant support. In addition, high-level competencies in writing and speaking, distance education technology, multicultural advocacy, effective student support, advising, counseling and mentoring are expected.
Our Vision for Social Justice
We are seeking people who recognize the critical role community colleges play in social justice, who have ability in this space, enthusiasm for this work, ideas and vision to improve our approaches, and a commitment to achieving equitable academic success for the 50,000+ students attending our five beautiful colleges and centers. Our social justice work calls for employees who have a sense of social responsibility, interest in our community and world in which we live.
The intention of social justice work is to strengthen humanity by understanding that every person deserves the benefits of fully participating in our society and institutions.
Academic researchers have illustrated that crucial social justice principles are a compilation of equality, equity, diversity, inclusion, engagement, environmental sustainability and human rights. These complex principles are challenging to operationalize in higher education; yet, we are steadfast in our diligence to forge ahead to advance this vital mission.
Community colleges are uniquely positioned to lead higher education in the work of social justice. Many of our students come from historically underserved and underrepresented backgrounds; students of color, students with recent immigrant histories, students from cycles of low income if not poverty, students from indigenous communities, and students from first-generation families.
The idea of promoting social mobility through education is unconditionally and uncompromisingly embraced by community colleges. This is an exciting role, and it comes with a heavy responsibility. Simply put, we need to create environments where our students achieve greater academic success, so much so that we close our persistent equity/opportunity gaps.
If you are committed to social and racial justice and if you are interested in joining a community dedicated to solving these inequities through education, please apply.
Kisha Lee at (925) 969-2011 or firstname.lastname@example.org
LocationDiablo Valley College
# of Openings1
Yearly Salary Range / Hourly Range$59,112 - $99,876 per year
Position StatusTenure- Track
EEO Job CategoryFaculty & Other Instructional Staff
Employee GroupFull-Time Faculty
DisciplineAdministration of Justice (police science, corrections, law enforcement)
Duties and Responsibilities
In addition to contractual duties, all full-time faculty are expected to participate actively in their disciplines, department activities, and the general intellectual life and governance of the college. Part of the teaching assignment may be in the evening and/or online. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- advancing equitable student learning through dedicated, exemplary instruction in accordance with established course outlines;
- participating in the assessment of student learning outcomes for courses and programs; developing and implementing student learning outcomes assessment processes for courses and programs;
- collaborating in the development and revision of curriculum and in program review;
- engaging in department program improvement initiatives;
- participating in department, division, and college committees;
- participating in professional development activities, both departmental and college-wide;
- maintaining current knowledge in the subject matter area and effective teaching/ learning strategies;
- maintaining appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics;
- informing students of course requirements, evaluation procedures and attendance requirements;
- preparing and grading class assignments and examinations and informing students of their academic progress;
- maintaining attendance, scholastic, and personnel records and submitting them according to published deadlines;
- posting and holding sufficient and regular office hours in accordance with prevailing policy;
- participating in College’s shared governance processes.
Understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, staff and faculty.
Any bachelor’s degree or higher and two years of professional experience, or any associate degree and six years of professional experience. Professional experience is required when the applicant possesses a master’s degree. The professional experience required must be directly related to teaching assignment.
If you do not possess the EXACT
minimum qualifications and believe that you meet the minimum qualifications via equivalency, please fill out the equivalency petition form
in the document section of the online application. Additionally, if you are unsure that you meet the minimum qualifications, please fill out the equivalency petition.
- College level teaching experience; POST and/or formal/accredited advanced in-service, professional instruction; POST Instructor Development certification or equivalent
- Extensive criminal justice professional experience, familiarity with current state laws and procedures, current trends and developments in policing and criminal justice, advanced knowledge and skills in criminal law, criminal procedure, police and police operations, police use-of-force, criminal investigations, crime scene forensics, report writing, interviewing, counseling and verbal skills, community policing and innovative problem-solving, corrections and juvenile justice, rehabilitation and re-entry, racial and social justice, gangs, terrorism, police/public safety career hiring processes, and applicant knowledge and skills instruction
- A supportive instructor who welcomes and inspires students and creates a classroom culture in which students feel recognized, cared for and included; fosters a supportive, learning class community and environment and individual growth and development; makes learning fun, and an enjoyable and lasting experience
- Has the ability to effectively and enthusiastically teach all Administration of Justice courses including, but not limited to: Introduction to Administration of Justice, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Legal Aspects of Evidence, Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizure, Use-of-Force, Police and Police Procedures, Report Writing, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Crime and Delinquency, Crime Scene Investigations, Physical Evidence and Forensics, Criminal Investigations, Leadership and Ethics, Cultural Diversity, Racial and Social Justice, Gangs, Terrorism, Interviewing and Counseling, and police/public safety applicant hiring skills and support
- Highly qualified with teaching skills, effective knowledge and skills in instructional methods, high-level competency in distance education technology and teaching skills, a personal commitment to professional growth, development and innovation, demonstrated commitment to student learning and to the success of all students in the open-access learning environment of a community college; has the knowledge, skills, passion and commitment to student learning, support and success for all students
- Ability to develop partnerships and collaborate with other colleges and K-12 campuses, police departments, sheriffs’ departments, other local, state and federal criminal justice agencies, private organizations and the local community; participate in meetings, recruit and manage the DVC Administration of Justice Advisory Board and plan and run meetings, and serve on other program advisory boards
- The ideal candidate will join the multidisciplinary regional, state and national interest in, and commitment to, developing and improving policing and criminal justice reform, and the educational component of that mission
Job Open Date:11/01/2021
Job Close Date:01/09/2022
Open Until FilledNo
Employment Begins:August 2022
# of Months10 months
Membership in State Teachers Retirement System (STRS)
District-paid benefits (employee contributes 6%) for employee and dependents/domestic partners include:
- Medical (Anthem Blue Cross or Kaiser) insurance including chiropractic services
- Dental and vision
- Flexible spending (125) plan
- Life and long-term disability insurance
- Employee Assistance Program
- Deferred compensation (403b and 457)
- Sabbatical Leave
Additional Benefits: The District also offers eligible faculty employees, travel assistance plan, retiree benefits, and employee discounts on health memberships.
Newly hired employees may notify the respective union (Local 1 or United Faculty) if they opt to join and/or authorize payment to the union. If the newly hired employee authorizes payment to the union then the following fees apply: Local 1 has a one-time initiation fee of $45.00 and monthly contribution of 1% of gross pay +$1. United Faculty has an agency fee of .55% of gross pay plus $2.50.
How to Apply
- Interested applicants must submit all of the application materials online to be considered for this position. We do not accept hand-delivered, e-mailed, faxed or postal mailed application packets.
- It is your responsibility to ensure that all application materials are received on or before the closing date. Our application deadline time is 11:59pm on the specified closing date.
- You should submit unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts for screening purposes. All applicants will have an opportunity to upload transcripts when completing our online application process. You should be prepared to provide official transcripts prior to employment start date should the position be offered.
- If you do not possess the required educational degrees and are applying under the equivalency process, you bear the responsibility of submitting the District’s Equivalency Application. Equivalency applications with supporting documentation should be submitted when 1) degrees are not in exact discipline required; 2) degree is in progress; 3) degrees were earned at a college or university outside of the United States. All applicants will have an opportunity to upload an equivalency form for evaluation by a college equivalency committee when completing our online application process.
- Applicants with foreign degrees must provide official certification of equivalency to United States degrees. An approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) agency must evaluate your course work. All applicants will have an opportunity to upload a foreign degree evaluation for review of by a college equivalency committee when completing our online application process. Please read more details in the Foreign Degree and Credit Statement section of the job announcement.
- Documents uploaded online must be the actual documents to be considered for review. Do not upload a “placeholder” document. Applications with placeholder documents are considered incomplete and will be rejected. Only upload the required documents, other materials can be presented if you are selected for an interview.
- All application materials become the property of the district and will not be returned or duplicated.
Applications will be screened to ensure the applicant meets the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement.
- The applications, cover letters, answers to required supplemental questions, resumes, unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and other supporting materials submitted by all qualified applicants will be reviewed by a screening committee. Those who are deemed to possess the highest degree of desirable qualifications will be invited to an interview. The interview may be conducted on campus or via Zoom. We estimate these interviews will be scheduled for the week of February 20, 2021.
- Applicants may be asked to conduct a teaching demonstration appropriate to the discipline. Selected interviewees may be invited to provide a lecture/teaching demonstration in the area of Administration of Justice. Responses to the interview questions and demonstration(s) will be rated by the interview committee.
- Based upon the overall rating, a small number of applicants will be invited to the campus at their own expense for an interview with the college president, vice president of instruction, and vice president of student services. We estimate these interviews will be scheduled for the week of March 6, 2021. Out-of-area applicants, for whom travel is a hardship, may request a final interview via Zoom.
- After consultation with the interview committee, the college president will make the final recommendation for employment to the chancellor and the governing board of the Contra Costa Community College District.
- Upon hire, the successful candidate must meet the conditions of employment. Finalists must provide verification of transcripts. TB test, physical examination, fingerprinting/conviction clearance and proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States.
Foreign Degree and Credit Statement
In accordance with the United Faculty Contract, Article 188.8.131.52.2, all foreign degrees and credits used to meet the minimum qualifications must be evaluated by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) agency www.naces.org prior to the implementation of the equivalency process. Please upload your evaluation with your application when you apply for this position. We cannot accept foreign degree evaluations after the closing date
Request For Reasonable Accommodation Medical Verification
Candidates with legally defined disabilities may request reasonable accommodations by notifying the Human Resources Department by the deadline date. Candidates will be required to supply documentation supporting the need for the accommodation when the request is made. Please complete the forms provided in the links above and email to
About the District
The mission of the Contra Costa Community College District is to transform lives by providing outstanding learning opportunities that nurture and empower all students to achieve their educational goals. The dedicated faculty, classified professionals and administrators in the District are committed to core values and action that promote excellence in learning and equitable student success. The District is committed to hiring and developing a diverse staff that understands that cultural diversity in the academic environment promotes academic excellence; fosters cultural, racial and human understanding; provides positive role models for all students; and creates an inclusive and supportive educational work environment for its students, employees, and the community it serves.
Located in Contra Costa County, in the beautiful and diverse San Francisco East Bay area, the District serves the 1 million residents of the County through education, business partnerships and service in the community. The District first opened its doors in 1949 and is the second oldest and eighth largest multi-college community college district in California. The District consists of three colleges and two centers; Contra Costa College in San Pablo; Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill; Los Medanos College in Pittsburg; and the centers in Brentwood and San Ramon. The District Office located in downtown Martinez, supports the mission and functions of the colleges.
As evidenced by the rich diversity in Contra Costa County, the District enrolls a highly diverse student population. Serving over 50,354 students a year, in 2019-20 fiscal year the demographic make-up of the students was 9% Black/African American; 17% Asian/Pacific Islander; 35% Hispanic/Latino; 26% White/Caucasian; and 13% Other.
The District actively encourages a diverse pool of applicants to serve the dynamic student population and work collaboratively with existing colleagues that are equally dynamic and diverse.
Contra Costa College
Contra Costa College is a dynamic, comprehensive community college with a diverse student population. The institution has served the communities of West Contra Costa County for more than 69 years. Most of the 10,500-plus students who attend the college come from local communities, but many also come from neighboring communities and from countries throughout the world. The college offers certificates and degree programs in 70 areas. It prepares students for immediate employment and for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Faculty and staff are proud to be affiliated with an institution that has a tradition of excellence and a reputation for educating students to live and work in a diverse global environment.
Diablo Valley College
DVC is committed to increasing student success. The college has distinguished itself as one of the nation’s most successful community colleges by offering incomparable transfer opportunities and exceptional career-technical programs. In both Pleasant Hill and San Ramon, a diverse student body engages with high-quality instruction and support services designed for excellence and equity in student learning. DVC’s career-technical programs keep pace with emerging technologies and skill requirements, while unparalleled transfer programs prepare students to be successful in four-year colleges and universities. DVC continuously ranks among the top transfer pathways to UC Berkeley.
Los Medanos College
Los Medanos College, opened in 1974, is the newest campus of the Contra Costa Community College District. The college prepares students to excel and succeed economically, socially and intellectually in an innovative, engaging and supportive learning environment. LMC provides quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities to serve the needs of a rapidly-growing and changing East County while enhancing the quality of life of the diverse communities it serves. Los Medanos College is known for its transferable general education program and career technical programs strongly connected with local business and industry. The college serves approximately 10,000 students.
It is the District’s policy to ensure that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunity, and are not subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of ethnic group identity, race, color, ancestry, religion, marital status, sex, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, parental status, citizenship or because an individual is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.