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Ethnic Studies Instructor - FT (Tenure Track)
Solano Community College in Vallejo, California
Date Posted 01/05/2022
Faculty-Liberal Arts-Ethnic & Multicultural Studies
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Ethnic Studies Instructor - FT (Tenure Track)

Full Job Description

The minimum starting salary for this position is currently $49,721 annually, depending on salary schedule placement for academic credit.

Welcome Statement:
Solano Community College values the diversity of our community and is committed to honoring and empowering all of our students. We are seeking highly-motivated applicants who excel in their chosen fields and are committed to working with the students from our communities. We invite student-oriented applicants who provide culturally responsive teaching, use a strength-based approach centered on students and are committed to continuous improvement of instructional effectiveness.

Solano Community College District is a single college district that serves one of the most ethnically and racially diverse counties in California. Located on the ancestral lands of the Patwin people, Solano Community College’s Fairfield campus is in the heart of Suisun Valley midway between San Francisco and Sacramento. We also serve students at two centers in Vallejo and Vacaville, at Travis Air Force Base, and at three correctional facilities. Our many innovative programs are supported by state-of-the-art facilities, including a brand-new library and learning center.

Students who attend Solano Community College are dedicated, persistent, and remarkable individuals who deserve the best opportunities a community college can provide. Our students come from both urban and rural backgrounds, from the military, and other diverse backgrounds. We serve students who represent the following cultures Asian American (6%), Black/African American (13%), Filipino/a/x (10%), Hispanic/Latino/a/x (33%), Pacific Islanders (1%), and, White Non-Hispanic (24%). We seek candidates who embrace our community, our student population and who have an unwavering commitment to equity, especially the elimination of barriers to college access, success, and completion.

Solano Community College is committed to applying promising practices in support of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA). We are cultivating a supportive and inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students.

We invite you to join us on our journey to provide equitable and anti-racist education honoring and empowering the students of Solano Community College.

Solano Community College District and Our Vision for Ethnic Studies:
Our Vision for Social Justice at Solano Community College includes increasing our community’s knowledge and practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion [DEI] and to apply these principles in our work to honor and empower our students equitably. Solano College commits to institutional change to address systematic racism and to address opportunity gaps that persist at our College.

Our focus is to increase the number of students, which includes Asian, Chicano/a/x and Latina/o/x, Black/African American, and Indigenous/Native American students, who complete a degree, certificate, and/or transfer to a four-year college or university. We are also committed to equity in all forms, including support for our LGBTQIA community. Current efforts toward equity include the Puente Project, Students Overcoming Adversity and Recidivism [SOAR], DREAMER support and resources, the Foster Youth Initiative, Extended Opportunity Program and Services [EOPS], and our Veterans Center. Additional efforts include professional support such as Teaching for Equity [T4E], Managers for Equity [M4E], the Student Equity and Success Council and the Minority Coalition.

For more information, please visit us at www.solano.edu.

Description of Position:
The successful candidate will be qualified to teach introductory courses in Ethnic Studies and will develop new courses in one or more of the following areas: Native American/Indigenous Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicano/a/x and Latina/o/x Studies, Black/African American Studies. We are specifically seeking candidates who have the expertise and enthusiasm to develop and lead our new Ethnic Studies department. We seek candidates who are community-engaged scholars committed to anti-racist, decolonial, and social justice pedagogy relevant to current and structural issues such as communal, national, international, and transnational politics, including immigration, reparations, settler-colonialism, multiculturalism, and language policies.

Application Process Details:

  • To be considered for this position, all complete applications and supporting materials must be received by the application deadline.
  • Meeting the minimum qualifications does not assure the candidate an interview. It is, therefore, important that the application be thorough and detailed.
  • Reference checks for the finalists will be conducted.
  • Candidates should not expect official notification until the selection of the candidate has been completed.
  • The College may re-advertise or delay filling a position.
  • First level interviews will be offered remotely.
  • Second level interviews may be facilitated in person or remotely. It will be the candidate’s choice. Travel costs related to the interview are the responsibility of the candidate.
  • Finalists will be invited to a second interview with the Superintendent/President.

Required Application Materials:

  • Cover letter detailing your experience and qualifications as it pertains to the position. Describe your areas of expertise in Ethnic Studies, vision for developing curriculum, programs and an Ethnic Studies department at Solano Community College.
  • List of References
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Unofficial Transcripts

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. Teaching assignments may be split between day and evening, including weekend days, as well as between the main campus, the Vacaville and Vallejo Centers. Teaching modalities may include in-person, hybrid, online and correspondence (as part of our correctional education program). While performing all duties and responsibilities faculty will demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of Solano Community College students.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Leading the development and implementation of the program, including revision, evaluation, curriculum, and program review.
  • Stay current in and implement new strategies for subject matter area and engage with effective teaching/learning strategies in multiple teaching modalities.
  • Advance equitable student learning through dedicated, exemplary instruction in accordance with established and evolving Ethnic Studies course outlines.
  • Must stay up-to-date with district technological policies and utilize different technological strategies for accessibility and student success.
  • Inform/advise students about course requirements; evaluate and provide timely verbal and written assessments of student performance; prepare and grade assignments and examinations; meet administrative timelines and submit completed reports and required documents; and maintain required student attendance, scholastic records, and other related materials.
  • Participate in the development, assessment, and evaluation of student learning outcomes (SLO) and Program Level Outcomes (PLO).
  • Actively participate in department/school meetings and maintain regular office hours in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement and College and School policies; participate in college governance and decision-making.
  • Participate in professional development activities and initiatives, both departmental and college-wide.
  • Maintain appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics including effective communication with peers, staff, students, and administrators.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Minimum Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications:
Understanding of and a sensitivity to the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and racial and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

The applicant must possess one of the following qualifications (earned degrees must be from an accredited college/university):
Master’s in the Ethnic Studies field
Master’s in American Studies/Ethnicity, Latinx Studies, La Raza Studies, Central American Studies, Latin American Studies, Cross Cultural Studies, Race and Ethnic Relations, Asian-American Studies, African- American Studies, Africana Studies or Interdisciplinary Studies area or California Community College Credential to teach in Ethnic Studies

OR the equivalent

Master's in the interdisciplinary area

Master's in one of the disciplines included in the interdisciplinary area and upper division or graduate course work in at least one other constituent discipline.
(NOTE: The Interdisciplinary Studies discipline is provided to allow for those cases where it is locally determined that a course must be taught by someone with qualifications that exceed a single discipline. The constituent disciplines can include any disciplines found in the Master's List.)

If you do not meet the minimum qualifications exactly as stated above, you must request an equivalency review and submit conclusive supporting documents at the time of application. Equivalency is defined as possessing the general education for the degree and the major coursework for the degree. The equivalency request form can be downloaded here. All degrees must be from accredited institutions.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of teaching and multiple teaching methods that include critical thinking and problem-solving strategies and college academic requirements and standards.
  • Demonstrate ability to utilize multiple teaching methods/strategies needed to address the diverse learning styles/need of students including integration of interactive technologies to enhance critical thinking, clinical reasoning and problem-solving strategies.
  • Possess a commitment to teaching and learning, and provide a supportive learning environment to enhance student success and completion.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to teach students from diverse cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds, including the disabled, who may have wide ranges of abilities.
  • Competency with computers and other technological aids, and a willingness to stay current with new technologies, especially ones that could benefit the program.
  • Commitment to stay current with scholarship and development in field of expertise.
  • Willingness to participate in recruitment and articulation with area schools.
  • Possess a willingness to take initiative in co-curricular activities, special events, and School projects.
  • Possess a willingness to participate in shared/participatory governance of the Division and the College.
  • Demonstrate an ability to self-evaluate and effect change for personal growth and improvement, as well as an ability to accept constructive feedback and effect change appropriately.
  • Participate in professional growth and development activities and lifelong learning.
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