Detailed Job Description
West Valley College is now accepting applications for a full-time, tenure-track English instructor position to teach courses from developmental through transfer-level composition to a diverse student population.
We are seeking applicants with the knowledge, skills, and/or ability to collaborate with faculty and staff to successfully transition students from developmental to transfer-level writing courses. Applicants should look forward to assuming departmental leadership roles, developing programs, and participating in the shared governance of the college. Full-time English instructors also may have opportunities to teach literature and/or creative writing courses; online and/or accelerated courses; and courses in the Honors, Puente, Success, First-Year Experience, and/or Women and Gender Studies programs.
West Valley College, though just minutes from the heart of the Silicon Valley, is in a beautiful park-like setting on 143 wooded acres. This physical environment enhances the existing warm and inviting collegiate learning environment.
Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of a culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.
This is a full-time, 10-month, tenure-track position that begins in Fall 2014. Instructional assignments rotate among the English faculty. It is expected that over several semesters all levels of English offered at the college (basic skills, developmental, and all levels of English transfer-level composition) will be taught. Teaching assignment may include day and evening classes.
Work location: West Valley College, Saratoga, CA.
1. Education – Possess one of the following:
- Master’s degree in English, literature, comparative literature, or composition; OR
- Bachelor’s degree in any of the above AND master’s degree in linguistics, TESL, speech, education with a specialization in reading, creative writing, or journalism; OR
- A valid California Community College Instructor’s Credential in the discipline; OR
- The equivalent of the above.
2. Demonstrated ability to effectively work with persons of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.
- Successful experience teaching, or evidence of preparation to teach, a range of English composition courses at both the developmental and transfer level, preferably at a community college.
- Ability to integrate critical thinking, the writing process, and the reading-writing connection into English composition instruction using innovative and dynamic approaches.
- Training and/or experience using innovative strategies to help transition students from developmental to transfer level writing courses, improve retention, and increase student success.
- Skill in conducting writing conferences with students who have a range of writing abilities.
- Training and/or experience using various forms of technology to enhance the teaching of writing.
- Ability to foster the success of students from diverse cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, or educational backgrounds within the classroom and/or campus community.
- Knowledge, skills, and/or ability to work collegially and collaboratively with faculty, staff, and/or administration.
- Knowledge, skills, and/or ability to participate in department, college, and/or shared governance activities.
Examples of Duties and Responsibilities
Instructional duties and assignments may consist of one or more of the following:
- Provide instruction for assigned courses. This includes preparation, in-class activities, evaluation of students’ work, consultation with students outside of class (scheduling time beyond normal office hours if necessary), maintenance of currency in the subjects taught and other efforts related to the teaching of the assigned classes.
- Maintain accurate class and other records.
- Submit, when due, all necessary reports such as attendance, grade reports, rosters, class and office schedules.
- Follow course outlines as filed in the appropriate instruction offices.
- Maintain 3.3 hours of office hours each week.
- Observe, support and enforce the regulations, policies and programs of the District and college.
- Provide each student with a written course syllabus at the beginning of the course, as per instructions in the Faculty Handbook.
- Refer students to appropriate college sources for information on counseling and other student services.
- Assist students by providing advice on requirements for successful achievement.
- Work cooperatively within the college community.
- Foster an environment that protects academic freedom within the college community.
- Foster a positive working environment that is free from harassment, prejudice and/or bias.
- Demonstrate respect for the dignity of each individual.
Knowledge and Abilities
Salary and Benefits
- Anticipated Hiring Range: $48,891 to $76,087 annually, based on academic achievement, teaching and related experience.
- Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee and dependents, to include domestic partner.
- Employer paid long term disability for employee.
- Voluntary life insurance.
- Sabbatical, Rejuvenation and Retraining Leaves.
- Banked leave provisions.
- Professional Growth and Development activities.
- 10 days sick leave accrued annually; personal necessity and catastrophic leave.
- Conference leaves.
- Opportunity for overload assignments.
- Cal STRS Retirement.
- Position is union affiliated with required dues.
- Interested applicants must submit online all materials requested, including:
(1) A completed online West Valley-Mission Community College District application; (2) Resume; (3) Transcripts – (unofficial or official copies) for stated degrees having the degree confer/award dates circled. Official transcripts will be required prior to employment start date should the position be offered. (4) District Equivalency Application, if applicable; and (5) Any requested licenses or certificates, if applicable.
- All sections of the online application, including Education and Educational Work History, must be completed thoroughly.
- Supervisor(s) name(s) and telephone numbers must be included in the application.
- Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Do NOT send unrequested materials. Unrequested materials will not be used for consideration of employment.
- The employment application and supporting documents represent you; it is to your advantage to fill out the application form carefully and completely.
- Degrees must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and/or the U.S. Department of Education.
- Candidates with degrees earned outside of the United States must provide official certification of equivalency to U. S. degrees by a certified U. S. credential review service, must have a U.S. evaluation (course by course of the transcripts) and must be submitted with this online application.
- If you do not have an electronic version of the transcript, you can get it scanned at an office supply or copy store; then attach the electronic version of your transcript to this online application.
- Copies of diplomas, grade reports, graduation petitions, transcript evaluations requests, or similar documents WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of transcripts.
For assistance, contact: West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Office of Human Resources, Attn: Recruitment
14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone: (408) 741-2174 Fax: (408) 867-9059