Philosophy and Religious Studies Instructor - Mira Costa College in Oceanside

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Mira Costa College

Oceanside, Not Specified

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Philosophy and Religious Studies Instructor

MiraCosta College

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Discipline or Department


Position Type

Full-time Faculty

Working Hours

One full-time (10 months per year), tenure-track faculty position, beginning in August 2015. The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is seeking an instructor primarily in the areas of Religious Studies and Philosophy of Religion. The person selected will have a leadership role in preparing program review, teaching courses and developing curriculum in World Religions, Eastern Religions, Philosophy of Religion and other Religious Studies areas. 

The standard work week for this position is forty (40) hours. The standard instructional work week shall consist of thirty (30) hours of instructional time, curriculum development, preparation and student evaluation. The remaining time will consist of five (5) hours of student engagement (of which at least two (2) hours must be designated office hours), and five (5) hours of departmental activities and collegial governance (i.e., institutional service). The person selected for this position will be subject to assignment to any district facility during any hours of operation. 

Representative Duties

(E = essential job function) 

Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

1. Provide instruction in Philosophy and Religious Studies. (E) 

2. Provide leadership in the areas of Religious Studies and Philosophy of Religion. (E) 

3. Participate in typical departmental and faculty functions such as service on hiring committees, performance of faculty evaluations, collaboration with staff, and participation in department meetings. (E) 

4. Maintain currency of curriculum for courses in Religious Studies and Philosophy of Religion, and develop new religious studies curricula as appropriate. (E) 

5. Participate in the development, assessment and evaluation of student learning outcomes (SLOs). (E) 

6. Participate in college-wide committee work and collegial governance. (E) 

7. Maintain currency in areas appropriate to the position. (E) 

8. Perform related duties as required. 

Adherence to all District policies and procedures is expected. 

Type of Benefits


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MiraCosta College offers a comprehensive package of benefits, which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employee and dependents; $100,000 employee life insurance; other optional coverages. Faculty members are also covered under the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS). 

Minimum Qualifications

IMPORTANT: If you do not follow the instructions below, your application may not be forwarded to the committee. 

To provide evidence that you meet the minimum qualifications listed below, the transcripts you are attaching must state the degree title, major, and date awarded. 

If your degree major EXACTLY matches the degree major(s) listed below, you do not need to request equivalency. For example, the transcripts you are attaching state: "Degree title: Master of Arts; Major: Philosophy; Confer Date: 6/10/12." The minimum qualifications listed below state: Master's in Philosophy. 

If your degree major DOES NOT EXACTLY match the degree major(s) listed below, you must REQUEST EQUIVALENCY. For example, the transcripts you are attaching state: "Degree title: Master of Arts; Major: Applied Philosophy; Confer Date: 5/9/12." This exact degree major is not listed below, so does not directly meet minimum qualifications. You MUST REQUEST EQUIVALENCY. 

To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications: 

1. a Master's degree in philosophy; OR 

2. a Bachelor's degree in philosophy AND a Master's degree in religious studies or humanities; OR 

3. a valid California Community College teaching credential in the appropriate subject matter; OR 

4. the equivalent. View the equivalency instructions and guidelines at; AND 

5. sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students. 

All degrees and units used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from postsecondary institutions accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. Or if your degree/coursework is from a college or university outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. A list of agencies can be found at  

Desirable Qualifications

1. Strong academic preparation in Religious Studies and Philosophy of Religion. 

2. Recent experience and demonstrated success in teaching courses in Philosophy of Religion, World Religions and Eastern Religions. 

3. Ability to develop curriculum in other religious studies areas, such as Religion in America and Abrahamic Religions. 

4. Commitment to the community college mission of providing lower division instruction for students of diverse abilities, interests and cultural backgrounds. 

5. Training and experience in online pedagogy and instruction. 

Closing Date


Human Resources Contact Information or 760.795.6854 

Special Instructions to Applicants

In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following: 

1. Application for academic employment. 

2. A cover letter addressed to the "Screening and Interview Committee" specifically describing how you meet the desirable qualifications and the representative duties stated in the job posting. 

3. A current curriculum vitae. 

4. Two letters of professional recommendation dated within the last two years. Letters need not be confidential. 

5. One sample World Religions syllabus, preferably from a course you've taught. 

6. One sample Philosophy of Religion syllabus, preferably from a course you've taught. 

7a. Transcripts of ALL college degrees/coursework needed to qualify for this position; unofficial or legible copies are acceptable but must indicate that the degree(s) has been conferred, if applicable. A diploma will not be accepted in lieu of transcripts. An equivalency narrative and supporting documentation must be submitted at the time of application if (i) you do not possess the EXACT degree title(s) listed in the Minimum Qualifications section above or (ii) your qualifying degree will not be awarded before the position begins. (View the instructions for equivalency requests at 

If your qualifying degree is in progress but will be conferred BEFORE the position begins in August 2015, you must also include a written statement from your adviser indicating the anticipated degree CONFERRAL date. 

If your degree(s) is from a college or university outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. A list of agencies can be found at 

7b. If needed to meet the minimum qualifications, a copy (front and back) of your California teaching credential authorizing instruction in a community college. 

NOTE: With the exception of documents needed to support an equivalency request, do not submit materials other than those requested above as they will be removed. 

Special Instructions to Applicants Continued

Individuals with qualified disabilities who need accommodation with any aspect of the application and/or interview process should contact Human Resources at 760.795.6854 at least five days prior to the closing date. 

The screening and interview committee will review application materials two to five weeks following the closing date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected will be notified by e-mail. For interviewees, the selection process will include a panel interview, as well as possible teaching demonstration and written exercise. Interviewees will cover expenses for their first trip to the campus. 

About MiraCosta College

The MiraCosta Community College District is one of California's 112 public community colleges. The district includes the communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Olivenhain, Leucadia, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, and parts of Carmel Valley.

MiraCosta offers associate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong-learning opportunities that strengthen the economic, cultural, social, and educational well-being of the communities it serves.

The district consists of three campus sites and a robust online education program.  The Oceanside Campus, serving about 12,000 credit students, has been located since 1964 on a panoramic 121-acre hilltop site with views of the ocean and mountains.  The San Elijo Campus is located in Cardiff, 17 miles south of Oceanside, on 48 acres below the bluffs overlooking the San Elijo Lagoon Reserve.  The San Elijo Campus opened in September 1988, and now attracts about 3,000 credit students.  The Community Learning Center in downtown Oceanside hosts about 4,000 students in the college's noncredit classes including English as a Second Language, the Adult High School Diploma Program, and other tuition-free, noncredit classes as well as some college credit classes.


Keyword Phrases

  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Religion & Theology
  • Community College Liberal Arts & Humanities
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Lecturer / Instructor / Adjunct
Type of Faculty:Non-Tenure Track
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume