Sociology Instructor - Ethnic Studies - Mira Costa College in Oceanside California

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Mira Costa College

Oceanside, California 92056

United States

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Sociology Instructor - Ethnic Studies

MiraCosta College

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Sociology Instructor - Ethnic Studies

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 position is based in the Department of Sociology. 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. 

Basic Function and Other Details
The Department of Sociology is looking for a generalist sociologist who can be a visionary leader in a growing Ethnic Studies program. The person selected will share leadership roles with other full time instructors in coordinating course offerings and will take the lead in developing other Ethnic Studies courses and managing the student learning outcomes for these sections. Our department currently consists of three full time members that are strongly committed to serving "at risk" students, have well established connections with our students, work collaboratively with other departments and programs (i.e. Honors, Umoja and F.Y.E.) and are involved in campus leadership. 

Representative Duties
(E = essential job function) 

Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following: 
1. Provide instruction in one or more areas of the sociology program, primarily in the area of Ethnic Studies and other related courses. (E) 
2. 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) 
3. Work in collaboration with other full-time instructors in Sociology in coordinating curriculum and mentoring associate faculty in these courses. (E) 
4. Maintain currency of curriculum for courses the individual teaches and develop new Ethnic Studies curricula in collaboration with other Sociology instructors as appropriate. (E)
5. Participate in the development, assessment and evaluation of student learning outcomes (SLOs). (E) 
6. Assist in recruiting students and promoting the Sociology department in general and the Ethnic Studies program specifically through participation in college-sponsored events, student clubs, and educational outreach. 
7. Participate in college-wide committee work and collegial governance. (E) 
8. Maintain currency in areas appropriate to the position. (E) 

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: Sociology; Confer Date: 12/12/12." The minimum qualifications listed below state: Master's in Sociology. 

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: Sociological Practice; 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 sociology; OR 
2. a Bachelor's degree in sociology AND a Master's degree in anthropology, any ethnic studies, social work, or psychology; 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
The college seeks candidates who have achieved the highest level of professional excellence as demonstrated by: 
1. Academic preparation in Ethnic Studies (or related) courses 
2. Experience teaching Ethnic Studies (or related) courses 
3. Demonstrated ability to develop curriculum 
4. Demonstrated interest in working with "at risk" students 
5. Demonstrated interest in working collaboratively with campus and/or community partners 
6. Demonstrated ability to teach online courses 
7. Demonstrated ability to work closely and collaboratively with students and colleagues in support of a positive, productive, and professional academic environment 
8. Commitment to the community college objective of providing lower division instruction for students of diverse abilities, interests, and cultural backgrounds 

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. 
3. A separate document stating your teaching philosophy, not to exceed one page. 
4. A current resume or curriculum vitae summarizing your educational background and experience. Please include a reverse chronological list of college courses taught by course name, institution, and dates. 
5a. 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. 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 

5b. If needed to meet the minimum qualifications, a copy (front and back) of your California teaching credential authorizing instruction in a community college. 
6. Two letters of professional recommendation dated within the last two years. Letters need not be confidential. 
7. One sample syllabus (including readings) for an Introduction to Black Studies OR an Introduction to Chicano/a Studies course. 
8. Copies of student evaluations if available from any Sociology courses you have taught. 

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

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. 

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Keyword Phrases

  • Ethnic Studies
  • Sociology Instructor
  • Sociology
  • Multicultural (Ethnic) Studies
  • Community College Liberal Arts & Humanities
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Masters
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