English Full-Time Instructor - West Valley-Mission Community College District in Saratoga California

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West Valley-Mission Community College District

Saratoga, California


United States
(FY14/15-152FT)

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Detailed Job Description

The English Department at West Valley College invites applications for the position of a full-time tenure-track English Instructor who is a specialist in the area of Basic Skills and Developmental Writing. We seek applicants who share our excitement about teaching and who would add their unique skills and passions to our diverse, dynamic English department. The ideal candidate has, not only experience teaching and working with students in Basic Skills and Developmental Writing courses, but proven expertise developing Basic Skills and Developmental Writing curricula and a strong commitment to serving this student population over the course of a career. Applicants should look forward to helping Basic Skills students transition to transfer level courses by teaching a wide range of composition courses, assuming departmental leadership roles, developing programs, and participating in the shared governance of the college.

West Valley College is located in the South Bay, a geographic region of enriching diversity that encompasses the southern part of the San Francisco Bay area. The college serves the vibrant communities of Saratoga, Campbell, and Los Gatos as well as the western sector of the Silicon Valley. The campus is expansive and occupies a park-like natural setting within the native oak woodland landscape.

Each semester, over 11,000 students pursue their educational goals at West Valley College. The college’s curricular strengths are many and include transfer preparation, career and technical education in a broad spectrum of disciplines, and college readiness coursework. The college’s robust educational programs, together with our strong infrastructure of student support, our top-notch faculty and staff, and a natural environment that fuels the mind, all meld to create an exceptional teaching and learning environment. Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, and commitment to address the cultural and educational needs of a linguistically and culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.

Assignment

This is a full-time, 10-month, tenure-track position that begins in Fall 2015. 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. This position is represented by the Association of College Educators (ACE).

Work location: West Valley College, Saratoga, CA.

PLEASE NOTE:
We have begun a district-wide classification and compensation study. The compensation study will provide information on what other employers pay employees who are performing similar duties. The District will use this information to ensure that our employees are adequately compensated.

The classification & compensation study started in November 2014 and is expected to take approximately 9-12 months to complete. As a result of this study, it is possible for the compensation to change in this position opening.

Minimum Qualifications

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.

AND

2. Demonstrated ability to effectively work with persons of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications

  • A broad range of experience teaching and working specifically with basic skills and developmental composition students in higher education, especially community college.
  • A proven commitment to serving basic skills and developmental writing students using innovative strategies.
  • Formal training and/or experience in writing theory and pedagogy that motivate and address the retention and success of diverse student populations, including underprepared students.
  • Formal training and/or experience in designing curricula for a range of basic skills and developmental writing courses.
  • Successful experience teaching diagnosed and undiagnosed learning disabled students, as well as non-native speakers, in a range of composition courses.
  • Familiarity and experience working with and/or leading campus resources and programs that support the success and retention of basic skills, developmental, and transfer students.
  • Formal training and/or experience in integrating reading theory and pedagogy with developmental writing courses.
  • Successful experience introducing research strategies and the development of a college research essay to developmental and transfer-level writers.
  • Skill in conducting writing conferences with students who have a range of writing abilities from basic skills to transfer level.
  • Desire to assume leadership roles, develop programs, and work productively with members of a department or division team to problem solve and/or expand instructional programs.
  • Experience and/or interest in participating in the shared governance of the college.
  • Formal training and/or experience using various forms of technology to enhance the teaching of writing.

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

Not Applicable

Salary and Benefits

  • Anticipated Hiring Range: $49,659 to $77,282 annually, based upon academic achievement, teaching and related experience (Academic Salary Schedule, Steps 1-9).
  • Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee, spouse and dependents.
  • 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.
West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Keyword Phrases

  • English Full-Time Instructor
  • 2 Silicon Valley locations
  • student-centered learning environment
  • empowering diverse human capital
  • Community College Liberal Arts & Humanities
  • English / Literature
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Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Lecturer / Instructor / Adjunct
Type of Faculty:Visiting / Adjunct
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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