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Criminal Justice Instructor - Tenure Track

Job description

Employment Opportunity

Full-time, tenure track faculty position.

Starting Salary Range: $55,703 to $85,443 per year, salary placement determined by documented education and experience; maximum initial salary step placement on the faculty salary schedule is step 9.

Cabrillo College provides a generous doctoral stipend of $3,719 per year for eligible faculty.

Benefits: Cabrillo College currently provides a generous benefit stipend for employees plus dependents that employees apply towards benefit selections for medical, dental, life, and short-term/long-term disability insurance. Depending on health plan selections, in many cases full-time employee net out-of-pocket for benefit premiums may be $0 or otherwise relatively low.

Days Per Year: Faculty enjoy a 175-day work schedule.

Beginning Date: Position(s) scheduled to begin Monday, August 19, 2019, pending continued funding and Governing Board ratification. Assignments may include distance education courses, may be scheduled over summer and/or winter months, and may be scheduled at various campus locations; days, evenings, and/or weekends.

About the College: Situated on Monterey Bay in the county of Santa Cruz, California, Cabrillo College is one of the most highly regarded community colleges in the state for its success in the area of transfer and career education, and currently serves over 11,400 students each semester. Cabrillo College transfers many of its students to three nearby universities – the University of California at Santa Cruz, San Jose State University, and California State University at Monterey Bay. Cabrillo's career education is closely connected to the nearby Silicon Valley business environment as well as that of the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Cabrillo focuses on student-centered learning and has a tradition of collegial governance.

Faculty at Cabrillo College have a long history of shared governance and participation in all levels of decision-making at the college. Cabrillo provides an excellent opportunity to learn, collaborate, create, and make a difference in the lives of its students and community.

The ideal candidate will share Cabrillo's commitment to educating its racially and socioeconomically diverse student population. Cabrillo College serves approximately 11,400 students per term, of which 45.13% are LatinX, 5.26% multi-ethnic, 2.64% Asian, 1.25% African-American, 0.79% Filipino, 0.30% American Indian or Alaskan Native, and 0.18% Pacific Islander as of Fall 2018. At Cabrillo, 56.66% of students are students of color and 54.91% are economically disadvantaged. In 2006, Cabrillo College was designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution, reflecting the great responsibility that the College has to the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community.

Cabrillo College is committed to initiatives aimed at improving student completion, transfer, labor market outcomes, equitable access and achievement, development of culturally responsive teaching and learning strategies and approaches that eradicate a deficit mindset toward students and increase faculty engagement in equity-focused pedagogy and outcomes.

About the Department:

The Criminal Justice program is part of the Public Safety occupational programs and is designed to provide students with the basic theoretical knowledge which will prepare them to transfer to a four-year institution in a law, law enforcement, or corrections program. Cabrillo's Criminal Justice program also offers certificate programs designed to meet the needs of the State of California training requirements for law enforcement reserve officers. In addition, the program provides continuing education for persons already employed in the justice system as peace officers, counselors, attorneys, and private security officers. The Criminal Justice program offers Associate in Science degrees. Associate in Art degrees, and, through our partnership with the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium, Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) approved courses.

About the Position: The successful candidate will have a background in a broad range of courses in the discipline including but not limited to: Criminal Law, Criminal Evidence, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Courts and Procedures, Police Role in the Community, Contemporary Issues in the Justice System, Corrections, and Juvenile Procedures.

Examples of Duties

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Teach Criminal Justice related courses, which constitute the majority of the assignment.
  • Teach Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) approved training classes or certificate programs.
  • Develop courses that enhance program offerings to meet the needs of area criminal justice agencies and fulfill transfer requirements.
  • Participate in curriculum and program development as well as participate in professional assignments, including department and division meetings, campus committees, and related activities.
  • Complete required annual trainings such as Title IX, Mandated Reporter, EEO/Diversity/Elimination of Bias, Workplace Safety, etc.
Minimum Qualifications

Required Education from a U.S. Department of Education recognized accredited organization and licensure qualifications:

  • Any Bachelor's Degree AND two (2) years of experience OR
  • Any Associate's Degree AND six (6) years of experience OR
  • The equivalent OR
  • A lifetime California Community College Instructor Credential in Police Science


Candidates without the specified degrees listed above must complete and submit an Application for Equivalency Determination. Additionally, candidates must provide documentation, as part of this application process, sufficient to convince the committee that the candidate possesses the equivalent of these minimum qualifications, including the depth and breadth of discipline knowledge plus general education.

*Note: Graduate students currently working on a Master's degree are encouraged to apply, with the understanding that the degree must be completed and confirmed by July 1, 2019.

Required Professional Expertise:
  • Currency and depth of knowledge in the applicable field
  • Knowledge of and commitment to teaching strategies and practices that enhance student success, including effective use of technology
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to teach the courses or perform the duties effectively as described above
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate well with students of diverse academic, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds; gender identities; sexual orientations; and students with disabilities
  • Evidence of professional activities and service beyond the primary teaching assignment
  • Development and review of curriculum, including assessments of learning
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Demonstrated responsiveness to and understanding of the racial, socioeconomic, academic, and cultural diversity within the community college student population, including students with different ability statuses (e.g., physical and/or learning) as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practices in the classroom
  • Demonstrated ability to reflect critically on institutional and teaching practices that aim to increase cultural responsiveness
  • Knowledge and understanding of the accountability and critical dimensions of equity
  • Demonstrated ability addressing issues of equity in the classroom
Desired Qualifications/Performance Expectations:
  • Recent successful teaching experience in Criminal Justice in a higher-education institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to employ innovative teaching techniques and methodologies.
  • Knowledge of culturally-responsive pedagogical teaching techniques and effective ways for engaging students who are historically under-represented and under-served.
  • Successful online teaching experience.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the California Community College system, including teaching expertise.
  • Knowledge of and experience with local criminal justice agencies.
  • Ability and desire to manage and administer a small college Criminal Justice program.
Additional Information

Selection Process: A search committee will review complete applications. Meeting minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview; it is therefore critical that candidates submit a detailed and complete application with supporting required materials. When filling out the online application, it is important that you fill out all sections completely. Do not leave blank spaces, or notes saying "see resume". When adding attachments, please redact ALL of the following items which appear on any attachment before you submit it: social security number, birth date, age, gender, birth place and personal photos. A search committee will review application materials. On the basis of appraisal of qualifications as documented by application materials submitted, the search committee will invite applicants for interview (a teaching demonstration/presentation will be a part of the interview.) A limited number of candidates will be invited for an interview slated for April 2019.

To be considered, each candidate MUST SUBMIT:

  1. Completed online Cabrillo College Application
  2. Cover letter, which states how the candidate specifically meets the required qualifications and gives an introduction to the candidate's teaching philosophy
  3. Current job-related resume detailing teaching and/or related work experience
  4. Verification of education qualifications (Foreign transcripts must be translated to determine equivalency to U.S. standards. Any fee for such translation is paid for by the applicant.):
    • Transcripts from all colleges attended showing the degree conferred that meets the requirements for this position as listed in the Minimum Qualifications Section (unofficial transcripts, copies, and downloads are acceptable). Please note diplomas, certificates, evaluations, or letters of verification of degrees awarded are not accepted in lieu of college transcripts. If selected, it is the responsibility of the candidate to provide official transcripts, diplomas, degrees or other documents as may be required upon hire OR
    • Copy of lifetime California Community College Instructor Credential in Police Science, front and back (if applicable) OR
    • Supplemental Application for Equivalency Determination and supporting documentation. (This is only necessary if candidate does not possess and submit proof of specified degrees listed in the above minimum qualifications OR does not possess a valid lifetime California Community College Instructor credential.)
  5. Three (3) recent job-related letters of recommendation which address the candidate's ability to perform the duties of this position. Please note verification of employment, evaluations, or lists of references cannot be submitted in lieu of attached letters of recommendation, and such letters need not be confidential nor from a supervisor; they need only address the candidate's ability to perform the duties as listed in this job bulletin.
If any of the required materials are not submitted with your application packet, your application will be deemed incomplete and will not be forwarded to the committee for screening.

Please notify Human Resources if you require any special accommodation(s) in meeting these requirements.

Candidates selected for employment with Cabrillo College must agree to be fingerprinted and cleared, provide current Tuberculosis screening results, provide proof of eligibility for employment in the United States and present a valid Social Security card upon hire.

Application Deadline: All application materials MUST be received by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019.

Please note: Cabrillo College will be closed beginning Monday, December 24, 2018 and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Cabrillo College seeks applications from all qualified individuals. It is the continuing goal of Cabrillo College to hire and retain staff that reflect the rich diversity and cultural heritage of the college district and its student body.




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Posted: 12/25/2018
Application Due: 2/22/2019
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