Position Number: ACA21-369
College of the Canyons
Santa Clarita Community College District
announces an employment opportunity for
Anthropology Instructor, Full-Time Tenure Track
Review Date: November 9, 2021
This position is a high priority for our District for the 2021-2022 year and is contingent upon continued available district, grant and state funding.
This position is a high priority for our District for the 2021-2022 year and is contingent upon continued available district, grant and state funding.
Who We are
The Santa Clarita Community District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As presented in our District Strategic Plan, which focuses on Access, Engagement, and Success, “Equity, inclusion, and diversity are not goals in themselves, but ideologies embedded in all actions and planning across all departments and functions of our college and its two campuses.” These areas of focus demonstrate a resolve to focus on student success and confirm that we are at the forefront of change with integrated planning efforts that both evolve and anticipate the needs of our students. We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — fostering healthy inclusion through inquiry, shared dialogue, and reflection to ensure that we promote a sense of community, collegiality and cooperation. When you join our team at the Santa Clarita Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, creative, flexible, innovative, and equity-focused community that engages students, each other, and the community in scholarly inquiry, creative partnerships, and the application of knowledge and success.
The College and the District
College of the Canyons is part of the Santa Clarita Community College District and is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), enrolling approximately 32,000 students each academic year. College of the Canyons has a diverse student population that reflects our focus on enhancing the educational attainment and economic well-being of the community we proudly serve. Detailed information about our student population, including data related to student success, can be found on the College of Canyons Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (IRPIE) website. Additionally, College of the Canyons, was recently honored as a 2021 Bellwether College Consortium award winner, was honored in 2018 and 2019 with the Champion of Higher Education award, was ranked #1 in Los Angeles County during 2019 as the best two-year college for adult learners and is rated #1 in Los Angeles County for completion rates by college-prepared students. It is distinguished as one of the top transfer institutions in Los Angeles County.
Who We Want
We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities, and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate must be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students, and community partners who share our commitment to closing equity gaps. The Santa Clarita Community College District seeks leaders possessing a strong grounding in academic and student services programs and a thorough understanding of the primary mission of the community college. We seek employees that value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, who are conscientious risk takers and transformational leaders guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.
"BIG PICTURE" RESPONSIBILITY:
College of the Canyons is seeking a faculty leader in the area of Anthropology. This is a 10-MONTH professional, full-time tenure track position beginning January 31, 2022. The position may include a combination of teaching, department, college, and community leadership functions. Assignment may include day, evening, and weekend duties at all District sites.
- Teaches a full load of courses in the Anthropology Program including Biological Anthropology (lecture and lab), and at least two other classes from the Anthropology curriculum, which may vary from semester to semester. These include, but not limited to: Online courses, Honors courses, Cultural Anthropology, Magic Witchcraft Religion, Indians of California, and Archaeology.
- Participates in program development such as writing new curriculum, creating assessments for student learning outcomes, establishing community partnerships and other department-related outreach activities.
- Leads campus-wide and community engagement activities, including advising student clubs and working with other Anthropology faculty to actively promote the department within the college and surrounding communities.
- Develops and revises appropriate credit and noncredit program and course curriculum in response to discipline and workforce needs.
- Maintains office hours and participates in department, division, and college committees and governance.
- Participates in and implements departmental and college program reviews and planning processes.
- Participates in additional faculty responsibilities, including college decision-making activities related to professional and academic matters. The activities will occur within the department as well as in the larger College setting and at all district campuses.
- Engages in ongoing professional development and preparation related to best practices associated with pedagogy, andragogy, and all instructional (including virtual) teaching modalities to address anticipated student and instructional delivery needs.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Possession of an unexpired California Community College Instructor Credential in Anthropology
- Master’s degree in Anthropology or Archaeology
- Bachelor’s degree in either of the above AND Master’s degree in sociology, biological sciences, forensic sciences, genetics or paleontology
- Equivalencies: Any Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning AND completion of 24 semester units in the discipline at the upper division and graduate level, a minimum of which must be 12 graduate level semester units
*Applicants who meet equivalent qualifications must also submit a Request for Equivalency Form.
*Note to current COC adjunct instructors in the discipline: If you were qualified and hired under the previous set of equivalencies, you may still qualify for this position. Please contact Human Resources.
DESIRABLE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND ABILITIES:
- Experience and minimum qualifications to teach Biological Anthropology (lecture and lab).
- Teaching experience, professional and/or academic research in subjects related to applied biological fields that includes but is not limited to Psychology, Biocultural approach, Forensics, or Medicine is desirable.
- Ability and willingness to teach using a variety of pedagogical and andragogical modalities such as hybrid and online to a wide range of student populations and diverse and cultural backgrounds.
- Commitment to maintain currency in the discipline, including use of advanced technology required in the discipline.
- Experience with online teaching and pedagogy is desired.
- Strong commitment to professional growth and development, and to the continued innovation and improvement of successful teaching.
- Ability to work effectively with computers and other forms of advanced technology utilized in providing high-quality instruction and the understanding and successful use of learning technology.
- Willingness to facilitate and encourage student success by working to develop varied and innovative academic learning environments.
- Ability to communicate professionally and clearly with students and staff, both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with on-campus groups (including students, faculty, administrators and staff), as well as off-campus community and education partners.
- In addition to being well qualified to teach in their respective disciplines, it is desirable that faculty have additional abilities and interests in contributing to other professional pursuits at the College, such as: instructional innovation, second language ability, sponsoring clubs, new program development, student success initiatives and community outreach.
- Demonstrated sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, ethnic and disability backgrounds of community college students.
- Faculty members at College of the Canyons facilitate student learning by working to develop every student’s abilities and by designing varied and exciting learning environments.
- Faculty members work as team members with all staff, create innovations in teaching and learning methods, and work to provide an environment for students to be partners in learning.
- Faculty members also assist in program planning, carry out related projects and evaluate related department programs and faculty.
- Faculty members carry out their professional responsibilities by participating in the college decision-making activities related to academic and professional matters via meetings, by participating on project teams, by engaging in ongoing and meaningful professional development, and by providing support to students on a one-to-one and small group basis at regularly scheduled times.
In addition to professional expertise in teaching within the discipline, applicants should possess the following abilities and attitudes that have been identified as important to successful performance in the position.
- Success and commitment as a team player, including the ability to engage in cooperative problem solving;
- Success at initiating, executing and following up on projects, including the ability to set specific objectives and measure achieved results;
- A commitment to the mission and values of the community college;
- A positive attitude, including the ability to foster collegiality;
- Flexibility, including the acceptance of and willingness to change;
- Open-mindedness, including fairness and the ability to see multiple perspectives;
- The willingness to take risks and be innovative;
- A willingness to see complex tasks through to completion; and
- The willingness to accept responsibility for professional and personal growth.
Initial Salary Placement on Academic Salary Schedule C is dependent on education and experience. Salary range is from: $64,116 – $101,928 annually (adjusted for 12 months of pay per year). Column placement is based on education and step placement will be based on years of professional experience, not to exceed nine (9) years’ experience for a maximum placement of Step 10: For details, click on link to Academic Salary Schedule.
Position will require extended periods presenting material in a classroom setting, and frequent periods of movement from one area to another, which may include traversing to different floors of a building. Requires use of a computer and related equipment; frequent exertion of 10-20 pounds of force to move objects; communicating and providing information to others; and travel from site-to-site. In the event of an emergency, employees will be relied upon to serve as emergency workers.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
- Ten-month position; anticipated starting date January 31, 2022 (start date not negotiable).
- Part of the teaching assignment may be evenings and/or weekends at all District sites.
- The instructor may be expected to deliver instruction utilizing nontraditional delivery methods.
- An excellent benefit package including medical, vision, dental, life and Section 125 is offered.
- Proof of eligibility to work in the United States and signing of loyalty oath per government codes 3100-3109.
- Successful completion of background fingerprint clearance, pre-employment physical examination (disabilities not related to the physical job will not affect the application process) and TB screening.
- Meeting applicable eligibility requirements under CalPERS or CalSTRS if you are a current or former member.
- Board of Trustees approval.
- Official transcript must be submitted upon offer of employment.
- Position is contingent upon funding and is subject to change.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
The Santa Clarita Community College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniformed service member status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected basis under the law.
Applicants who have disabilities may request that accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process by contacting the Human Resources office directly at (661) 362-3427.
ABOUT THE DISTRICT
Innovative. Collaborative. Entrepreneurial. These characteristics not only define College of the Canyons, they are embodied by the faculty, staff and administrators who make this college unique among the 116 California Community Colleges.
Established in 1969, College of the Canyons is among the most dynamic colleges in California and the nation. It is widely recognized as a model community college for enhancing student access, success and equity. Its completion rates rank among the highest in the state. The college has established a well-deserved reputation for bolstering economic development and offering innovative career technical education responsive to industry needs.
Guided by visionary leadership, the college serves a 367-square-mile area of northern Los Angeles County that includes the dynamic, growing Santa Clarita Valley. A steady influx of new residents and businesses creates a spirit of possibilities that inspires the college to be flexible, creative and attuned to the community’s evolving needs. The growing diversity of the community is mirrored by the college, which qualifies as a Latino-serving institution.
The college’s influence in the community is best illustrated by the dozens of collaborative partnerships it has forged with local school districts, government entities and service organizations. Examples include the Performing Arts Center’s K-12 Arts Education Outreach initiative, which allows thousands of children to experience the arts each year, and Academy of the Canyons, an early/middle college high school at the Valencia campus that is ranked among the top 10 percent of high schools in the nation.
With campuses in Valencia and Canyon Country, the college offers 96 associate degree programs, including 31 associate degree for transfer (AD-T) options, as well as 148 certificate programs. Classes are offered during traditional fall and spring semesters, as well as shorter, intensive summer and winter sessions. Additional educational opportunities exist at the University Center, whose four-year colleges and universities offer approximately 30 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, as well certificate and credential programs.
Because of the college’s commitment to meeting the needs of the community, local voters have approved two bond measures valued at more than $470 million since 2001. The college also secures substantial funds from the state and millions of dollars in grants each year that allow new, cutting-edge programs to be developed and facilities built to accommodate them.
Given its commitment to growth and innovation, College of the Canyons sets a new standard for what a college can achieve. It is a vital cultural, educational and economic force in the region. Join us to discover unexpected possibilities, the freedom to innovate and an opportunity to shape the future.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:
Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications online. Please visit our website at https://www.canyons.edu/administration/humanresources/. If you require assistance, please call the Human Resources Department at (661)362-3427 or our TTY Line at (661)362-5178. Applicants may check the status of their application online and may expect to be notified within approximately 4 - 5 weeks following the Review Date as to the status of their application.
All application materials must be uploaded online or received in the Human Resources Department by the end of the day on the review date in order to assure consideration for this position. Postmark is not acceptable for this purpose. Separate application materials must be submitted for each position applied for. Materials submitted become property of the District and will not be returned, copied, or considered for other openings. The Human Resources Department is located in the University Center, Suite 360 at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA, 91355.
The following application materials are required for your application to be complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- A District Academic Application.
- Letter of interest(cover letter). In your letter, please address your qualifications and experience as they pertain to the job duties, the demonstrated knowledge, and the abilities section of this announcement. Provide specific details and examples of your direct leadership in achieving the list of minimum and desirable requirements for this position.
- A detailed resume summarizing education and experience.
- College transcripts verifying educational degree(s) required for the position. Submit unofficial copies of transcripts for application purposes. Copies of college diplomas are not acceptable in lieu of transcripts. Important note on minimum education requirements: Units and/or degree(s) earned must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the American Council on Post-Secondary Education. Please see our website for evaluation requirements for units and degrees earned at foreign institutions.
- Confidential Recruitment Source Information (Voluntary Survey). This is voluntary and is part of the online applicant profile separate from the application.
Additional Application Submission Materials Required:
Philosophy of Diversity Statement
- What does it mean for you to have a commitment to equity and diversity?
- How have you demonstrated that commitment throughout your professional and teaching career?
- How would you see yourself demonstrating it in the role as a full-time Anthropology faculty at College of the Canyons?
- Describe your philosophy of teaching Anthropology as a relevant discipline in the 21st century.
- Describe how you have effectively collaborated and engaged students, faculty, staff, administration, and community-based organizations in support of Social Sciences education.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all application materials are fully and correctly submitted. All materials submitted are for this position only and become the property of the District. Materials will not be returned, copied or considered for other openings. Resumes may not be submitted in lieu of the official application form.
- Skills evaluation of candidates for interview may be required.
- Travel and relocation expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.
- Hiring committees review all complete, qualified application packets. Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview.
- A presentation will be required for those candidates selected for an initial interview.
- Current COC employees who are applying for this position: Please be aware that materials from your personnel file are not included as part of the application file; therefore, please provide the same requested application materials as any other applicant.
- Applicants are encouraged to apply online. If you need assistance with the application process, contact:
Human Resources Department
TTY/TDD (661) 362-5178 or visit our website at
The College is expecting to conduct initial interviews the week of November 29, 2021 or December 6, 2021, and final interviews the week of December 13, 2021. This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change.
Position is contingent upon funding. We reserve the right to withdraw, extend the filing date, reopen, or delay filling this position. Recruitment may continue until this position is filled. This recruitment may be used for future vacancies.