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Assistant Professor History (Native American History/Native American Studies/Ethnic Studies)

Southwestern College
Chula Vista
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Assistant Professor History (Native American History/Native American Studies/Ethnic Studies)

Southwestern Community College District

Work Site: 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Department: School of Arts, Communication & Social Scienes

District Values
Incumbents in District positions are expected to exhibit an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, and employees, including those with physical or learning disabilities, and successfully foster and support an inclusive educational and employment environment.

This position may include a combination of day, evening, weekend and extension site assignments. Southwestern Community College District (SCCD) is seeking a full-time, tenure track, equity-focused faculty member committed to serving its' culturally diverse student population. Southwestern Community College District seeks faculty who will foster an inclusive learning environment through equity-minded teaching, leadership, and service to students working toward goals of university transfer, associate degree and certificate completion, employment advancement, and personal growth. THE COLLEGESouthwestern Community College District is a single college district providing higher education in Chula Vista, San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, National City and Coronado. SCCD's strategic south San Diego County locations position the College to provide exceptional service to a binational community on the U.S.-Mexico International Border. SCCD is one of 20 initial California Guided Pathways colleges and is known for its excellent learning communities. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, the College values equity, inclusion, and culturally responsive andragogy for all students. The College is dedicated to providing quality academic programs, comprehensive student support services that ensure equitable access, and clear pathways to student success. These efforts include professional development opportunities, employee-led affinity groups, proud commitment to DACA students, and supportive employee onboarding practices. OUR STUDENTSSouthwestern Community College District currently enrolls approximately 28,000 students annually. SCCD is comprised of 69% Hispanic students, 10% Caucasian students, 8% Filipino students, 5% African American students, and 3% Asian students. Approximately 63% of the College's students are under the age of 24 with 23% between the ages 25-39. Our students' gender demographics are represented by 55% female and 44% male. OUR VALUESWe value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, academic backgrounds, genders, abilities, and orientations. We seek applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. Successful candidates will be expected to exhibit responsiveness and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, cultural, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, religious, and ethnic and racial backgrounds of community college students and employees, and successfully foster and support an inclusive educational and employment environment. An equity-minded individual is a person who already does or has demonstrated the desire to:
  1. Critically self-assess their individual impact, through teaching practices and student engagement, on closing equity gaps and holds themselves accountable to upholding and delivering equitable practices.
  2. Reframe deficit language and take individual and collective responsibility to look at their own practices as a vehicle to eliminate inequities.
  3. Encourage positive race-consciousness and embrace human differences.
  4. Strategically encourage and build buy-in and participation among colleagues for equity efforts.

Southwestern Community College District seeks faculty who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The School of Arts, Communication and Social Sciences is seeking a full-time tenure-track assistant professor of History with emphasis on Native American Indigenous Studies. The successful candidate will collaborate with Ethnic Studies faculty to develop new introductory courses in Native American Studies that satisfy the new California community college Ethnic Studies requirement. The candidate must be community-oriented and embrace the core values and principles of our new Ethnic Studies program. Under the direction of the Dean, the candidate will work collaboratively with colleagues and the chair of the History and Ethnic Studies department. The candidate will contribute to curriculum development projects, such as creating interdisciplinary courses and/or technology-enhanced curriculum.

Knowledge and Abilities:
Responsibilities may include, but not be limited to, the following: teaching all scheduled classes and maintaining office hours; class preparation; curriculum development duties; assessment and evaluation of students; monitoring and record keeping of student performance; attendance at meetings pertinent to faculty responsibilities or assignments, including committee meetings; effectively collaborate with other faculty, staff, and administrators in planning, developing, and executing college initiatives, participate in the program review process, and serve on college committees to positively make contributions to the college beyond teaching responsibilities; and involvement in selected staff development and/or extracurricular activities. Faculty should also observe proper channels of communication, enforce the policies and regulations of the College and strive to improve and support college programs.

In addition to instruction, general responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Implement innovative community-oriented teaching strategies.
  • Assist in the development of a new curriculum integrating the five core principles of the California State University Ethnic Studies requirement for graduation.
  • Recruit, advise, and mentor students.
  • Work collegially and professionally as part of a team.
  • Demonstrate commitment to the goals and philosophy of the California Community College system.
  • Show a commitment to on-going professional development and knowledge of advancements in Ethnic Studies.
  • Provide a learning environment that addresses diverse learning styles.
  • Complete the DEFT (Distance Education Faculty Training) certification, or equivalent, within first 12-months of hire date.

1. Subject matter preparation:
  • Experience in teaching community college courses
  • Experience with computer technology and distance education
  • Experience in community outreach
2. Evidence of ability and effectiveness as a faculty member:
  • Understanding of the role and purpose of the community college.
  • Ability to evaluate one’s andragogy and its effectiveness in facilitating student learning.
  • Ability to use teaching methods that engage racially, ethnically, academically, and culturally diverse students; promote critical thinking and emphasize cooperation and collaboration.
  • Sensitivity to, and respect for a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities.
  • Commitment to collegiality and collaboration by working as a team with faculty and staff enhancing instruction, curriculum, and student success; as well as in the planning of class schedules and teaching rotations.
  • Knowledge and practice of culturally responsive pedagogy and andragogy that supports student-centered, self-reflective, and student-capable approaches which includes a wide range of institutional delivery systems.
  • Ability to teach online courses effectively.
  • Commitment to the advancement of equity and diversity and the elimination of achievement gaps.
  • Commitment to professional responsibilities and associations outside of the classroom through contributions to the department, school, and college-wide activities.

Education and Experience:

Minimum Qualifications: (Faculty and Academic Administrator Positions Only)
Master’s in history
Bachelor’s in history AND Master’s in political science, humanities, geography, area studies, women’s studies, social science or ethnic studies
a valid California Community College Instructor Credential in History
the equivalent

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Experience with developing curriculum to meet the Ethnic Studies requirements for both transfer and local degrees.
  • Ability to teach in related disciplines, including Ethnic Studies courses.
  • Experience in online andragogy/pedagogy and community student outreach activities.
  • Experience and proven success in addressing equity gaps within the discipline in the classroom.
  • Experience and expertise in culturally responsive, equity-minded, and trauma-informed andragogy/pedagogy.
  • Experience collaborating with faculty and other campus staff in developing and/or implementing programs or initiatives that are specifically designed to help historically underrepresented students achieve their educational goals (such as Puente, Umoja, Bayan, Restorative Justice, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience implementing theoretical frameworks designed to empower and affirm marginalized communities as well as advocating for the success of an increasingly diverse student body (e.g., first-generation college students, students with physical and learning disabilities, LGBTQIA, non-native speakers, transfronterizo and immigrant, active-duty military and veterans, formerly incarcerated and system-involved students, etc.).
  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development and a desire to maintain currency with evolving teaching methodologies.

Candidates must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities. Experience working in a community with a similar diversity pattern as is found in the service area for Southwestern College is desirable.

Upon initial employment, full-time faculty members are placed on the salary schedule based upon years of experience and education.  Initial salary placement for experience can range from $55,070.00-$82,863.00 per year.  Faculty members are encouraged to continue their professional development through additional study qualifying them for advancement on the salary schedule.  For the current salary schedule and information on salary placement visit our website at  Benefits include a choice of medical plans, dental coverage, vision, sick leave, and an optional tax deferred flexible benefit plan.  Coverage is offered for employees and all eligible dependents.   Academic employees participate in the State Teachers’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California.

Start Date

August 18, 2022 (Fall Semester, 2022)

Screening Deadline
All application materials must be received on-line at Position is open until filled. Applications received by the first screening deadline of  11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 11, 2022 are guaranteed to be reviewed by the selection committee. Any application received after the deadline is not guaranteed a review. Extended application deadline date of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2022.

Work Schedule:
Successful candidate may be assigned to any of the campus sites (Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa, and/or San Ysidro).

Additional Information:
We regret we are unable to accept faxed, e-mailed, mailed, or hand delivered application materials. Only complete application materials submitted through SWC online system will be accepted. To complete and submit your application for this position, please visit our online employment website at All required information must be submitted online before the review date and time indicated on the job posting.

A confirmation number will be assigned if your application packet has been successfully submitted. Assistance with the online application process is available through the Human Resources Office at 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910; telephone: (619) 482-6395 or e-mail to [email protected]

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials are received by the review deadline date. A separate, complete application packet is required for each position for which you are applying for. All materials included in your application packet become District property, will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this opening only.

Candidates selected for employment with Southwestern Community College District must be fingerprinted by an electronic fingerprinting service (i.e. LiveScan) within 10 days of employment; provide clearance of tuberculosis (dated within the past 4 years and renewed every four years as a condition of continued employment) within 60 days of employment; provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

In addition to the above, for Faculty/Administrator positions (only), successful candidate must submit official (sealed) college transcripts confirming date degree conferred and/or a valid CA Community College Credential.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided to candidates with verified disabilities. Accommodation requests should be made at the time the interview appointment is scheduled.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Southwestern Community College District will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

The Southwestern Community College District shall not discriminate against any person in employment or in any program affiliated with the District on the basis of age, ancestry, color, ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Notice of Availability of the Annual Security Report – Southwestern College is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security Report is available on the SWCPD website at

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security Report, which contains this information, you can stop by the SWC College Police Department or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (619) 482-6390.

The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention; public safety authority; crime reporting policies; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking; the procedures the College will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

This information is required by law and is provided by the SWC College Police Department.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Plan (DAAPP) – More information about the DAAPP, including the Drug Free Environment and Drug Prevention Program Policy and Procedure and Biennial report can be found in the Health and Safety Section of the campus Consumer Information page (

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Working at Southwestern College

The Southwestern Community College District, located south of San Diego and extending to the U.S.—Mexico border, is one of 72 community college districts in the California Community College system. It serves as the primary source of college education for approximately 400,000 residents of the South San Diego County area including the communities of Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro, Sunnyside, and Coronado.

Southwestern Community College District promotes student learning and success by committing to continuous improvement that includes planning, implementation, and evaluation. We serve a diverse community of students by providing a wide range of dynamic and high quality academic programs and comprehensive student services.

We provide educational opportunities in the following areas: 

  • associate degree and certificate programs
  • transfer
  • professional, technical, and career advancement
  • basic skills, personal enrichment
  • non-credit adult education
  • community services
  • economic, workforce, and community development.

Southwestern College has continuously received accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Whether pursuing an A.A. degree, preparing to transfer to a four-year college or university, or acquiring new occupational skills, students attending Southwestern College are given every opportunity to meet their educational goals.

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