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Ethnic Studies: Contract Instructor-College Credit

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Ethnic Studies: Contract Instructor-College Credit

San Diego Community College District

Closing Date: 7/18/2022

Position Number: 010383

Location: San Diego City College

Position Type: Academic

The Position:
Applications are now being accepted for the position of Assistant Professor, Native American and Indigenous Studies at San Diego City College beginning Fall 2022. One of three credit colleges in the San Diego Community College District, City College is an urban campus, minutes away from a world-class zoo and Balboa Park, providing academic and career-technical offerings to meet the needs of a diverse student population.

While the current vacancy is at City College, applicants should understand that they are subject to assignment at any District facility at the option of the Chancellor. The assignment may include day, evening, online, Saturday, and/or off-campus classes.

Major Responsibilities:
The Assistant Professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies is a member of the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Consumer and Family Studies and reports to the Dean of the School.

Primary responsibilities for the new Native American and Indigenous Studies faculty members are developing curriculum, community outreach, and teaching. Although the primary assignment for an instructional faculty typically is teaching 15 class hours per week, the incumbent of this position will primarily focus on the development of the courses within the discipline for the first two years as well as on community outreach projects.

Additional responsibilities of San Diego City College faculty include maintaining regular office hours for student advisement, serving on college and District committees, participating in various departmental and college activities, developing curriculum and programs, and willingness to take on leadership roles in the department.

Master’s in the ethnic studies field OR the equivalent OR see Interdisciplinary Studies.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Master’s or higher degree in Ethnic Studies or related field with emphasis in Native American or American Indian Studies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, understanding, and ability to articulate the scope and mission of Native American Studies in higher education.
  • Additional graduate and/or undergraduate coursework and/or experience/knowledge of Native American Language, Traditions, Foods, Kinship, Historical and Modern Day Trauma, Genocide, Boarding Schools, and Native Nations divided by international borders.
  • A clear commitment to Native American epistemology, in terms of theory, methodology, and pedagogy as they pertain to the field of Native American Studies.
  • Evidence of working with Native American communities, organizations, non-profits, programs, Tribal Nations, and communities, including community-based service learning.
  • Recent teaching and academic preparation to teach Native American Studies classes, incorporating rigorous academic standards, including critical thinking and problem-solving techniques.
  • Evidence of ability to communicate Native American perspectives including cultures and histories in our curriculum.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of sovereignty, culture, and federal Indian law and policy.
  • Experience in developing Native American Studies curriculum.
  • Evidence of leadership skills within Native American communities and mentoring Native American students at the college level.
  • Evidence of organizational activities directed toward integration of community, students, faculty, staff, and administrators, including the promotion of Native American cultural experiences.
  • Evidence of effective oral communication and writing ability.
  • Demonstrated experience and/or knowledge in working with students of great diversity in socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, including those with different levels of academic preparation and varying physical and learning abilities.


Pay Information:
Class 1, Step A – Class 6, Step C ($6,032.90 – $8,128.98) per month based on the current AFT – College Faculty Tenured-Tenure Track Monthly Salary Schedule.
Initial salary placement for this Assistant Professor is commensurate with required education and related teaching experience as outlined in section A2.1 of the AFT Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement and it is non-negotiable. The District offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package including employer paid medical, dental, vision plans, sick leave, and opportunities for professional development. This position is FLSA Exempt and may not accrue overtime. Benefits will be provided under the terms of the AFT-Guild, Local 1931 – Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement. Annual Salaries will be recalculated for service less than a full academic year based on Education Code §87815, any required adjustment will be made within the first pay period. Travel reimbursement for interviewees traveling more than 200 miles, one-way, may be paid according to geographic location (see SDCCD Travel Stipend Policy, Rev 7/14/2011). Typically, Assistant Professors earn tenure after 4 years and promote to Associate Professor. The SDCCD Employment Web Page provides a link to employee collective bargaining agreements and handbooks, and more information about terms and conditions of employment to include salary and benefits.

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All applicants must have demonstrated cultural competency and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.

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The San Diego Community College District serves 130,000 students annually through three two-year colleges and six Continuing Education campuses. The three colleges, San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, offer associate degrees and certificates in occupational programs that prepare students for entry-level jobs, and arts and sciences programs that transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Continuing Education offers adults the opportunity to renew their learning experiences through noncredit vocational, basic skills, life skills and enrichment classes at sites throughout the city. The District also provides education to over 42,000 service personnel at military bases in 15 states. 

The Continuing Education campuses offer adults the opportunity to renew their learning experiences through noncredit vocational, basic skills, life skills, and enrichment classes at sites throughout the city. A number of special programs are unique to the city, including KSDS-FM all-jazz radio, the Center for Competitive and Applied Technologies, and the Workplace Learning Resource Center.

The San Diego Community College District is governed by its five-member, locally elected Board of Trustees and three student members serving on a rotating basis. Shared governance activities involve faculty, students, and staff in the development of solutions to key policy and budget issues. The five trustees are elected in even-numbered years to four-year terms by the voters of San Diego. The Chancellor, the District's chief executive officer, is responsible for carrying out the policies approved by the Board of Trustees. 

The District is in the midst of $1.555 billion in new construction and renovations at the three colleges and Continuing Education campuses throughout the city.

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