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Instructor Ethnic Studies (Tenure Track)

Coast Community College District
Costa Mesa, CA
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Orange Coast College (OCC) is seeking a full-time, equity-minded, tenure track faculty member in Ethnic Studies commencing with the 2023 Spring Semester. The primary teaching assignment involves all areas of Ethnic Studies. This assignment also includes curriculum and program development, participation in department, division, college committees, and participatory governance activities assuming leadership roles both within the department and in the institution as a whole; collaboration across disciplines and the leveraging of student support resources; and participation in ongoing professional development.

The assignment may be day, evening, weekend, online, hybrid, or off-campus and is subject to change as needed. The ideal candidate for this position embraces the overall mission of Orange Coast College and the Coast Community College District, with a clear, focused commitment to supporting individualized student and employee goals through the work of Ethnic Studies.

The Ethnic Studies department shares OCC’s commitment to equitable outcomes; inclusive practices; and racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity. Ideal candidates for this position share OCC’s devotion to educating and improving the lives of our representative student, employee, and community populations. We currently enroll 18,705 students, the majority of whom are from racially minoritized populations: 34% of OCC’s students are Latinx, 2% are African-American, 25% are Asian, less than 1% Native American, 30% are White, and 5% are multiracial. Faculty have the opportunity to enhance their classroom methods during two professional development days during the academic year, which include learning sessions like “Digital Accessibility”, “Basic Skills: Helping students help themselves” and “Taking a skills-based approach to teaching college students”. Student-centered activities that support OCC’s mission include campus-wide student success projects funded by the Office of Student Equity; partnerships with local Hispanic Serving four-year institutions; active programs that work to improve the academic achievement of racially minoritized students, such as PUENTE and UMOJA; Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS).

The Social and Behavioral Sciences Division supports the Mission of Orange Coast College by providing opportunities to our students to delve into the humanistic study; to help better understand humankind in its societal and behavioral context. In an age of rapid change, this division at Orange Coast College attempts to prepare its students with content and theories of the social, cultural, and other life conditions that make change likely, unlikely, predictable, or inevitable. The Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences values the study of a broad range of disciplines such as Anthropology, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Global Studies, History, Humanities, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Social Justice Studies. All of these disciplines combine to provide glimpses into human beings with all their diversity and uniqueness.

Orange Coast College Employee-Student Demographic Information
Direct Link: Employee / Student Profile Comparison Dashboard Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Provide instruction in Ethnic Studies in accordance with established course outlines.Provide leadership in the development and revision of the Ethnic Studies curriculum responsive to the students served.Participate in curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation; participate in and develop programs to measure student performance.Maintain current knowledge in the subject matter areas.Maintain appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics.Fulfill the professional responsibilities of a full-time faculty member including, but not limited to the following: teach all scheduled classes unless excused under provisions of Board Policy; follow the department course outlines; keep accurate records of student enrollment, attendance, and progress; submit student grades according to established deadlines; post and maintain scheduled office hours; participate in departmental meetings and college and/or district-wide activities and committees as assigned.Ability to contribute to campus and district-wide professional responsibilities and activities.Ability to complement existing staff, student, and community demographics in terms of professional and personal skills.The assignment may include day, evening, weekend, and online sections.Qualifications and Physical Demands

Minimum Qualifications

Must meet one of the following qualifications under (1) through (5) and demonstrated evidence of D.E.I. (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion):Valid California Community College Instructor credential, appropriate to the subject, per Education Code 87355 (issued prior to July 1, 1990); ORMaster's in the ethnic studies field; ORA master's in American Studies/Ethnicity, Latino Studies, La Raza Studies, Central American Studies, Latin American Studies, Cross-Cultural Studies, Race and Ethnic Relations, Asian-American Studies, or African-American Studies; ORMaster's in one of the disciplines included in the interdisciplinary area and upper-division or graduate course work in at least one other constituent discipline; ORPossess a combination of education and experience that is at least the equivalent to the above. Candidates making an application on the basis of equivalency must submit an Application for Equivalency in addition to all other required materials. Please see "Additional Information" below to determine if you need to submit an Application for Equivalency.ANDDemonstrated evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the racial, ethnic, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, 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 practice within the classroom.Note: (D.E.I.A. - Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access)The Coast Community College District (Orange Coast College, Golden West College, and Coastline) continue to strengthen our efforts around diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. Orange Coast College is focused on creating a culture of inclusive excellence by uplifting employees and students through an environment that is equitable, diverse, inclusive, and accessible. We have a strong focus and importance on D.E.I.A. (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access) and will be actively listening, assessing, and evaluating this throughout each stage of the application, recruitment, and interview process.Orange Coast College - Equity, Diversity, and InclusionDesirable Qualifications:

Two or more years of recent experience teaching Ethnic Studies, preferably Latinx American Studies-related courses to college students at the community college level.Evidence of innovation, scholarship, and leadership in the teaching of Ethnic Studies, including Latinx American Studies, Black and African American Studies, Asian American Studies, and Native American And Indigenous Studies.Experience and expertise in culturally responsive teaching in Ethnic Studies, particularly as it relates to the relevance of Ethnic Studies to students’ lives, interests, and communities.Additional educational emphasis on women of color, feminisms, and/or gender desirable.Recent experience working with African American, Latinx, Native American, and other racially minoritized students in the classroom, and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups within higher education and the field of Ethnic Studies shape patterns of participation and outcomes.Demonstrated understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of racially minoritized groups within higher education contribute to patterns of participation and educational outcomes.Ability to create a dynamic learning environment that values instructor/student interaction.Ability to effectively engage with and facilitate authentic learning for students of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. Demonstrated ability and desire to mentor students regarding programs of study, other institutions of high education, lifelong learning resources, and effective study skills.Demonstrated ability and desire to refer students to support services, programs, resources, and other professionals as appropriate.Familiarity and experience with UMOJA, Puente, Mana, and other learning communities supporting diversity on community college campuses.Foster a professional, collegial, and collaborative working and learning environment. Ability to create a dynamic learning environment that values instructor/student interaction.Ability to effectively engage with and facilitate authentic learning for students of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.Willingness to examine and re-mediate one’s instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support racially minoritized students.Experience and skill with addressing issues of equity in the classroom.Conditions of Employment

Pay Philosophy

(Spring 2023) For a full-time, 2-semester, tenure-track position a maximum starting range of $57,396 to $97,854 is offered, based on the 2021-2022 salary schedule of $57,396 to $136,836. In addition, an annual stipend of $3,348 is offered for possession of an earned doctorate from an accredited institution.


The district provides medical, dental, and vision insurance for the employee and eligible dependents and life insurance for the employee. Please see the Benefits tab above for a comprehensive list of employee benefits.

Additional Information

Application Requirements

To be considered for employment you must submit a complete application packet at by the application deadline: 11:59 p.m., August 22, 2022.

Incomplete applications, application materials submitted by mail, and documents not requested in the job announcement will not be considered. Please note that the district does not return materials submitted in the application process (copies of original supporting documents are acceptable).

A complete application packet includes:

A complete Coast Community College District Online Employment Application.Responses to Supplemental Questions (please provide clear and detailed responses, as they will be carefully evaluated to determine the most qualified candidate(s) to be invited for an interview; please do not paste your resume, put "see resume" or "N/A", or leave blank).A Cover Letter that outlines your education and experiences relevant to this position and addresses the Minimum and Desirable Qualifications, including your demonstrated evidence of D.E.I. (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion). (upload as a separate attachment - PDF recommended).A Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae of professional experience, educational background, and teaching experience. (upload as a separate attachment - PDF recommended)Equivalency Request Form and supporting documentation, if applicable. (uploaded as separate attachments - PDF recommended)

How to determine if you need Equivalency? Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements as stated in the job posting, but feel they have a combination of education and experience that would be equivalent to the State Minimum Qualifications, must attach a completed Application for Equivalency Form. This form must be included as an attachment to their online application, along with supporting documents, in addition to all other required materials.

Submit an application online at:

Coast Community College District – Human Resources
1370 Adams Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Individuals who need reasonable accommodations in accordance with ADA should notify the Human Resources Office for assistance or call 714.438.4716.

Selection Procedure

All online applications received by the application deadline will be screened to determine which applicants meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement. Please note: Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview.Applicants wishing to apply for more than one position must submit separate application materials for each desired position.Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and who are also deemed to possess the highest committee evaluation of preferred qualifications will be invited to an interview.If any travel is required for an applicant to participate in person during the interview process, this will be done so at the candidate's own expense. During the interview, candidates may be asked to conduct a short teaching demonstration/presentation on a previously announced topic as well as participate in a writing exercise, or hands-on practical. Consideration will also be given to factors in addition to education and experience, including but not limited to professional development, ability to work with others, and commitment to meet student needs.The search committee will rate the candidate's responses to the interview questions, the demonstration/presentation, and the applicable writing exercises and/or hands-on practicals. Based on this rating, a number of candidates will be recommended to move forward and will be invited for a second-level interview.The hiring manager will conduct reference checks on the final candidate. The district reserves the right to contact the current or most recent employer and to investigate past employment records of applicants selected for interviews.The campus President will make the final recommendation for employment to the Board of Trustees.The successful candidate will be offered the position and placed on the current salary schedule based on their education and experience.The start date will be determined by the hiring manager depending on the needs of the campus and the conditions of employment as posted in the job announcement/recruitment.Applicants who are eliminated from consideration will be notified by email. All applicants are requested to provide an email address in their online application. Candidates should not expect official notification of the status of their candidacy until the Board of Trustees has acted upon the College's recommendation for employment.The District reserves the right to extend the deadline, re-advertise the position, or delay filling this position based on the needs of the District and the student population we serve.
Employment Information

Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment.The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Coast Community College District policies, procedures, and Title IX. (Reference: BP/AP 5910)The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing equity and inclusion goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.
The SELECTED CANDIDATE is required to complete the following prior to employment:

Submit “official” transcripts after employment offer.Provide a Certificate of Tuberculosis Exam for initial appointment (Note: The certificate must be renewed every 4 years as a condition of continuing employment).Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer at the candidate’s expense (Clearance must be received prior to the first day of employment).Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States including a Social Security Card; ANDParticipate in a new hire onboarding appointment with an Employment Services Representative.
Coast Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The Coast Community College District is committed to employing qualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members who are dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students. We are
committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal opportunity and diversity, and equal consideration for all qualified candidates. The District does not discriminate unlawfully in providing educational or employment opportunities to any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, or genetic information.

The Coast Community College District is a multi-college district that includes
Coastline, Community College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College. The three colleges offer programs in transfer, general education, occupational/technical education, community services, and student support services.

Since its founding in 1947, the Coast Community College District has enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading community college districts in the United States. Governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees, the Coast Community College District plays an important role in the community by responding to the needs of a changing and increasingly diverse population.

Coast Community College District Title IX:

This direct link 2021 Coast Community College District Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is the 2021 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for Coast Colleges. The crime statistics for calendar years 2018, 2019, and 2020 were submitted to the U.S. Department of Education as required under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. A hard copy can be provided from one of the Campus Safety Offices. Please contact any of the Campus Safety Offices for any questions regarding the report.


The Coast Community College District is a multi-college district that includes Coastline Community CollegeGolden West College, and Orange Coast College. The three colleges offer programs in transfer, general education, occupational/technical education, community services and student support services. Coastline, Golden West and Orange Coast enroll more than 60,000 students each year in more than 300 degree and certificate programs.

Since its founding in 1947, the Coast Community College District has enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading community college districts in the United States. Governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees, the Coast Community College District plays an important role in the community by responding to needs of a changing and increasingly diverse population.

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