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San Diego County - Grossmont College

Transforming lives through learning isn't just the vision of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. It happens every day with our 30,000 students who take the first step in their higher education, become trained for a new career, or learn knowledge that transforms their world perspective.

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District honors a diverse academic community and fosters equity mindedness across our institutions. As such, the District is committed to eliminating achievement gaps among different student groups by promoting a culture of appreciation for diversity, equity, inclusivity, and social justice, and continuously examining our processes and practices through an equity lens.

The District provides an excellent health and welfare benefits package to its employees. We take care of our employees and have continued to offer medical, dental and vision coverage to eligible employees and their dependents at no charge for any of the plans we offer.

Become a part of this dedicated team in beautiful San Diego County!

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Job Summary
Application Deadline: Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

NOTE: Application materials that are submitted on the last day of application and are timed out will not be accepted.

Department: Visual Arts and Humanities

Months worked out of the year: 10 months

FTE: 1.00

Starting Salary Range:
$57,381 (Class I, Step 6) - $87,143 (VII, Step 10) Annually
Based on education and experience

Anticipated Start Date: December 2022/January 2023

Job Description

General Description

Regular/contract instructors participate in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs, courses and other experiences that will directly result in the educational growth of the students and support advancement of the visions, missions and values of the college and District. This position may include a combination of day and evening assignments, large lectures and small seminars, and is being offered by a college strongly committed to the "open door" concept serving a diverse student population. Instructors will be expected to perform other duties consistent with their faculty job description as stated in the faculty contract. Full-Time Instructor: F.AFT - INSTRUCTOR FULL TIME.pdf (

Grossmont College's Visual Arts and Humanities Department offers instruction and degree pathways in Art History and Studio Arts, including Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing & Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Jewelry. The Sculpture Program is held in its own 5,000 square foot building with two separate classroom/workshop spaces as well as an adjoining 10,000 square foot fabrication yard and foundry.

Job Description

Grossmont College seeks a teaching artist with the ability to provide conceptual and technical instruction in traditional, interdisciplinary and emerging sculptural practices with a focus on engagement in social analysis and cultural critique. The fundamentals of 3D and sculpture are set within a series of courses which reference the rich history of three-dimensional practice in relationship to contemporary approaches, including casting, fabrication, foundry and public art/installation. With such an intensive program of study, students have the opportunity to define their path, whether it is to transfer to a four-year institution, portfolio and professional career development and/or personal enrichment.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of three years of experience teaching foundation and intermediate-level courses in 3D design and sculpture while actively participating in the development of interdisciplinary art and sculpture curriculum. In addition, the successful candidate will collaborate with a full-time sculpture technician in overseeing the studio classroom/workshop and fabrication yard and foundry.

Demonstrated experience in managing and maintaining workshop equipment and materials is preferred. Experience in training students, student workers, and instructors on the proper and safe use of workshop equipment and materials is required. In addition to teaching a full-time load of 18 contact hours, the successful candidate will be expected to participate in curriculum development and assessment and contribute to departmental and campus activities that support the college mission.


Master's in Fine Arts, OR

Master's in Art, Art History AND Bachelor's in any of the above OR

The equivalent.

Applicants must demonstrate sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of students.

If you are applying based on “the equivalent”, you will need to complete an Equivalency Determination Form. This form MUST be submitted as part of the application procedures. Click on the link for EQUIVALENCY INSTRUCTIONS and the EQUIVALENY DETERMINATION FORM.

Necessary Qualifications - The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:

Subject Area Knowledge & Competency
  • Strong record of professional and teaching excellence as demonstrated by a portfolio of exhibition work as well as a portfolio of student work.
  • Knowledge about contemporary art issues and theory and their relationship to broader social, cultural, economic, scientific, and technological forces.
  • An ability to teach both the Elements and Principles of 3D Design as they relate to a range of sculpture-based courses.
  • An ability to work with and teach different materials utilizing the additive and subtractive approaches of art-making along with basic casting techniques.
  • A deep understanding of the history of sculpture and public art along with contemporary/interdisciplinary sculpture practices.
  • Proficiency in time-based and emerging sculptural techniques.
  • An ability to teach a range of 3D media, including but not limited to woodworking, welding, metal fabrication, mold-making, casting, and assemblage using metals, plastics, wood, clay, and/or plaster in addition to teaching foundry techniques.
  • At least three years of experience working with and teaching the use of tools, machinery, and equipment related to sculpture, such as power saws, belt sanders, welding machines, plasma cutters, furnaces, and kilns as well as implementing safety measures and instruction within a classroom/workshop and/or fabrication yard and foundry.
  • Knowledge of public art theory as applied to planning of and applying for commissions in a public context.

Teaching & Communication Skills
  • Ability to develop curriculum and use a variety of teaching strategies that motivate learning for community college students from a broad spectrum of cultural, socio-economic, academic, and language backgrounds.
  • Evidence of effective communication skills (interpersonal, speaking, and writing).
  • Ability to establish and maintain an engaging and supportive classroom environment.

Commitment to Professional Growth and Service
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment and to participate in departmental and institutional committee service and scheduled departmental and student activities.
  • Initiate and organize activities for sculpture students and as part of the broader collaboration between Visual Arts and Humanities programs and the campus wide community.

Potential for Overall College Effectiveness
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain positive working relationships with faculty, staff, administrators, students, and the local community.

Understanding Diversity
  • Personal commitment to teaching on a college level using equity-minded approaches that are relevant and responsive to a student body rich in diversity across race, ethnicity, culture, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, disability, and sexual orientation, and the intersections of these markers.

Other Qualifications
  • Experience in craft-based approaches and digital advances in sculpture.
  • Demonstrated track record of exhibiting sculpture.
  • Commitment to student recruitment and retention.
  • Experience with computerized student record management and/or course management platforms.

Additional Information


Applicants may find it helpful to refer back to the job posting, specifically the special instructions, while applying. Consider saving the job description or opening a new browser window.

*ATTENTION* Application materials with pictures or personal information will render your application incomplete. Please do not include any materials that were not asked for.

Having the following materials prepared and ready to attach BEFORE beginning the application may make the application experience more seamless.

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) that includes a list of courses taught as well as exhibition record, publications, lectures, and/or grants.

  • Cover letter (1-2 pages) briefly explaining qualifications and experience as they relate to teaching in a community college.

  • Teaching Philosophy.

  • Copies of all official or unofficial college/university transcripts.

  • Digital or PDF portfolio containing 10 examples of professional/creative work, including a brief description of the media used and date of completion. You can include up to 10 extra detail images.

  • Digital or PDF portfolio containing 10 examples of student work, including a description of the media used and course name. You can include up to 10 extra detail images.

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Under Federal Law, employers are required to verify that all new employees are eligible for employment in the United States. Prior to appointment to a position, you must present acceptable proof of your identity and authorization to work in the United States.

GCCCD is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX employer.

Applicants who are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act and who require accommodations for completing the application process or interviewing should notify the Human Resources Department by calling (619) 644-7679.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful fingerprint clearance. A processing fee plus Live Scan fee will be required.

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The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, a two-college district in eastern San Diego County, has been providing a high-quality education to the region since Grossmont College opened its doors in 1961 and Cuyamaca College began operating in 1978. The district is tied closely to the suburban and rural communities that it serves, providing a $1 billion economic impact to the region through its payroll, purchasing, and spending by students and alumni.

The district has a strong commitment to diversity and equity with a student population representing a broad variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, socioeconomic levels, cultures and abilities. The district strives to provide an educational environment that fosters cultural awareness, mutual understanding, and respect that ultimately also benefits the global community.

The colleges offer more than 150 degrees and certificates in a wide range of programs. Both colleges have signature programs that have become well-renowned. Grossmont College is recognized for its top-notch Administration of Justice, Culinary Arts, Nursing and Allied Health and Theatre Arts programs, while Cuyamaca is known for its Automotive Technology, Ornamental Horticulture, Environmental Health and Safety and Water/Wastewater Technology programs.

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Working at Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

The mission of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District is to provide educational leadership through learning opportunities that anticipate, prepare for, and meet the future challenges of a complex democracy and a global society.

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District realizes that staff diversity in the academic environment fosters cultural awareness, mutual understanding and respect, harmony and creativity, while providing suitable role models for all students.

Both Grossmont and Cuyamaca College are comprehensive academic institutions located in El Cajon, a city in eastern San Diego County. Both are close to beaches, mountains, the desert, and varied cultural and recreational attractions.

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