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Dance: Contract Instructor-College Credit

San Diego Community College District
San Diego
Class 1, Step A - Class 6, Step C ($6,301.36 - $8,490.72) 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 r

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Dance: Contract Instructor-College Credit

San Diego Community College District

Closing Date: 6/16/2023

Position Number: 007837

Location: San Diego City College

Position Type: Academic

The Position:
Applications are being accepted for the position of Assistant Professor, Dance at San Diego City College beginning August 2023 (fall semester). The Assistant Professor of Dance is in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and reports to the Dean of the School of the Arts, Humanities, Communications, and Telecommunications. The instructor will teach courses in the Dance Program.

One of three credit colleges in the San Diego Community College District, City College is an urban campus dedicated to Social Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. City College provides academic and vocational offerings to meet the needs of a diverse student population. The college is minutes away from the world-class San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and Chicano Park.

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.

Major Responsibilities:
Under the direction of the School Dean, or other assigned manager, the Assistant Professor, Dance will implement educational programs, courses, experiences, and services that will directly aid students in achieving educational objectives; maintain regular office hours; perform extensive advising of students; assist in curriculum development and planning; and participate extensively in professional development activities.

The instructor will teach courses in the Dance Program. Primary responsibilities of this position include supporting the department in program and curriculum development, directing and producing live dance performances, teaching classes across a broad spectrum of dance, including History of Dance, Choreography, Improvisation, Music for Dance, Production, Design, and genres of dance technique including Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Ethnic forms of dance, and other courses as assigned with in the dance curriculum, and contributing to the goals of the Department, School, Campus and District.

Classes may be taught on or off-campus in accordance with the San Diego Community College classification description. A typical weekly teaching load consists of 15-30 hours of lab/lecture courses/rehearsals and may include evenings and weekends.

The instructor will have knowledge of:
  • accepted principles, practices and trends of program served;
  • applicable sections of the California Education Code; community college history, mission and curricula;
  • district’s policies, regulations, and educational plan;
  • labor market conditions and demographic composition of community’s population;
  • principles and techniques of teaching; and
  • requirements for academic subjects; students’ rights and code of conduct; and technical aspects of field of specialty.

Master’s in dance, physical education with a dance emphasis, or theater with dance emphasis, OR the equivalent.

Desired Qualifications:
The following are desired qualifications for the position:
  1. Ability to teach dance courses in technique, history, choreography, improvisation, site specific dance, and production.
  2. Ability to teach techniques courses focusing in at least two of the genres listed in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop or Ethnic forms of dance.
  3. Experience producing dance performances, including social media, production calendar, communications, costume assistance, lighting assistance, publicity design.
  4. Evidence of use of technology in instruction as well as proficiency in using computers including learning delivery programs such as Canvas, and website design experience.
  5. Experience in developing college curriculum.
  6. Effective written and oral communication skills.
  7. An understanding of recruitment and retainment strategies, outreach strategies with an emphasis on community partnerships.
  8. Emphasis on community building within the dance program and connected to the campus culture.
  9. Evidence of sensitivity to teaching students of under-served populations and potentially unsheltered students.
  10. Demonstrated commitment to collegiality and experience working collaboratively with colleagues, staff, students, and community members in a variety of on and off-campus activities (dance productions, cross-disciplinary projects, academic committees, etc.)
  11. Designing new methods for excellence in the dance program as it relates to the campus and district commitment to excellence in education and access to education.
  12. Experience and/or knowledge in working with students of great diversity in economic, cultural, ethnic background, gender identity, and varying levels of physical and learning abilities.


Pay Information:
Class 1, Step A – Class 6, Step C ($6,301.36 – $8,490.72) 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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