Horticulture InstructorJob Category:
Faculty CTAJob Opening Date:
August 29, 2023Job Closing Date:
October 11, 2023Location:
Saddleback CollegeWork Location:
Mission Viejo, CADepartment:
School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)Pay Grade, for more information click on this link: https://www.socccd.edu/departments/human-resources/contracts-and-salary-schedulesPay Rate Type:
36 per weekHours Per Week:
36Percentage of Employment:
100%Months of Employment:
$82,522 to $110,030 annuallyRequired Documents:
Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Transcripts. Optional: Letter(s) of Recommendation.Job Description:
Application materials must be received by 11:59 pm on October 10, 2023
This position will start 01/09/2024.
The ideal candidate for this position is an equity-minded individual who understands the importance of creating opportunities in Horticulture for students who have been historically underserved. Saddleback College seeks candidates who view the elimination of inequities as an individual and collective responsibility and who strive to reframe inequities as a problem of practice. In addition, the ideal candidate demonstrates a commitment to student-centered teaching practices, effective cross-disciplinary and cross campus collaboration, transparent decision-making, and purposeful service to the community. The ideal candidate will embrace the role of an educator who is continually learning anti-racist pedagogy and adapting to the needs of a diverse student population.
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties and responsibilities as presented are intended to be representative and not restrictive. The District reserves the right to modify the assignment and allocation of duties in accordance with any changes in District policy and/or the faculty collective bargaining agreement.
Teach Horticulture and related courses to a diverse student population. These courses may include a variety of lower-division horticulture and urban farming courses which may include: Introduction to Horticulture Sciences, Plant Materials, Plant Propagations, Integrated Pest Management, Soils and Fertilizers, Introduction to Urban Farming, Introduction to Wellness Gardening, Introduction to Permaculture, The Sustainable Landscape, Native Plants in Urban Landscape. Assist in the development and implementation of the Sustainable Horticulture curriculum.
Instruct and assist in the growth and success of a diverse population of students through careful preparation of course materials, effective teaching methodologies and informed critical feedback on assignments and discussions in support of student success.
Develop culturally relevant course content, culturally responsive pedagogical techniques, and effective practices for engaging students who are diverse and/or are students who are historically underserved. The ideal candidate should have experience with relevant pedagogical techniques to engage diverse student populations such as African American, Latinx, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and other disproportionately impacted students.
Participate in curriculum development and serve on department, division/school, college, and district committees as necessary to maintain and improve the instructional program; participate in appropriate professional development activities.
Engage in co-curricular activities, including planning, implementing, and teaching in special programs designed to support student success.
Participate in the formulation of Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and the Student Learning Outcomes assessment cycle.
Maintain formal office hours; stay current on information as discussed in department and division/school meetings.
Provide an average of one (1) hour per week of college service that supports the division/school, college and/or District goals through active participation in one or more of the following categories: committee work on the department, division/school, college, and/or district level; non-classroom college, district, or community activities; department/division/school activities, events, or meetings; student club advisor activities or events.
Remain current in your discipline, of instructional methods and new technologies pertinent to areas of assignment; learn and apply emerging technologies and advances (e.g., computer software applications, Artificial Intelligence) as necessary to assist and support student success.
Teach scheduled classes and perform related duties as assigned, including comply with the applicable Course Outline of Record(s) (COR); respond to and evaluate student work regularly and consistently, inform students on a timely basis of their progress in the course throughout the term; and respond to student academic concerns, as appropriate, in a timely manner. Comply with district, college, and division/school policies in the performance of duties.
Work cooperatively with other faculty, staff, and students.
Regular and consistent performance of the requirements of your position.
Bachelor’s degree or higher and two years of professional experience; OR
Any associate degree and six years of professional experience; OR the equivalent.
Commitment to equity and diversity. All applicants must have demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff. The applicant must be able to demonstrate how these factors relate to the need for equity minded practices within an educational environment.
Preference will be given to those candidates who demonstrate a high level of professional expertise on the basis of having:
Master’s degree or higher in Horticulture or Urban Agriculture from an accredited college or university.
College teaching in courses specific to Horticulture and/or Urban Agriculture.
Experience with in-person lecture (in classroom) and lab (in greenhouse) as well as Canvas online format.
Knowledge of and ability to integrate computer technology in the classroom and be able to use such technology to offer curriculum and instruction through distance delivery modes, as appropriate.
Strong background in sustainable horticultural production with controlled greenhouse environments, specializing in organic and sustainable process and outcome.
Knowledge and experience of greenhouse management and maintenance.
Knowledge in sustainable horticulture, plant physiology, plant propagation, plant identification, native plants, integrated pest management, soil and organic fertilizer, water resource management, permaculture, urban farming, wellness gardening, sustainable landscape, and ecosystem stewardship.
Strong team player for interdepartmental collaboration.
Excellent written and oral communication, and presentation skills.
Strong evidence of scholarly achievements and professional accomplishment in “real world” applications.
Familiar with academic curriculum process, being able to support Department Chair for updating existing programs and courses and creating new ones.
Expertise in culturally responsive teaching in sustainable horticulture and/or urban agriculture as it relates to its impact on students’ lives and communities; demonstrated ability to address equity gaps of marginalized groups in the community.
To be considered a candidate for this position, the following materials must be electronically uploaded:
Completed South Orange County Community College District online application including education and experience.
Current resume and/or curriculum vitae.
Academic transcripts of all college level coursework showing date degree awarded from an accredited institution. For consideration, degree(s) must be awarded at the time of application, or applicant must complete the Supplemental Application for Equivalency Determination form with online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at time of application. Successful candidate must provide official transcripts upon hire. Non-U.S. transcripts must include a certified U.S. evaluation (i.e., NACES agency: www.naces.org) at the time of application.
You will also be required to answer the following question:
Discuss your thoughts on the opportunities and challenges of teaching sustainable horticulture and related technologies in an urban landscape. Consider the impact of our changing environment and how you would address the challenges in your instructional approach.
Incomplete application packages will not be considered.
All submitted materials become the property of the South Orange County Community College District and will not be returned or copied and will be considered for this position only.
Applicant bears the sole responsibility for ensuring that the application package is complete when submitted. All travel arrangements will be at applicant’s expense. Application materials must be received by the deadline. Application materials received after the closing deadline will not be accepted.
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A screening committee will review application materials which are complete and received by the deadline. A limited number of applicants will be invited to the District for an initial interview at their own expense. Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview.
Compensation and Fringe Benefits:
Full-time faculty are paid on the Academic Salary Schedule (see Wages for salary placement criteria in the Academic Employee Master Agreement located under Contracts on the District website). The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits which includes medical and dental insurance, vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, long-term disability plan, and legal plan. All premiums are fully paid by the District.
SPECIAL COVID-19 NOTICE:
Interviews may be held in-person (following all necessary precautions) or in a virtual format. Employees must reside in California while employed with the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD), even during remote work. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the SOCCCD.
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NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT:
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country. SOCCCD will not sponsor any visa applications.
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DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):
The South Orange County Community College District is committed to creating an academic and work environment that fosters diversity, equity and inclusion and equal opportunity for all, and ensures that students, faculty, management and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome, included, supported, and safe. Our culture of belonging, openness, and inclusion, makes our district a unique and special place for individuals of all backgrounds.
Our District and our colleges are looking for equity and inclusion-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to the understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present within our community. When you join our District, you can expect to be part of an exciting, thriving, equity-focused, and inclusive community that approaches higher education with the lens of social justice and collaboration among students, faculty, staff, administration, and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position with our District, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our District’s mission and goals for EEO, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
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