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Emeritus Instructor (Painting and Drawing)

South Orange County Community College District
Saddleback College

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Emeritus Instructor (Painting and Drawing)

Job Category:

Faculty CTA

Job Opening Date:

August 31, 2023

Job Closing Date:

October 17, 2023


Saddleback College

Work Location:

Mission Viejo, CA


Division of Extended Learning

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Pay Rate Type:


Work Days:


Work Hours:

36 per week

Hours Per Week:


Percentage of Employment:


Months of Employment:



$82,522 to $110,030 annually

Required Documents:

Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Transcripts and Artwork/Art Portfolio

Job Description:

Application materials must be received by 11:59 pm on Monday, October 16, 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 the Emeritus Institute 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.

Emeritus Institute:

Step into the dynamic world of the Saddleback College Emeritus Institute, California's leading older adult education program. Our mission is to promote lifelong learning by providing academically rigorous, mentally stimulating, socially engaging, and health improving courses for older adults. Join us as a tenure-track, full-time painting and drawing faculty member as we engage lifelong learners in their creative endeavors. With a rich legacy of serving over 4,000 dedicated older adult students, our program’s team is committed to inspiring and shaping the future of older adult education. Join the expert faculty of the Fine/Applied/Performing Arts department and a committed team of staff and administrators who embody equity-driven decision-making and dedication to the Emeritus Institute's mission. Together, we are reshaping perceptions of aging while championing investment in lifelong learning for older adults in our community.

Department of Fine/Applied/Performing Arts

The Emeritus Institute Department of Fine/Applied/Performing Arts propels older adult students in their mental acuity and creative expression by providing curricula designed to foster and refine academic understanding, innovation, and scalable skills in the creation of artistic works.

Curricula and Teaching Theory:

Courses in this department are designed for the older adult and are taught using the principles of geragogy (older adult educational theory). This faculty member may be assigned courses which have a lecture/lab split.

Core subjects in this department include:

  • Lecture: Art Appreciation, Art History, and Contemporary Art and Culture
  • Lecture/Lab: Painting (beginning, intermediate, and advanced): acrylic, oil, pastel, watercolor, portrait, and plein air; Drawing (beginning, intermediate, and advanced): sketching and life drawing.

Teach Emeritus Institute Painting and Drawing and related courses to a diverse student population.

Assignments may include morning, midday, and evening courses offered in in-person and/or online modalities. Some teaching assignments may be for online classes scheduled asynchronously. In-person teaching assignments may primarily be scheduled off-campus and held throughout south Orange County at various teaching sites with required travel between sites. Faculty will be required to utilize CANVAS, which is the Learning Management System of the South Orange County Community College District.

Instruct and assist in the growth and success of a diverse population of students through careful preparation of course materials, effective teaching methodologies, and provide critical feedback on assignments and discussions in support of student success.

Teach scheduled classes and perform related duties as assigned, including complying 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.

Participate in the formulation of Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and the Student Learning Outcomes assessment cycle and offer students a rich variety of expertise, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

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 teaching 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/or serve on department, division/school, college, and district committees as necessary to maintain and improve the instructional program; participate in appropriate professional development activities.

Remain current in the 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.

Engage in co-curricular activities, including planning, implementing, and teaching in special programs designed to support student success.

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.

Work cooperatively with faculty, staff, and students.

Regular and consistent performance of the requirements of your position.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Must meet one of the following qualifications from State Chancellor’s Office:

Bachelor’s degree with a major related to the subject of the course taught such as fine arts, art, visual studio arts such as drawing and/or painting and either (A) or (B):

(A)Thirty hours or two semester units of course work in understanding the needs of the older adult, taken at an accredited institution of higher education, or approved by the district. This requirement may be completed concurrently during the first year of employment as a non-credit instructor.

(B)One year of professional experience working with older adults OR

An associate degree with a major related to the subject of the course taught such as fine arts, art, visual studio arts such as drawing and/or painting:

and two years of occupational experience related to the subject of the course taught;

and sixty hours or four semester units of coursework or classwork in understanding the needs of the older adult, taken at an accredited institution of higher education, or approved by the district.

  • This last requirement may be completed concurrently during the first year of employment as a noncredit instructor.

OR the equivalent.


2. 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.

Desired Qualifications:

Two or more semesters of professional, post-secondary faculty teaching experience in painting and/or drawing specifically in a non-credit, lifelong learning academic program serving older adult students.

Master of Fine Arts degree in fine arts, studio arts, illustration, painting, or drawing: *NOTE: “Master’” as used here refers to a master’s degree in the subject matter of fine arts, which is defined to include visual studio arts such as drawing and painting. It does not refer to the “Master of Fine Arts” (MFA) degree when that degree is based on specialization in performing arts or dance, film, video, photography, creative writing or other nonplastic arts.) *CCCCO 2022 Minimum Qualifications Handbook

Demonstrated experience in developing lower-division curriculum at the college/university level.

Evidence of ability to collaborate with faculty and students across multiple discipline-specific program areas.

Expertise in culturally responsive teaching in fine arts, particularly applied through a gerontological/geragogical lens of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility for older adult lifelong learners; demonstrated ability to address and close equity gaps from a gerontological/gerological perspective related to older adult societal retention; demonstrated advocacy for the inclusion and well-being of older adults; recent experience working with diverse student populations such as African Americans, Latinx, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and other marginalized groups.

Application Procedure:

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.
  • Cover letter addressing how you will utilize your previous professional experience to carry out the mission of the Emeritus Institute using age and racial equity principles within the classroom.
  • Current resume and/or curriculum vitae (please do not include your photo).
  • A document (Word or PDF) which contains photos of your own created artwork/art portfolio demonstrating painting and/or drawing proficiency (please exclude self-portraits).
  • 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: at the time of application.

You will need to answer the following question on the application:

1. How has your background and experience prepared you to be an effective instructor at a college that is committed to equity, values diversity, and expects inclusion?

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 11:59 pm on October 16, 2023. Application materials received after the closing deadline will not be accepted.

For an online application, information, and instructions visit the Join SOCCCD website at, email, or call (949) 582-4850.

Federal law requires every new employee to present documentation showing eligibility to work in the U.S. SOCCCD does not sponsor employment Visas.

Selection Procedure:

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.


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.

The SOCCCD is committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities it serves. More information can be found on our District website by visiting


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.


A California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) retiree may not accept employment until after the first 180 days of retirement. Anyone retired from CalPERS accepting permanent employment with this District will be required to reinstate as an active CalPERS member. Please contact CalPERS for additional information regarding your retirement status.

Any active vested member of California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), who accepts employment with the District to perform service that requires membership in CalPERS, is eligible to elect to continue retirement system coverage under CalSTRS


If you require special accommodations in the application and/or selection process, please notify District Human Resources at least two (2) business days prior to the Job Close Date/Initial Screening Date, by either calling (949) 582-4850 or sending an e-mail to


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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.


Important: You must complete your application for a posting by 11:59 p.m., Pacific Standard Time, by the deadline, along with any required documents, in order to be considered for the position.

Applicants must complete all fields/sections on the application. Do not type "See Resume" or leave any fields blank. Applicants must enter their work experience, education, etc. on the District application. Applications reflecting "See Resume" will be considered incomplete and will not be considered for recruitment.


The South Orange County Community College District, founded in 1967, is one of 72 community college districts in California. It is a multi-campus district comprised of Saddleback College in the City of Mission Viejo, Irvine Valley College (IVC) in the City of Irvine, and the Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP) in the City of Tustin. With its strong ties to the 25 communities it serves, South Orange County Community College District links higher education to the quality of life and economic vitality of Orange County while helping generations of residents to fulfill their learning aspirations. South Orange County Community College District currently serves over 40,000 students each semester and employs more than 2,500 faculty and staff.

Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College are accredited, offering associate degrees and providing academic major prerequisites that are transferable to four-year colleges and universities. Critical career technical education programs, popular continuing education courses, and exciting cultural opportunities are also available at each campus.

Distinguished faculty from Saddleback College in Mission Viejo and Irvine Valley College in Irvine provide students with rigorous academic classes, as well as state-of-the-art professional, vocational and skills training. Students, ranging in age from teens to retirees, receive cutting edge, “real world” training, making them highly competitive in the job market. For older, retired students, the Emeritus Institutes offers challenging and enriching special interest courses covering a broad spectrum of educational topics. Vibrant Community Education programs provide myriad lifelong learning opportunities for community members of all ages. Our newest campus, the Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP), opened in Tustin the Fall of 2007 by offering courses from Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College, and the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies.

Visit one of our campuses today and help us celebrate over 40 years of education and opportunity!

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