Assistant Professor of Paralegal Studies

Chula Vista, San Diego County
Jan 21, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track


This position may include a combination of day, evening, weekend, online/hybrid and Higher Education Center assignments.

The School of Social Sciences, Business & Humanities seeks a colleague to support and contribute to the Paralegal Studies Discipline.  This colleague will consistently exhibit dedication to SWC student success and learning outcomes. The instructor should be prepared to teach across the curriculum. He/She will also demonstrate value-added participation and leadership in discipline activities including support of adjuncts, program review; and contribute to the greater good of SWC through collegiality and shared governance participation.  

RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the direction of the Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Business and Humanities, teach any of the Paralegal courses normally included in a community college curriculum, including all of the topics in the course outlines for these courses. Other duties: Full-time faculty responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following: teach all scheduled classes and maintain office hours; class preparation; curriculum development duties; assessment and evaluation of students; student performance monitoring and recordkeeping; attend meetings pertinent to faculty responsibilities or assignments including committee meetings; involvement in selected staff development and/or extracurricular activities. Observe proper channels of communication. Enforce the policies and regulations of the College; strive to improve and support College programs.

General Faculty Attributes and Responsibilities:
Southwestern College is committed to meeting the educational goals of its students in an environment that promotes intellectual growth and develops human potential.

SWC faculty are collegial and collaborative. They demonstrate the highest degree of professionalism, integrity and respect when interacting with students, peers, classified employees and administration. They observe proper and appropriate channels of communication, enforce the policies and regulations of the college and strive to support and improve college programs.

In addition to instruction, general responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Keep financial/student records: Including all student information for employment, internships, accreditation, grants, SLOs for all paralegal faculty, and other items pertinent to the paralegal program.
• Work towards ABA accreditation, including completing ABA application; completing annual requirements once ABA accreditation received.
• Maintain accrediting entity correspondence and requirements: ABA/WASC.
• Manage paralegal program budgets: Purchasing, recording, all program needs.
• Coordinate/direct paralegal program.
• Continual evaluation of part-time faculty (upon successful completion of tenure).
• Perkins and other grant funding: Apply for and manage grant funding; Attend, and organize advisory board meetings; Create and complete all quarterly reports.
• Develop academic paralegal schedules.
• Community relations with legal professionals: Provide leads for and develop student internships and employment
• Student advisement: New and continuing student communication and recruitment.
• Teaching all classes as assigned or scheduled and maintaining contractually-defined office hours that are supportive of students.
• Appropriate class preparation in support of all course objectives including updating of class work and tests to reflect community practice.
• Impartial assessment and evaluation of students.
• Adequate tracking and record keeping of student performance and outcomes.
• Participation in meetings pertinent to faculty professional responsibilities, including standing and ad hoc committees, program review, curriculum development, SLOs, or other committees/meetings related to students, college, and professional development.
• Consistent involvement in professional development and/or extracurricular activities.
• Involvement in the shared governance process.
• Participation in strategic planning, curriculum and process, and program review.
• Knowledge and practice of pedagogy and andragogy that supports a variety of learning styles and includes a wide range of instructional delivery systems.
• Will serve as the lead full-time faculty member as the sole full-time faculty member in this discipline.
• Demonstrates commitment to collegiality and professionalism by working as a team with discipline faculty members in the planning of class schedules, teaching rotations of discipline courses, and support for department and school activities
• Maintains currency and clinical competence in the all subject areas taught
• Adherence to all District policies and procedures

Faculty are expected to play a proactive role in the updating and revision of their discipline-specific courses and development of new curriculum, as well as student recruitment, advising and retention. This includes the appropriate merging of technology and student outcomes into the curriculum, as well as effective applications and utilization of instructional technology. Active involvement in student recruitment, advising and retention is also expected.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Any bachelor’s degree and two years of professional experience in Paralegal Studies, or any associate degree and six years of professional experience in Paralegal Studies OR the equivalent OR a valid California Community College Credential in Paralegal Studies.

Candidates must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities. Experience working in a community with a similar diversity pattern as is found in the service area for Southwestern College is desirable.

Selected applicants who wish to be considered as candidates will be required to participate in an in-person interview and teaching demonstration, at a time scheduled by the District.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated competency with current andragogy and instructional tools; successful teaching experience at the post-secondary level, particularly within a community college; prior experience working with or supervising paralegals; advanced skills in technology for communication and teaching; proficiency in BlackBoard, or similar, course management systems; successful teaching experience in both online and face to face venues; experience working with student learning outcomes.  J.D. (Juris Doctorate) degree and/or preferable experience working in a law office supervising paralegals

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Upon initial employment, full-time faculty members are placed on the salary schedule based on years of experience and education. The maximum initial placement for experience is Step 6. Faculty members are encouraged to continue their professional development through additional study qualifying them for advancement on the salary schedule. For current salary schedules and information on salary placement visit our website at Excellent fringe benefits.

STARTING DATE: August 14, 2014 (Fall Semester)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: All application materials must be received online by 11:59 p.m., Friday, March 7, 2014. Screening of applications will begin shortly thereafter. Any application received after the deadline is not guaranteed a review. Position open until filled.


APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Submit the following application materials on-line at

(1) Narrative: no more than two typed pages, that addresses: the primary goals for your students in your Paralegal/Legal Assisting classes; some examples of student projects; Paralegal courses you have taught online, hybrid and/or courses you have taught face to face; what contributions you feel you will make at SWC; and your skills and goals that make SWC a match for you.
(2) On-line Application
(3) Resumé
(4) Two current letters of recommendation dated within the past year
(5) Unofficial copies of college undergraduate and graduate transcripts with date degrees conferred

Foreign degrees require an evaluation for United States equivalency from an agency having membership with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. Upon offer of employment, the successful applicant must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials are received by the deadline date.

All materials included in your application packet become District property,
will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this opening only.


As an Equal Opportunity Employer and in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, Southwestern Community College District will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.