English Assistant Professor (Puente)

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English Assistant Professor (Puente)


Posting Number: F01033
Location: Los Medanos College

Description of Position:
Los Medanos College is currently accepting applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Puente English position located on our Pittsburg campus. This exciting role involves teaching in-person transfer-level composition and advanced composition and critical thinking courses, as well as offering opportunities to instruct in literature, creative writing, social justice studies, and various other classes. Additionally, this position holds a significant role as the Co-coordinator of the Puente program, collaborating closely with the Puente Counselor Co-coordinator to design, implement, and provide a range of services, classes, and organized activities aimed at addressing equity gaps and supporting historically underrepresented students in their pursuit of transferring to four-year institutions.

About the Puente Project:
The Puente Project is a nationally acclaimed, award-winning program that centers on Latine culture, literature, and experiences. Since its inception in 1981, it has played a pivotal role in improving the college-going rate of tens of thousands of educationally underrepresented students in California. Its mission is to enhance the enrollment of educationally underrepresented students in four-year colleges and universities, support them in earning college degrees, and encourage them to give back to the community as mentors and leaders to future generations. The program follows an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating writing, counseling, and mentoring components, alongside a variety of out-of-classroom cultural, educational, and social experiences for students.

Our Impact:
Since Fall 2001, the Puente program at Los Medanos College has positively impacted nearly 1,000 students. While open to all students, it primarily serves low-income first-generation Latine students and other underrepresented individuals. The Puente program annually serves approximately 180 students, with a special focus on the new cohorts of 60 students who join the program each fall.

Our Ideal Candidate:
We are actively seeking equity-minded applicants who are committed to serving our culturally diverse, largely first-generation student body. We are looking for colleagues who share a deep passion for Puente's mission and goals and who are dedicated to collaborating with our department and the college to continually enhance student success.

Important Information:
Please note that while this position with Los Medanos College begins in August 2024, attendance at the week-long Puente Summer Institute (in June 2024) is mandatory.

Please contact Eileen Valenzuela, Office of Instruction Supervisor, evalenzuela@losmedanos.edu

Position Status: Tenure- Track
EEO Job Category: Faculty & Other Instructional Staff
Employee Group: Full-Time Faculty
Department: L5013-English

Duties and Responsibilities:
In addition to contractual duties, all full-time faculty are expected to participate actively in their disciplines, department activities, and the general intellectual life and governance of the college. Part of the teaching assignment may be in the evening and/or online. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
1. advancing equitable student learning through dedicated, exemplary instruction in accordance with established course outlines;
2. participating in the assessment of student learning outcomes for courses and programs; developing and implementing student learning outcomes assessment processes for courses and programs;
3. collaborating in the development and revision of curriculum and in program review;
4. engaging in department program improvement initiatives;
5. participating in department, division, and college committees;
6. participating in professional development activities, both departmental and college-wide;
7. maintaining current knowledge in the subject matter area and effective teaching/ learning strategies;
8. maintaining appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics;
9. informing students of course requirements, evaluation procedures and attendance requirements;
10. preparing and grading class assignments and examinations and informing students of their academic progress;
11. maintaining attendance, scholastic, and personnel records and submitting them according to published deadlines;
12. posting and holding sufficient and regular office hours in accordance with prevailing policy;
13. participating in College’s shared governance processes.

Minimum Qualification-Education/Experience:
Understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, staff and faculty.

Master’s in English, literature, comparative literature, or composition OR Bachelor’s in any of the above AND Master’s in linguistics, TESL, speech, education with a specialization in reading, creative writing, or journalism OR the equivalent.

Desirable Qualifications:
1: Demonstrated ability to teach transfer-level integrated composition and reading, advanced composition and critical thinking, and literature and/or creative writing courses at the community college level with effective and innovative pedagogy and curriculum in face-to-face, hybrid, and online contexts.
2: Ability to provide culturally relevant and culturally responsive instruction and student support focused on the Latinx student experience.
3: Upper-division and/or graduate-level course work in the teaching of composition, critical reading, and critical thinking.
4: Ability to successfully plan events and activities and apply creativity and innovation to co-curricular student engagement and supporting equitable student success. Ability to effectively coordinate a complex cohort program.

Job Open Date: 10/19/2023
Job Close Date: 12/1/2023
Open Until Filled: No
Employment Begins: August 2024
# of Months: 12

To apply, visit: https://www.4cdcareers.net/postings/10067

The Contra Costa Community College District does not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, or sexual orientation. This prohibition against unlawful discrimination extends to any person who is perceived to have any of the above characteristics or who is associated with someone who has, or who is perceived to have, any of those characteristics.

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