Contra Costa Community College District — African American Studies Assistant Professor

African American Studies Assistant Professor

Posting Number: F00948
Location: Contra Costa College

Description of Position:
The student population of Contra Costa College (CCC) reflects its surrounding diverse communities. CCC is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and serves predominately historically disadvantaged and under-represented student groups including African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Latinx students. CCC is situated in a socioeconomically diverse, resilient an culturally vibrant community. We seek candidates who embrace our community, our student population, and our central work: strengthening West County by meeting our students where they are and helping them get to where they want to be.

We seek candidates who operate with a growth mindset, a strength-based approach centered on students, and an unflinching commitment to equity, especially concerning the elimination of barriers to college access, success, and completion. The ideal candidate will be eager to help construct and maintain a culture of continuous improvement in instructional effectiveness.

This is a full-time, tenure-track, academic position in the Africana/African American, Chicano, Ethnic Studies Department at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California. The department is looking for a full-time professor for our Africana/African American Studies Program to help inspire, educate, and empower the diverse community of students to transform their lives and communities.

We are looking for a colleague who will demonstrate strong African American discipline expertise, and show sensitivity to (and understanding of) the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds and abilities of community college students.

We are looking for a colleague who shares a strong commitment to racial and social justice, and who is inspired to use anti-racist pedagogies that close equity gaps by recognizing, understanding, and respecting the perspectives of all students.

The successful applicant will be qualified to teach introductory African American-focused courses in History, Humanities, Political Science, and Sociology.

Our Vision for Racial & Social Justice
We are seeking a colleague who recognizes the critical role community colleges play in racial and social justice, and who has enthusiasm for the work to improve our approaches in achieving equitable academic success for all students attending our college. Our racial and social justice work calls for employees who have a sense of social responsibility and a genuine interest in our communities in which we live.

Community colleges are uniquely positioned to lead higher education in the work of racial and social justice, student empowerment, and closing opportunity/equity gaps. Many of our students come from historically underserved and underrepresented backgrounds: that is, students of color, students with recent immigrant histories, students from cycles of low income if not poverty, students from indigenous communities, and students from first-generation families. Thus, promoting social mobility through education is a critical mission embraced by community colleges.

If you are committed to racial and social justice and if you are interested in joining a department dedicated to solving these inequities through education, please apply.

Patricia West

Position Status: Tenure- Track
EEO Job Category: Faculty & Other Instructional Staff
Employee Group: Full-Time Faculty
Department: C7032-African-Amercian Studies

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 degree in African-American/Black/Africana Studies
Bachelor’s degree in African-American/Black/Africana Studies AND Master’s degree in Ethnic Studies
A valid California Community College Instructor Credential authorizing full- time instruction in African American Studies
The equivalent

Desirable Qualifications:
Highly qualified candidates will possess knowledge, skills, and experience that address the desirable qualifications below. Responses to the supplemental questions below allow the applicant to describe how they meet these qualifications.

1. Demonstrated commitment to teaching and student learning, including experience working with students at the college level in an academic capacity (Instructor, teaching assistant, tutor, etc.)

2. Proficiency and/or experience in teaching college-level African American Studies courses.

3. Demonstrated sensitivity to (and the ability to) motivate and teach community college students of diverse class positions, racial and ethnic backgrounds, cultures, religious affiliations, citizenship status, varied levels of academic preparation, learning styles, and or abilities. 4. Experience developing dynamic and equitable approaches to teaching in multiple modalities including face to face, hybrid, and fully online.

5. Commitment to participate in departmental processes of curricular review, assessment of student learning outcomes, and course development. 6. Commitment to equity, professional growth, and innovation and improvement of teaching.

7. Commitment to community engagement.

8. Commitment to the development of a culturally-responsive program in the innovation and improvement of teaching in African American Studies.

9. Commitment to assuming faculty responsibilities beyond the classroom in a shared governance environment.

10. Experience, training, and commitment to work with students underprepared to do college-level reading and writing.

11. Master’s or Ph.D. in African American Studies (or the equivalent).

Job Open Date: 12/05/2022
Job Close Date: 1/17/2023
Open Until Filled: No
Employment Begins: August 2023, Fall Semester 2023
# of Months: 10

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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.