Ethnic Studies Instructor

College of the Sequoias

Job Description


Ethnic Studies Instructor

Salary: $76,888.00 - $101,371.00 Annually
Job Type: Full-time Temporary Faculty (One-year)
Job Number: 6181-ft-12/22
Closing: 3/13/2023 11:59 PM Pacific
Location: Visalia/Tulare/Hanford, CA
Department: Social Sciences

General Description
Sequoias Community College District serves a diverse community of learners and is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution. Sequoias Community College District provides a wide range of opportunities in transfer, general education, career, and technical programs for our students. We seek candidates who exhibit an understanding and commitment to the community college mission, who are dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning, and who have a passion for student success.

Sequoias Community College District is seeking an equity-minded candidate to fill a full-time, temporary position in the Ethnic Studies Department beginning August 2023.

Sequoias Community College District is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and values candidates who have the ability to serve students from diverse academic, cultural, socioeconomic, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds, as well as those students who have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Sequoias Community College District seeks to promote and maintain an environment that is built on mutual respect and free from discrimination by employing faculty members who are equity-minded, collegial, and guided by their dedication to helping students achieve their educational goals. Ideal candidates will share the Sequoias Community College Districts' commitment to be knowledgeable about and implement equitable learning and teaching methods appropriate to serve students from all backgrounds, demographics and experiences.

Job Duties

  • Provide face-to-face academic instruction to students in American Indian Studies and/or Asian American Studies, and the Introduction to Ethnic Studies and Social Justice Studies courses.
  • Use varied learning and teaching methods appropriate for community college students.
  • Assess student performance and progress through various course assignments.
  • Perform related teaching duties as assigned, including timely compliance with clerical and administrative responsibilities related to enrollment, attendance, and student drops.
  • Refer students to appropriate support services, programs, and/or resources as needed.
  • Contribute to the development and growth of the Ethnic Studies Department and to the growth of its Associate Degree for Transfer.
  • Regularly collaborate with Ethnic Studies faculty to assess and revise measurable student performance indicators for collecting and reporting data on Student Learning Outcomes as needed for each course.
  • Collaborate on department initiatives, program review, program and student learning outcomes development, and assessment to improve student learning.
  • Satisfy faculty professional responsibilities including professional development.

Assignments may include evening classes, hybrid/online, and teaching at any of the Sequoias Community College District campuses: Visalia, Hanford and/or Tulare. Participation in the governance of the Sequoias Community College District by way of committee assignments is encouraged.

Other responsibilities include maintenance of office hours, participation in department and/or division responsibilities, and the willingness to create and participate in and sustain an atmosphere of equity, which is respectful of diversity Districtwide.

The candidate must meet the following criteria:
  • Master's in Native American Studies/American Indian Studies; OR
  • Master's in the Ethnic Studies field; OR
  • A master's in American Studies/Ethnicity, Latino Studies, La Raza Studies, Central American Studies, Latin American Studies, Cross Cultural Studies, Race and Ethnic Relations, Asian-American Studies, or African-American Studies; OR
  • The equivalent; OR
  • Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • (NOTE: The Interdisciplinary Studies discipline is provided to allow for those cases where it is locally determined that a course must be taught by someone with qualifications that exceed a single discipline. The constituent disciplines can include any disciplines found in the Master's List.)
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, which pursuant to Title 5 53022, is a core system competency and job requirement.
Note: If you do not meet the educational minimum qualifications but believe that you have sufficient educational or vocational experience in the discipline, equivalency is your path to proving that. For more information about claiming equivalency, please visit the COS HR Website and scroll down to the tab labeled "Equivalency." Your equivalency paperwork must be submitted with your application, by the recruitment deadline. Please submit as a "supplemental attachment" within the "Attachment" section of this application.

  • Proven capacity to teach Ethnic Studies courses, particularly in American Indian Studies and/or Asian American Studies, with an antiracist, interdisciplinary, intersectional , and culturally responsive approach with students of diverse backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and identities, including underprepared and non-traditional students.
  • Specialization in one or more of the following, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, and/or Ethnic Studies.
  • Commitment to creating positive racially conscious intellectual spaces and providing support for students of color, women, LGBTQIA and historically marginalized groups, through teaching and advocacy.
  • Evidence of an ongoing pedagogical and professional dedication to anti-racism, equity, inclusion, community organizing, and social justice.
  • Create student service-learning outcomes to apply classroom learning through civic engagement assignments that service the college and/or the greater community.
  • Understand the importance of individual and collective accountability as educators and as institution of higher education to engage in practices for closing equity gaps.
  • Reframe inequities as a problem of practice while working collegially and collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, and community members to enhance student and institutional success.

Application Procedure
To be considered, applicants must submit ALL of the following required material before or by the filing deadline:
  • Completed online application.
  • Equity Narrative (included in the online application).
  • Letter of interest which addresses the Desirable Qualifications. In this letter we invite applicants to expand on strengths not covered in other parts of the application.
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts of college/university work. (If transcripts are not in English, include a summary of courses and grades). Official transcripts are required upon employment.
  • Equivalency documents (If necessary).
  • Two (2) recent letters of recommendation addressing pertinent experience or equivalent competencies. If submitting confidential recommendation letters from a third party, please have letters emailed to Please do not submit a reference list in lieu of letters of recommendation.
For questions regarding this position, please contact Keila Reynoso at or (559) 730-3920.

The Sequoias Community College District is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to prohibiting unlawful discrimination, harassment, including sexual harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, ancestry, age (40 and above), religious creed, religion, political belief or affiliation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, mental or physical disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, childbirth, breastfeeding/lactation status, medical condition, military and veteran status, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics . College of the Sequoias does not sponsor H-1B Visas

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