American Sign Language Instructor (Full-Time) Fresno City College
State Center Community College District
Campus Location: Fresno City College
Start Date: 01/13/2022
At Fresno City College we value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. We prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits a diverse student population brings to a community college. The successful faculty member will be an equity-minded individual committed to student success by collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also dedicated to closing equity gaps. An equity-minded individual is a person who:
- Understands the importance of holding ourselves accountable as educators for closing equity gaps and engaging in equitable practices;
- Reframes inequities as a problem of practice and views the elimination of inequities as an individual and collective responsibility;
- Encourages positive race-consciousness and embraces human difference;
- Reflects on institutional and teaching practices and aims to create a culturally responsive teaching environment; and
- Strategically builds buy-in and participation among colleagues for equity-related initiatives.
The ideal candidate will share Fresno City College's commitment to educating its racially and socioeconomically diverse student population. For the 2020/2021 academic year, we enrolled over 21,500 students in which 60% identify as Latinx, 12% as Asian/Pacific Islander, 5% as Black/African American, 18% as White, 1% as American Indian/Alaska Native, and 4% as multiracial. Fresno City College is a Hispanic-Serving Institution, reflecting the great responsibility that the College has to the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community. The successful candidate will join a department dedicated to the use of curriculum responsive to the students it serves. Providing instruction in American Sign Language (ASL) on the Fresno City College campus and/or at off-site community campus locations, the instructor will be responsible for:
- Teaching a full range of classes in the ASL program, including interpreting classes;
- Assisting with coordinating the Interpreter Preparation/Deaf Studies Program in collaboration with ASL department faculty;
- Collaborating with department faculty to develop curriculum and programs, which includes expanding course offerings in more advanced interpreting such as specialized vocabulary and an interpreting mentorship program;
- Developing and maintaining contact with the Deaf Community and Deaf Community activities;
- Serving as a mentor to students in the Interpreting Program who are interested in becoming interpreters or teaching ASL and interpreting;
- Encouraging students to participate in Deaf Community activities;
- Maintaining standards of professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professional position and currency in teaching ASL;
- Using a variety of pedagogies and integrating a wide range of instructional delivery systems including innovative and creative uses of technology for face-to-face, on-line, and/or hybrid formats;
- Using effective teaching methods appropriate to ASL and teaching interpreting, adherence to institutionally approved curriculum course outlines of record;
- Evaluating student progress through tests and examinations, written and video assignments, ASL presentations/demonstrations, etc. in keeping with course objectives;
- Participating in program development and expansion of ASL and interpreting courses, including connections with industry, transfer, and career pathways;
- Participation in the accreditation process;
- Conducting and analyzing student learning outcomes assessments;
- Cooperating with regard to scheduling classes between colleagues, including those in other disciplines;
- Serving on and attending department, college, and district committees as needed;
- Participating in program review, student learning outcome development and assessment to improve student learning;
- Teaching assignments in a variety of instructional settings and times, including evening and/or weekends, on-line or off-campus and large group instruction classes as needed; and
- Otherwise fulfilling all of the duties and responsibilities of instructors as required by Administrative Regulation 7122.
All candidates must have evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice within the classroom; AND
- A bachelors degree AND two years of directly related experience; OR
- An associates degree AND six years of directly related experience; OR
- A valid California Community College Credential; OR
- The equivalent education and/or experience (requires an equivalency).
(NOTE: If the degrees posted on your transcript(s) do not match EXACTLY as stated above, you MUST petition for equivalency.)
- Experience and skill incorporating elements of diversity, equity, and inclusion into all areas of responsibility;
- Recent experience working with African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latinx, Native American, and other racially minoritized students in the classroom and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups in higher education shape patterns of participation and outcomes;
- Willingness to examine and remediate ones instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support racially minoritized students;
- Related work and professional experience;
- Experience working with students of various cultural, gender, age, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds, including disabled students;
- Masters Degree in American Sign Language, Interpreting, Deaf Studies, Linguistics, or related field from an accredited institution and near native fluency in ASL;
- Current certification with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID, CDI) and/or National Interpreting Certificate (NIC-Masters) and/or National Association of the Deaf (NAD Level 5);
- Three years of verifiable experience teaching ASL and/or interpreting at a college or a university level. Experience should be within the last 4 years;
- Knowledge about current trends and issues affecting the Deaf Community;
- Demonstrated knowledge and respect for Deaf Culture and the Community;
- Experience with the Deaf Community and Audism;
- Experience designing, developing, and implementing ASL/Interpreting curriculum;
- Willingness to teach a flexible schedule;
- Willingness to be involved in campus activities and student clubs;
- Experience using and teaching with educational technologies (learning management system, computer, personal responses systems, etc.);
- Knowledge and experience in the development and assessment of student and program learning outcomes;
- Knowledge and experience in program review and planning, and accreditation;
- Commitment to professional growth and development, including demonstrated willingness to improve teaching methodologies and pedagogical exploration;
- Demonstrated ability in developing successful instructional strategies for non-traditional or academically at-risk students;
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with students and staff;
- Potential for contribution to institutional vitality and growth; and
- Knowledge of the community college and its mission and goals.
Conditions of Employment:
177 duty days per year.
Salary and Benefits:
Starting annual salary is $60,678 - $91,350 based on education and experience. An annual doctoral stipend of $2,270 is available. In addition, the District offers an attractive fringe benefit package including medical, dental, and vision coverage for the employee and dependents, and life insurance. Employees are also members of the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS).
Applications will be screened by Human Resources for completeness and to determine which applicants meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement.
From the applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and who have submitted all the required documents by the closing date and time listed on the job announcement, a selection committee will review the candidates who are best qualified based on the minimum and desirable qualifications then determine who will be invited to interview.
The selection committee will rate responses to the interview questions, teaching demonstration, and writing prompt (if applicable). Based on this rating, a small number of applicants will be selected as the "recommended candidates". These candidates will be forwarded to the Vice President and College President for final interviews.
A hiring recommendation will be made by the College President and forwarded to the Board of Trustees of State Center Community College District for final approval.
State Center Community College District is an equal opportunity employer. It is our pledge to treat all applicants fairly and equitably in the recruitment and selection process. We endeavor to be a service-minded organization and respond to the needs of our applicants. SCCCD EEO
For more information, contact the Academic Human Resources Office, 1171 Fulton St, Fresno, California, 93721, (559) 243-7100. For information on Fresno City College or State Center Community College District, visit our website at www.scccd.edu. Please refer to Position No. FASL-INS (Slot# 2421).
Submission of application and related materials is the applicants responsibility and must be submitted through the districts online applicant portal. The District reserves the right to re-advertise or to delay indefinitely the filling of a position if it is deemed that the applicants for the position do not constitute an adequate applicant pool or if funding is not available. All application materials are subject to verification. False statements may be cause for disqualification or discharge from employment.
This is a full-time, tenure track position. The District may fill more than one position from this pool.State Center Community College District (SCCCD) provides students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences - emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at SCCCD, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.
FRESNO CITY COLLEGE
About the College
As the very first community college in California, Fresno City College has a proud history of leadership in education and preparing generations of students for their future. Fresno City College is nestled near the lively Tower District and minutes from downtown Fresno, brick buildings and towering trees tell the long story of this historic institution. It is committed to academic excellence and diversity, equity and inclusion among its faculty, classified professionals, and students. The college takes responsibility for equitable outcomes and successful pathways for all students.
As Californias first community college, Fresno City College provides quality, innovative educational programs and support services directed toward the enhancement of student success, lifelong learning and the economic, social, and cultural development of our students and region.
As educational leaders in the community, Fresno City College faculty, classified professionals, and students will engage in a partnership to transform lives through education.
Growth - We are committed to sharing and exploring new ideas through collaboration, respect for diversity, promoting equity, and professional development. Leadership - We are leaders in our community, dedicated to behaving ethically, committed to open communication, and good stewards of our resources. Success - We champion excellence, quality, celebrating individual differences, and providing a positive and supportive environment for all.
FCC Institutional Research Site
Essential functions of this position require: lifting, manual dexterity and ability to communicate
- Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body; involves significant sitting and standing; walking is required throughout a typical work day.
- Mental Application: Utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, critical thinking, adaptability and creative problem-solving skills are important.
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: www.scccd.edu
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