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American Sign Language Instructor (Full-Time, Tenure-Track) Fresno City College
State Center Community College District
Closing Date: 2/12/2024 at 11:55 PM
Campus Location: Fresno City College
Start Date: 12/19/2023
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 candidate will be an equity-minded leader committed to student success achieved through collaboration 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;
- Supports institutional practices that both develop and sustain culturally responsive teaching and learning environments; and
- Strategically builds support for and participation in equity-related initiatives across both our internal and external communities.
The ideal candidate will share Fresno City College's commitment to educating its racially and socioeconomically diverse student population. For the 2022-2023 academic year, we enrolled over 36,000 students in which 65% identify as Latinx, 11% as Asian/Pacific Islander, 5% as Black/African American, 16% as White, 1% as American Indian/Alaska Native, and 3% 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 a 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 but not limited to, Deaf Culture, Deaf History, ASL Linguistics, and Deaf Literature/Folklore;
- Collaborating with department faculty to develop curriculum and programs, which includes expanding course offerings in ASL and interpreting such as specialized vocabulary and an interpreting mentorship program;
- Effectively engaging with and facilitating authentic learning for students of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences; Encouraging students to participate in Deaf Community activities;
- Maintaining standards of professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professional position and currency and best practices 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 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 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; and
- Other duties as assigned.
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 (2) years of full-time equivalent experience; or
- An associates degree and six (6) years of full-time equivalent 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;
- Demonstrated ability to create a dynamic learning environment that values instructor/student interaction;
- Demonstrated ability to effectively engage with and facilitate authentic learning for students of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences;
- Evidence of an ability to address and adapt to the instructional needs of varying student levels, using a variety of culturally relevant and responsive teaching strategies to encourage retention and student success;
- Demonstrated ability to work with computers and other technologies in order to provide high-quality classroom and lab instruction;
- Demonstrated excellence in teaching using different modalities, including asynchronous and hybrid courses;
- Demonstrated ability and understanding and/or experience working with Student Learning Outcomes and their assessment;
- Related work and professional experience;
- Experience working with students of various cultural, gender, age, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds, students with disabilities;
- Masters degree in American Sign Language, Interpreting, Deaf Studies, Linguistics, or related field from an accredited institution and near native to native fluency in ASL;
- Three years of verifiable experience teaching ASL at a college or a university level within the last four 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 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 work with computers, and other technologies, which are utilized in providing high-quality instruction and support to 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:
178 duty days per year.
Salary and Benefits:
Starting annual salary is $70,302 - $105,838 based on education and experience. An annual doctoral stipend of $2,419 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 advisory committee will review the candidates who are best qualified based on the minimum and desirable qualifications and 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 Plan
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.About the CollegeAs 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.
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MissionAs Californias first community college, Fresno City College provides access to equity-centered, quality, innovative educational programs, and support services. Committed to a culture of anti-racism, we create dynamic communities of respect and inquiry which encourage student success and lifelong learning while fostering the sustainable economic, social, and cultural development of our students and region.
VisionFresno City College aspires to build upon our equity-centered mission and further our commitment to normalize a culture of racial equity and anti-racism. As a community of educators and learners, we will use our individual and collective positions of influence, power, and privilege to foster a community of belonging, affirmation, and validation. We will courageously join as faculty, staff, and students in upholding our core values to transform lives in the Central Valley and beyond.
Core Values Equity-Mindedness: We call attention to patterns of inequity in student outcomes and take personal and institutional responsibility for the success of our students. We critically reassess our own practices, are race-conscious, and aware of the social and historical context of exclusionary practices in American Higher Education.
Social Justice: We are focused on removing institutional barriers, taking responsibility for and mitigating systemic barriers. We are invested in validating our students lived experiences through examining qualitative and quantitative data which enhances our understanding of intersectionality. This builds a foundation of data-driven solutions and responses to systemic issues.
Sustainable Social and Economic Mobility: We commit to breaking extractive, exploitative, and racist systems and practices. Servimos y empoderamos (we serve and empower) marginalized and racially-minoritized individuals, communities, and histories. With invested community partners, we build programs which foster trans-generational economic growth and prosperity.
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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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