Political Science Instructor
Ideal Candidate Statement
Ohlone College seeks to employ faculty members who have a passion for teaching and learning and a strong commitment to the missions and ideals of the community college. We are looking for excellent teachers who are student-oriented in their approach and dedicated to student success. An ideal candidate will be skilled in generating student engagement in learning. Innovative teaching strategies are encouraged at Ohlone, including collaborative learning and the active use of technology. Continuous professional development is highly valued. We are looking for faculty with enthusiastic interest in curriculum and instructional improvement through ongoing critical thinking about student learning outcomes in courses and programs.
The ideal Ohlone faculty member will have strong leadership skills and an interest in active participation in college-wide activities. Excellent communication skills with students, staff and faculty peers are essential. We are looking for faculty who are flexible in their work and adaptable to change. Ohlone prides itself as a Learning College with the motto A World of Cultures United in Learning and we are looking for faculty who embrace diversity in serving students of varied backgrounds and learning styles. The College is committed to environmental sustainability and looks to all employees to support this important goal.
Under the general supervision of the Arts and Social Sciences Division Dean, the political science instructor's responsibilities include teaching political science, overseeing the political science curriculum, and mentoring part-time political science instructors. The position may include teaching American Government, International Relations, Introduction to Political Theory, Comparative Government, and Constitutional Law and the United States courses, as well as other political science course offerings, some of which may be in an online format. Other political science courses may be developed in the future. The instructor may be required to have his/her teaching assignment in the evening and/or weekend and teach courses at the Fremont and/or Newark campuses, and/or an off-campus location. Participation in departmental and campus- wide activities, and involvement on committees will be required as part of this position as a full- time faculty member.
1. Teaching experience in political science at the post-secondary level, including teaching research and writing methods.
2. Experience in using innovative teaching methods that encourage student engagement and learning.
3. Experience teaching research methods and writing at the post
4. Experience in the use of computer technology as a teaching tool, including experience with course management systems (i.e. Blackboard, Canvas, etc.)
5. Experience in working with culturally diverse student populations (teaching or other situations in a leadership role).
6. Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
7. Ability to work successfully in a team environment.
8. A Master or Ph.D. in political science from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Teach assigned courses in the political science department, and employ learner-centered instructional methods that emphasize group cooperation and collaboration and that reflect cultural sensitivity and interdisciplinary approaches to subject matter.
2. Evaluate student work using clear criteria relevant to the course content and student learning outcomes and provide feedback to students in a timely manner.
3. Assist students with their assignments by holding required office hours and attend department/division meetings.
4. Develop and implement a variety of effective teaching and assessment methods, including the use of computer-assisted or smart classrooms and information technology to engage student interest and support for a variety of learning styles.
5. Develop effective online course materials, and build online learning communities that meet accessible online course requirements and Title 5 55211 Effective Contact Policy requirements. 6. Participate in the leadership of discipline specific learning communities.
7. Develop and act as a Faculty Advisor for campus wide Civic Engagement Club or Association.
8. Participate in the development and revision of curriculum and the program review processes, as well as assess student learning outcomes at the course and program levels.
9. Continue professional development and remain current in the field through course work, conferences, workshops and other appropriate means.
10. Carry out collegial responsibilities including, but not limited to, institutional committee assignments, student recruitment and retention, and participation in shared governance and campus life activities.
11. Communicate and work cooperatively with colleagues (within discipline and college-wide) on matters regarding course offerings, programs, and activities that would enhance the development of the department and college.
12. Perform duties described in Board policy, the Faculty Handbook, the UFO (faculty bargaining unit) Contract, and as assigned at the Fremont and Newark campuses, and/or other designated locations.
13. Perform other duties as assigned.
1. Master's in political science, government, or international relations OR
Bachelor's in any of the above AND Master's in economics, history, public administration, social science, sociology, any ethnic studies, JD, or LL.B. OR the equivalent.
2. Commitment to community college goals/objectives of providing quality programs and services for culturally, socio-economically, ethnically, and academically diverse students and students with disabilities; personal qualities to work effectively and with sensitivity in a multicultural environment; awareness of and commitment to the needs of non-traditional and/or re-entry students with diverse abilities and interests.
To be considered for this recruitment, applicants must submit ALL of the items listed below by February 14th, 2017 via our new on-line applicant tracking system available by visiting: https://employment.ohlone.edu/ (Click on Search Jobs for available opportunities).
1. Completed on-line Ohlone College application form.
2. Current resume.
3. A cover letter addressing the listed desirable qualifications, personal and professional qualities.
4. A list of courses taught, including title, location, and year.
5. A course syllabus and a sample assignment from a course that you are teaching or have recently taught.
6. A statement of teaching philosophy.
7. A one page essay about innovative teaching techniques you have used.
8. List of professional references including name, position, organization, phone number, email and their relationship to you. Please do not submit letters of references at this time.
9. Unofficial copies of all college transcripts; Official sealed transcripts will be required at the time of hire.
Materials submitted with your application will be considered for this opening only. All material submitted becomes District property and will not be returned.
The Screening Committee will review applications. From that pool, the committee will select a limited number of candidates to invite for interview.
Travel arrangements for initial interviews will be at the applicant's expense.
If you are in need of special services, equipment, or facilities in order to apply or interview for this opening, please call Human Resources.
Applicants selected for interview will be notified by phone approximately 2-4 weeks following the application deadline. All other applicants will be notified by email. Please be sure that the district has your correct email address.
Starting Salary Range
$61,816 - $94,588
Number of Vacancies
Open Until Filled
EQUIVALENCY: If you do not meet minimum qualifications as stated, a completed equivalency form with all related documents must accompany the application. Candidates needing equivalency who do not submit a completed equivalency form and related documents will not be considered for the position.
The equivalency form could be found on our website at: http://www.ohlone.edu/org/hr/jobs/docs/equivalencyform-forfacultycandidatestocomplete.pdf
Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the filing deadline.
FOREIGN DEGREES: If you have a degree from a college or university outside the United States you must have your coursework evaluated by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (http://www.aacrao.org/). A copy (original will be required at the time of hire) of the professional evaluation letter must be submitted with the application packet.
Ohlone College is proud to rank among the top 3 in salary and benefits, for full time faculty, amongst the Bay 10 Community College in the Bay Area. The district participates in a group health plan and offers a variety of medical plans. Dental is offered through Delta Dental (includes Orthodontic coverage), Vision offered through Vision Service Plan (VSP), and Life insurance through UNUM.
Medical: Enrollment in medical coverage through the district is optional. For those faculty that choose to enroll in one of the offered medical plans, the district currently provides an allowance of $1,000 per month to offset the cost of the medical benefits premium. The allowance will be increased to $1,200 per month effective January 1, 2018.
*Enrollment in Dental, Vision and Life insurances are mandatory.
Long-term Disability (LTD) and Employee Assistance Program (EAP): The district provides for and fully pays the premiums for long-term disability for you and EAP for you and your family.
Other employee paid benefits (optional): voluntary additional life insurance; IRC Section 125 Flexible Medical and Dependent Care spending plans; 403(B) and 457(b) Tax Shelter Annuity plans; 403(b) Roth IRA plan.
Retirement: Membership in the State Teachers' Retirement System (STRS) or the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS). Candidates hired on or after January 1, 2013 are subject to restrictions imposed by PEPRA.
Sick Leave: One day per month, accumulating indefinitely, if unused. All other Education Code leave benefits apply.
Sabbatical Leave: After 6 consecutive years of employment with the district you will be eligible for sabbatical leave. You will receive 100% pay for one semester leave and 70% for an academic year.
Enrollment Fee Waiver: Employees and their qualified dependents receive enrollment fee waiver for courses taken at Ohlone College.
Certificated employees belong to the United Faculty of Ohlone (UFO) and are required to pay union dues.
Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986
Applicants selected for positions will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.
A multi-campus single community college district, Ohlone College is located in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay in California; serving 12,000 students per year. The District has
a main campus in the City of Fremont and a newly constructed campus in the City of Newark. Ohlone College is an ethnically diverse institution that promotes innovation and continuous improvement in departments and divisions. The College is named for the native population living in the area when Mission San Jose was founded. The Fremont campus is located just south of the historical Mission. The Newark Campus is located near Interstate 880 and emphasizes programs in health, environment, and technology.
Ohlone College does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, or disabled veteran status in providing educational
services and programs, or in the employment process, pursuant to Federal and State statutes and regulations pertaining to unlawful discrimination.
Conditions of Employment
Offers of employment are contingent upon Governing Board approval. Employment with Ohlone Community College is not complete or official until applicants meet all pre-employment
requirements. All new employees are required to submit official transcripts and proof of freedom from tuberculosis. In addition you will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986. Pre-employment tests and/or medical examinations may be required. Ohlone Community College does not sponsor H1B visas. Employees must sign the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and submit fingerprints for CA Department of Justice clearance.
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