In order to create a pool of qualified applicants, Sierra College accepts applications in all subject areas and conducts interviews for teaching positions throughout the year. Applications are kept in the hiring pool for a period of two years. The number of open positions varies from semester to semester. The Division Dean or Department Chair will contact you directly for an interview when a position becomes available. We appreciate your interest in Sierra College!
Examples Of Functions and Tasks
Curriculum - ESSENTIAL: Review, update, and evaluate curriculum development in order to meet student interests and needs within the parameters of Divisional and/or Departmental budget constraints and availability of equipment and materials; coordinate with adjunct faculty instructors to enhance consistency of lecture and laboratory content, and, in collaboration with the Division Dean, design and develop Photography Department curriculum; evaluate and/or revise course descriptions to fit curriculum designs; present proposals for curriculum changes to the Curriculum Committee and/or other appropriate shared governance bodies; make changes to curriculum as necessary and as approved within the shared governance structure; serve as Photography Department liaison with area high schools, colleges and universities on articulation matters; provide updated information for course catalogs and other publications regarding Photography Department degree and certification requirements; prepare semester schedules of Photography Department course offerings, noting sequencing and/or prerequisites for each course; prepare and submit to Division Dean annual and updated Photography Department budgets; participate in hazardous materials training, as necessary. PERIPHERAL: Review curriculum for compliance with changes in laws, regulations, and standards.
Lecture/ Laboratory - ESSENTIAL: Complete book order forms, as necessary; place appropriate reference items on reserve in the library, as preparation necessary; prepare lesson plans to be used in lectures and/or coordinate lectures with laboratory learning assignments; prepare, edit, and update syllabus materials for lectures and/or laboratories; organize and present laboratory demonstrations in all photography courses; organize field study courses and field trips; review and select and/or prepare computer and audio-visual materials for classroom and/or laboratory use; prepare typewritten and/or graphic handouts and/or transparencies for classroom and/or laboratory use, when appropriate; mix chemicals for color and black-and white processes; perform basic equipment repairs; check equipment in and out to students; hire and coordinate the training and supervision of student help to assist in laboratory preparation and clean-up chores; order supplies and compile and/or direct student assistants in compilation of inventories; prepare lists of laboratory materials needed and supply student assistants with a materials listing and a schedule of laboratory activities; coordinate with student assistants to: assemble laboratory materials and move equipment in and out of laboratories, acquire and maintain materials as needed, select and prepare materials for use in the classroom and/or laboratory, prepare solutions and chemicals, check availability and operation of equipment and needed materials, clean, calibrate and check equipment, and return items and equipment to proper storage areas after classroom and/or laboratory use; practice correct handling of hazardous chemical materials and recognize hazards associated with materials; check materials and equipment setups before each laboratory to determine suitability for use; in close coordination with Art Instructors, design courses and materials for team teaching Portfolio Design. PERIPHERAL: Produce work as a photographic artist; In consultation with appropriate department members, review and evaluate new textbooks for content, readability, and cost effectiveness and select textbooks and/or laboratory manuals determined to be the most useful and appropriate; attend classes, workshops, conferences and symposia to increase and/or update knowledge of subject matter and teaching methods and techniques; read current literature (normally several sources- books, newspapers, periodicals, and other printed materials) to enhance preparation of lectures; coordinate and confer with book publishing company sales representatives providing instructional materials; experiment with changes in laboratory procedures and/or equipment which will improve instruction; familiarize self with operation of all equipment currently available for use and which is appropriate for the subject area.
Lecture/ Laboratory Presentation - ESSENTIAL: Introduce and present lecture/laboratory information and concepts to individuals and groups in a clear and logical manner; use analogies and/or examples to convey important concepts of photography black-and-white, color (including both positive and negative film processes and lighting), photojournalism (including production of photo documentaries), and field studies; provide instructional objectives to direct student learning; identify and discuss characteristics and composition of photographs and other media in the classroom and laboratory; outline major points of information on board or overhead projector; enhance presentations with visual aids and/or demonstrations and/or examples, when appropriate; prepare and distribute handouts to clarify particularly difficult topics; answer student questions clearly and without ridicule, improper criticism or bias; encourage student participation and involvement in classroom and laboratory discussions; provide equal opportunity for student participation; monitor student activity and takes steps to prevent and/or control unacceptable behavior; design and develop new classroom and laboratory exercises to demonstrate major photographic and/or photojournalistic concepts; promote use of critical thinking and the scientific method in all laboratory exercises or experiments; demonstrate laboratory techniques and operation of equipment (cameras, printing equipment, studio lighting equipment, etc.); help students to set up, operate, and troubleshoot laboratory equipment and monitor laboratory activities, assisting as necessary; troubleshoot equipment set-up and operation and make modifications and/or substitutions to allow completion of laboratory activities; instruct students on proper safety standards, precautions, and techniques; move around in the laboratory, working with students; stay physically present in the laboratory to supervise activities. PERIPHERAL: Speak to other classes and groups on the subject of photography; supervise student clean-up of the laboratory; advise students of hazards associated with electrical equipment, chemicals, etc.; monitor disposal of chemical wastes by students.
Student Performance Evaluation - ESSENTIAL: Develop quizzes, tests and laboratory/classroom examinations which are understandable and which fairly evaluate student progress; conduct student critiques evaluating work; monitor student activity during examinations/quizzes and take steps to prevent and/or control unacceptable behavior, e.g., cheating; deal swiftly, rationally, and consistently with persons involved in cheating and/or other unacceptable behavior; read and evaluate student responses on examinations/quizzes and mark and grade papers accordingly; tabulate scores, assign official grades, and maintain student records of grades; record scores and student attendance on appropriate forms, as required; conduct student conferences and advises students on academic matters regarding their performance; refer students to appropriate student services (for example, ESL, EOPS, etc.); assign, read, and evaluate homework assignments and/or projects to promote learning. PERIPHERAL: Input student scores into a computer (including word processing software) and make printouts of scoring data available to affected students.
Shared - Governance Activities - ESSENTIAL: Attend and participate in departmental meetings and activities; respond in writing to requests for information (for example, employment process position questionnaires, unit planning guides, environmental impact reports, etc.); represent department by serving on campus-wide committees; speak to students and others concerning Photography Department activities and programs. PERIPHERAL: Assist in coordination of the Learning Resources Center Gallery; attend and participates in divisional and/or building meetings and activities, as well as those organized by the Faculty Senate and the Staff Development Committee; serves on employee selection committees and task forces, as requested; serve as a functional member of committees and/or task forces; attend Board of Trustees and/or College Council Meetings, as necessary; respond to information polls distributed by the Faculty Senate; promote more effective communication with the Art Department and other departments; advise campus community on photography matters, as requested.
Ancillary Student Services - ESSENTIAL: Hold regular office hours; provide advice to students regarding academic performance and coordinate departmental advisory committee; coordinate annual Student Photography Show in the Learning Resources Center Gallery; advise student newspaper staff on matters concerning operations, layout, and photography; provide students and peers with a positive role model in terms of character and citizenship; participate in graduation and outstanding student award ceremonies. PERIPHERAL: Provide students with letters of recommendation, as requested; hold review sessions of classroom/laboratory material, as necessary; advise and encourage students relative to Photography Department curriculum; provide opportunities for participation in field trips and/or club activities.
CCC Minimum Qualifications Handbook Any Bachelor's or Master's degree AND two (2) years of professional experienceOR any Associate degreeAND six (6) years of professional experience. Verification of prior employment (relatable teaching or work experience) will be required upon hire to verify minimum qualifications. Professional experience is required when the applicant possesses a master's degree. The professional experience required must be directly related to the faculty member's teaching assignment.
Offer and acceptance of employment is subject to verification of all information provided on the employment application, credentials, transcripts, LiveScan, and tuberculosis examination as required.
Verification of prior employment (teaching or work experience) may be needed to determine minimum qualifications met.
Copies of transcripts MUST be attached to the application (photocopies & unofficial transcripts are accepted).
If claiming equivalency, please attach the Request for Equivalency Hearing form. The equivalency form may be found at: Sierra College Human Resources . Individuals who have completed college or university course work at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees and other relevant documents.
FOREIGN TRANSCRIPT INFORMATION
Individuals who have completed college or university course work at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees and other relevant documents. A foreign transcript evaluation is required any time foreign course work is used to meet minimum qualifications and/or salary placement even if the foreign transcript has been accepted by a college or university in the United States.
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Sierra College is a Community College located near Sacramento, California where a heavy emphasis is placed on academic excellence and student success. Since its founding in 1936, Sierra College has focused on quality instruction and meeting the evolving needs of the students and communities that it serves. The Sierra Community College District covers more than 3,200 square miles and serves the Northern California foothill counties of Placer and Nevada, as well as parts of El Dorado and Sacramento. We serve over 16,000 students throughout the region in both on-ground and online courses, including students at our main Rocklin Campus as well as at three centers located in Grass Valley, Tahoe/Truckee, and Roseville. Our District prides itself on academic excellence.
Sierra College has a strong commitment to the achievement of equity and inclusion among its faculty, staff, and students and values the rich, diverse backgrounds that make up the campus community. A strong candidate for this position must demonstrate a profound understanding of and experience with successfully supporting individuals with varying backgrounds. This includes persons with disabilities, various gender identities and sexual orientations, as well as individuals from historically underrepresented communities and other groups. Our District is committed to providing strategies for success and proactive student-centered practices and policies focused on eliminating equity gaps to ensure the District provides an inclusive educational and employment environment focused on strategies for success and equitable outcomes for all.
As an institution, Sierra College is committed to eliminating the equity gap in all student populations with dynamic, learner-centered practices and policies that fully engage the college community. The ideal candidate will share the College's commitment to helping its racially and socioeconomically diverse students succeed in their degree and career objectives. Currently, Sierra College enrolls 16,500 students per term, where approximately: 21% of Sierra College's students are Latin(o)(a)(x)(e), 3% are African-American, 3% are Filipino, 6% are Asian-American, 1% are Native American, 8% are multiracial and 58% are White.
The successful candidate will join a College dedicated to the use of culturally responsive teaching strategies and methods that meet the varying needs of our students and ensure a successful learning environment. Sierra College demonstrates its commitment to equity by supporting ongoing professional development for students, faculty, and staff. These opportunities include trainings and workshops on equity and inclusion, a Faculty Equity and Inclusion Certificate, SC4 (Sierra College Community, Creativity, Culture, and Collaboration Training), active Academic Senate standing committees concerned with student success and equity, a Presidential Equity Advisory Committee (PEAC), culturally responsive student engagement centers, support for our undocumented and AB540 students, campus-wide equity summits, a robust set of programs, events, and conferences related to equity-mindedness and supporting the success of our diverse students.
REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
There are five (5) required documents to apply for this position:
Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Faculty Cover Letter that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications on the job announcement. You will need to write this statement on a separate document and upload the attachment at the end of the application.
The transferable experience, knowledge, skills and abilities for teaching in this discipline.
Please describe your evidence of the responsiveness to and understanding of the racial, socioeconomic, academic, and cultural diversity within the community college student population, including students with different ability statuses (e.g., physical and/or learning) as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practices within the classroom and in the campus community.
Please respond to the prompt below for your Teaching Philosophy Statement. You will need to write this statement on a separate document and upload the attachment at the end of the application.
What do you feel are the best strategies for supporting historically underrepresented and underserved students? Specifically, what are the key factors that contribute to their success and the closing of equity gaps in the classroom, particularly for African-American, Latin(o)(a)(x)(e), and Native American students?
What role should faculty play in student success?
Describe how your teaching approach has changed/evolved since you began teaching. Provide examples of what motivated the change(s).
How does your teaching approach reflect your teaching philosophy in ensuring equitable student success?
Other terms and conditions of employment are specified in the applicable collective bargaining agreements on file in the District Human Resources Department. Position description of record on file in the Human Resources Department.
*Sierra Community College District currently operates campuses in Rocklin, Roseville, Truckee and Grass Valley. In its management of a multi-campus environment, the District reserves right of assignment including the right to change assignment locations and shift assignments based on District need. Although this position may currently reside at the Rocklin campus, the assignment location may be subject to change as needed. Additionally, the district reserves the right to cancel, revise or re-announce this position as well as any and all positions at any time.
EEO/TITLE IX EMPLOYER
Sierra College is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination and the achievement of diversity and equity among its faculty, staff, and students.
Persons with inquiries about the application of Title IX and/or EEO may contact the Director of Diversity, EEO & Title IX (Title IX Coordinator) at the address below, at (916) 660-7006 or via email at EEOT9@sierracollege.edu.
Persons with questions regarding reasonable accommodation of physical and other disabilities should contact the Sierra College Human Resources Department at (916) 660-7105.
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Since its founding in 1936, Sierra College has focused on quality instruction and meeting the needs of the communities that it serves.With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to 4 year Universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills. Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region.Our award-winning faculty members enhance their teaching with research, authorship and industry expertise. We are also recognized nationally for excellence in our athletic programs.