West Valley College (WVC) is now accepting applications for a full-time, tenure-track instructor position in English as a Second Language (ESL), requiring the ability to teach courses from English as a Second Language (ESL). We are currently seeking applicants who have successful experience and a genuine interest in serving a wide range of students from different backgrounds, with a particular focus in serving students from historically excluded and marginalized groups.
West Valley College is a community of equity-minded educators who strive to be change agents. We are committed to providing education and access to opportunities that transform students' lives. WVC utilizes community college education to enact generational change and economic prosperity for those who are systemically disadvantaged in our local communities. As a faculty member at West Valley College, you will have access to numerous equity-centered professional development resources, such as the Fostering a Culture of Belonging Community of Practice, LGBTQ+ Inclusion Workshops, and online education and accessibility training. The college leadership intentionally builds teams, structures and environments that support faculty who themselves come from historically minoritized communities.
West Valley College continues to build plans, programs, and infrastructure to address inequities in higher education. A few notable programs and efforts include Umoja (learning community focused on the Black/African American experience); Puente (learning community focused on the Latine experience); Pride Center; El Centro Center; Black/African American Center; TRIO Student Support Services (first-generation/low income) program; Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Student Support Program; MESA- Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (first-generation/low income STEM students); Veterans Resource Center; Disability and Educational Support Programs; and the Democracy Institute.
WVC Equity and Inclusion Preamble
West Valley College is committed to addressing inequities and injustices both societally and institutionally, and recognizes that higher education, and our institution, has colluded, harmed, and remained complacent in upholding aspects of white supremacy, ableism, patriarchy, and other systems of oppression. The West Valley College community is committed to long-term equity, social justice, and racial justice work that will transform individuals, the institution, and the greater community. As a collective community, we embrace accountability and will take action with love, courage, grace, humility, and a commitment to learning and unlearning.
About the College and District
West Valley College is in beautiful Saratoga, California, on Muwekma Ohlone land. The 143-acre community college campus in the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains and located at the southwest boarder of Silicon Valley is less than 15-minutes from San Jose. The campus and community are in a serene tree-filled locale, serving the Saratoga, Los Gatos, Campbell, and nearby San Jose communities. The students and employees represent vibrant and diverse backgrounds of cultures, races, disabilities/abilities, genders, ages, religions, and other identities. The student body of over 8,600 students is 23% Asian, 2% Black/African American, 31% Latine, 8% Multiracial, nearly 1% Native American, nearly 1% Pacific Islander, 4% White-Middle Eastern, and 33% White. The students are also diverse in age with 72% under 24 years old, 24% are 25-54, and 4% are 55 or over. Additionally, 12% identify as disabled.
West Valley College is part of the West Valley-Mission Community College District along with Mission College. The West Valley-Mission Community College District unites the colleges in a shared vision of educational excellence where students representing diverse experiences and identities feel connected and supported in pursuit of their goals and aspirations. The District is excited to launch its Free College Initiative in January 2024 where residents receive waived tuition and fees. West Valley College is about to celebrate 60 years of service to students and the community. WVC offers 122 associate degree and certificate programs within its seven schools; School of Science & Math, School of Health & Human Development, School of Language Arts & Social Sciences, School of Continuing Education, School of Professional Studies, and the School of Art & Design. In 2022-23 WVC awarded 2,130 degrees and certificates and had 672 students transfer. WVC was named a 2023 Equity Champion of Higher Education for Latinx Students for exemplary work in implementing the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) by The Campaign for College Opportunity. Additionally, WVC has 12 intercollegiate athletic teams including the award-winning Women's and men's Water Polo teams, and Beach Volleyball.
Saratoga and the South Bay area have nearly perfect sunny weather year-round and have robust culturally diverse communities where food, art, athletics, and cultural events are plentiful. Saratoga is less than an hour from San Francisco and Oakland.
About the Position
Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of a culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.