Assistant Professor, English

Rancho Santiago Community College District
United States
Closing date
Feb 24, 2024

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Job Role

Teach all assigned classes, which may include evening or off-campus assignments unless excused according to Board Policy provisions. Maintain accurate records of student enrollment, attendance, and academic progress. Assist in maintaining course outline for each assigned course. Be familiar with and observe the administrative regulations as they appear in the Faculty Handbook (flex calendar obligations, course overviews, etc). Participate in department committees and activities. Will teach a variety of courses/levels within the discipline/area of study.

This teaching position includes transfer-level and advanced composition and critical thinking courses as well as literature and creative writing classes. We seek equity-minded applicants who will support the department and college in incorporating culturally responsive instruction into the curriculum. The assignment may also include working with academic communities that support African American, Latinx, and other groups of disproportionately impacted students. Santiago Canyon College is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and serves predominately historically underrepresented students. Our department is highly collaborative and committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism, and we seek innovative faculty to help us continue our post-AB 705 journey. The ideal candidate will be eager to help construct and maintain a culture of continuous improvement in instructional effectiveness as well as to support the SCC English Department's mission, which centers on promoting self-awareness, knowledge, and communication skills to encourage students to participate creatively and confidently in an ever-changing world.



Minimum Qualifications (Applicants must meet one of the following):
  • Possess from an accredited institution: A master's degree in English, literature, comparative literature, or composition OR bachelor's degree in any of the above AND master's in linguistics, TESL, speech, education with a specialization in reading, creative writing, or journalism, OR
  • The equivalent (applicants who do not meet the above minimum qualifications must complete the Equivalencies Section in the application form and provide conclusive evidence of such). Equivalencies that the Department accepts as valid: MFA or MA in professional writing and a bachelor's degree in English, literature, comparative literature, or composition.

Additional Qualifications

In addition to contractual duties, all full-time faculty are expected to participate actively in their disciplines, department activities, and the general intellectual life and governance of the college. Part of the teaching assignment may be in the evening and/or online. A desirable candidate will exhibit the following qualifications:
  • Understanding of and commitment to using anti-racist and culturally responsive curriculum and pedagogy with established course outlines;
  • Evidence of a commitment to working with and supporting students who have been disproportionately impacted;
  • Experience with collaborating and engaging in department and college activities;
  • Evidence of participation in professional development activities, both departmental and college-wide;
  • Familiarity with and participation in the shared governance processes at a college;
  • Experience with maintaining current knowledge in the subject matter area and effective teaching/learning strategies; and
  • Experience with interdisciplinary collaborations and community engagement.


Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) is one of the most established districts in the state and has been in operation for nearly 50 years. Located in the heart of Orange County, it is one of the largest of California's 72 community college districts, based on the number of credit and non-credit students. RSCCD encompasses 25 percent of Orange County's total area and serves a population of more than 700,000 residents in the communities of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Santa Ana, Villa Park, and portions of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Tustin, and Yorba Linda. The District includes Santiago Canyon College and Santa Ana College, as well as the Centennial and Orange Continuing Education Centers, the Digital Media Center, Joint Powers Fire Training Center, the Orange County Sheriff's Regional Training Academy, the College and Workforce Preparation Center, and the District Operations Center. RSCCD's three (3) auxiliary Foundations are actively involved in supporting both community and campus programs.


The Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) is committed to the concept and principles of staff diversity and equal employment opportunity by prohibiting discrimination based on ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, age, sex, race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, gender identity, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), marital status, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Applications from all persons interested in the position are encouraged.


Application Screening

In addition to the specific requirements and responsibilities listed, the following criteria will be considered in selecting candidates for interviews:
  • Educational experience breadth and depth
  • Work experience breadth and depth
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities
  • Curriculum development
  • Program development
  • Community involvement
  • Demonstrated experience in working with a diverse socioeconomic community
  • Credential or minimum qualifications authorizing service in other areas of need
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Bilingual ability (if needed)

Based on the information presented in the application materials, a limited number of candidates with qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process, which may include a written test and an oral interview.

Meeting the position's minimum requirements does not guarantee advancement in the selection process. Candidate qualifications will be assessed to determine those who meet and exceed requirements and are deemed the most competitive in the applicant pool.


Applicants selected for an interview may be required to take additional tests or assessments and will be notified of such prior to the date of the interview. During the oral session, those selected for interviews will, in addition to the above, also be evaluated on the following factors:
  • Oral communication skills
  • Presentation
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Successful teaching, problem-solving, or performance demonstration
  • Writing skills/demonstration

A predetermined set of questions will be asked of all applicants interviewed. Applicants are requested to provide thorough yet concise information on their related experience to ensure the correct evaluation of their qualifications. Evaluation criteria will be applied consistently to all applicants. The District will make reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities. Applicants should contact Recruitment in the Human Resources Office for assistance.

Application Procedures

To ensure full consideration, all applicants must submit a complete online Rancho Santiago Community College District Online application that includes the items listed below by the position's closing date. Human Resources will review all applications for completeness, and only complete application packets will be forwarded to the screening committee for further review.

A Complete Application Packet Must Include the Following:
  • RSCCD Online Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume - details all relevant education, training, teaching experience (including courses taught), and other work experience.
  • Academic Transcripts (unofficial copies are accepted)

Travel reimbursement is available to those meeting the established district criteria.

Foreign Transcripts: Education completed outside of the United States must be equivalent to that gained in the conventional/accredited United States education programs to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), a United States-based credentials evaluation service, must translate and evaluate Foreign transcripts.

Conditions of Employment

The selected candidate is required to complete the following before employment as part of the onboarding process:
  • Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
  • Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis Exam.
  • Fingerprints (by a Live Scan Agency at the candidate's expense, and clearance must be received before the first day of employment)
  • Submit official transcripts.
  • Submit official verification of employment letters.

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