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English Instructor and Coordinator (PUENTE) (Full-time Tenure-Track Faculty Position)

San Mateo Community College District
San Mateo, California
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Jun 14, 2024

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Posting Number 2014375F Position Title English Instructor and Coordinator (PUENTE) (Full-time Tenure-Track Faculty Position) Location College of San Mateo Department Language Arts CSM (DEPT) Position Number 4F0171 Percentage of Full Time The work year is 175 days (10 months of service). FLSA Exempt (does not accrue overtime) Months per Year 10 If other, please specify Salary Range Depending on educational credentials, placement can range from $83,796 to $117,948 per year. Min Salary Max Salary Position Type Faculty Positions

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Who We Are

The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District's Strategic Plan, "success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals." The District's "Students First" Strategic Plan is focused on "Student Success, Equity and Social Justice." We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences - emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our San Mateo County Community College District team, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty and classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District

College of San Mateo (CSM) is part of the San Mateo County Community College District and is a Hispanic Serving Institution and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution. The college enrolls approximately 15,000 students each academic year. CSM has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on College of San Mateo's Office of Planning, Research, Innovation, & Effectiveness (PRIE) website.

The President has called for the college community to be student-focused, always find a way to get to "yes" as one team, and serve local communities to the best of our abilities. The college recognizes the need for all students to achieve their goals and recognizes that as an institution we are stronger together. To learn more about CSM's antiracism and justice-centered efforts, please read our Solidarity Statement.

Who We Want

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. An equity-minded individual is a person who already does or has demonstrated the desire to:

(1) Understand the importance of holding ourselves accountable as educators for closing equity gaps and engaging in equitable practices;

(2) Reframe inequities as a problem of practice and view the elimination of inequities as an individual and collective responsibility;

(3) Encourage positive race-consciousness and embrace human difference;

(4) Reflect on institutional and teaching practices and aim to make them more culturally responsive; and

(5) Strategically build buy-in and participation among colleagues for equity-related initiatives.

The San Mateo County Community District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals. All departments strongly encourage collaboration across disciplines to create inclusive, integrated, and interdisciplinary learning experiences. College faculty are expected to be knowledgeable about, and willing to use, different learning and teaching methods appropriate to the students they serve.

The Position

The Puente Project focuses on increasing the number of educationally underrepresented students who transfer to four-year universities, earn college degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors for future generations. To help further this work, College of San Mateo seeks a Puente Project Co-coordinator and tenure-track English faculty member. We are looking for a colleague who can become a partner in developing a supportive environment that centers students' connections to their home culture, academia, and the transfer process. This faculty member will collaborate with peers to design learning and community experiences (within and outside the classroom) rooted in Latinx experiences while employing culturally responsive, anti racist, equity-minded pedagogies. This position is split equally between the Puente program and English. Although the position with College of San Mateo begins in August 2024, attendance at the Puente Summer Institute (in June 2024) is mandatory and will be compensated.

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.
  • Teach English composition and literature courses
  • Teach English courses in the Puente Project learning community in both the fall and spring semesters, centered around Latinx literature, cultural background, and experiences in a collaborative atmosphere
  • Co-coordinate the Puente Project learning community at College of San Mateo with other Puente faculty in counseling and English. This includes program implementation and recruitment as well as fostering community relations, planning, scheduling, and participating in events and mentoring activities (both on and off campus), and participating in statewide Puente Project training and student transfer conferences
  • Maintain expertise in culturally responsive, anti-racist, and equity-minded teaching approaches and curricula. Develop instructional materials and techniques to meet the changing needs of students
  • Consult with students during regularly scheduled office and Writing Center hours
  • Assist in curriculum assessment and revisions and new course development
  • Participate in the development and/or selection of course materials, equipment, and technology that will enhance the offerings of the department
  • Participate as a member of department, division, and college committees
  • Perform other professional duties as required by contract and general institutional needs

Minimum Qualifications
  • Possession of a Master's or above in English, literature, comparative literature, or composition OR Bachelor's in any of the above AND Master's or above in linguistics, TESL, speech, education with a specialization in reading, creative writing, or journalism OR the equivalent (see below)
  • Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice both within and outside of the classroom

Physical Requirements Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications

For persons applying for this position based on Equivalence, please answer the supplemental question on the online application indicating one of the following:

Degree Equivalence

The applicant possesses a degree(s) with similar content to those listed for the relevant discipline. The name of the degree is close to that specified on the Disciplines List but the degree either has a different title or area of expertise or the coursework is slightly different.

Academic Background Equivalence

Related to disciplines in which a Master's Degree is not generally expected or available. The applicant must have completed at least 24 semester units of coursework in the academic field and must possess at least the equivalent level of achievement and the equivalent in breadth, depth of understanding, and rigor in each of the following:

i) a broad cultural education usually met by the general education requirements for any Bachelor's or Associate's Degree, and

ii) a detailed study of the discipline in breadth, depth, and rigor, usually met by course work required for the degree major.

Professional Achievement Equivalence

The applicant must have completed the General Education requirements for that degree and show evidence of outstanding professional achievement and/or substantial training in the requested field. The applicant must submit substantial evidence, which demonstrates that his/her preparation, teaching experience, work experience, and ability are equivalent to those expected from a person who meets the minimum qualifications.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Subject matter preparation:
  • Successful experience in teaching or evidence of preparation to teach the full range of college English, including courses in composition, literature, and specialized programs
  • Knowledge of composition and writing center theory and research, including a strong command of English grammar
  • Academic training or experience teaching courses focused on Latinx writers, literature, or culture including and not limited to Chicanx, Afro-Latinx, Caribbean, Latinx indigeneity, and borderlands or transnational studies

Evidence of outstanding ability as a teacher:
  • Ability to motivate, center, and empower students from a broad spectrum of academic, socioeconomic, linguistic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds
  • Ability to use culturally responsive, anti-racist, and equity-minded teaching methods that emphasize cooperation and collaboration. Emphasis on student-centered pedagogies that promote active engagement encouraging students to become effective readers, critical thinkers, and independent learners
  • Ability to organize and explain materials in ways appropriate to students with differing abilities, levels of preparation, and cultural experiences
  • Ability to consistently and appropriately monitor and assess students' progress and provide substantive feedback
  • Commitment to creative use of technology in teaching and learning in environments such as computer-assisted or smart classrooms
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development, including the ability to evaluate and modify one's pedagogy and to share insights in the spirit of collaboration
  • Ability to conduct effective essay conferences with individual students in a writing center setting
  • Enthusiasm for, understanding of, and commitment to the role and purpose of the community college

Evidence of effectiveness as a colleague:
  • Commitment to the Puente Project's mission and goals of student equity and achievement
  • Ability and desire to work collaboratively with faculty and staff to enhance instruction, curriculum, student learning support, and student success
  • Commitment to working with faculty as well as administrative and classified staff in a spirit of collegiality
  • Commitment to the professional responsibility of serving on participatory governance committees

Preferred Qualifications
  • Fluency or near fluency in Spanish
  • Recent experience working with racially minoritized and other disproportionately impacted students in the classroom and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups within higher education and particular fields shape patterns of participation and outcomes
  • Willingness to examine and remediate one's instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support racially minoritized and other disproportionately impacted students
  • Experience and skill with addressing inequity in the classroom and on campus
  • Experience and expertise in culturally responsive teaching in English
  • Demonstrated ability to address equity gaps within English courses and classrooms
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the implications of the Hispanic-Serving Institution designation for institutional, departmental, and instructional practices

Faculty Benefits

Benefits include a choice of medical plans, dental coverage, vision care, sick leave, salary continuance insurance, and an optional tax-deferred flexible benefit plan. Coverage is offered for employees and all eligible dependents. Academic employees participate in the State Teachers' Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Employees may also be eligible for various first-time homebuyer programs.

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 03/11/2024 First Review Date 04/15/2024 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions Summary

Required Application Materials

All applicants are required to submit:
  1. A completed online District application form (go to to complete the application and to apply for this position)
  2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and teaching experience (including courses taught), and other work experience
  3. Undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts (copies accepted)

Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts may be submitted with the application; official copies will be required at the time of hire.
  1. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the following points:
  • How does your background, experience, and knowledge support and foster the goals of the Puente Project, English Department, and College?
  • Why do you want to be a faculty coordinator in the Puente Project?
  • How does your educational philosophy or approach to teaching reflect the principles of culturally responsive, anti-racist, and equity-minded pedagogy?

If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact:

SMCCCD Office of Human Resources

3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402

Tel.: (650) 574-6555 Fax (650) 574-6574


Web Page:

Conditions of Employment

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:
  1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)

Foreign Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs in order for it to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a U.S.-based credentials evaluation service. The District currently accepts evaluations from agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
  1. Submit verifications of prior employment
  2. Satisfactory references
  3. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process

In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.
  1. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
  2. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees
  3. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.
  4. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement

The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.


Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation requests and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures can be made by completing our: Applicant Reasonable Accommodation Request Form

Annual Security Report

San Mateo County Community College District's (SMCCCD) 2022 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2022 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2022 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2022 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000. The report includes information about criminal activity on our campuses, emergency procedures and resources.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
    • Do you possess a Master's or above in English, literature, comparative literature, or composition OR Bachelor's in any of the above AND Master's or above in linguistics, TESL, speech, education with a specialization in reading, creative writing, or journalism OR the equivalent (see below)?
  • Yes, I have a Master's or above in English, literature, comparative literature, or composition
  • Yes, I have a Bachelor's in any of the above AND Master's or above in linguistics, TESL, speech, education with a specialization in reading, creative writing, or journalism
  • I am applying for equivalence and my Equivalency Application is attached
  • No
  • If you are applying for equivalence to meet the minimum requirements for this position, please identify which equivalence from the following options. (Applicant is encouraged to attach appropriate validation, such as transcripts, evaluations, portfolios, certificates, licenses, employer attestation, publications or other relevant materials which support this application.) DEGREE EQUIVALENCE: Description ACADEMIC BACKGROUND EQUIVALENCE: Description PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT EQUIVALENCE: Description

(Open Ended Question)
    • Can you demonstrate cultural competence, a sensitivity to, and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff?
  • Yes
  • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • College Transcripts

Optional Documents
  • Equivalency Application
  • Foreign Degree Evaluation
  • Other Document 1
  • Other Document 2
  • Other Document 3

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