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English as a Second Language - ESL (Adjunct/Part-time)

Sierra College
Sunset Whitney Ranch, California
Closing date
Jun 20, 2024

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Job Role
Professor / Lecturer
Job Type

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 Development - ESSENTIAL: Review and evaluate curriculum 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 part-time instructors to enhance consistency of lecture and laboratory content; coordinate with educational administrator to assure transferability of courses within the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems: evaluate and/or revise course descriptions, present new or revised curriculum to curriculum committee and/or other appropriate shared governance body; make changes to curriculum as necessary and as approved within the shared governance structure. PERIPHERAL: Review curriculum in accordance with changes in laws, regulations, and standards.

Lecture/Laboratory Preparation and Presentation - ESSENTIAL: Complete book order forms and provide District bookstore with master copies of syllabi for printing; place appropriate reference items on reserve in the library; prepare lesson plans to be used in a lecture and/ or coordinate lectures with laboratory learning assignments. Introduce and present lecture/laboratory information and concepts in a clear and logical manner; use analogies and/or examples to convey important concepts; provide instructional objectives to direct student learning; outline major points of information on board or overhead projector; enhance presentations with visual aids and/or demonstrations and/or examples, as available; prepare and distribute handouts to clarify particularly difficult topics; answer student questions clearly and without ridicule, improper criticism or bias; encourage students participation; monitor student activity and takes steps to prevent and/or control unacceptable behavior; design and develop new classroom and laboratory techniques and operation of equipment; assign homework and laboratory assignments to students and assign research topics as appropriate. PERIPHERAL: Review and evaluate new textbooks for content, readability, and cost effectiveness; select textbooks and/or laboratory manuals determined to be the most useful and appropriate; attend classes, workshops, conferences and symposiums 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 prepare lectures; prepare, edit, and update syllabus materials for lectures and/or laboratories; 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; coordinate and confer with book publishing company sales representatives providing instructional materials; familiarize self with operation of all equipment currently available for use and which is appropriate for the subject area; erase chalk/whiteboards and otherwise prepare and oversee classrooms after class sessions.

Student Performance Evaluation - ESSENTIAL: Develop quizzes, tests and laboratory/classroom examinations which are understandable and which fairly evaluate student progress; 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 examination/quizzes, and mark and grade papers accordingly; assign, read and evaluate homework assignments, projects to promote learning; tabulate scores and assign official grades; record scores and student attendance on appropriate forms, as required; advise students on academic matters regarding their performance; refer students to appropriate student services (for example, EOPS, etc). PERIPHERAL: Input student scores into a computer (including word processing software), and make printouts of scoring data available to affected students.

Advising/Counseling - ESSENTIAL: Confer and collaborate with appropriate Counseling Center and Admissions and Records Department staff member(s) to ensure ESL students are provided consistent, accurate information with regard to District ESL program(s); maintain availability to students to discuss academic achievements, problems, complaints, other matters, advising as appropriate; interact with students in a genial and supportive manner, advise students regarding planning and scheduling of classes. PERIPHERAL: Understand District and/or ESL program(s) policies, procedures, requirements, and learning opportunities for ESL students; inform ESL students of their rights and responsibilities.

Shared Governance Participation - ESSENTIAL: Attend and participate in departmental meetings and activities; respond in writing to requests for information; participate in articulation/curriculum development, investigation and costing of departmental equipment needs and selection of textbooks; represent department by serving on campus committees. PERIPHERAL: Attend and participate in divisional and/or building meetings and activities, as well as those organized by the Faculty Senate and the Staff development Committee; service on employee selection committees, as requested; serve as a member of one or more committees and/or task forces; attend Board of Trustees and/or College Council meetings, as necessary; read and respond to information polls distributed by the Faculty Senate.

Ancillary Program Activities - ESSENTIAL: Maintain currency of knowledge of the field of English as a second languages and ESL programs: attend meetings and participate in District activities; recommend to manager(s) ESL program(s) schedule(s) of classes; revise and update ESL program(s) section(s) of District catalog(s)coordinate ESL program(s) supplies and equipment; assist ESL students and/or faculty members to resolve problems, as appropriate; maintain active participation in professional ESL organizations, as feasible and appropriate; serve on committees to evaluate ESL faculty member in accordance with established District policies and procedures and applicable collective bargaining agreement(s); Arrange, conduct, and participate in ESL department and curriculum meetings; participate in District employment processes, as requested, in accordance to established District policies and procedures, including interviewing potential adjunct and substitute ESL instructors locate and recruit additional adjunct faculty or substitute ESL instructors, as needed; orient new faculty members to ESL program(s) policies, procedures, and operations; participate in District staff development activities and shared governance processes, particularity as they relate to ESL program(s), as feasible and appropriate; participate in academic and professional conferences and meetings to strengthen skills and academic acumen, as authorized; read ESL education literature to enhance expertise in the field, as feasible and appropriate. PERIPHERAL: Encourage ESL program(s) students and staff members to become involved in District activities to foster an enriched learning environment based on practical experience and a diversity or learning opportunities, as feasible and appropriate; evaluate own professional status to determine step to be taken to strengthen skills and academic acumen; remain receptive to new professional trends and teaching methods as they affect ESL programs.

Minimum Qualifications

CCC Minimum Qualifications Handbook

Master's in TESL, TESOL, applied linguistics with a TESL emphasis, linguistics with a TESL emphasis, English with a TESL emphasis or education with a TESL emphasis


Bachelor's in TESL, TESOL, English with a TESL certificate, linguistics with a TESL certificate, applied linguistics with a TESL certificate, or any foreign language with a TESL certificate


Master's in linguistics, applied linguistics, English, composition, bilingual/bicultural studies, reading, speech or any foreign language


the equivalent

This position is a part-time faculty teaching assignment with the following salary rates:Part-Time/Adjunct Salary Schedule(Degree and years of acceptable teaching experience determine step placement)

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.


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.

Companies that provide transcript evaluation services:
  • World Education Services
  • Educational Credential Evaluators

Supplemental Information

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.


There are five (5) required documents to apply for this position:
  • Employment Application
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Applicable transcripts
  • 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), sexual orientations, gender identity and expressions 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 with intersecting identities, such as LGBTQIA+, visible and invisible disabilities, and any other disproportionately impacted populations?
  • 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.


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

Persons with questions regarding reasonable accommodation of physical and other disabilities should contact the Sierra College Human Resources Department at (916) 660-7105.

If you have limitations hearing or speaking, the State of California offers a specially-trained Communications Assistant (CA) that can relay telephone conversations for all of your calls. Dial 711 to reach the California Relay Service (CRS). Dialing 711 is for everyone, not just those who have difficulty hearing on a standard phone. If you prefer having your calls immediately answered in your mode of communication, dial one of the toll-free modality and language-specific numbers below. The call will be routed to the CRS provider.

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