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Drama/Theater Arts: Contract Instructor-College Credit

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To ensure full consideration, qualified candidates must submit a complete online application that includes the items listed (extraneous material will not be reviewed). References to résumés or other uploaded documents within the online application will be considered an "incomplete" application; please enter "N/A" if any section does not apply.
  1. Complete online application;
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Résumé (emphasizing experience, education, publications or presentations, if any);
  3. Three References listed within the online application;
  4. Unofficial Undergraduate Transcripts;
  5. Unofficial Graduate Transcripts;
  6. Three Minute Demonstration Reel of related professional work accessible via online link ( note: reels should be accessible within one click of the link on a site like Vimeo, YouTube, or other online video sharing service);
  7. Foreign Degree Evaluation (required if applicable); AND
  8. Equivalency Request (required if applicable).
Important: Only complete application packets will be forwarded to the committee. Applicants must complete each required field and answer each supplemental question; references to resumes, CVs, etc. will not substitute for completing the required fields and supplemental questions; and will result in the application being considered “incomplete.” To ensure consistency and fairness to all candidates, please do not submit materials other than those requested (i.e., personal photo, articles you’ve written, etc). Please only upload requested documents using respective document name labels. Uploading extraneous materials, unless specifically requested within this posting, may result in your application not being reviewed.
Before submitting the application and uploaded materials, please check to make sure they are complete and accurate. Once you submit, you will not have access to your application to make changes, however you will be able to view the application if submitted prior to the deadline. If you think you have made an error prior to the closing date, please contact HR at (619) 388-6579 or email jobs@sdccd.edu.

  • Application materials sent via mail, fax, or e-mail will not be accepted.
  • Note that correspondence, including interview invitations, will be sent to you via the same e-mail used to submit the application: it is the applicant’s responsibility to frequently check their email for correspondence.
  • All inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.
  • Posting Details

    Posting Details (Default Section)

    Closing Date: 09/28/2017
    Open Until Filled No
    Classification Title Drama/Theater Arts: Contract Instructor-College Credit
    Working Title Assistant Professor, Dramatic Arts
    Recruitment Limits
    Location San Diego Mesa College
    Pay Information

    Class 1, Step A – Class 6, Step C ($5,697.94 – $7,677.65) per month based on the current AFTCOLLEGE Faculty Tenured-Tenured Track Monthly Salary Schedule.

    Initial salary placement for this Assistant Professor is commensurate with required education and related teaching experience as outlined in section A2.1 of the AFT Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement and it is non-negotiable. The District offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package including employer paid medical, dental, vision plans, sick leave, and opportunities for professional development. This position is FLSA Exempt and may not accrue overtime. Benefits will be provided under the terms of the AFT-Guild, Local 1931 – Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement. Annual Salaries will be recalculated for service less than a full academic year based on Education Code §87815, any required adjustment will be made with-in the first pay period. Travel reimbursement for interviewees traveling more than 200 miles, one-way, may be paid according to geographic location (see SDCCD Travel Stipend Policy, Rev 7/14/2011). Typically, Assistant Professors earn tenure after 4 years and promote to Associate Professor. The SDCCD Employment Web Page provides a link to employee collective bargaining agreements and handbooks, and more information about terms and conditions of employment to include salary and benefits.

    Position Equivalent FTE:

    1.0

    Job Duration 10
    Position Number: 000972
    FLSA Status Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
    Bargaining Unit AFT/College Faculty
    Range (na)
    Position Type Academic
    Department School of Arts and Languages
    The Position

    From San Diego Mesa College President Pamela Luster:
    San Diego Mesa College seeks energetic and dedicated candidates to apply for academic positions. The College is committed to academic excellence and diversity, equity and inclusion among its faculty, staff, and students. As the “Leading College of Equity & Excellence”, we take responsibility for equitable outcomes and successful pathways for all of our students.
    As the largest college in the San Diego Community College District, the institution enjoys a solid financial standing, state of the art facilities, and a world class faculty and staff. For 53 years, Mesa College has been on the leading edge, from offering a Community College Bachelor’s Degree, to being the #1 California Community College to graduate students with an Associate Degree for Transfer. We embrace the mission of community colleges, and are committed to empowering our students to maximize their potential, leading to healthy and thriving communities.
    We are adding new staff, faculty and administrators who, alongside our stellar colleagues, will lead us into the future. If this opportunity sounds like the right fit for you, I encourage you to file an application for employment.

    Applications are now being accepted for the position of Assistant Professor, Drama, with an emphasis in Digital Storytelling beginning Spring 2018. Mesa College is located in the Kearny Mesa area in the city of San Diego, and is one of three colleges in the San Diego Community College District. The assignment may include day, evening, and/or weekend classes. In addition, this pool may be used to fill identical vacancies that may occur during the academic year. Mesa College provides a 2-year comprehensive training program in the Dramatic Arts and plans to develop an emphasis in Digital Storytelling. Students are required to participate in a variety of experiences so that upon graduation their knowledge of theater has both breadth and depth.

    Major Responsibilities

    The Assistant Professor of Drama is in the Department of Drama and reports to the
    Dean of Arts and Languages. The primary responsibilities of this position include supporting the department in program and curriculum development, promoting student success in all areas of digital imaging and storytelling to include screenwriting, digital imaging and motion picture production, collaborating with Mesa College Theater Company to enhance production values, and contributing to the goals of the Department, School and College. Classes may be taught either on- or off-campus. The instructor must fulfill the responsibilities of a community college instructor in accordance with the San Diego Community College classification description. A typical weekly teaching load consists of 15-20 hrs. of lab/lecture courses.

    Qualifications

    Master’s or Master of Fine Arts in drama/theater arts/performance
    OR
    Bachelor’s or Bachelor of Fine Arts in drama/theater arts/performance
    AND
    Master’s in comparative literature, English,
    communication studies, speech, literature or humanities
    OR
    the equivalent.

    Desired Qualifications

    Examples of Duties and required qualifications can be found on the linked classification description.

    Some of the following ‘qualifications’ may be duplicates from the list on the linked classification description. Those ‘qualifications’ below that are not duplicates from the list on the linked classification description are desired or preferred but not required.

  • An understanding of the community college environment and mission, and its impact on the future success of dramatic arts students.
  • Experience teaching digital film production, performance, production techniques, and cinema as an expression of culture and society.
  • Experience developing college curriculum.
  • Experience working professionally in film, video, and/or digital mediums including working knowledge of equipment, hardware, and software used in pre- and post-production.
  • Possession of a comprehensive knowledge of industry practices and expectations.
  • Commitment to professional development as a teacher and as a storyteller in the digital medium.
  • Knowledge of effective pedagogy and experience using innovative teaching techniques in the production and practice of digital storytelling.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting equitable practices for students in a college or similar environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written and oral English.
  • Successful experience with conflict resolution strategies both in and outside of the classroom.
  • Demonstrated commitment to collegiality and experience working collaboratively with colleagues, staff, students, and community members in a variety of on and off-campus activities (film/digital projects, cross-disciplinary projects, academic committees, campus committees, etc.)
  • Experience and/or knowledge in working with students of great diversity in socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic background, including those with different levels of academic preparation and varying physical and learning abilities.
  • Equivalency

    If you do not possess the exact degrees, or higher, listed above or if you anticipate receiving the required degree prior to the start of teaching classes, please complete a Request for Equivalency Form and attach it during the application process.

    Foreign Degree: Applicants with foreign degrees from colleges or universities outside of the United States must have their coursework evaluated by a professional association that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A copy of the evaluation must be submitted with your on-line application.
    Licenses/Certificates/Credentials:
    Commitment to Diversity:

    All applicants must have demonstrated cultural competency and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.

    Working Conditions

    moderate

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    To ensure full consideration, qualified candidates must submit a complete online application that includes the items listed (extraneous material will not be reviewed). References to résumés or other uploaded documents within the online application will be considered an “incomplete” application; please enter “N/A” if any section does not apply.

    1. Complete online application;
    2. Curriculum Vitae/Résumé (emphasizing experience, education, publications or presentations, if any);
    3. Three References listed within the online application;
    4. Unofficial Undergraduate Transcripts;
    5. Unofficial Graduate Transcripts;
    6. Three Minute Demonstration Reel of related professional work accessible via online link ( note: reels should be accessible within one click of the link on a site like Vimeo, YouTube, or other online video sharing service);
    7. Foreign Degree Evaluation (required if applicable); AND
    8. Equivalency Request (required if applicable).

    Important: Only complete application packets will be forwarded to the committee. Applicants must complete each required field and answer each supplemental question; references to resumes, CVs, etc. will not substitute for completing the required fields and supplemental questions; and will result in the application being considered “incomplete.” To ensure consistency and fairness to all candidates, please do not submit materials other than those requested (i.e., personal photo, articles you’ve written, etc). Please only upload requested documents using respective document name labels. Uploading extraneous materials, unless specifically requested within this posting, may result in your application not being reviewed.

    Before submitting the application and uploaded materials, please check to make sure they are complete and accurate. Once you submit, you will not have access to your application to make changes, however you will be able to view the application if submitted prior to the deadline. If you think you have made an error prior to the closing date, please contact HR at (619) 388-6579 or email jobs@sdccd.edu.


  • Application materials sent via mail, fax, or e-mail will not be accepted.
  • Note that correspondence, including interview invitations, will be sent to you via the same e-mail used to submit the application: it is the applicant’s responsibility to frequently check their email for correspondence.
  • All inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.
  • Conditions of Employment:

    SELECTED CANDIDATE IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING PRIOR TO EMPLOYMENT:

  • Submit “official” transcripts as stated on application (From all institutions listed in the online application);
  • Pass a pre-employment physical exam;
  • Provide a Tuberculosis Clearance Certificate for initial appointment (Note: The certificate must be renewed every 4 years as a condition of continuing employment);
  • Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer at the candidate’s expense (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment);
  • Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States (if applying for a permanent contract position, you must be able to permanently work in the U.S.); AND
  • Attend a new hire processing appointment in Human Resources located at the District Administrative Offices.
  • EMPLOYMENT AFTER RETIREMENT
    If you accept a contract (permanent) position with SDCCD and are a retired annuitant with CalPERS or CalSTRS, you must reinstate from your retirement system. Please reference the CalPERS or CalSTRS website for further information.

    Additional Information:

    Please note that an employee may be transferred to any site at the option of the Chancellor.

    EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
    SDCCD provides a comprehensive fringe benefit package for its full-time academic employees. The District contributes toward the cost of the premium (including dependent coverage) for the medical insurance plan options. Additional benefits include dental, vision, sick leave, vacation and opportunities for professional development. Contract employees become members of the State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS) upon appointment.

    Posting Number AC00640

    Required & Optional Documents

    Required Documents
    1. Curriculum Vitae or Résumé
    2. Unofficial Transcript(s) (Graduate) from every institution listed in the online application
    3. Unofficial Transcript(s) (Undergraduate) from every institution listed in the online application
    4. Document Link
    Optional Documents
    1. Equivalency Request (required if applicable)
    2. Foreign Degree Evaluation (required if applicable)
    3. Licenses/Certificates/Credentials

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
      • No Response
      • SDCCD employment web site
      • EdJoin (SD Co. Office of Education)
      • CA Community Colleges Registry
      • Craig's List
      • Inside Higher Ed
      • Chronicle of Higher Ed
      • Professional organization/publication
      • SD Union Tribune newspaper ad (including Sign On San Diego)
      • SDCCD Employee
      • Job Fair
      • Other (list below)
    2. If other, please specify.

      (Open Ended Question)

    3. * Are you a current SDCCD employee?
      • Yes
      • No
    4. If yes, please enter your employee ID:

      (Open Ended Question)

    5. * Currently, the department teaches a core curriculum of acting, technical theatre, design, history of cinema, acting for the camera, and digital production. A)Describe your experience in these areas, and B) List 3 additional courses in the discipline of digital storytelling you would add to the curriculum and explain why. (300 word limit)

      (Open Ended Question)

    6. * Describe your experience with distance education and list the online courses that you’ve taught. (300 word limit)

      (Open Ended Question)

    7. * Please share a teaching experience in which you took advantage of your technical knowledge to engage in digital storytelling and detail the particular tools (equipment, hardware, software) used in this project. (300 word limit)

      (Open Ended Question)

    8. * Share your experience with a Participatory (Shared) Governance environment and describe the role you see yourself playing in Mesa College’s campus life. (300 word limit)

      (Open Ended Question)

    9. * Describe a key experience where you worked collaboratively with colleagues to resolve an issue of collective concern or to implement a significant project. (300 word limit)

      (Open Ended Question)

    10. * The San Diego Community College District has a very diverse staff and student population with respect to academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation and ethnic backgrounds. Describe your professional development, community involvement, and professional experience working with these diverse groups.

      (Open Ended Question)

    11. * Applicants are asked to create a 3-minute reel with no fewer than 3 samples of their work experience and ability in the areas of cinematography production, directing, editing sound mixing/design and/or digital support for theater production. Reel should include an oral narrative or slugs that describe the applicant’s involvement with each sample piece.
      • I have attached reel