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Part-Time Philosophy Instructor (Pool)

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3401 CSM Drive
San Mateo, CA
Application Deadline: No Deadline
Position: Part-time, Paid

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General Statement: Cañada College seeks employees who value working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve success. All departments strongly encourage collaboration across disciplines to create integrated, interdisciplinary learning experiences. Cañada College faculty are expected to be knowledgeable about, and willing to use, different learning and teaching methods as appropriate to the discipline.

The College offers day and evening classes.   Duties and Responsibilities: Essential functions include the following:

1.Teach classes as assigned from the regular Philosophy Department curriculum;
2.Assist in curriculum assessment and revisions and new course development;
3.Consult with students during regularly scheduled office hours;
4.Maintain expertise in current teaching methodologies and curricula;
5.Perform other professional duties as required by contract and general institutional needs.   Requirements: 1.Master's degree in Philosophy OR, Bachelor's degree in Philosophy AND a Master's in Humanities or Religious Studies OR the Equivalent (see information below).
2.Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff.

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

Degree Equivalence: Possession of a degree(s) with similar content to those listed in the job announcement. Transcript required.
Academic Background Equivalence: Meet all of the Requirements in an allied field, and twenty-four (24) semester units of both upper division and graduate work in the academic field specified in the job announcement. Transcripts required.
Professional Achievement Equivalence: Outstanding professional achievement or substantial training in the field specified in the job announcement. Preparation, experience and ability must be equivalent to those expected from a candidate who meets the Requirements.   Desirable Skills and Abilities: The screening committee will select for interview candidates from among those applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum requirements, give evidence of any or all of the following:

1.Recent successful experience in teaching or preparation to teach college-level courses in Philosophy
2.Understanding and commitment to the role and purpose of the community college
3.Knowledge of the use of technology in teaching and philosophy
4.Ability to use and develop teaching methods that emphasize cooperation and collaboration, and engage students actively in learning, encouraging them to become independent, creative learners with higher-order thinking skills
5.Ability to organize and explain materials in ways appropriate to students with different abilities, levels of preparation, and cultural experiences
6.Ability to develop instructional learning outcomes and to develop methods for assessing student's achievement of these outcomes
7.Ability to organize and teach both theoretical and practical applications of the subject-matter in ways appropriate to students abilities
8.Acceptance of the division's commitment to established academic standards   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.   Benefits: Academic employees participate in the State Teachers' Retirement System (STRS), a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California or they may choose to participate in the STRS Cash Balance program or Social Security.   Required Documents: Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter
College Transcripts   Special Instructions to Applicants: 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 résumé that details all relevant education, training, teaching experience (including courses taught), and other work experience;
3.Undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts (copies accepted);
4.A cover letter of no more than 3 pages addressing the Requirements and Desirable Skills and Abilities listed in the job announcement.

SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555 Fax (650) 574-6574
Web Page:

Applicants with disabilities may request that special accommodations be made to complete the selection process. Request forms are available on the web page and in the Office of Human Resources.  

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