FT Ethnic Studies Instructor

Cerritos College

FT Ethnic Studies Instructor

Salary: $86,325.00 – $132,551.00 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time Faculty
Job Number: Ethnicstudies-23
Closing: 3/1/2024 11:59 PM Pacific
Location: Norwalk, CA
Department: Ethnicstudies-23
Division: Humanities & Social Science


Equity and Diversity

The District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and the principles of equal opportunity employment. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation in any of its policies, procedures or practices. In fact, the college encourages applications from all segments of qualified people.

College Profile

Cerritos College is ranked 14th among the top 100 schools with the highest Hispanic enrollment in the United States by the United States Department of Education. Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs, and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Enrollment currently averages 20,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at http://www.cerritos.edu.
Department Profile
The mission of the Chicano Studies department is to develop in students the academic tools to recognize, critically understand, and appreciate the social, historical, and continuing cultural significance of the Mexican American Chicana(o) Latinx communities. The department prepares Chicano Studies majors to effectively transfer to four-year universities, participate in the workplace, and to effect change as it relates to local, national, and global purposes. To enact change through civic advocacy, students are empowered to apply their knowledge and skills in the service of their communities, and to act in accord with the principles of social justice that they have acquired.

Housed in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division, the Chicano Studies department offers a Chicano Studies Associate in Arts Degree, a Chicano Studies Certificate of Achievement, and an AA-T in Social Justice Chicano Studies Area of Interest (pending approval).

Distinguishing Career Features
This is a 10-month tenure-track contract position.

Job Duties


  • Maintain currency with current information, concepts, laws and ideas in their disciplines and with best practices in teaching and learning.
  • Check mailbox, voicemail, and e-mail regularly.
  • Complete the checkout form before leaving campus at the end of the academic term.
  • Maintain student confidentiality as required by regulation and Board Policy 5040 titled Student Records and Directory Information.
  • Participate in committee work, student activities, and shared governance activities as appropriate.
  • Attend first-year and second-year staff development workshops during the first and second years of employment at Cerritos College.
  • Attend department and division meetings.
  • Attend commencement ceremonies.
  • Assist the Department Chairperson and Instructional Dean in unit planning, budget preparation, and inventory.
  • Develop and implement a “Flex Plan” as required by state regulations.
  • All full-time faculty who are assigned classes shall: Post and maintain at least three scheduled office hours per week on at least three different days, including the final examination period. Office hours may not be scheduled between 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

  • Teach all assigned classes unless excused under provisions of Board Policy.
  • Teach all assigned classes for all scheduled minutes. In cases of necessary absence from class, notify the Instructional Dean or designee, or if unavailable, the Office of Academic Affairs in advance and have plans prepared so that a substitute, if assigned, can maintain continuity of course content.
  • Teach courses in accordance with the course outlines of record.
  • Provide opportunities for students to be aware of their progress.
  • Submit a copy of the syllabus for each class to the Division Office.
  • Keep accurate records of student enrollment, attendance, and academic progress and submit them to appropriate offices by the published deadlines.
  • Submit end-of-session grades, including supporting documentation, and attendance reports by the published deadlines.
  • Submit required information about first-day, no-show students by the published deadlines.
  • Submit textbook order information by the published deadlines. If the textbook is electronic or includes an electronic course pack, these conditions must be met:
    1. Tests and exams must be available to the student without charge.
    2. The text and course pack must be available to students with disabilities.
    3. The publisher must grant read-only access to designated college staff for purposes of evaluation of course materials.
    4. The text must be downloadable or printable.
    If these four conditions are not met, the electronic textbook cannot be used.
  • Meet all classes during the final examination period.
  • Give final examinations at the scheduled time unless approval to do otherwise is granted by the Office of Academic Affairs or its designee.
  • Keep all corrected final examination papers for at least one year following the close of the semester or summer term.
  • Maintain a safe learning environment in classrooms, laboratories, and other instructional spaces.
  • Allow the instructional manager and/or Instructional Dean, upon request, to review any assignments given during the semester.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Master’s in African American Studies, Black Studies, Africana Studies, Latino Studies, La Raza Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Asian American Studies, Native American Studies, or American Indian Studies OR Master’s in Ethnic Studies OR the equivalent
    Understanding of and sensitivity to meeting the needs of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic background of the student, community, and employee population.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • The successful candidate will demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Knowledge of equity-centered educational research on best practices to support the success of Hispanic/Latina(o), Black or African American, Indigenous, other students of color and intersectionality;
  • Advanced education beyond the minimum required, research experience, and possession of an excellent academic record that indicates a strong background in Chicano/Ethnic Studies;
  • Commitment to maintaining current knowledge of recent developments in Ethnic Studies;
  • Experience teaching Chicano/Ethnic Studies;
  • Experience or interest in teaching online courses;
  • Ability to use educational technology;
  • Commitment to execute extracurricular responsibilities within the department and college;
  • Ability to set specific learning outcomes and objectives and measure achieved results;
  • Success at initiating, executing and following-up on projects in a timely manner;
  • Commitment to a diverse, student-centered department and college;
  • Experience with best practices in tutoring and teaching related to student success and equity;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with all academic departments and service areas at the college.

    Supplemental Information

    Physical Demands
    Physical requirements may be met with or without reasonable accommodations. Requires ambulatory ability to move to various office and classroom-type locations. Ability to operate classroom equipment, including computer, and provide instruction and make presentations. Ability to communicate effectively with individuals or groups to carry on complex or routine conversations. Requires the ability to lift, push, and pull objects of medium weight (less than 30lbs.) on an occasional basis.

    Salary/Fringe Benefits
    Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
    Salary rate is: $86,325 – $132,551/annual. (Salary is based on education and experience)
    Health and welfare benefits include District contribution for medical/dental/vision benefits and employee life insurance ($50,000). (Cash-in-lieu option available on medical insurance.)
    Participation in the State Teachers’ Retirement System.

    Conditions of Employment
    This is a tenure-track contract position. Contract will be for 10 school months for the academic year beginning fall semester 2024.

    Participation in a pre-service orientation and/or probationary in-service training is required.
    Please note: Per Board Policy 7210 “A bachelor’s degree or the equivalent, from an accredited educational institution, shall be the minimum degree requirement for obtaining tenure as a faculty member in the District. The Board of Trustees reserves the right to determine whether a faculty member shall be granted tenure.”

    Individual who is offered employment shall be required to obtain fingerprints for a criminal history clearance through the State Department of Justice and remit the required fee for processing the fingerprints, produce an original social security card, and submit negative TB test results (must be within the past four years or within the last 60 days if not previously employed in a school district in California) before employment.

    Proof of eligibility to work in the United States and signing of loyalty oath per Government Codes3100-3109.

    Board Policy 2905 will require mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition of employment. The District requires all employees to submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, as defined by the CDC. Full policy details can be found on the website; Cerritos College – Chapter 2 – Board of Trustees. Employees may submit requests for medical or religious exemptions to the vaccine mandate for consideration. Details are available on the District’s COVID-19 webpage

    ** Please note – the District does not provide for immigration sponsorships such as H1B Visas.

    Candidates must be able to provide proof of California residency prior to employment.

    Application Procedure
    Application materials must be submitted by the closing date.
    Applicants who need special services or facilities due to disability in order to apply or interview for this position must notify Human Resources at the time of application or at least 72 hours prior to the closing date or date of a scheduled interview.

    It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide copies of all transcript(s) verifying all educational degree(s) and/or coursework required for the position.
    A foreign transcript must be evaluated by a NACES certified agency. The web address is www.naces.org.
    All qualifying educational degrees/training must be from regionally accredited colleges and/or universities.

    Selection Procedure
    Following the closing date, application materials will be evaluated by a selection committee. Candidates selected for further consideration will be limited to those applicants in the competitive group who best meet the qualifications for the position. Interviews will then be conducted by the selection committee, and finalists will be recommended for further consideration by the President-Superintendent for final selection and recommendation for employment. The selection process may also include practical exercises (i.e., teaching demonstration and/or other written, technical, manipulative, or simulation exercises) to evaluate candidates’ qualifications.

    As these are highly competitive positions, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview. If you have questions or would like to follow-up regarding your application, please contact Human Resources at HR@Cerritos.edu as search committee members are unable to discuss specific recruitments.

    Required Documents

    1. Cover Letter
    2. Resume/CV
    3. Copy of Unofficial Transcripts 1 (Must show all coursework completed and conferral date of the degree)

    Optional Documents

    1. Application for Equivalency
    2. Supplemental Materials 1 (see the “Additional Application Information” section)
    3. Transcript 2
    4. Transcript 3

    To apply, visit https://www.schooljobs.com/careers/cerritosedu/jobs/4303205/ft-ethnic-studies-instructor

    The District ensures that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunity, and are not subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of national origin, religion, age, sex or gender, race, color, medical condition, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or because he or she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. .jeid-41da968dd372df4ab06d0ae49e6b41c4

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