Part-Time Wellness Instructor (Pool)

San Mateo County Community College District

Part-Time Wellness Instructor (Pool)
San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number: 2014388F
Department: Human Resources DIST (DEPT)
Location: Cañada College, College of San Mateo, Skyline College
Position Number: PTF136
Percentage of Full Time: Varies
FLSA: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year: other
If other, please specify: Semester assignments as needed
Salary Range: Placement on the adjunct faculty salary schedule is based upon education and credited experience. Pending any course assignment, initial placement can range as follows: Lab Course – $84.55 up to $124.11 per hour. Lecture Course – $98.44 up to $143.19.
Min Salary:
Max Salary:
Position Type: Part-Time Faculty, Temporary

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:
The San Mateo County Community College District is home to Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. All three of our colleges are designated as Hispanic Serving Institutions enrolling approximately 33,000 students each academic year. San Mateo County Community College District 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 the San Mateo County Community College District’s Educational Services & Planning website.

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 College 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.

Your cover letter must include a discussion of the following questions:

  • What do you feel are the best strategies for supporting students who have been historically marginalized?
  • Think of the most successful class you have taught. What were the key factors in creating that success for racially-minoritized and other underserved disproportionately disadvantaged students?
  • How is your teaching approach culturally-responsive to the students you serve?

The Position:
The College seeks part-time faculty to teach a variety of health and wellness courses. The ideal candidate will share the College’s commitment to educating a racially and socioeconomically diverse student population.

The Wellness Department seeks candidates with expertise and experience in the multidisciplinary fields of integrative/complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)/holistic therapies, health, wellness, and well-being disciplines.
This position is a “pool” position meaning that openings may or may not be currently available. The District maintains a “pool” of applications for positions that are needed on an ongoing basis at Canada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. The advantage of “pool” positions is when a position becomes available, the Dean may immediately begin screening applications from the available pool of applicants without having to post a position and wait while the position is being advertised. Your application for this position will be kept current for a period of two years.

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.

  1. Teach classes as assigned from the regular curriculum
  2. Assist in curriculum assessment, 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

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Any bachelor’s degree or higher and two years of professional experience OR any associate degree and six years of professional experience OR the equivalent (see below). Professional experience is required when the applicant possesses a master’s degree. The professional experience required must be directly related to the faculty member’s teaching assignment.
  • Two years of recent full-time or part-time equivalent experience teaching at the community college and/or college-level
  • 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:

  1. Two years of recent full-time or part-time equivalent experience teaching in wellness, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)/holistic/integrative therapies, and/or sciences at the college level (lecture and lab-based courses)
  2. Three years of working in an integrative health and wellness environment
  3. Current knowledge and experience in the fields of health, wellness, and integrative/complementary and alternative medicine environments

Evidence of outstanding ability as a teacher:
In addition to a short classroom lecture or demonstration that may be part of the interview process, appropriate evidence includes, but is not limited to, experience, training, or achievement including:

  1. Demonstrated skills in communicating effectively, both written and orally, with students and colleagues
  2. Evidence of a strong commitment to remain current in health, wellness, well-being, and integrative/CAM/holistic therapies
  3. Experience in designing health, wellness, well-being, and integrative/CAM/holistic therapy curriculum
  4. Evidence of experience and proficiency in the utilization of the laboratory and laboratory equipment and the associated instruction appropriate for various health, wellness, and well-being-related courses
  5. The ability to develop instructional learning outcomes and to develop methods for assessing students’ achievement of these outcomes, as well as to ensure consistent and appropriate monitoring of student progress and use the assessment of one’s pedagogy and examine its effect critically
  6. Commitment to creative use of technology in teaching and learning, in environments such as computer-assisted or smart classrooms, class websites, or online platforms
  7. The ability to engage students from a broad spectrum of academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds both in the classroom and in consultation either in person or through the use of technology
  8. The enthusiasm for, understanding of, and commitment to the role and purpose of the community college
  9. A commitment to the teaching profession, its goals and ideals, and enthusiasm for the mission of the College
  10. The ability to use teaching methods that engage students actively in their learning, promote the development of critical thinking skills, and encourage them to become lifelong learners
  11. The ability to use instructional methods that emphasize group cooperation and collaboration and that reflect cultural sensitivity and interdisciplinary approaches to the subject matter
  12. The commitment to maintain currency in the discipline, and related technology appropriate for integrative/holistic health, wellness, and well-being instruction
  13. Ability to organize and explain materials in ways appropriate to students with differing abilities, levels of preparation, and cultural experience
  14. Commitment to the scholarship of teaching and learning including the ability to reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of one’s pedagogy and to make such reflection public

Evidence of effectiveness as a colleague:

  1. The ability, initiative, and commitment to work collaboratively with faculty and staff in the spirit of collegiality and innovation to enhance instruction, curriculum, and student success
  2. Commitment to professional responsibilities outside of the classroom through enthusiastic contributions to department, division, and college activities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional and/or educational experience in a variety of health and wellness-related professions
  • Professional experience in delivering integrative health modalities including naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, or osteopathic medicine
  • Professional experience working as part of a multidisciplinary health team
  • Recent community college or lower division teaching experience
  • 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
  • Demonstrated ability to address equity gaps within wellness courses and classrooms
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the implications of the Hispanic-Serving Institution designation for institutional, departmental, and instructional practices

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.

Open Date: 06/18/2024
First Review Date:
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary:
Required application materials will be screened on the basis of Requirements and Desirable Skills and Abilities listed in this announcement. Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and desirable skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to provide a teaching demonstration or demonstrate other job-related skills.

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.

2. Submit verifications of prior employment

3. Satisfactory references

4. 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.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States

6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees

7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.

8. 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.

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