FT/Tenure Track Instructor - Fashion Design
COMMITMENT TO EQUITY AND DIVERSITY
With the goal of ensuring the equal educational opportunity of all students, Santa Monica College embraces diversity among students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve as an integral part of our history, a recognition of the complexity of our present state, and a call to action for a better future. Embracing diversity means that we must intentionally practice equity and respect toward one another, and understand that discrimination and prejudices create and sustain privileges for some while creating and sustaining barriers for others. In order to embrace diversity, we also acknowledge that institutional discrimination and implicit bias exist, and that our goal is to eradicate those vestiges from our system. Our commitment to diversity requires that we strive to eliminate those barriers to equity, and that we act deliberately to create a safe and positive environment where individual and group differences are valued and leveraged for our growth and understanding as an educational community.
To advance the goals of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice for the success of students and employees, we must honor that each individual is unique and that our individual differences contribute to the ability of the college to prepare students on their educational journeys. This requires that we develop and implement policies and procedures, encourage individual and systemic change, continually reflect on our efforts, and hold ourselves accountable for the results of our efforts in accomplishing our goals.
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Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Teach a wide variety of fashion related courses in foundation and advanced fashion design, construction, current industry production, and merchandising; participate in numerous non-teaching departmental activities including, but not limited to, department meetings, academic and career advisement, course development, staff development programs, advisory committee meetings, faculty evaluations, sewing lab advanced development and management, professional development, scholarly/creative activities related to fashion education and the fashion industry to cultivate professional liaisons, internships/career development, and service to the college community. Ideal candidates will demonstrate the ability to teach challenging, current industry technical skills to a diverse community college student body.
Applicant must meet the minimum qualifications of a Fashion Design faculty discipline at the college. To review the minimum qualifications for faculty disciplines, refer to Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges, which can be found on the California Chancellor’s Office website at https://www.cccco.edu/-/media/CCCCO-Website/About-Us/Reports/Files/CCCCO_Report_Min_Qualifications-ADA-Final.ashx
- Bachelor’s and two years of professional experience or any Associate degree and six years of professional experience OR the equivalent* OR possession of an appropriate valid California Community College Credential authorizing service in the specified subject area(s).
- Must have evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the socio-economic, academic, cultural and ethnic diversity within the community college student population, including students for whom English is not their first language, first generation college students, and students with physical and/or learning disabilities as these factors relate to differences in learning styles.
* The Santa Monica Community College District, in its desire to select outstanding faculty members from the largest possible pool of qualified applicants, recognizes the fact that candidates may attain expertise in a discipline through a variety of means. Certain combinations of education, experience and other accomplishments in the field may be judged by the District as equal to the stated minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who feel they possess such equivalent qualifications are encouraged to apply and provide appropriate documentation of their qualifications.
- Professional experience in the fashion industry and teaching experience at the college level, with an emphasis in Fashion Design - from concept to production level construction, pattern drafting, draping, advanced design, and in the following areas: Apparel Technology (experience in the use of computer technology, i.e., PLM, CAD, and/or various fashion industry software programs; knowledge of Tech Packs, Specs) and Fashion Show Production (experience in leading collections as well as the actual show presentation).
- Costume design/wardrobing experience as well as professional/established relationships with LA-based costume and/or entertainment industry are a plus for use in cultivating internships/job placement. Experience teaching online studio coursework.
- For use in cultivating internships/job placement for fashion students, professional/established relationships with LA-based fashion and/or entertainment industry are a plus.
FT Faculty Application Requirements
A standard application consists of the following:
- Online District Application
- Cover Letter
- Two (2) Confidential Letters of Recommendation
* Additional, job-specific items may be required. Please refer to the job posting for specific details.
PLEASE NOTE: THE E-MAILS TO YOUR REFERENCE WRITERS REQUESTING CONFIDENTIAL LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION ARE NOT GENERATED UNTIL THE APPLICATION IS COMPLETE. YOU MUST FINISH YOUR APPLICATION AND CLICK SUBMIT FOR THE E-MAILS TO GO OUT. PLEASE KEEP THIS IN MIND AND ALLOW ENOUGH TIME FOR YOUR REFERENCE WRITERS TO RECEIVE THE REQUEST AND SUBMIT THE LETTERS PRIOR TO THE RECRUITMENT DEADLINE. ALSO, THE LINKS IN THE E-MAILS TO YOUR REFERENCE WRITERS WILL NOT WORK IF THEY ARE TRYING TO SEND THE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION FROM OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES. iF THIS IS THE CASE, PLEASE HAVE YOUR REFERENCE WRITER SUBMIT THEIR LETTER DIRECTLY TO THE SANTA MONICA COLLEGE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT AT email@example.com.
It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all application materials, including the letters of recommendation, are received prior to the recruitment deadline.
Starting salaries for FT Faculty are based on a combination of experience (step) and educational (group) achievement. Initial placement is within the starting salary range and a minimum of step 5 within the applicable group. Further advancements are based on longevity and educational growth.
FT Faculty Salary Schedule
This advertised salary range is based on the contracted regular semesters (Fall and Spring). Intersessions (Winter and/or Summer), additional teaching load, and/or substitute teaching may result in increased earning potential.
Recent experience working with African American, Latinx, Native American, and other racially minoritized students in the classroom; and a willingness to use culturally responsive instructional practices.
Demonstrated sensitivity to issues of diversity, and ability to motivate and teach community college students of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, sexual orientations, genders, cultures, and learning styles, as well as students with disabilities or varied levels of academic preparation.
Santa Monica College encourages candidates that are equity-minded to apply. SMC is a minority-serving, Hispanic-serving institution. We actively seek to attract candidates from minority groups that value equity, diversity and inclusion. Equity, diversity and inclusion are built into the culture at SMC and are an essential component of the work that we do. SMC is committed to racial and socioeconomic diversity as it is a reflection of our student population and we strive to hire candidates that share this commitment.
Equal Employment Opportunity Disclosure
The Santa Monica Community College District is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. All qualified applicants for employment, as well as District employees, shall have full and equal access to employment opportunity. No person shall be subjected to unlawful discrimination in any program or activity of the District. The District's Board Policy 3420 (Equal Employment Opportunity) may be accessed at: http://www.smc.edu/ACG/Documents/Board_Policy_Manual/Updated%20Board%20Policies%202017/Board%20Policy%20Chapter%203.pdf
The Santa Monica Community College District, in its desire to select outstanding faculty members from the largest possible pool of qualified applicants, recognizes the fact that candidates may attain expertise in a discipline through a variety of means. Certain combinations of education, experience and other accomplishments in the field may be judged by the District as equal to the stated minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who feel they possess such equivalent qualifications are encouraged to apply and provide appropriate documentation of their qualifications. For further details regarding equivalency criteria, please download the Equivalency Application Statement Form available at https://jobs.smc.edu/applicants/static/customers/655/EquivalencyStatementPDF.pdf
Conditions of Employment
Appointment is subject to verification of official transcripts, current or previous employment, tuberculosis and fingerprint clearance. Selected candidate must provide identification and work authorization.
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