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Instructor, English

Foothill-De Anza Community College District
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 21, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Instructor, English

Initial Review Date: 01/31/2023*

*Any complete applications received after the review date will only be forwarded to the hiring committee at their request.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is currently accepting applications for the faculty position of Instructor, English, Foothill College.

The Foothill - De Anza Community College District does not have a remote work policy. All employees are expected to be available to work in person and on-site per the requirement of the department.

Foothill - De Anza Community College District Mission Statement:

The mission of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District is student success. We are driven by an equity agenda and guided by core values of excellence, inclusion, and sustainability. Every member of our district contributes to a dynamic learning environment that fosters student engagement, equal opportunity, and innovation in meeting the various educational and career goals of our diverse students. We are committed to providing an accessible, quality undergraduate education dedicated to developing a broadly educated and socially responsible community that supports an equitable and just future for California.

Foothill College Mission Statement:

Believing a well-educated population is essential to sustaining and enhancing a democratic society, Foothill College offers programs and services that empower students to achieve their goals as members of the workforce, as future students, and as global citizens. We work to obtain equity in achievement of student outcomes for all California student populations, and are guided by our core values of honesty, integrity, trust, openness, transparency, forgiveness, and sustainability.

These core values are essential to authentic and sustainable institutional equity at Foothill College. Institutional equity is embedded not only in the college's Educational Master Plan and Strategic Vision for Equity but in its planning, hiring and evaluative processes.

Duties and Responsibilities

Foothill college is seeking a dynamic, motivated, and collegial full-time English instructor with a strong commitment to the mission of California's community colleges. The successful candidate will teach the core sequence of composition, critical reading, and critical thinking courses (and related support courses) and may teach courses in the instructor's areas of expertise and/or interests: literature, creative writing, journalism, and/or technical writing. We invite applicants with experience and interest in elevating student voices on campus, including via student journalism. Teaching assignments will be primarily on-campus, with some online and hybrid, and faculty are expected to engage in professional contributions on the Foothill campus throughout the academic year.

The successful applicant will have credentials and experience in composition and reading theory, with an excitement for helping us meet the challenges and leverage the opportunities of a 21st century education in writing and literary studies. Faculty support student success through the application and understanding of materials, pedagogies, assessment methods, and feedback techniques that are effective with a diverse student population. A successful applicant will have a demonstrated interest in collaborating with faculty and staff to increase student success, persistence, and retention. Faculty responsibilities include evaluating existing departmental programs and courses and keeping current with research, pedagogies, and methodologies for teaching linguistically diverse students.

Standard duties expected of all full-time faculty include development, assessment, and revision of curricula and textbooks; program review; Student Learning Outcomes assessment; maintaining scheduled office hours; attending department/division meetings; pursuing professional growth activities; service on district and/or college committees; and working with other departments and community partners to improve student success. We seek faculty members who are themselves the life-long learners and independent thinkers we encourage our students to be. We are looking for educators with a shared sense of purpose and a demonstrated commitment to student success, who are creative and responsible in their use of time and resources, who possess a clear vision for creating a democratic learning environment, and who can translate that vision into practice.

  1. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  2. Master's in English, literature, comparative literature, or composition OR Bachelor's in any of the above AND Master's in linguistics, TESL, speech, education with a specialization in reading, creative writing or journalism OR the equivalent

Preferred Qualifications

We encourage individuals to apply for the position even if they do not meet all of the qualifications below.
  • Knowledge and application of the major epistemological considerations informing the discipline of English, including relevant history and contexts of the field, contributing theories, and pedagogical approaches.
  • Experience and enthusiasm for teaching composition and reading, critical thinking, and literature (and related support courses) in a multicultural college or university setting.
  • Training and/or experience in equity-driven, culturally-responsive curriculum, course design, pedagogy, and assessment that engages diverse student populations and encourages student agency and metacognitive awareness.
  • Experience and/or interest in collaborating with colleagues to develop interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning, such as Writing in the Disciplines/Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Experience with journalism, publications, and/or student voice projects.
  • Experience supporting the success of disproportionately impacted students through mentoring, club advising, and/or support of learning communities.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills applicable to the duties and challenges related to carrying out departmental and institutional responsibilities.
  • Knowledge of the California community college system and the populations it serves.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with and/or interest in: online pedagogy and instructional technology/learning management systems in asynchronous online/hybrid settings.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills


  • Indoor, office environment.

  • Physical Abilities:

    (Applicants should perform these physical abilities with or without reasonable accommodations)
  • Hearing and speaking to exchange information.
  • Vision sufficient to read various materials.
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to perform the tasks required of the position.
  • Regularly stand, walk, and sit for extended periods of time.
  • Bending at waist, kneeling, or crouching.
  • Reaching overhead, above the shoulders, and horizontally.
  • Lifting and carrying objects up to 20 lbs.

  • A District on-line application to be completed at *In the application, you will provide information, which demonstrates your understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff. Additionally, you will be asked to explain how your life experiences, studies or work have influenced your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • A current resume of all relevant work experience, research, and formal education and training, including relevant graduate coursework.
  • A cover letter detailing your background and experience, skills, and abilities as they relate to the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position.
  • An attached supplemental document: In no more than two (2) pages, describe a book you have used or would use in a transfer-level composition course with students of varying levels of reading/writing experience/skills, such as English 1A; explain why you chose it; and outline a lesson plan that introduces the text to community college students with diverse backgrounds, skills, and needs.
  • An attached supplemental document: Submit a writing assignment prompt for a student audience and appropriate for a freshman composition class (ENGL1A) and a brief (no more than one page) rationale for the assignment and what it demonstrates about your teaching philosophy

  • If you wish to request equivalency for this position (if you believe you do not otherwise meet minimum qualifications via educational degree attainment as specified), you may submit the Request for Equivalency form. This form will need to be submitted with your application packet. You may either scan a hard copy of this form with your application packet or submit it as a Word document with your application packet.

    Applicants will be REQUIRED to submit transcripts for salary placement purposes. Applicants who have international transcripts must obtain transcripts that are evaluated by an independent educational-equivalency evaluation company and obtain an English translation (if necessary). These services are to be done at the applicant's expense.

    If any required application materials are omitted, the committee will not review your application packet. Application materials not required (including reference letters) for this position will not be accepted. For full-consideration, all application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date.

    Please allow yourself ample time to complete your application and resolve any technical difficulties that may arise with your submission. We do not guarantee a response to application questions within 48 hours of the closing date. You may also visit our “Applicant Information” webpage to assist with technical difficulties at:

    HIRING RANGE: $67,090.00 - $110,186.00 annually plus benefits; actual placement is based on applicant's verified education and experience.

    For the complete Faculty Salary Schedule, go to:

    Excellent benefits package which includes medical coverage for employee and eligible dependents, dental, vision care, employee assistance program, long term disability, retirement benefits and basic life insurance. Other voluntary benefits are also available such as legal assistance, pet insurance, and long-term care. Faculty are also eligible for paid professional development leaves and stipends for educational and professional development.

    For information on our benefits package that includes medical for employees and dependents, visit our web site:

    TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Full-time, Tenure-track, 10-months per year

    STARTING DATE: Fall 2023

    Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process must notify Employment Services no later than the closing date of the announcement.

    The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S.

    The Foothill-De Anza Community College District does not reimburse applicants for travel, lodging or any other costs incurred by applicant to attend interviews. All interviewing costs incurred will be the responsibility of the applicant.

    For more information about our application process contact:

    Employment Services

    Foothill-De Anza Community College District

    12345 El Monte Road

    Los Altos Hills, California 94022

    (650) 949-6217


    This position will become Open Until Filled after the initial Closing Date. Any complete applications received while the position is Open Until Filled will be reviewed by the hiring committee only upon committee request.

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