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Assistant Professor of American Sign Language (ASL)

Southwestern College (CA)
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Dec 5, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Speech & Rhetoric
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor of American Sign Language (ASL)

Southwestern Community College District

Work Site: Main Campus: 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Department: School of Languages & Literature

District Values
Incumbents in District positions are expected to exhibit an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, and employees, including those with physical or learning disabilities, and successfully foster and support an inclusive educational and employment environment.

This position may include a combination of day, evening, weekend, and extension site assignments and instructor may be assigned to any of the campus sites (Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa, San Ysidro, local high schools, and/or local correctional facilities). Southwestern Community College District (SCCD) is seeking a full-time, tenure track, equity-focused faculty member committed to serving its' culturally diverse student population. Southwestern Community College District seeks faculty who will foster an inclusive learning environment through equity-minded teaching, leadership, and service to students working toward goals of university transfer, associate degree and certificate completion, employment advancement, and personal growth. THE COLLEGESouthwestern Community College District is a single college district providing higher education in Chula Vista, San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, National City and Coronado. SCCD's strategic south San Diego County locations position the College to provide exceptional service to a binational community on the U.S.-Mexico International Border. SCCD is one of 20 initial California Guided Pathways colleges and is known for its excellent learning communities. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, the College values equity, inclusion, and culturally responsive andragogy for all students. The College is dedicated to providing quality academic programs, comprehensive student support services that ensure equitable access, and clear pathways to student success. These efforts include professional development opportunities, employee-led affinity groups, proud commitment to DACA students, and supportive employee onboarding practices. OUR STUDENTSSouthwestern Community College District currently enrolls approximately 28,000 students annually. SCCD is comprised of 69% Hispanic students, 10% Caucasian students, 8% Filipino students, 5% African American students, and 3% Asian students. Approximately 63% of the College's students are under the age of 24 with 23% between the ages 25-39. Our students' gender demographics are represented by 55% female and 44% male. OUR VALUESWe value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, academic backgrounds, genders, abilities, and orientations. We seek applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. Successful candidates will be expected to exhibit responsiveness and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, cultural, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, religious, and ethnic and racial backgrounds of community college students and employees, and successfully foster and support an inclusive educational and employment environment. An equity-minded individual is a person who already does or has demonstrated the desire to:
  1. Critically self-assess their individual impact, through teaching practices and student engagement, on closing equity gaps and holds themselves accountable to upholding and delivering equitable practices.
  2. Reframe deficit language and take individual and collective responsibility to look at their own practices as a vehicle to eliminate inequities.
  3. Encourage positive race-consciousness and embrace human differences.
  4. Strategically encourage and build buy-in and participation among colleagues for equity efforts.

Southwestern Community College District seeks faculty who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals. RESPONSIBILITIES:Southwestern Community College is seeking an innovative educator to teach courses in the American Sign Language (ASL) program in various modalities including face-to-face, hybrid and online. Full-time faculty responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: teach all scheduled classes and maintain office hours; class preparation; curriculum development duties; assessment and evaluation of students; student performance monitoring and record-keeping; attend meetings pertinent to discipline/division/college; involvement in selected staff development and/or extracurricular activities. The full-time faculty member will maintain professional associations and connections with the professional community. Participate in the planning, implementation, peer evaluation, and peer mentoring as well as evaluation of educational programs (including student learning outcomes and assessment), courses and other experiences (including program review) that will directly result in the educational growth of the students and support advancement of the visions, missions, and values of the college.

Knowledge and Abilities:
Subject matter preparation:a. Experience in teaching undergraduate language skills in American Sign Languageb. Experience in developing formative and summative assessments and interpretive, presentational and interpersonal communicative activitiesc. Experience in developing fully online and hybrid courses Evidence of ability and effectiveness as a faculty member:a. Understanding of the role and purpose of the community college.b. Ability to evaluate one’s andragogy and its effectiveness in facilitating student learning.c. Ability to use teaching methods that engage racially, ethnically, academically, and culturally diverse students; promote critical thinking and emphasize cooperation and collaboration.d. Sensitivity to, and respect for a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities. e. Commitment to collegiality and collaboration by working as a team with faculty and staff enhancing instruction, curriculum, and student success; as well as in the planning of class schedules and teaching rotations.f. Knowledge and practice of culturally responsive pedagogy and andragogy that supports student-centered, self-reflective, and student-capable approaches which includes a wide range of institutional delivery systems.g. Ability to teach online courses effectively.h. Commitment to professional responsibilities and associations outside of the classroom through contributions to the department, division and college activities.i. Experience and expertise in culturally responsive teaching in American Sign Language for non-native signers.j. Demonstrate ability to address equity gaps within American Sign Language courses and classrooms.k. Demonstrate knowledge of the implications of the Hispanic-Serving Institution designation for instructional, department, and instructional practices.

Education and Experience:

Minimum Qualifications: (Faculty and Academic Administrator Positions Only)
Bachelor’s Degree and two years of professional experience OR An associate degree and six (6) years of professional experience OR A valid California Community College Credential in American Sign Language OR The equivalent. Note: Professional Experience is required when the applicant possess a Master’s Degree. The Professional Experience required must be directly related to the faculty member’s teaching assignment. The above stated number of years is for Full-Time experience or the equivalent in Part-Time Experience.

Desirable Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following desired qualifications:
  1. Commitment and success working in a diverse and multicultural community.
  2. Experience and expertise in culturally responsive teaching in the discipline.
  3. Experience and ability to address equity gaps within the discipline in the classroom.
  4. Knowledge of what it means to work in a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution in regard to institutional, department and instructional practices.
  5. Experience teaching American Sign Languages courses at entry, intermediate, and advanced level.
  6. Experience teaching Lengua de señas Mexicana (Mexican Sign Language) courses at entry, intermediate, and advanced level.
  7. Show ability to use current instructional technology and teaching methods in second or third language acquisition to promote an enriched classroom learning environment and scaffold communicative and intercultural competence at all levels of American Sign Language and Deaf culture.
  8. Current knowledge and experience in teaching Deaf culture, history, and linguistic varieties of different sign languages.
  9. Evidence and knowledge in using current communicative methodologies for American Sign Language.
  10. Willingness to become involved in daily affairs, growth, and coordination of the department and participation in campus affairs with increasing levels of responsibility.
  11. Commitment to working effectively and harmoniously with colleagues in an environment that promotes teaching, learning, and service to students.
  12. Current involvement with the Deaf community, such as participation in Deaf events or related activities at the college level and the community.
  13. Experience and/or interest in providing Study Abroad opportunities for our students.
  14. Experience collaborating with others in developing OER materials or gearing courses toward Zero Textbook Cost.

Candidates must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities. Experience working in a community with a similar diversity pattern as is found in the service area for Southwestern College is desirable.

Upon initial employment, full-time faculty members are placed on the salary schedule based upon years of experience and education.  Initial salary placement for experience can range from $55,070.00-$82,863.00 per year.  Faculty members are encouraged to continue their professional development through additional study qualifying them for advancement on the salary schedule.  For the current salary schedule and information on salary placement visit our website at  Benefits include a choice of medical plans, dental coverage, vision, sick leave and an optional tax deferred flexible benefit plan.  Coverage is offered for employees and all eligible dependents.  Academic employees participate in the State Teachers’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California.

Start Date

August 31, 2024 (Fall Semester, 2024)

Screening Deadline
All application materials must be received on-line at Position is open until filled. Applications received by the first screening deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2024 are guaranteed to be reviewed by the selection committee. Any application received after the deadline is not guaranteed a review.

Work Schedule:
Successful candidate may be assigned to any of the campus sites (Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa, and/or San Ysidro).

Additional Information:
A confirmation number will be assigned if your application packet has been successfully submitted. Assistance with the online application process is available through the Human Resources Office at 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910; telephone: (619) 482-6395 or e-mail to

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials are received by the review deadline date. A separate, complete application packet is required for each position for which you are applying for. All materials included in your application packet become District property, will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this opening only.

Candidates selected for employment with Southwestern Community College District must be fingerprinted by an electronic fingerprinting service (i.e. LiveScan) within 10 days of employment; provide clearance of tuberculosis (dated within the past 4 years and renewed every four years as a condition of continued employment) within 60 days of employment; provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

In addition to the above, for Faculty/Administrator positions (only), successful candidate must submit official (sealed) college transcripts confirming date degree conferred and/or a valid CA Community College Credential.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided to candidates with verified disabilities. Accommodation requests should be made at the time the interview appointment is scheduled.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Southwestern Community College District will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

The Southwestern Community College District shall not discriminate against any person in employment or in any program affiliated with the District on the basis of age, ancestry, color, ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Notice of Availability of the Annual Security Report - Southwestern College is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security Report is available on the SWCPD website at

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security Report, which contains this information, you can stop by the SWC College Police Department or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (619) 482-6390.

The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention; public safety authority; crime reporting policies; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking; the procedures the College will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

This information is required by law and is provided by the SWC College Police Department.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Plan (DAAPP) - More information about the DAAPP, including the Drug Free Environment and Drug Prevention Program Policy and Procedure and Biennial report can be found in the Health and Safety Section of the campus Consumer Information page (

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