Assistant Professor Of Horticulture And Design

Chula Vista, CA 91910, United States

Job Description

Hours Per Week: 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.

We 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.
SCCD 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: This position may include a combination of day, evening, weekend and extension site assignments.

Southwestern Community College District (SCCD) is seeking a full-time, tenure track, equity-focused faculty member committed to serving its’ culturally diverse student population.

SCCD 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.

SCCD is a single college district providing higher education in Chula Vista, San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, National City and Coronado. SCCD’s strategic south SD 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 CA 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.

SCCD 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.

Under the direction of the Dean, the School of Business and Technology is soliciting diverse applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Horticulture and Design. This position requires a candidate with strong competencies in horticulture with primary teaching responsibility in this area.

The Applied Technology Department offers our diverse students technical and professional training for careers in a variety of Horticultural and Design related disciplines. The Department has several programs that lead to verifications of completion, certificates, A.A. degrees, and preparation for transfer to a four-year college or university. Programs are designed for student skill levels from novice to individuals seeking career enhancement and mobility. Many Applied Technology courses prepare students for industry certifications. The primary teaching responsibility will be in the area of Horticulture. Knowledge & Abilities: 1. Subject matter preparation:
a. Experience in teaching general and specialized Horticultural and Design courses.
b. Experience in teaching Horticultural and Design courses in the areas of Landscape Nursery Technology and Landscape Architecture
c. Hold industry recognized certificates.
d. Experience in teaching online courses in Horticulture and Design.
e. Obtain SCCD Distance Education Faculty Training (DEFT) certification, or its equivalent, within twelve months of hire date.
f. Work experience in the area of Horticulture and Design disciplines.
g. Teaching experience to include at least one year of community college or above; either part-time or fulltime.
h. Assume a lead role in the curriculum development and implementation of Certificate courses in the disciplines of Horticulture and Design.
i. Participate in the development of industry and government partnerships, university center development and programs, enhancement of workforce development, work-based-learning, career pathways, and play an active role in outreach to K-12 schools.
j. In addition to teaching competence in the primary discipline, the successful candidate will also have experience in blending student success strategies, such as goal setting, time-management, problem solving, study methods, and research skills. Candidates who have not had such experience will be expected to gain these competencies during their first year, so that they are able to incorporate these strategies in their own courses.

2. 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. Education & Experience: Minimum Qualifications (Faculty and Academic Administrator Positions Only) Bachelor’s Degree and two years of professional experience
Associate’s Degree and six years of professional experience
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(s). The above stated number of years is for Full-Time experience or the equivalent in Part-Time Experience. Unpaid experience may be counted if it entailed responsibilities substantially similar to those of relevant paid positions in the field). Desired 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 is means to work in a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution in regards to institutional, department and instructional practices.
5. Knowledge and experience in the wide areas of horticulture including plant identification, soils, landscape contracting and construction, water management and irrigation technology, pest management, and plant propagation and nursery management.
6. Experience with computer aided drafting and design (CADD) software sufficient to teach CADD courses as needed.
7. Knowledge and experience with the duties of program coordinator which includes managing budgets, holding advisory committee meetings, managing staff and student workers, managing a horticultural site, scheduling courses, recruiting Part-Time faculty, and mentoring students.

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. Licenses and Other Requirements: A horticultural-based teaching demonstration will be required of those invited for an interview. Working Conditions: Salary: 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. Salary Schedule: Academic Contract (10-month) Work Schedule: Successful candidate may be assigned to any of the campus sites (Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa, and/or San Ysidro). Start Date: January 29, 2021 (Spring Semester, 2021) 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, October 23, 2020 are guaranteed to be reviewed by the selection committee. Any application received after the deadline is not guaranteed a review. Tentative Timeline (Subject to Amendments): September 9-October 23, 2020 : Position advertised; District receives applications
October 26-30, 2020 : Initial screening deadline for guaranteed consideration. Position is open until filled.
November 9-20, 2020 : Reviewing of applications.
November 30, 2020 : Search Committee interviews candidates
December, 2020 : Top finalist interviews
January, 2021 : Successful applicant name submitted to Governing Board for approval. Open Until Filled Yes Required Applicant Docs Cont'd Southwestern College Online Application Supplemental Application: Asst Prof of Horticulture & Design Supplemental Application Special Instructions to Applicants: 1. Cover letter that includes discussion of the following questions as well as the job duties listed in the announcement:
a. In your experience, what are the most effective strategies for supporting students who have been under resourced?
b. Think of the most successful class you have taught. What were the key factors in creating that success for diverse students?
c. How is your teaching approach culturally-responsive to the students you serve?

Narrative: Addressing how your education & experience in horticulture will be used to improve the Landscape and Nursery Technology program at Southwestern College. Equivalency (Academic Faculty Positions Only) To teach classes at Southwestern Community College District, an applicant must have completed coursework that meets the California Community College’s Chancellor’s Office Minimum Qualifications for Faculty. In some cases, an applicant who does not possess the exact degree title(s) listed by the State may meet State requirements for equivalency. In this case, the District follows a process to determine equivalency. If this is the case, please complete the Supplemental Equivalency Application for Academic Employment and upload this form with your online application. Foreign Degrees: Foreign degrees require an evaluation for United States equivalency from an agency having membership with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc.

Transcripts issued outside the United States of America require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached to your online application at the time of applying.

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Additional Information: We regret we are unable to accept faxed, e-mailed, mailed, or hand delivered application materials. Only complete application materials submitted through SWC online system will be accepted. To complete and submit your application for this position, please visit our online employment website at All required information must be submitted online before the review date and time indicated on the job posting.

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.

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.

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    Full Time
  • Salary:
    $55,070 - $82,863 a year
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    Chula Vista, CA 91910, United States
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