Asian American Studies Instructor

Laney College


Asian American Studies Instructor

Salary Range: $57,635- $77,843/yr. Initial salary placement is commensurate with experience and educational background.

Application Deadline Date: 05/11/2022


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Job Description Summary    

The Asian and Asian American Studies Program includes courses concentrating on Asia as well as courses concerning Asian peoples and Asian Americans in the Americas. Historical, sociological, psychological and aesthetic perspectives are utilized in these courses in order to provide a broad understanding of this diverse area of the world and the dynamic peoples who live there and trace their ancestry to that region. The major emphasizes the disaggregation of the Asian American experience, focusing not only on East Asians, but also Central Asians, Southeast Asians, as well as Pacific Islanders. Courses feature a comparative methodology, exploring Asian and Asian American phenomena both within and across race and ethnicity.


Duties & Responsibilities    

Teaching schedule may include evening or weekend hours as part of contract assignment.

Instructors are expected to use and keep abreast of advanced teaching methods, including the use of current and future technologies to support student learning and career objectives.


• Teach Asian American Studies with a specialization in Asian American History and/or Asian American Culture in accordance with established course outlines.


• Primary teaching assignments will include: ASAME courses however may be assigned to teach other Ethnic Studies courses depending on qualifications.


• Develop and revise courses in the discipline to meet the needs of a diversifying Asian American and Asian Diasporic student body.


• Foster an inclusive and respectful community of learners that critically explores, investigates and engages in problem-posing analysis of the above topic areas, and, that integrates issues and challenges relating to local, national, and global multicultural/multiethnic/multiracial dynamics, exploring both historically successful and new alternative strategies for addressing these challenges.


· Provide class instruction in accordance with established course outlines.


· Inform students via syllabi concerning course requirements, evaluation procedures, and attendance requirements.


· Maintain necessary attendance, scholastic and personnel records, and submits them according to published deadlines.


· Prepare and grade class assignments and examinations and promptly returns them to students.


· Post and maintain required office hours in accordance with the prevailing policy.


· Participate in faculty discussions on curriculum, teaching-learning techniques and teaching materials.


· Participate on departmental, divisional, and campus committees. Develop and revise courses in the discipline.


The Instructor is also responsible for providing a full professional service week that may include, but is not limited to:


· Teaching, teaching preparation, maintenance of office hours and student advising, and maintenance of student rosters, class records and grade completion in accordance with District policy and procedures;


· Performing departmental duties such as program and curriculum development, evaluation and revision, and selecting appropriate instructional materials, and working with administrators and other faculty to develop a comprehensive pre-collegiate program;


· Participation in professional activities such as departmental and campus committee work, faculty peer evaluations, staff meetings and participation in the governance structure of the College and District;


· Pursuing professional growth activities to remain current in discipline and teaching methodology;


· Performing professional outreach activities (e.g., working with administrators and other faculty, as part of course development and depending on need, by participating in an industry advisory committee for a program, working with inter-segmental education partners—such as high school, adult school and other colleges—and industry partners to design and implement effective basic skills curricula and career pathways in the discipline, etc.); and


· Performing other related duties as assigned by the College.


Minimum Qualifications    

1. Possession of a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Asian-American Studies.




2. Possession of a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in a related discipline (e.g. Ethnic Studies, Sociology, American Studies, History, etc.) with an emphasis in Asian-American Studies.


(NOTE: If you are applying for this position on the basis of a Master’s Degree in a related discipline, please be aware that your college transcript must clearly indicate the emphasis in Asian American Studies. If there is no notation of emphasis on your transcripts, then you will have to supply additional documentation from the degree-granting institution that verifies the emphasis, and identifies the specific coursework that demonstrates your emphasis in Asian American Studies.)




3. Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in Asian American Studies AND a Master’s degree in Ethnic Studies.


4. May submit a fully satisfied lifetime California Community College Instructor Credential authorizing service to teach courses in Asian American Studies. (California credentials were no longer issued after July 1, 1990).




5. The equivalent qualifications. (Candidates who claim equivalency must provide conclusive evidence, as clear and reliable on the college transcripts as required on the District Equivalency Application Form. Refer to the Equivalency Procedures below. This is not a process to waive the minimum qualifications.)


6. Applicant must have demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college staff, faculty, and students.


Desirable Qualifications    

• Prior college level teaching experience in Asian-American Studies, preferably at least two (2) years.

• Community College teaching experience.

• Ability to support current Asian American Studies program offerings abroad and lab setting.

• Ability to develop cultural awareness programs and work with student governance groups.

• Ability to teach a wide variety of classes from the Asian-American Studies program.

• Ability to serve on academic committees and to take a leadership role in the department.

• Experience teaching hybrid and online classes in Asian-American Studies.

• Experience in curriculum development including distance education, and/or hybrid courses.

• Open to develop, in collaboration with the department chair, new online and hybrid classes.

• Recent experience teaching identified courses in the discipline.

• Evidence of strong commitment to professional growth and development and to the continued innovation and improvement of teaching.

• Ability to teach a wide range of classes as schedules and institutional commitments require.

• Ability to develop and/or revise online and transfer-level courses within the curriculum.

• Training and certification in online instruction.

• Prior experience in or willingness to explore the use of Open Educational Resources to create Zero Textbook Cost courses