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Journalism Assistant Professor (60%) and English Assistant Professor (40%)

Institution: Los Rios Community College District
Location: Sacramento, California
Posted: 02/27/2019
Application Due: 00/00/0000

Job Posting Title

Journalism Assistant Professor (60%) and English Assistant Professor (40%)


Los Rios Community College District (American River College)

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The Institution


Founded in 1955, American River College (ARC) is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the Sacramento region, serving about 30,000 diverse students each fall and spring at its main campus and centers.

Our Strengths

The college has an outstanding record for academic quality and is among the top community colleges in the state for transferring students to the University of California and California State University systems. The College offers education and support for students to strengthen basic skills, earn associate degrees and certificates, transfer to other colleges and universities, and achieve career as well as other academic and personal goals. ARC also has a strong reputation for its wide array of career programs, in areas such as Healthcare, Hospitality, Human Services, Business & Computer Science, Public Safety, Applied Arts, Advanced Transportation and Manufacturing and Apprenticeship.

Our Vision

Our vision is to transform the future of all students and our community through inclusive, equitable education. The college seeks individuals who share our mission of placing students first by providing an academically rich, inclusive environment that inspires critical thinking, learning and achievement, and responsible participation in the community.

Our Commitment to Social Justice & Equity

American River College strives to uphold the dignity and humanity of every student and employee. We are committed to equity and social justice through equity-minded education, transformative leadership, and community engagement. We believe this commitment is essential to achieving our mission and enhancing our community. The college seeks candidates who are committed to culturally inclusive practices and serving ARC’s student population. Faculty and staff are encouraged to engage in ongoing development of their professional skills. The college thus supports employee engagement in a broad range of trainings, workshops and activities such as the Equity Action Institute, the New Faculty Academy, and the Classified Leadership Academy. In addition, faculty and staff regularly participate in trainings offered through the college’s Center for Teaching and Learning and its Instructional Technology Center.

Position Summary

General Responsibilities:

The faculty member shall be responsible for the following: teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean; helping students fulfill their maximum potential in mastering course content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining a thorough and up-to-date knowledge in their regular teaching field; continuing professional development; utilizing current technology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standards of professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professional position; assisting with articulation and curriculum development and review; serving on college committees and participating in faculty governance including accreditation and student co-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities as assigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties and responsibilities of a full-time faculty member as outlined in the college faculty handbook.

The position is split between the Journalism department and the English department, meaning candidates must meet the minimum qualifications in both disciplines, either directly or through the equivalency process.

The Journalism department uses diverse journalism media, including print, photo, video, audio, internet, and other multi-media methods and techniques.

The English area maintains a focus on: diversity in all its forms, recognizing the substantial possibility for growth that comes from faculty and students who represent and engage deeply within our vast democracy. We offer a wide range of course offerings and campus resources to uphold our strong commitment to students and their success, while providing challenging coursework in composition, literature, critical thinking, and creative writing. Towards this commitment to success, the department also provides instructional support in the Writing Across the Curriculum program.

The department maintains a focus on:

● Multi-media methods, techniques, equipment and software as related to teaching journalism courses.

● Current trends in journalism.

● Cohort-based teaching.

● Interdisciplinary teaching approaches.

● Colleague collaboration (department and college).

Position Salary Information:

Initial maximum salary placement is based on academic degree, upper/graduate level units earned, and/or related professional occupational experience per the Los Rios College Federation of Teachers (LRCFT) contract Article 2 (The initial maximum placement is Class V, Step 8).

Assignment Responsibilities

Journalism Assistant Professor (60%)

The instructional assignment may include, but is not limited to, teaching courses in all levels of Journalism offered at the college in:

● News Writing and Reporting

● Mass Media and Society

● Producing the college newspaper

● Other topics in the field of journalism

English Assistant Professor (40%)

The instructional assignment may include, but is not limited to teaching courses in all levels of English offered at the college in:

● Basic Writing Skills

● Intermediate Writing Skills

● College Composition

● Advanced Composition

● Critical Thinking

● Literature

● Creative Writing

● Education

Additional duties may include, but are not limited to:

● Serving as lead instructor for the Journalism Program at American River College.

● Acting as advisor to the American River College school newspaper.

● Overseeing student and community interactions with the Journalism Program at American River College and related organizations such as advisory boards, vocational training, and funding agencies, and professional service groups.

● Instructing in the Writing Across the Curriculum program, in computer-enriched classrooms, and through online modalities.

The instructional assignment may include day, evening, online, hybrid, weekend, and/or off-campus classes.

Work Year

164 days

Minimum Qualifications

Journalism Assistant Professor (60%)

1A. Have a master’s degree from an accredited institution, completed by August 22, 2019, in Journalism or Communication with a specialization in Journalism; OR have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, completed by August 22, 2019, in Journalism or Communication with a specialization in Journalism; AND, have a master’s degree in English, History, Communication, Literature, Composition, Comparative Literature, any Social Science, Business, Business Administration, Marketing, Graphics, or Photography; OR, hold a California Community College Instructor’s Credential in the discipline area; OR, the equivalent.*


English Assistant Professor (40%)

1B. Have a master’s degree from an accredited institution, completed by August 22, 2019, in English, Literature, Comparative Literature, or Composition; OR, have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, completed by August 22, 2019, in English, Literature, Comparative Literature, or Composition; AND have a master’s degree in Linguistics, TESL, Speech, Education with Specialization in Reading, Creative Writing, or Journalism; OR, hold a California Community College Instructor’s Credential in the discipline area; OR, the equivalent.*

2. Have an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, including those with physical or learning disabilities as it relates to differences in learning styles; and successfully foster and support an inclusive educational and employment environment.


● Applicants applying under the “equivalent” provision must attach details and explain how their academic preparation and/or professional experience is the equivalent of the degrees listed above.

● If your degree title differs from the minimum qualifications listed above, you are requested to submit this equivalency statement.

Application Instructions

Applicants applying to this position are REQUIRED to complete fully and submit:

1. Los Rios Community College District Faculty Application

2. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work

3. Resume

4. Two letters of recommendation (If using Interfolio please send attachments to HR@losrios.edu)

5. Letter of Interest


● Applications submitted without all required documents, listed above, will be disqualified. Applicants indicating “see resume” on the online application will be disqualified.

● Graduate advising documents and grade reports will not be accepted as unofficial transcripts.

● Los Rios employees are also required to submit unofficial copies of transcripts.

● Individuals who have completed college or university course work at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees and other relevant documents.

● A foreign transcript evaluation is required any time foreign course work is used to meet minimum qualifications and/or salary placement even if the foreign transcript has been accepted by a college or university in the United States.

● Foreign transcript evaluations are ONLY accepted from AICE (Association of International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) or NACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) agencies or evaluators. Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluations click here

Do not submit additional materials that are not requested.


$46,470 to $77,043 annually. Additional earnings may be available for summer, overload, and stipends. LRCCD Salary Schedules

Additional Salary Information

Entering annual salary within a given range varies, depending upon units/degrees completed at accredited colleges/universities and experience. Candidates not holding a master's degree may start at a salary lower than posted above.

Posting Date


Closing Date


Open Continuously


Beginning and/or Ending Dates

Full-Time, Tenure-Track Position

Beginning on or about August 22, 2019.

How and where to apply

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for complete information on how to apply online with our District. Application services are available between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Los Rios Community College District Human Resources Office located at 1919 Spanos Court, Sacramento, CA 95825-3981. If you need assistance with any phase of the application process, please call (916) 568-3112 or come in during our business hours.

After hours inquiries should be emailed to hr@losrios.edu. Submission of applications are by 11:59 p.m. of the posting closing date.


All Positions: Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful clearance from a criminal background check, freedom from tuberculosis, and proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States prior to the first day of work. The District may select additional qualified candidates should unexpected vacancies or needs occur during this recruitment/selection process. When education is a requirement for the position, official academic transcripts from the accredited college/university must be submitted within 60 days of hire.

Administrative/Executive/Faculty Positions: Contingent on funding and eligibility, successful candidates selected for an interview may be eligible to apply for partial reimbursement of travel expenses, up to a maximum of $250. Candidate Travel Reimbursement click here



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