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Job ID: 206036

Political Science Instructor
South Orange County Community College District

Date Posted Feb. 22, 2023
Title Political Science Instructor
University South Orange County Community College District
South Orange County Community College District, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Social Sciences - Political Science


Political Science Instructor


Job Category:

Faculty CTA


Job Opening Date:

February 21, 2023


Job Closing Date:

April 11, 2023



Saddleback College


Work Location:

Mission Viejo, CA


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Pay Rate Type:



Work Days:

As assigned


Work Hours:

As assigned


Hours Per Week:



Percentage of Employment:



Months of Employment:

10 month



$78,689 to $104,919 annually


Required Documents:

Resume/CV, Cover Letter, and Transcripts


Job Description:

Application materials must be received by 11:59 pm on April 10, 2023


The ideal candidate for this position is an equity-minded individual who understands the importance of creating opportunities in Political Science for students who have been historically underserved.  Saddleback College seeks candidates who view the elimination of inequities as an individual and collective responsibility and who strive to reframe inequities as a problem of practice.  In addition, the ideal candidate demonstrates a commitment to student-centered teaching practices, effective cross-disciplinary and cross campus collaboration, transparent decision-making, and purposeful service to the community.  The ideal candidate will embrace the role of an educator who is continually learning anti-racist pedagogy and adapting to the needs of a diverse student population.


Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities as presented are intended to be representative and not restrictive. The District reserves the right to modify the assignment and allocation of duties in accordance with any changes in District policy and/or the faculty collective bargaining agreement.


The Political Science Department at Saddleback College seeks a dynamic professor who values diversity and desires to create an interactive and inclusive classroom environment and support the growth of the department. The candidate’s primary assignments may include teaching in person, online, hybrid, or night courses, including but not limited to American Government, Comparative Politics, and International Relations. Additionally, the candidate will be encouraged to take on leadership roles within the department, supporting curriculum changes and building connections between the classroom and the wider community.


  • Teach Political Science and related courses to a diverse student population.

  • Instruct and assist in the growth and success of a diverse population of students through careful preparation of course materials, effective teaching methodologies and informed critical feedback on assignments and discussions in support of student success.

  • Develop culturally relevant course content, culturally responsive pedagogical techniques, and effective practices for engaging students who are diverse and/or are students who are historically underserved. The ideal candidate should have experience with relevant pedagogical techniques to engage diverse student populations such as African American, Chicanx and Latinx, Native Americans, Asian American and Pacific Islanders and other disproportionately impacted students.

  • Participate in curriculum development and serve on department, division/school, college and district committees as necessary to maintain and improve the instructional program; participate in appropriate professional development activities. 

  • Engage in co-curricular activities, including planning, implementing, and teaching in special programs designed to support student success.

  • Participate in the formulation of Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and the Student Learning Outcomes assessment cycle.

  • Maintain formal office hours; stay current on information as discussed in department and division/school meetings.

  • Provide an average of one (1) hour per week of college service that supports the division/school, college and/or District goals through active participation in one or more of the following categories: committee work on the department, division/school, college, and/or district level; non-classroom college, district, or community activities; department/division/school activities, events, or meetings; student club advisor activities or events.

  • Remain current in your discipline, of instructional methods and new technologies pertinent to areas of assignment; learn and apply emerging technologies and advances (e.g., computer software applications) as necessary to assist and support student success.

  • Teach scheduled classes and perform related duties as assigned, including comply with the applicable Course Outline of Record(s) (COR); respond to and evaluate student work regularly and consistently, inform students on a timely basis of their progress in the course throughout the term; and respond to student academic concerns, as appropriate, in a timely manner.  Comply with district, college and division/school policies in the performance of duties.

  • Work cooperatively with staff and students.

  • Regular and consistent performance of the requirements of your position.


Minimum Qualifications:

1. Must meet one of the following qualifications under (A) through (D):

(a) Master’s in political science, government, or international relations; OR

(b) Bachelor’s in any of the above AND Master’s in economics, history, public administration, social science, sociology, and any ethnic studies, Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) or Legum Baccalaureus (LL.B.); OR

(c) Valid California Community College instructor credential appropriate to the subject per Education Code 87355 (issued prior to July 1, 1990); OR

(d) A combination of education and experience that is at least the equivalent of (A)  and/or (B) above. Candidates making an application based on equivalency must submit a Supplemental Application for Equivalency Determination in addition to all other required materials.


2. Commitment to equity and diversity. All applicants must have demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff.  The applicant must be able to demonstrate how these factors relate to the need for equity minded practices within an educational environment.

Desired Qualifications:


  • An earned Ph.D. in Political Science from an accredited college or university.

  • Demonstrated ability and experience in developing a comprehensive Political Science curriculum.

  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate co-curricular and extra-curricular activities related to political science at the community college level.

  • Experience creating and delivering various modes of instruction including but not limited to in-person, hybrid, and online.

  • Possess understanding of different instructional modalities to match different student learning styles.


Application Procedure:

To be considered a candidate for this position, the following materials must be electronically uploaded:

•    Completed South Orange County Community College District online application including education, experience, and references.

•    Cover letter.

•    Current resume and/or curriculum vitae.

•    Academic transcripts of all college level coursework showing date degree awarded from an accredited institution.  For consideration, degree(s) must be awarded at the time of application, or applicant must complete the Supplemental Application for Equivalency Determination form with online application.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at time of application.  Successful candidate must provide official transcripts upon hire.  Non-U.S. transcripts must include a certified U.S. evaluation (i.e., NACES agency: at the time of application.


  • You will also be required to answer the following questions:

How has your background and experience prepared you to be an effective political science instructor at a college that is committed to equity, and values diversity?


Incomplete application packages will not be considered.


All submitted materials become the property of the South Orange County Community College District and will not be returned or copied and will be considered for this position only. Applicant bears the sole responsibility for ensuring that the application package is complete when submitted.  All travel arrangements will be at applicant’s expense.


Application materials must be received by 11:59 pm on April 10, 2023


Application materials received after the closing deadline will not be accepted.

For an online application, information, and instructions, visit the District Job Opportunities website at or call (949) 582-4850.


Federal law requires every new employee to present documentation showing eligibility to work in the U.S.  SOCCCD does not sponsor employment Visas.


Selection Procedure:

A screening committee will review application materials which are complete and received by the deadline.  A limited number of applicants will be invited to the District for an initial interview at their own expense.  Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview.


Compensation and Fringe Benefits:

Full-time faculty are paid on the Academic Salary Schedule (see Wages for salary placement criteria in the Academic Employee Master Agreement located under Contracts on the District website).  The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits which includes medical and dental insurance, vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, long-term disability plan, and legal plan.  All premiums are fully paid by the District.


Interviews may be held in-person (following all necessary precautions) or in a virtual format. Employees must reside in California while employed with the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD), even during remote work. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the SOCCCD.


The SOCCCD is committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities it serves. Beginning January 8, 2022, all employees and volunteers must be fully vaccinated (as defined by the Centers for Disease Control) against COVID-19 unless approved as exempt due to a verified disability/medical condition or sincerely held religious belief (as defined in federal or state laws and regulations). More information can be found on our District website by visiting

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