Computer Science Instructor (2019)

MiraCosta College
Oceanside , California 92056
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Computer Science Instructor (2019)

MiraCosta College

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Discipline or Department: Computer Science

Position Type: Full-time Faculty

Hourly Rate or Monthly Salary:

Working Hours: WORKLOAD AND OTHER EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION: This position is a 10-month, 176-day contract. The standard contractual work week for credit and noncredit classroom faculty is forty (40) hours. The standard instructional work week shall consist of thirty (30) hours of instructional time, class preparation and student evaluation (contact hours and preparation hours). The remaining time will consist of five (5) student hours (of which at least two (2) hours must be designated office hours), and five (5) institutional service hours. Noncredit faculty may substitute three (3) of the required five (5) weekly student hours for additional preparation hours. The person selected for this position will be assigned a Faculty Service Area (FSA) in Computer Science, and will be subject to assignment to any district facility during any hours of operation. Adherence to all District policies and procedures is expected.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Apply and submit application materials online at Once you're in the online system, we strongly advise you to read the information on "How to Apply" and the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) before starting the application process.

Submit the following documents directly in the online system and finish applying and receive a confirmation number by 11:59 PM on the closing date:

1. Application for Academic Employment.

2. A cover letter specifically describing how you meet the representative duties and desirable qualifications. Please make sure to be thorough and detailed in the examples you share.

3. A separate document describing your teaching philosophy that must specifically address the following questions:

a. Think of the most successful class you have taught. What were the key factors in creating that success, particularly for Black/African American, Chicanx/Latinx, Native American, or other disproportionately impacted students?

b. How do you define success in teaching computer science?

c. What role should faculty play in student success?

d. How has your teaching approach changed over time? Provide examples of what motivated the change(s).

4. A current resume or curriculum vitae summarizing your educational background and teaching experience.

5. One sample intro to computer science course syllabus written by you, preferably from a course you have taught.

6. One sample intro to computer science course lab project (attach this to the "Other Document" link) written by you, preferably from a course you have taught, along with scoring rubric and desired solution

7. Interview candidates will be allowed to bring two recent letters of professional recommendation to their interview. Letters of recommendation are strictly optional and are not required. The letters need not be confidential.

8. Transcripts

a. Transcripts of ALL college degrees/coursework needed to qualify for this position; unofficial or legible copies are acceptable but must indicate that the degree(s) has been conferred, if applicable. A diploma will not be accepted in lieu of transcripts. An equivalency narrative and supporting documentation must be submitted at the time of application if (i) you do not possess the EXACT degree major(s) listed in the Minimum Qualifications section or (ii) your qualifying degree will not be awarded before the position begins. (View the instructions for equivalency requests at

If your qualifying degree is in progress but will be conferred BEFORE the position begins in August 2019, then you must also include a written statement from your adviser indicating the anticipated degree CONFERRAL date.

All degrees and units used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from postsecondary institutions accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. If your degree/coursework is from a college or university anywhere outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. A partial list of agencies can be found at Transcripts or translations in English still require the evaluation to show the U.S. equivalence of your degree.

b. If needed to meet the minimum qualifications, a copy (front and back) of your fully satisfied, lifetime California Community College credential authorizing instruction in the appropriate subject matter.NOTE: When you "APPLY FOR THIS POSTING," you will be asked to answer the additional question(s) listed below. Your answer(s) will appear toward the bottom of the application form.

-- MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. We strive to be a model for equity and inclusion, effectively supporting students and employees from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds who possess a range of abilities, academic preparation, and life experiences. Please reflect on two or three examples of how you have or would create, modify, and/or perform one or more of the following to meet the needs of a diverse student population: (1) curricula; (2) learning activities; (3) teaching/counseling practices; (4) library reference services or collection development; (5) literary efforts (e.g., original scholarly works); or (6) budgetary or planning processes.

ATTENTION: As of December 2018, the above question is a revised version of the diversity question. If you previously completed the Application for Academic Employment for MiraCosta College, review your previous response to the diversity question and update it as needed before you finish applying for this posting. For instructions on how to update your response, go to

-- The department currently has identified the greatest equity and success gaps in the CS111 Intro to CS I: Java course. The overall course success rate was 50% in Fall 2017, 47% in Spring 2018. Additionally, the overall success of Hispanics and Black/African American is at 50% and 47%, respectively, compared to 68% White and 71% Asian. And although female students tend to have a higher success rate than male students (61% vs 45% respectively in Fall 2017), they only represent 27% of the students in the course across multiple sections. How would you approach investigating reasons and best approaches to address some of these gaps? Please cite specific experiences, in detail, if they apply.

-- The department currently supports multiple clubs: Women in Computer Science (WiCS) club, Computer Science (CS) club, and Empowering Chicanx And Latinx in Exploring STEM (EChALE STEM) club. Each club meets weekly, programming events, socializing, working on projects, hosting guest speakers/panels, and overall creating community. What would you be able to bring to support one or more of the student clubs?

Individuals with qualified disabilities who need accommodation with any aspect of the application and/or interview process should contact Human Resources at 760.795.6854 at least five days prior to the closing date.

The screening and interview committee will review application materials two to five weeks following the closing date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected will be notified by e-mail. For interviewees, the selection process will include a panel interview, as well as possible teaching demonstration and written exercise. Interview candidates coming from out of state or over 300 miles away will be reimbursed for travel expenses up to $500 for both initial and final interviews.

Basic Function and Other Details:
MiraCosta College is seeking one equity-minded, full-time, tenure-track computer science instructor who is focused on the college's commitment to promoting academic excellence and intentionally educating a racially and socioeconomically diverse student population. The successful candidate will share leadership roles with other full-time instructors in coordinating and developing culturally-responsive and interdisciplinary curriculum. This position will begin in August 2019.

MiraCosta students are diverse in age and represent all of California's major racial/ethnic groups. The credit student population in Spring 2018 was approximately 37% Latinx, 8% Asian/Pacific Islander, 3% Black/African American, 1% American Indian/Alaska Native, and 8% multiracial. Diversity is also evidenced by student-veterans, re-entry students, students with disabilities, international students, and LGBTQIA+. The college was designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in 2013. This designation reflects the great responsibility that MiraCosta has to the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community. The successful candidate will join a campus that exhibits its dedication to its students and faculty through offering robust, culturally responsive events, including speaker series dedicated to heritage month events through the Social Justice and Equity Center.

The Computer Science Department is committed to providing students an excellent foundation in computer science, introducing them to the discipline specialties available in this field, and preparing them to meet their educational and professional goals. These goals include attaining a certificate or associate degree, fulfilling general education requirements in order to transfer, as well as professional career development. This academic discipline seeks to present opportunities for students to 1) discover an appreciation for computer science and programming; 2) develop the knowledge and skills required to work professionally in a software and/or hardware environment; and 3) gain awareness and respect for the impact that computer science has on the modern world. These efforts include student engagement through the Computer Science Club and community outreach through events that promote teaching middle school girls and students of color how to program, which includes the GirlTech Conference and Expo, Girls Inc. coding party, and the Encuentros Conference. The department currently consists of 3 full-time faculty members committed to providing students with an exceptional learning experience. Please visit the department website,, to learn more about our students, clubs, courses, certificates, and degrees.

MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing an educational environment that affirms and supports diversity in its faculty, staff, and administration, and promoting an environment of inclusion. The college's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is expressed in the policy found at

An offer of employment to the person selected for this position is contingent upon 1) successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense, 2) submission of a current tuberculosis clearance certificate, 3) proof of eligibility to work in the United States, 4) fingerprint clearance, and 5) approval by the Board of Trustees.

Representative Duties:
(E = essential job function)

Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Teach computer science courses across the breadth of curriculum, with a strong focus on introductory courses. This includes centering culturally-sustaining pedagogical techniques and effective practices for engaging women, African-American/Black, Chicanx/Latinx, Pacific Islander, Native American, and students with disabilities who are historically underrepresented and underserved in traditional computer science classrooms. (E)

2. Develop computer software design, programming and development courses that implement active learning and other research-based best practices in student engagement, especially in computer science. (E)

3. Collaborate with department colleagues on implementing a department-wide teaching philosophy and curriculum that centers culturally-sustaining and engaging practices. (E)

4. Engage and support students outside of the classroom. Examples include, but are not limited to, collaborating with student organizations, training computer science peer-mentors and tutors, and outreach to Academic Success and Equity (ASE) programs. (E)

5. Participate in college-wide committee work and collegial governance through an equity lens.

6. Maintain currency in the profession, applicable technologies, and cultural competency.

7. Foster relationships with the local equity-minded community and industry companies to build summer internships for students.

8. Develop and foster culturally-competent growth within the Career Education (CE) school.

9. Work in collaboration with other full-time and associate faculty in the coordination and advancement of culturally-sustaining curriculum. (E)

10. Assist in the creation, review, development and evaluation of courses both online and on-ground, certificates, and programs in collaboration with other instructors, disciplines, and programs as appropriate. (E)

11. Participate in the development, assessment and evaluation of student learning outcomes (SLOs) and course success rates, disaggregated by race/ethnicity. (E)

12. Participate in the tenure review process as described in the "Criteria for Evaluation" at

Type of Benefits:
SALARY AND BENEFITS: For current salary schedule go to MiraCosta College offers a comprehensive package of benefits, which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employee and dependents; $100,000 employee life insurance; and other optional coverages. Faculty members are also covered under the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS).

Minimum Qualifications:
To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:

1. a Master's degree in computer science or computer engineering; OR

2. a Bachelor's degree in either of the above AND a Master's degree in mathematics, cybernetics, business administration, accounting, or engineering; OR

3. a Bachelor's degree in engineering AND a Master's degree in cybernetics, engineering, mathematics, or business administration; OR

4. a Bachelor's degree in mathematics AND a Master's degree in cybernetics, engineering, mathematics, or business administration; OR

5. a Bachelor's degree in any of the above AND a Master's degree in information science, computer information systems, or information systems; OR

6. the equivalent. Applicants who do not possess the EXACT degree major(s) listed above must attach an equivalency narrative and supporting documentation at the time of application. Instructions can be found at; OR

7. a fully satisfied, lifetime California Community College credential authorizing instruction in the appropriate subject matter; AND

8. sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice within the classroom. 

Desirable Qualifications:
1. Detailed experience teaching computer science courses, especially introductory classes, with innovative teaching practices supporting success and retention of women, students of color and students with disabilities. 2. Hands-on experience with active learning and other research-based best practices in pedagogy, ideally in computer science courses. 3. Specific and intentional outreach to historically and socially minoritized/marginalized communities such as African-American/Black, Chicanx/Latinx, Pacific Islander, Native American, women, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities. Examples need not relate to CS/STEM, but would be exemplary. 4. Commitment to examine, reflect, and modify instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support disproportionately impacted student populations with a goal of closing equity gaps (see Student Equity website at 5. Ability to contribute to the mission of the college.

Licenses and Other Requirements:

Closing Date: 2-19-2019

First Screening Date:

Human Resources Contact Information: or 760.795.6854

About MiraCosta College
The MiraCosta Community College District is one of California's 114 public community colleges. The district includes the communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Olivenhain, Leucadia, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, Carmel Valley, and parts of Camp Pendleton.

MiraCosta offers undergraduate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong-learning opportunities, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomanufacturing.

The district operates two campus sites and two centers, and offers a robust online education program. The Oceanside Campus, serving approximately 10,500 students, is located on a panoramic 121-acre hilltop site with views of the ocean and mountains. The San Elijo Campus is located in Cardiff, 17 miles south of Oceanside, and attracts more than 3,000 students. The Community Learning Center in downtown Oceanside hosts about 2,500 students in the college's noncredit programs including English as a Second Language, the Adult High School Diploma Program, and other tuition-free, noncredit classes. The Technology Career Institute (TCI) in Carlsbad is part of the college’s Career Education Department. It offers our local community members the opportunity to enhance their lives and their careers with low-cost, hassle-free classes, workshops, and programs, as well as certificate programs to train skilled workers in industries such as high-tech manufacturing, maritime technology, and emerging technologies. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located at the TCI provides resources, workshops, and leadership programs for small businesses and serves all of North San Diego and Imperial Counties. The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC), also located at the TCI, provides entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling, and mentoring, as well as referrals for eligible veterans and military spouses owning or considering starting a small business enterprise in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Imperial Counties.

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