Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in English (LEAP 308) Writing , Research and Engaged Learning Reflection

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7252190 (Ref.No. 5303463)
Posted: June 4, 2024
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Location: Remote
Open Date: Jun 03, 2024
Deadline: Jun 05, 2024 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.

The LEAP Program

LEAP (Liberal Education for Arts Professionals) is an internationally recognized distance education Bachelor of Arts degree program specifically designed for current and former professional dancers, with students from across the country. Given the demands of a professional dance career (training, performing, traveling), dancers have rarely been able to pursue academic education beyond high school, making it difficult to prepare for the career transition that every dancer inevitably faces. LEAP makes it possible for these working adults to receive a comprehensive liberal arts education and earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary's College in 3 to 4 years of part-time remote study.

LEAP 308 English: Writing, Research and Engaged Learning Reflection

This course will be taught remotely on Mondays, 4pm - 7pm PST during the Summer 2024 term (June 24 - September 9, 2024)

Course Description and Learning Outcomes:

As a bridge course between professional experience, prior learning and engaged service and learning, this LEAP English class provides students the skills of advanced writing, research and critical thinking that will be the foundation for future coursework in the LEAP program. Assignments focus on analysis of life experience, literary analysis, and traditional academic writing, including the integration of research. Students will use reflections from the prior experience of engaged service and learning throughout the semester to practice writing and to think critically about interconnectedness, and how education both within and outside of academic institutions have the power to connect and transform society.

As an English course, students will develop and practice the process of initiating, developing, researching, and writing the college-level research essay by selecting a topic of their choosing that relates to their personal area of engaged learning. Together the class will find ways to relate these service learning experiences to the greater trends and structures of society and our different cultures of origin; we will then analyze, synthesize and summarize how service, creativity, and passion can forward social progress.

Combination of English and Engaged Learning Reflection: (4 Carnegie credit units)- Since the LEAP term is scheduled around 11 weeks, a minimum 4 hours of in-class participation each week, a minimum of 7-10 hours of readings, assignments, forum discussions, etc., outside class per week for a 4 unit course. Active participation and discussion with your fellow students is required. The Online Participation Grading Rubrics will be used to assess your online participation in this course.

In addition, this course is an Engaged Learning Course, non-traditional EL course in which students are asked to reflect on prior experience of Engaged Learning which requires 20 hours of prior community engaged service and learning, and will include 17 hours of reflection to complete the 37 hours required of the EL requirement. Students are expected to have finished, or be finishing the 20 hours of direct service prior to joining the course. As a Lasallian institution, Saint Mary's College is committed to education for social change, and students in the LEAP program are given the opportunity to reflect on their prior experiences of engaged learning to fulfill this Engaged Learning core requirements.

Salary: $7,447 - $10,308 depending on qualifications.

The salary range for this position is covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the College and SEIU, Local 1021, available here.

Experience and Qualifications

We seek instructors who are familiar with English Composition, Advance Writing, Community Engaged Learning within and have experience teaching in both synchronous and asynchronous distance education modalities to adult learners.

Minimum qualifications include:

  1. Advanced degree, preferably in English, Creative Writing

  2. A minimum of two years of Undergraduate level teaching experience

  3. Experience in teaching college level English course to adult learners

  4. Experience and/or completed adequate training in Community Engaged Learning

  5. Experience teaching in an undergraduate Degree-Completion Program

  6. Experience teaching synchronous and asynchronous Distance-Education modalities

Candidates must reside in California.

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