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College of the Desert
  • Position Number: 1718295
  • Location: Palm Desert, CA
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Art

2D Art Instructor, part-time (Foundation Drawing, Figure Drawing, Acrylic & Watercolor Painting, Printmaking, Screen Printing, Wet Lab, Digital Photography, Intro to Digital Art)

Classification Title: Adjunct Teaching
Department: Arts & Media
Rank: Adjunct Instructor
Tenure Information: Adjunct non-tenure

Job Description:
Basic Function:
Under administrative leadership, it is the responsibility of the adjunct instructor to participate in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs, courses, and other experiences that will directly result in the educational growth of the students and support advancement of the vision, mission, and values of the community college district.

About College of the Desert:
College of the Desert is located in Palm Desert, California, the geographic center of the beautiful Coachella Valley. Nestled among the backdrop of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains in eastern Riverside County, the Coachella Valley is a resort community that offers over 100 golf courses and a wide array of outdoor activities such as tennis, hiking, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, polo, bicycling, rock climbing, and swimming.

Founded in 1958, this two-year public college serves over 400,000 residents of eight local cities and the students of the Palm Springs, Desert Sands and Coachella Valley school districts. College of the Desert offers certificates and two-year Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees.

The College served over 15,700 students in the 2016-2017 academic year. COD is a federally recognized Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), with almost 70% of the student body identifying as Hispanic. The Coachella Valley community recently passed a $577 million bond measure, allowing for College of the Desert to improve its current facilities and expand its campus locations. These improvements and expansion will assist with College of the Desert's goals of providing an education to students inside and outside of the Coachella Valley.

Working Conditions:

Classroom environment and unassigned faculty office environment. Classes may be at the Palm Desert Campus or one of our sites in Indio, Mecca/Thermal, Desert Hot Springs, or Palm Springs. Classes may be scheduled during the day, evening or weekends.

Employment Status:

College of the Desert Adjunct Association (CODAA) Bargaining Unit

For more information about College of the Desert, click here.

Essential Duties:
A. Classroom responsibilities

    a. Meet classes/laboratories on day and times assigned.
    b. Develop and implement instruction for each class/laboratory period which is consistent with the official course outline.
    c. Develop and distribute the first week of class, a written syllabus for each course to communicate to students course objectives, grading criteria, and classroom policies.
    d. Demonstrate respect for student rights as specified in District policy and applicable laws.
    e. Ensure course textbooks and instructional materials are made available to students in a timely manner.
    f. Refer students to tutoring and related student services when appropriate.
    g. Supervise student in off-campus activities when participation is expected as part of a course requirement or where such supervision is part of the instructors load.

B. Evaluation of Students
    a. Evaluate students progress toward meeting course objectives; advise the students of course objectives, methods of evaluation and the results of the evaluation.
    b. Return assignments and examination results in a timely fashion.
    c. Assign grades to students in the manner provided by District policy and administrative procedure and prescribed by the Education Code and Title V regulations for the State of California.
    d. Submit required administrative paperwork, including grade report forms, in a timely and accurate manner.

C. Curriculum Responsibility of Full-Time Faculty
D. Student Advising Responsibility of Full-Time Faculty
E. Professional Development Responsibility of Full-Time Faculty

Additional Responsibilities
    a. Abide by department regulations concerning the proper use, care, and security of equipment.
    b. Advise Supervisor of unsafe conditions or potential hazards and recommend solutions.
    c. Fulfill all obligations as established in the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.
    d. Keep official records required by District policy and administrative procedures and submit them in accordance with college procedures.

Optional Duties*

    a. Advise enrolled students on such matters as: Learning skills, collateral or enrichment reading or experience opportunities for further understanding of the courses or subject field, career alternative/opportunities related to the subject field.
    b. Provide academic assistance and related services to students during office hours.
    c. Participate in the credit by examination program where applicable.
    d. Participate in the development and review of curriculum as needed.
    e. Participate in the development of alternative teaching modalities.
    f. Schedule, announce to students in all classes, and maintain office hours.
    g. Participate in advisory committee meetings as required.
    h. Participate in professional development activities.
    i. Attend and participate in department/center meetings when assigned by the District or shared governance.
    j. Participate process of shared governance by contributing to the academic community through committee work on the department division, college and/or district level, or participate in other significant non-classroom college, district, or community activities.
    k. Consult with Supervisor on personnel needs; assist with position announcements, recruitment, and screening/interviewing committees.
    l. Participate in mentoring of new faculty as assigned.

*All optional duties are on a voluntary basis, but some may have compensation attached per the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Consult with departmental Dean for clarification.

Knowledge Of:

Ability To:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters in fine arts, art, or art history OR
    bachelors in any of the above AND masters in humanities OR the equivalent.
    (NOTE: Masters in fine arts as used here refers to any masters degree in the subject matter of fine arts, which is defined to include visual studio arts such as drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, textiles, and metal and jewelry art; and also art education and art therapy. It does not refer to the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree when that degree is based on specialization in performing arts or dance, film, video, photography, creative writing, or other non-plastic arts.)
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

  • If you do not clearly meet the minimum qualifications as they are defined, you must submit an Equivalency Request Form and narrative with your application.
  • Degrees earned outside of the U.S. require that a Foreign Equivalency Evaluation be uploaded in addition to the foreign transcripts.
  • Additional Equivalency Information is available by clicking here.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience/Expertise in one or more of the following:
Foundation Drawing, Figure Drawing, Acrylic & Watercolor painting, Printmaking, Screen Printing, Wet Lab, Digital Photography, Introduction to Digital Art.

Salary Range/Rate: Master Degree Lecture Rate - $58.15, Master Degree Lab Rate - $49.43, Doctorate Degree Lecture Rate - $61.20 , Doctorate Degree Lab Rate - $52.02
Salary Detail Information: Salary Placement is according to the CODAA Collective Bargaining Agreement. For information on salary placement, please see the Collective Bargaining Agreement and Salary Schedule.

Posting Number: 19-639-F
Open Date: 11/20/2019
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications missing any of the required documents listed will not be considered. The following documents are required at the time of application:

  • Resume: Must include length of employment (month/year start & end dates) for each employer.

  • Cover Letter: Please address how you meet the minimum requirements for this position and any special qualifications you possess.

  • Portfolio: Attach at lest 3 images of your art work.

  • Unofficial Transcripts: Must be from an accredited institution, show name of institution, degree awarded, discipline, and date awarded. Diplomas will not be accepted in lieu of the required transcripts.

  • List of Professional References: References should include at three supervisors and two colleagues. Please include name, title, email, and current phone numbers for all references in your application. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted in lieu of the required addition of Professional References.


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