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Faculty In Training

The State Center Community College District (SCCCD) is passionately committed to championing diversity and ensuring equal employment opportunities. Recognizing the need for enhanced inclusivity in faculty demographics, our program strives to closely mirror the diversity of our district communities.

Over the past years, while we have seen steady growth in faculty representation from various ethnic groups, there remains an identified need. Our District, with a workforce comprising over 1,600 full-time and part-time faculty, seeks to intensify efforts in bridging these gaps, enhancing human resource recruitment and outreach strategies.

Our initiative primarily focuses on nurturing and leveraging the potential of interns. Historically, while the district has employed faculty interns, there hasn't been a targeted approach to their recruitment or professional growth.

With the SCCCD's expanded vision:

  • The program will foster an environment that encourages intern faculty to transition to full and part-time positions within our district.
  • Intensive training sessions, including a minimum of 4 half-day workshops, will be facilitated, emphasizing cultural competency and innovative pedagogical techniques.
  • We will strengthen ties with minority-representing higher educational institutions and broaden our Human Resources and faculty networks to increase outreach and awareness.
  • Existing faculty will play an instrumental role in guiding the intern faculty, ensuring a seamless transition and integration into the community.

Our program is an embodiment of best practices from various community college models and stands as a testament to the district's commitment to building a diverse and inclusive faculty team. With the unwavering support from multiple administrative offices and the SCCCD Chancellor's vision, we are paving the way for advanced Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) initiatives over the coming years. The program's expansion aims to create a legacy of inclusivity, diversity, and excellence in education to ensure that SCCCD provides the conditions for our diverse students to succeed.

At State Center Community College District (SCCCD), we pride ourselves on our unwavering commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive faculty team. Our initiative is a testament to our dedication to reflecting the rich tapestry of our district communities, ensuring that the perspective of every ethnicity and background is equitably represented for it is through the inclusion of diverse views and ideas that progress is best promoted. We believe that our strength lies in our diversity, and our goal is to ensure that every student is welcomed by and can relate to the educators who guide them.

  • Professional Growth: An opportunity for interns to receive holistic training, laying the foundation for a promising academic career
  • Skill Enhancement: Attend specialized workshops focusing on cultural competency and innovative instructional methodologies
  • Networking: Connect with minority-representing institutions of higher learning and community-building activities
  • Supportive Environment: Engage in a welcoming community that offers mentorship and aids in seamless integration into the district's permanent faculty

SCCCD's program offers an organized framework that places emphasis on:

  • A "grow-our-own" faculty internship approach that contributes to the development of skills that help individuals transition to full-time instructor status
  • Engaging interns in professional development, including curriculum development, instructional approaches and techniques, and institutional logistics
  • A robust mentor-intern collaborative structure to ensure guided growth
  • Active involvement of current faculty members to facilitate the interns' transition

Orientation, Teaching, and Coursework

  • Engage in a pre-semester orientation and post-semester celebration
  • Regularly engage in activities with the Mentor, including observation and consultation
  • Teach courses as assigned
  • Complete all required materials in a timely manner.

Communication and Collaboration with Mentors

  • Establish clear, respectful communication with mentors, frequently sharing needs, aspirations, and insights.
  • Work together with mentors on course/lesson planning, developing student assessment techniques, and strategizing on inclusive classroom environments.

Student Interaction and Engagement

  • Under the guidance of the Mentor, learn effective strategies for student engagement, classroom management, and promoting an environment where every student's ideas, cultures, and identities are recognized and respected.

Professional Development and Community Integration

  • Grasp the significance of campus or departmental committee services by attending college-, division-, or department-specific meetings.
  • Participate in dialogue emphasizing cultural humility, DEIA, and building a deeper understanding of the roles various campus entities play in the success of students and staff.
  • Strengthen connections to the community college faculty culture through ongoing conversations with mentors on prioritizing tasks, work-life balance, professional development, and more.
  • Pursue career advancement opportunities by attending a District hiring workshop, refining application and interview techniques with mentors, and networking with higher education professionals and students.

  • Never taught at a community college.
  • You must make sure that your upcoming degree matches with a discipline. Use the California Community College's definition of Minimum Qualifications to understand in which discipline you'd be able to serve as a faculty member. If your degree is in a non-traditional academic discipline that doesn't match traditional lower-division classes offered at our colleges, please be sure to read through the Minimum Qualifications Handbook.
    • For those disciplines in which a master's degree is required, faculty interns must have completed at least 50% of the credits toward their graduate degree.
    • For those disciplines in which a a master's degree is not required, faculty interns must have six (6) years of related work experience and completion of half of an Associate degree OR four (4) years of related work experience and completion of half of a Bachelor's degree.

The Program is open to all qualified applicants. Qualification is determined by meeting the eligibility requirements listed above, and as explained in the bullets below:

  • Meet the minimum requirements to be employed as a faculty intern as established by the California Code of Regulations Title V.
  • 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.

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a formal application packet which includes:

  • A Letter of Interest (not to exceed two (2) pages)
  • Transcript(s)
  • Statement of Work History
  • Academic Discipline Desired (Matching the degree program on transcripts)

The complete application packet must be submitted to

If accepted to the program a full application must be submitted prior to the second semester of the program.

During the first semester of the program interns will be paid a $1,500.00 stipend for shadowing their mentors.

Select paid teaching internships in the second semester of the program will be offered to some participants who complete the first semester. Paid internship opportunities will be limited, all participants should be prepared for the opportunity after completing the first semester of the program.

  • If placed in a paid internship faculty position during the second semester interns will be compensated at Class I, Step one of Salary Schedule C1 - Lecture.

How long is the internship program?

  • The program will occur over the course of one academic year and is structured to ensure comprehensive faculty development

Are there opportunities for teaching positions post-internship?

  • Yes, our program is designed to encourage interns to transition to full or part-time positions within the district.

Is prior teaching experience required?

  • While experience is beneficial, it is not required. Our program emphasizes potential and passion for teaching.

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