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Ethnic Studies Perspectives & Research Instructor

Position overview

Position title: Instructor
Salary range: $2600 for 4-unit course

Application Window

Open February 16, 2023 through Sunday, Sep 24, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

UCLA Extension is considered one of the top programs of its kind, offering to more than 35,000 students per year approximately 4,500 classes and non-degree certificate programs to meet the professional development, continuing education and personal enrichment needs of the full spectrum of nontraditional students as well as companies and organizations throughout and beyond the Los Angeles region.

Course Description:

Ethnic Studies Perspectives & Research
This course is designed for experienced K12 teachers who would like to continue their training in developing their content knowledge and instructional approaches applying ethnic studies curriculum and pedagogies to their teaching.
This course will highlight experiences within and across communities of color in California. Teachers will explore curriculum focused on narratives of people of color and the ways that critical hope is cultivated through solidarity building and acts of resistance in response to state- sponsored violence and oppression.

Job Description:

UCLA Extension, the professional and continuing education division at the University of California, Los Angeles, invites applications for a pool of qualified instructors to teach on-site and/or online courses for our Education, Humanities and Social Sciences department.

UCLA Extension seeks dynamic instructors with a commitment to professional and continuing education in Teacher Education. The pool will remain in place for 4 months; those interested in remaining in the pool beyond the advertised final closing date must reapply. The number of these positions varies from term to term, depending on the needs of the department.

General Duties
We are seeking qualified applicants who possess current subject matter expertise and/or teaching knowledge in one (or more) of the following course subject:

Teaching Experience and Availability
In your application, indicate your experience with the following:
• K-12 Teaching Experience
• Post-Secondary, Teacher Professional Development, or Adult Teaching Experience
• Live Online Teaching Experience (synchronous online teaching via Zoom/Canvas)
• Asynchronous Online Teaching Experience
• Experience as a Curriculum Writer/Designer

Instructor Duties:

Instructor duties include but are not limited to:
-Complete mandatory training programs by deadlines established by UCLA Extension.
-Complete required administrative tasks in a timely manner including: updating and submitting syllabi using approved syllabus template; signing term contract(s); communicating required texts and materials; communicating classroom technology and support needs. Make appropriate adjustments to continually improve the syllabus, curriculum and course materials. May be based upon programmatic and/or student feedback.
-Prepare and deliver course materials, lectures/presentations, and design learning assessments.
-Design interactive and motivational classroom activities to fully engage participants and to reinforce student learning.
-Stay current within the subject, discipline or field of practice.
-Regularly and systematically collaborate with colleagues in P-12 settings, college and university units, and members of the broader educational community to improve educator preparation.
-Use subject-matter expertise and leverage additional resources appropriately to enhance the curriculum.
-Utilize course support platforms, including the Canvas Learning Management System and Zoom Pro (as applicable).
-Communicate teaching objectives and specific learning outcomes to students, and clearly outline/explain the grading policies for the course. Respond to student questions and learning needs in a timely manner.
-Address student questions regarding the policies and requirements for teaching credentials in California directing them to UCLA and CTC resources as necessary.
-Employ culturally competent and inclusive teaching methodologies in the classroom (including teaching non-native speakers and/or students with academic letters of accommodations for learning disabilities).
-Evaluate student achievement of specific learning outcomes and assign grades.
-Post final student grades to the transcript system within two weeks of course completion.
-Handle student inquiries about final grades and consult with Program Director as needed.
-Retain student records according to University policies.

May be appointed by department to serve as a subject matter expert/curriculum writer to write original course curriculum and content. Collaborate with academic department and/or instructional designer(s) on project deliverables and deadlines, including the course design/roadmap, learning strategies/activities, and media production/recordings. May develop and provide raw original content for the following: the course syllabus, learning objectives, lecture segments and scripts, reading assignments, assessments/assignments, discussion prompts, course midterm exam(s) or project(s), final exam(s) or project(s), student instructions, etc.

General Employment Information:

Employment as a UCLA Extension Instructor is dictated by contract terms and conditions. Please take the time to read the UCLA Extension Instructor Employment Policies.

For information on UCLA Extension instructor benefits, please visit Pay, Benefits, & Privileges.

Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (AEDI) is one of UCLA Extension’s guiding principles. We strive to extend access to UCLA, our programs, and services to underrepresented communities and populations, while serving as a model organization for AEDI in the field of continuing higher education. Committed to attracting and retaining diverse staff & instructors, UCLA Extension will welcome your experiences, perspectives, and unique identity. Please visit our website dedicated to our AEDI efforts as an organization: Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion @ UNEX.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Completion of a Single Subject California Single Subject Credential in English recognized by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
• Advanced degree or equivalent international degree required.
• Professional experience working with students and/or teachers in career and technical education.
• Experience advising K-12 educators on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requirements for Single Subject California Single Subject Credential in English (preferred)
• CLAD, BCLAD or ELD/SDAIE Certification. (preferred)
• Experience in developing professional development workshops for K-12 educators. (preferred)
• Experience in course development, including creating original academic content such as syllabi, learning objectives, lectures/presentations/scripts, learning activities, assignments, assessments, exams, and quizzes. (preferred)
• Proficiency in (or willingness to learn) instructional and other technology, such as: Learning Management Systems (Canvas); lecture/presentation capture applications (Camtasia or Panopto); online video conferencing (Zoom); Microsoft Office (Word and PowerPoint); Google docs and slides; file sharing (Google drive or Dropbox); online shared calendars (Google calendar). (preferred)
• Effective organizational skills with attention to detail. (preferred)
• Effective verbal/written communication and presentation skills (English). (preferred)
• Ability to convey conceptual and complex ideas and information. (preferred)
• Ability to collaborate with colleagues and work within a team environment. (preferred)

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements

References will not be conducted for this position.

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Campus Information

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA