Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Liberal Education for Arts Professionals (LEAP - San Francisco) Personal and Professional Assessment

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7063827 (Ref.No. 1831795)
Posted: February 19, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Location: New York, NY
Open Date: Feb 18, 2020
Deadline: Mar 3, 2020 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 Bachelor of Arts degree program specifically designed for current and former professional dancers,with students in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York. 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 study. This hybrid course section will have synchronous classes at our off-campus site in San Francisco and asynchronous class time through distance learning.


The LEAP Program at Saint Mary's College seeks to hire two per-course adjunct faculty members to co-teach Personal and Professional Assessment at an off-campus site in San Francisco for Summer of 2020 from July 5 through September 13. Through this course students complete the Personal and Professional Assessment coursework as part of their Core Curriculum, and develop an Experiential Learning Portfolio; a collection of essays and supporting documentation that may be further evaluated for academic credit toward the degree.

In this San Francisco section during the Summer 2020 term, the course will be co-taught by two instructors who will share the workload for the single course section.

The successful candidate must be able to work in a highly collaborative and culturally diverse learning community, and will be expected to contribute to the mission of the College, which is informed, animated and expressed by its Liberal Arts, Catholic and Lasaillian traditions.

Course Description for LEAP 100: Personal and Professional Assessment (PPA)

The exploration of the learning cycle, from reflection on experience to construction and application of knowledge. This analytical and self-reflective process is recorded in an Experiential Learning Portfolio, a collection of essays and supporting documentation, which may be further evaluated for transcripted academic credit.

Experience and Qualifications

We seek broadly trained instructors who are familiar with adult development and experiential learning theories, and experience in prior learning assessment. For this hybrid course section in San Francisco, preference will be given to applicants with teaching experience with adult learners and those who have experience with synchronous and asynchronous online pedagogy.

The successful candidate will:

1) hold a graduate degree, preferably in a social science;

2) demonstrate familiarity with adult development and experiential learning theories, and experience in prior learning assessment;

3) demonstrate a minimum of two years of full time or part-time teaching at the collegiate level;

4) demonstrate ability to teach in a hybrid-model with some classes being taught in-person and some classes being taught online; and

5) demonstrate teaching effectiveness and a strong commitment to teaching adult undergraduate learners.

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