Assistant Professor/Learning Disability Specialist
Disability Resource Center
Full or Part Time
Hours per week
Number of Months
Teaching assignments will include day, evening, and/or weekend classes at the San Marcos campus and/or off-campus locations as part of contract responsibilities, as well as distance education classes. Full-time faculty are expected to participate fully in departmental activities and college governance and hold regular office hours.
Starting salary range: $53,413.02 – $83,562.16 annually. An annual stipend of $1,306 shall be paid to any faculty member who has an earned Doctorate from an accredited institution.
Academic training and teaching experience will form the basis for salary computation as determined by placement on the regular salary schedule of the College. A maximum of step 8 at the appropriate salary grade will be awarded to new faculty. For a salary estimate, visit www.palomar.edu/hr/salaryinfo and use the links in the Full-time Faculty section.
The Assistant Professor/Learning Disability Specialist will be primarily responsible for administering approved diagnostic procedures to verify eligibility for services provided to those with learning disabilities under the California Community Colleges guidelines as well as teaching instructional support and disability management courses for students with disabilities.
Supervision Received and Exercised
Complete details may be viewed at www.palomar.edu/hr/forms/PFF2009-11Contract.pdf.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Learning Disability Specialist’s primary duties include:
• Administering approved diagnostic procedures to verify eligibility for services provided to those with learning disabilities under the California Community Colleges guidelines.
• Verifying eligibility using testing and documentation available from sources outside the California Community Colleges system.
• Documenting in databases the appropriate educational recommendations and referrals.
• Teaching instructional support and disability management courses for students with disabilities using technology enhanced instruction.
• Advocating on behalf of students with disabilities to ensure equal educational opportunities.
• Facilitating the acquisition of self-advocacy skills for students with disabilities.
• Introducing appropriate technology to assist students in managing their disabilities.
• Teaching and assessing students with multiple disabilities.
• Using flexible scheduling to accommodate students’ needs.
Learning Disability Specialists are required to stay current in the California Community Colleges assessment process used to establish eligibility for services provided to students with learning disabilities. The Learning Disability Specialist participates in the dissemination and discussion of information concerning learning disability issues on campus and in the community.
In addition to teaching and assessment responsibilities, other duties include maintaining regular office hours, program development, development and assessment of student learning outcomes, full participation in department activities, and participation in college governance.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
Must meet both of the sets of qualifications listed under 1 and 2:
1. Possession of a Master’s degree in the category of disability, special education, education, psychology, educational psychology, or rehabilitation counseling.
2. 15 semester units of upper division or graduate coursework in the area of disability, including, but not limited to one or more of the areas of study listed under a)-e):
a) Learning disabilities
b) Developmental disabilities
c) Deaf and hearing impaired
d) Physical disabilities
e) Adapted computer technology
Only coursework completed at, and degrees awarded by, accredited institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education will be considered as satisfying the minimum qualifications. Candidates who have earned degrees from foreign institutions are required to submit both official translations and course-by-course evaluations of their transcripts that have been prepared by a certified U.S. credential review service that is a member of the National Association of Credentials Evaluation Services ( NACES ). Visit www.naces.org for a list of current members.
Position requires sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds in a community college.
• Commitment to a student learning-centered college.
• Experience using the California Community Colleges process and guidelines, or similar processes and guidelines in another state, for establishing eligibility for services provided to students with learning disabilities.
• Experience with learning disabled students in a community college system.
• Experience working with students with disabilities in a post-secondary environment.
• Experience with assessment/teaching students of a variety of backgrounds.
• Proficiency in American Sign Language ( ASL ) and/or another language other than English.
• Evidence of a strong commitment to remain current in Learning Disability Assessment and the Disability Resource Center instructional program.
• Knowledge of and experience with assistive technology.
• General knowledge of the principles, practices, and trends of the Student Services field as part of the community college system.
• Knowledge of and experience with Basic Skills programs in a community college system.
• Knowledge of and experience with tutorial programs.
• Leadership experience at the post-secondary level in the learning disability profession.
• Evidence of an ability to work effectively, constructively and professionally with students, colleagues, and others.
Licenses and/or Certificates
Complete working conditions may be viewed at www.palomar.edu/hr/forms/PFF2009-11Contract.pdf.
Terms of Employment
This is a full-time, 10-month-per-year tenure-track position. Teaching assignments will include day, evening, and/or weekend classes at the San Marcos campus and/or off-campus locations as part of contract responsibilities, as well as distance education classes. Full-time faculty are expected to participate fully in departmental activities and college governance and hold regular office hours.
Fully-paid employee benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents; and life, disability, and long-term care insurance. All full-time faculty are enrolled in STRS (State Teachers Retirement System).