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Biological Sciences: Contract Instructor-College Credit
San Diego Community College District

Date Posted Sep. 13, 2023
Title Biological Sciences: Contract Instructor-College Credit
University San Diego Community College District
San Diego, CA, United States
Department School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Application Deadline 10/06/2023
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Sciences - Biological

Biological Sciences: Contract Instructor-College Credit

San Diego Community College District

Closing Date: 10/6/2023

Position Number: 002476

Location: San Diego Mesa College

Position Type: Academic

The Position:
From San Diego Mesa College President Ashanti Hands:

San Diego Mesa College seeks energetic and dedicated candidates to apply for academic positions. The College is committed to academic excellence and diversity, equity, and inclusion among its faculty, classified professionals, staff, and students. As the "Leading College of Equity & Excellence", we take responsibility for equitable outcomes and successful pathways for all of our students.

As the largest college in the San Diego Community College District, the institution enjoys a solid financial standing, state-of-the-art facilities, and a world-class faculty, classified professionals, and staff. For 59 years, Mesa College has been on the leading edge, from offering a Community College Bachelor's Degree, to being a lead California Community College in graduating students with an Advanced Degree for Transfer. We embrace the mission of community colleges and are committed to empowering our students to maximize their potential, leading to healthy and thriving communities.

We are adding new staff, classified professionals, faculty, and administrators who, alongside our stellar colleagues, will lead us into the future. If this opportunity sounds like the right fit for you, I encourage you to file an application for employment.

The Biology department at Mesa College is comprised of an interdisciplinary, dedicated, student-centered, cohesive group of colleagues. We are looking for an exceptional faculty member to join our team in support of our students, department and our mission. Applications are now being accepted for position of Assistant Professor, Biology, at San Diego Mesa College, beginning Spring 2024. Assignments may include some combination of day, evening, Saturday, remote/hybrid and/or off campus classes.

While the current vacancies exist at Mesa College, applicants should understand that they are subject to assignment at any district facility at the option of the Chancellor.

Major Responsibilities:
The incumbent reports to the Dean, School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences will be expected to teach General Biology lecture/lab courses for non majors and majors at the undergraduate level. Additional responsibilities will include planning, developing, and using a variety of teaching methods and materials that support students in meeting course objectives and which are appropriate for students with diverse educational and experiential backgrounds, evaluating students to measure their progress towards achievement of stated course objectives and informing them in a timely manner of their progress in the course, maintaining office hours for student advisement and counseling, participating with other college faculty on department, school and institutional academic committees, assisting in the development and assessment of curriculum, and assuming leadership responsibilities in the department.

Masters in any biological science OR Bachelors in any biological science AND Masters in biochemistry, biophysics, or marine science OR the equivalent.

Desired Qualifications:
The successful candidate will have achieved:

  1. Graduate credit coursework in cellular biology, molecular biology, organismal biology, evolutionary biology, or ecology.
  2. A minimum of 2 years of experience in teaching community college level lectures and laboratories in biological science courses, particularly general and majors biology courses.
  3. Current knowledge of instructional practices and culturally responsive pedagogical techniques for engaging historically underserved students.
  4. An understanding of and demonstrated ability to instruct and counsel students of great diversity in background and preparation as well as those with varying levels of physical and learning abilities.
  5. To develop a vision for non-majors education that includes an engaging and inclusive learning environment that fosters curiosity and critical thinking.
  6. Successful experience incorporating modern biotechnology and data analysis into laboratory curriculum.
  7. Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse needs of community college students.
  8. Skills and experience to work in a cooperative manner with faculty, students, administrators, staff, and community groups.
  9. Participation in ongoing professional development activities.
  10. Demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and classified professionals.

[If possess] California Community College Instructor Credential in Biological
Sciences (valid for life)

Pay Information:
Class 1, Step C - Class 6, Step C ($6,652.70- $8,490.72) per month based on the current AFT - College Faculty Tenured-Tenure Track Monthly Salary Schedule.

Initial salary placement for this Assistant Professor is commensurate with required education and related teaching experience as outlined in section A2.1 of the AFT Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement. Step C is the maximum step placement for a new hire, and this is non-negotiable at this time.

The District offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package including employer paid medical, dental, vision plans, sick leave, and opportunities for professional development. This position is FLSA Exempt and may not accrue overtime. Benefits will be provided under the terms of the AFT-Guild, Local 1931 - Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement. Annual Salaries will be recalculated for service less than a full academic year based on Education Code 87815, any required adjustment will be made within the first pay period. Travel reimbursement for interviewees traveling more than 200 miles, one-way, may be paid according to geographic location (see SDCCD Travel Stipend Policy, Rev 7/14/2011). Typically, Assistant Professors earn tenure after 4 years and promote to Associate Professor. The SDCCD Employment Web Page provides a link to employee collective bargaining agreements and handbooks, and more information about terms and conditions of employment to include salary and benefits.

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All applicants must have demonstrated cultural competency and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.

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