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Chemistry: Contract Instructor-College Credit
San Diego Community College District

Date Posted Sep. 13, 2023
Title Chemistry: 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 - Chemistry

Chemistry: Contract Instructor-College Credit

San Diego Community College District

Closing Date: 10/6/2023

Position Number: 000668

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.

Applications are now being accepted for the position of Assistant Professor, Chemistry at San Diego Mesa College, beginning Spring 2024. Assignments may include some combination of day, evening, Saturday, and/or off-campus classes.

While the current vacancy is at Mesa College, applicants should understand that they are subject to assignment at any District facility at the option of the Chancellor.

Major Responsibilities:
This position reports to the Dean, School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Teaching duties may include lecture and laboratory sections in analytical chemistry and general chemistry for STEM majors. The instructor will assist in the development of curricula and will work with laboratory technicians in the preparation of materials for assigned courses. The Department encourages and supports creativity and professional growth of faculty and staff members. Additional responsibilities include serving on College and District committees, participating in departmental, School and College activities, and maintaining office hours for student advisement.

Masters in chemistry OR Bachelors in chemistry or biochemistry AND Masters in biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical physics, physics, molecular biology, or geochemistry OR the equivalent.

Desired Qualifications:
The successful candidate will have achieved:

  • Minimum of 2 years experience teaching chemistry at a community college, including general chemistry lecture/laboratory courses.
  • Experience in Analytical Chemistry through teaching, research, or industry.
  • Demonstrated ability in the instruction and motivation of students from a variety of cultural, socioeconomic, educational, physical and learning ability backgrounds.
  • Skill and knowledge in using effective techniques that facilitate the learning of community college students especially those from historically underserved student populations.
  • Hands-on experience with operating and maintaining instrumentation used in modern chemistry laboratories.
  • Experience in or knowledge of chemistry applications in industry, research, or other non-academic settings.
  • Skill and ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner.
  • Skill and experience with working in a cooperative manner with faculty, students, administrators, staff and community groups.
  • Participation in ongoing professional development activities.
  • 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.


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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