Thursday, March 28, 2013

TT at San Mateo County CC - Cañada College

Position Information

Posting Number: 0600815

Position Title: Astronomy/Physics Instructor (Full-time Tenure-Track Faculty Position)

Initial placement with a Master's degree can range from $58,176 up to $73,008 per year; and a Ph.D. can range from $66,660 to $77,940 per year.

Division: CAÑ - Science & Technology

Position Type: Faculty Positions

Location: Cañada College

Percentage of Full Time: 100%

Months per Year:
The work year is 175 days (10 month of service). Start date of this assignment: Fall 2013

Position Number: 3F0010

 Posting Date: 03-25-2013

First Review Date: Deadline is 10 p.m. PST 04-29-2013

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

General Statement:
Cañada College seeks employees who value working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve success. All departments strongly encourage collaboration across disciplines to create integrated, interdisciplinary learning experiences. Cañada College faculty are expected to be knowledgeable about, and willing to use, different learning and teaching methods as appropriate to the discipline.

Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Teach general education classes in astronomy, including astronomy laboratory
2. Manage equipment and supplies for the astronomy labs
3. Teach all levels of courses in physics from conceptual to calculus based, including a combination of lecture and laboratory sections
4. Assist in curriculum revisions and new course development, including student learning outcomes and their assessment
5. Participate in the development and/or selection of course materials, equipment and technology that will enhance offerings of the department
6. Consult with students during regularly scheduled office hours
7. Serve as a member of division and college committees
8. Teach some evening classes
9. Perform other duties as required by contract, collective bargaining agreement, and general institutional needs

1. Master's degree in physics, astronomy or astrophysics OR Bachelor's degree in physics or astronomy AND Master's degree in engineering, mathematics, meteorology, or geophysics OR OR the equivalent (see information below)
2. Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff

For persons applying for this position based on Equivalence, please answer the supplemental question on the online application choosing one or more of the following:
Degree Equivalence: Possession of a degree(s) with similar content to those listed in the job announcement. Transcripts required.
Academic Background Equivalence: Meet all of the requirements for minimum qualifications in an allied field, and twenty-four (24) semester units of both upper division and graduate work in the academic field specified in the job announcement. Transcripts required.
Professional Achievement Equivalence: Outstanding professional achievement or substantial training in the field specified in the job announcement. Preparation, experience, and ability must be equivalent to those expected from a candidate who meets minimum qualifications.

Desirable Skills and Abilities:
Subject matter preparation
Preference will be given to candidates who:
1. Have a professional level of competence in astronomy and physics
2. Demonstrated ability to teach astronomy and physics courses
3. Recent successful experience in teaching or preparation to teach in a community college

Evidence of outstanding ability as a teacher
In addition to a short classroom lecture or lab demonstration that will be part of the interview process, appropriate evidence includes, but is not limited to, experience, training, or achievement that the candidate has:

4. Commitment to staying abreast with the latest developments in astronomy and physics
5. The ability to reflect on and evaluate one's pedagogy and to examine its effect critically
6. The ability to organize and explain materials in ways appropriate to students' abilities and learning styles in both developmental and transfer courses
7. The ability to use teaching methods that engage students actively in their own learning, promote development of critical thinking skills, and encourage them to become lifelong learners
8. The ability to use instructional methods that emphasize cooperation and collaboration and that reflect cultural sensitivity and interdisciplinary approaches to subject matter
9. The ability to motivate students from a broad spectrum of cultural, academic, socioeconomic, and language backgrounds
10. The ability to develop student learning outcomes and to develop methods for assessing students' achievement of those outcomes
11. The enthusiasm for, understanding of, and commitment to the role and purpose of the community college
12. Familiarity with and willingness to expand the use of technology in astronomy and physics education, including online instruction
13. A commitment to the teaching profession, its goals and ideals, and enthusiasm for the mission of the community college

Evidence of effectiveness as a colleague:
14. The ability and desire to work collaboratively with faculty and staff to enhance instruction, curriculum, laboratory preparations, and student success
15. Commitment to professional responsibilities outside of the classroom through enthusiastic contributions to department, division, college and district activities
16. Interest in developing community engagement with sun or night sky viewing

EEO Statement:
The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.

Applicants with disabilities may request that special accommodations be made to complete the selection process. Request forms are available on the web page and in the Office of Human Resources.

Benefits include a choice of medical plans, dental coverage, vision care, sick leave, salary continuance insurance, and an optional tax-deferred flexible benefit plan. Coverage is offered for employees and all eligible dependents. Academic employees participate in the State Teachers' Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Employees may also be eligible for faculty and staff housing and various first-time homebuyer programs.

Required Documents:
Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter
College Transcripts

Special Instructions to Applicants:
The Selection Process
Required application materials will be screened on the basis of Requirements and Desirable Skills and Abilities listed in this announcement. Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and desirable skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills. Successful candidates will be referred to the College President and Vice President of Instruction for final interviews and selection.

Required Application Materials
All applicants are required to submit:
1. A completed online District application form ( go to to complete the application form and to apply for this position);
2. A résumé that details all education, training, and work experience;
3. Complete copies of all undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts;
4. A cover letter which addresses how your knowledge and experience apply to the Requirements and Desirable Skills and Abilities listed in this announcement.

Other application information may be obtained from the web page or by contacting the Office of Human Resources as follows:
SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402
Automated Service Line: 650-574-6555
FAX: 650-574-6574 WebPage: