Friday, October 10, 2014

FT at College of the Desert, CA


Instructor, Astronomy & Physics - Temporary/Full-time
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Job Description
Under administrative leadership, it is the responsibility of the instructor to participate in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs, courses, and other experiences that will directly result in the educational growth of the students and support advancement of the vision, mission, and values of the community college district.

WORKING CONDITIONS:  Classroom environment and faculty office environment.

EMPLOYMENT STATUS:  Faculty Bargaining Unit Position  - This is a temporary full-time position for Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 semesters. 
Salary Placement is according to the Full time Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Minimum Master level starting rate is $58,824.50 annually.

Required Skills
A.    Classroom responsibilities
  1. Meet classes/laboratories on day and times assigned.
  2. Develop and implement instruction for each class/laboratory period which is consistent with the official course outline.
  3. Develop and distribute the first week of class, a written syllabus for each course to communicate to students’ course objectives, grading criteria and classroom policies.
  4. Demonstrate respect for student rights as specified in District policy and applicable laws.
  5. Submit requisitions for textbooks and instructional materials in a timely manner.
  6. Refer students to tutoring and related student services when appropriate.
  7. Supervise student in off-campus activities when participation is expected as part of a course requirement or where such supervision is part of the instructors load.
  8. Provide academic assistance and related services to students during scheduled office hours.
B.    Evaluation of Students
  1. Evaluate students’ progress toward meeting course objectives; advise the students of course objectives, methods of evaluation and the results of the evaluation.
  2. Return assignments and examination results in a timely fashion.
  3. Assign grades to students in the manner provided by District policy and administrative procedure and prescribed by the Education Code and Title V regulations for the State of California.
  4. Participate in the credit by examination program where applicable.
  5. Submit required administrative paperwork, including grade report forms, in a timely and accurate manner.
C.   Curriculum
  1. Participate in the development and review of curriculum as needed.
  2. Participate in the development of alternative teaching modalities.
D.  Student Advising
  1. Advise enrolled students on such matters as:
a)  Course content, scope and meaning.
b)  Learning skills
c)  Collateral or enrichment reading or experience opportunities for further understanding of the courses or subject field.
d)  Career alternative/opportunities related to the subject field.

  1. Participate as a Faculty Advisor to student organizations or clubs.
E.                   Professional Development
  1. Participate in required professional development activities.
  2. Continue to develop professional skills and knowledge.
  3. Participate in planning staff development programs.
  4. Participate in institutional research activities and grants.
  5. Attend/participate in professional conferences, seminars or meetings.
F.  Additional Responsibilities
  1. Schedule, announce to students in all classes, and maintain office hours.
  2. Attend and participate in department/center meetings.
  3.  Participate in the process of Shared Governance by contributing to the academic community through committee work on the department, division, college and/or district level, or participate in other significant non-classroom college, district or community activities.
  4. Keep official records required by District policy and administrative procedures and submit them in accordance with college procedures.
  5. Participate in supervision of student assistants and paraprofessionals.
  6. Participate in articulation activities and the coordination of inter-divisional and intra-divisional learning activities.
  7. Abide by departmental regulations concerning the proper use, care and security of equipment.
  8.  Advise administration of unsafe conditions or potential hazards and recommend solutions.
  9. Participate in advisory committee meetings as required.
  10. Consult with management on personnel needs; assist with position announcements, recruitment and screening/interviewing committees.
  11. Participate in evaluation.
  12. Participate in mentoring of new faculty as assigned.
  13. Fulfill all obligations as established in the current collective bargaining agreement.
Required Experience
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 the equivalent.

If you do not clearly meet the minimum qualifications as they are defined, you must submit an equivalency request form along with your application materials. 

  • Understanding of and demonstrated sensitivity to the experiences and historical barriers facing students/colleagues from historically under represented communities.
  • Commitment to addressing barriers to equity among students/colleagues both within the classroom and as a member of the college community.
  • Understanding of the process of developing and assessing student learning outcomes at the course and program (including general education) levels.
  • Willingness to continuously consider student success and achievement to adjust and improve pedagogy and delivery of curriculum.
  • Ability and commitment to maintaining a highly engaged teaching and learning environment.
  • Understanding of the dynamics of teams and ability to participate effectively as a team member.

  • Demonstrated experience building community connections and external resources for students.
  • Participation in the advising process for students pursuing educational goals including, but not limited to, workforce preparation, general education/transfer preparation, and associate’s degree completion.
  • Leadership and/or participation in student led research projects at the freshmen and sophomore levels.
  • Leadership and/or participation in the development and/or implementation of grant funded projects.
  • Interest in pursuing creative and innovative services to improve student achievement and completion.

For consideration please attach a maximum two-page statement/letter of introduction addressing why you are interested in the position, how you meet the desirable qualifications, and provide evidence of a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

The List of References should include two current or previous supervisors, two faculty members, and two other references not related to the applicant (including classified support staff).  Please include names, addresses, e-mail addresses and current telephone numbers.  Applicants from sectors other than higher education should submit comparable references.

  1. Resume
  2. Statement/Cover Letter (See Special Instructions)
  3. List of References
  4. Transcripts (official or unofficial) must show name of institution, degree, discipline and date awarded

Job Location
Palm Desert, California, United States
Position Type
Work Schedule (Days/Hours)
Schedule may vary
Required Documents
Statement, List of References, Unofficial Transcripts, Resume
Months per Year
Special Instructions to Candidate
Documents verifying your qualifications listed under the REQUIRED EXPERIENCE and REQUIRED DOCUMENTS sections of this posting are required for consideration. The following documents are required and must be attached to you application: • Resume • Cover Letter/Statement (see SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS in Required Experience section above) • Unofficial Transcripts (must show name of institution, degree, discipline and date awarded) • References (see SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS section above)
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled
1.00 (40hrs)