Wednesday, December 9, 2015

FT Instructor, Ohlone College, Fremont CA

Ideal Candidate Statement
Ohlone College seeks to employ faculty members who have a passion for teaching and learning and a strong commitment to the missions and ideals of the community college. We are looking for excellent teachers who are student-oriented in their approach and dedicated to student success. An ideal candidate will be skilled in generating student engagement in learning. Innovative teaching strategies are encouraged at Ohlone, including collaborative learning and the active use of technology. Continuous professional development is highly valued. We are looking for faculty with enthusiastic interest in curriculum and instructional improvement through ongoing critical thinking about student learning outcomes in courses and programs.
The ideal Ohlone faculty member will have strong leadership skills and an interest in active participation in college-wide activities. Excellent communication skills with students, staff and faculty peers are essential. We are looking for faculty who are flexible in their work and adaptable to change. Ohlone prides itself as a Learning College with the motto “A World of Cultures United in Learning” and we are looking for faculty who embrace diversity in serving students of varied backgrounds and learning styles. The College is committed to environmental sustainability and looks to all employees to support this important goal.
Under the general supervision of the Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Dean, the Physics/Astronomy instructor’s will be responsible for teaching a broad spectrum of physics courses offered at the community college level, including the Survey of Physics course, as well as the Trigonometry and Calculus-based Physics sequence, and may be assigned to teach astronomy and physical science as needed. The instructor may be expected to work in a classroom incorporating computer activities, as well as one with a traditional instructional format. Participation as a full-time faculty member in department, division and campus-wide activities is required. The instructor may be required to have part of his/her teaching assignment in the evening and/or weekends and teach courses at the Fremont and/or Newark campuses, online via the eCampus and/or an off-campus location.
Desirable Qualifications
1. Teaching experience in physics with laboratory and demonstrations.
2. Experience in using innovative teaching methods that encourage student engagement and learning, such as computer simulations.
3. Experience in the use of computer technology as a teaching tool, including experience with course management systems (i.e. blackboard, canvas, etc.)
4. Independent research experience in physics (academia or industry).
5. Experience in working with culturally diverse student populations (teaching or other situations in a leadership role).
6. Excellent communications skills. Must be able to communicate effectively with students and colleagues.
7. Evidence of ability to work successfully in a team environment.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Teach assigned courses in Physics, Astronomy and Physical Science as needed.
2. Evaluate student work using clear criteria relevant to the course content and student learning outcomes and provide feedback to students in a timely manner.
3. Assist students with their assignments by holding required office hours.
4. Develop and implement a variety of effective teaching and assessment methods, including the use of computer-assisted or smart classrooms and information technology to engage student interest and support for a variety of learning styles.
5. Participate in the leadership of discipline specific learning communities
6. Maintain and submit accurate records according to published deadlines (i.e., grades, syllabi, attendance reports).
7. Develop effective online course materials, and build online learning communities that meet accessible online course requirements and Title 5 §55211 Effective Contact Policy requirements.
8. Participate in the development and revision of curriculum and the program review processes, as well as assess student learning outcomes at the course and program levels.
9. Continue professional development and remain current in the field through course work, conferences, workshops and other appropriate means.
10. Attend department/division meetings.
11. Carry out collegial responsibilities including, but not limited to, institutional committee assignments, student recruitment and retention, full and part-time faculty recruitment and hiring, and participation in shared governance committees and campus life activities.
12. Communicate and work cooperatively with colleagues (within discipline and college-wide) on matters regarding course offerings, programs, and activities that would enhance the development of the department and college.
13. Perform duties described in Board policy, the Faculty Handbook, theUFO (faculty bargaining unit) Contract, and as assigned at the Fremont and Newark campuses, and/or other designated locations.
14. Engage in activities that enhance the department’s rapport with area high schools, industry partners, and/or four-year institutions.
15. Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
Master’s in Physics, Astronomy, or Astrophysics OR Bachelor’s in Physics or Astronomy AND Master’s in Engineering, Mathematics, Meteorology or Geophysics OR the equivalent.
Commitment to community college goals/objectives of providing quality programs and services for culturally, socio-economically, ethnically, and academically diverse students and students with disabilities; personal qualities to work effectively and with sensitivity in a multicultural environment; awareness of and commitment to the needs of non-traditional and/or re-entry students with diverse abilities and interests.
Other Information
• Please submit all college transcripts, including community and junior college transcripts with discipline-related coursework.
• Applicants selected for interview will be notified by phone approximately 2-4 weeks following the application deadline. All other applicants will be notified by email. Please be sure that the district has your correct email address.
• Materials submitted with your application will be considered for this opening only. All material submitted becomes District property and will not be returned.
• The Screening Committee will review applications. From that pool, the committee will select a limited number of candidates to invite for interview.
• Travel arrangements for initial interviews will be at the applicant’s expense
If you are in need of special services, equipment, or facilities in order to apply or interview for this opening, please call Human Resources at: (510) 659-6088.
Physical Characteristics
Starting Salary Range$61,203 - $93,642

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number
Number of Vacancies1
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date12/04/2015
Close Date01/08/2016
Open Until FilledNo
If you do not meet minimum qualifications as stated, a completed equivalency portfolio with all related documents must accompany the application or your packet will not be considered. The equivalency form could be found on our website at:
Foreign Transcripts
Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the filing deadline.
FOREIGN DEGREES: If you have a degree from a college or university outside the United States you must have your coursework evaluated by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers ( A copy (original will be required at the time of hire) of the professional evaluation letter must be submitted with the application packet.
Benefits Statement
Health and Welfare Benefits: *
The district participates in the CalPERS medical program and offers a variety of medical plans. Dental is offered through Delta Dental, Vision offered through Vision Service Plan (VSP), and Life insurance throughUNUM.
Medical*: Enrollment in medical coverage through the district is optional. For those faculty that choose to enroll in one of the offered medical plans, the district currently provides $650 per month to offset the cost of the medical benefits premium.
Dental, Vision and Life Insurances: The district provides for and fully pays the premiums for you and your family for dental and vision, and for the employee only premium for life insurance. Enrollment in Dental, Vision and Life insurances are mandatory.
Long-term Disability (LTD) and Employee Assistance Program (EAP): The district provides for and fully pays the premiums for long-term disability for you and EAP for you and your family.
Other employee paid benefits (optional): Voluntary additional life insurance;IRC Section 125 Flexible Medical and Dependent Care spending plans; 403(B) and 457(b) Tax Shelter Annuity plans; 403(b) Roth IRA plan.
Enrollment Fee Waiver: Employees and eligible dependents are eligible to receive fee waivers for classes enrolled at Ohlone College.
Retirement: Membership in the State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS) or the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS). Candidates hired on or after January 1, 2013 are subject to restrictions imposed by PEPRA.
Sick Leave: One day per month, accumulating indefinitely, if unused. All other Education Code leave benefits apply.
Sabbatical Leave: After 6 consecutive years of employment with the district you will be eligible for sabbatical leave. You will receive 100% pay for one semester leave and 70% for an academic year.
Certificated employees belong to the United Faculty of Ohlone (UFO) and are required to pay $360 in annual union dues.
Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986
Applicants selected for positions will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.”
District Statement
A multi-campus single community college district, Ohlone College is located in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay in California; serving 12,000 students per year. The District has a main campus in the City of Fremont and a newly constructed campus in the City of Newark. Ohlone College is an ethnically diverse institution that promotes innovation and continuous improvement in departments and divisions. The College is named for the native population living in the area when Mission San Jose was founded. The Fremont campus is located just south of the historical Mission. The Newark Campus is located near Interstate 880 and emphasizes programs in health, environment, and technology.
EEO Statement
The District is strongly committed to the principles of equal opportunity and to hiring qualified staff who reflect the diversity of our community. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age (40 or over), medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, military and veteran status, pregnancy/childbirth/breastfeeding or related medical condition or any other protected basis in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The college encourages applications from all qualified applicants.
If you have a disability and are in need of special services, equipment, or facilities in order to apply or interview for this opening, please call the Human Resources office at: (510) 659-6088.
Conditions of Employment
Offers of employment are contingent upon Governing Board approval. Employment with Ohlone Community College is not complete or official until applicants meet all pre-employment requirements. All new employees are required to submit official transcripts and proof of freedom from tuberculosis. In addition you will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.” Pre-employment tests and/or medical examinations may be required. Ohlone Community College does not sponsor H1B visas. Employees must sign the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and submit fingerprints for CA Department of Justice clearance.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * DIVERSITY QUESTION: Please respond to the following in writing and submit with your application packet: Ohlone College comprises a very diverse student, faculty and staff population, and we believe diversity should be reflected in the curricula for all courses. How you would incorporate the topics of race, socio-economic status, and multiculturalism in working with community college students? Your response should not exceed two pages.
    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Current resume, please include a list and description of courses taught.
  2. A cover letter addressing the listed desirable qualifications, personal and professional qualities.
  3. Summary of courses taught.
  4. A course syllabus and a sample test or assignment from a course that you are teaching or have recently taught.
  5. No more than one page typed essay about innovative teaching techniques you have used.
  6. List of at least three Professional References including name, position, organization, phone number, email and their relationship to you. Please DO NOT SUBMIT letters of references at this time.
  7. Bachelor's Degree Transcript - official or unofficial
  8. Master's Degree Transcript - official or unofficial
Optional Documents
  1. Equivalency Portfolio
  2. Licenses/Certificates/Credentials
  3. Foreign Degree Evaluation
  4. Doctorate Degree Transcript - official or unofficial
  5. Additional Transcript(s) - official or unofficial