Wednesday, December 30, 2015

TT, MiraCosta College, CA [Update: an offer has been extended]  

Posting Number:0000569  
Job Title:Physics Instructor  
Discipline or Department:Physics/Astronomy  
Position Type:Full-time Faculty  
Working Title:Physics Instructor  
Hourly Rate or Monthly Salary:
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MiraCosta College offers a comprehensive package of benefits, which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employee and dependents; $100,000 employee life insurance; other optional coverages. Faculty members are also covered under the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS).  
Full Time or Part Time?Full-Time  
Months Per Year10  
Working Hours:The standard contractual work week for this position is forty (40) hours. The standard instructional work week shall consist of thirty (30) hours of instructional time, curriculum development, preparation and student evaluation (contact hours and preparation hours). The remaining time will consist of five (5) student hours (of which at least two (2) hours must be designated office hours), and five (5) institutional service hours. The person selected for this position will be subject to assignment to any district facility during any hours of operation  
Contract Days
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Basic Function and Other Details:The Department of Physical Sciences is seeking a physics instructor who will provide instruction and leadership primarily in the algebra-based physics series. The ideal candidate will have experience teaching both lecture and lab, and in employing active learning and other instruction techniques supported by physics education research.

One full-time (10 months per year), tenure-track faculty position, beginning in August 2016. The position is based in the Department of Physical Sciences. The standard contractual work week for this position is forty (40) hours. The standard instructional work week shall consist of thirty (30) hours of instructional time, curriculum development, preparation and student evaluation (contact hours and preparation hours). The remaining time will consist of five (5) student hours (of which at least two (2) hours must be designated office hours), and five (5) institutional service hours. The person selected for this position will be subject to assignment to any district facility during any hours of operation.

Students take courses in the physics program to prepare for further education in physics, engineering, computer science, chemistry and allied health programs. The physics program, which currently consists of two full-time faculty members, is part of the Department of Physical Sciences along with the disciplines of astronomy, earth sciences, geology and oceanography.  
Representative Duties:
(E) = Essential Job Function)
(E = essential job function)

Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Provide instruction in one or more areas of the physics program, primarily in the algebra-based physics series, but also in the calculus-based physics series as needed, at both the Oceanside and San Elijo campuses of MiraCosta College. (E)

2. Participate in typical departmental and faculty functions such as service on hiring committees, performance of faculty evaluations, collaboration with staff, and participation in department meetings. (E)

3. Work in collaboration with other full-time physics instructors in coordinating curriculum and mentoring associate faculty in these courses. (E)

4. Work in collaboration with instructional associates and support personnel to coordinate the ordering, distribution and maintenance of physics laboratory supplies and equipment. (E)

5. Assist in developing and maintaining instructional support materials for physics program, particularly in the algebra-based physics series. (E)

6. Develop, review and maintain currency of curricula for courses the individual teaches and develop new physics curricula in collaboration with lead instructors as appropriate. (E)

7. Participate in the development, assessment and evaluation of student learning outcomes (SLOs). (E)

8. Assist in recruiting students and promoting the physics program through participation in college-sponsored events, student clubs, and educational outreach.

9. Participate in college-wide committee work and collegial governance. (E)

10. Maintain currency in areas appropriate to the position. (E)

Adherence to all District policies and procedures is expected.  
Representative Duties Continued:
Knowledge and Abilities
Minimum Qualifications:MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
IMPORTANT: If you do not follow the instructions below, your application may not be forwarded to the committee.

To provide evidence that you meet the minimum qualifications listed below, the transcripts you are attaching must state the degree title, major, and date awarded.

If your degree major(s) EXACTLY matches the degree major(s) listed below, you do not need to request equivalency. For example, the transcripts you are attaching state: "Degree title: Master of Science; Major: Astronomy; Confer Date: 6/10/12." The minimum qualifications listed below state: Master's in Astronomy. This exact degree title is listed below, so no equivalency is required.

If your degree major(s) DOES NOT EXACTLY match the degree major(s) listed below, you must REQUEST EQUIVALENCY. For example, the transcripts you are attaching state: "Degree title: Master of Science; Major: Applied Physics; Confer Date: 5/9/12." This exact degree major is not listed below, so does not directly meet minimum qualifications. You MUST REQUEST EQUIVALENCY.

If two of your degrees (a bachelor's and a master's) are required to meet the minimum qualifications, both degree majors must be an exact match for the degree majors listed below.

To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:

1. a Master's degree in physics, astronomy, or astrophysics; OR

2. a Bachelor's degree in physics or astronomy AND a Master's degree in engineering, mathematics, meteorology, or geophysics; OR

3. a valid California Community College teaching credential authorizing instruction in the appropriate subject matter; OR

4. the equivalent*; view the equivalency instructions and guidelines at; AND

5. sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

*Applicants applying under the "equivalent" provision must attach an equivalency statement and supporting documentation at time of application. Guidelines may be found at

All degrees and units used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from postsecondary institutions accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. If your degree/coursework is from a college or university outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. A list of agencies can be found at  
Minimum Qualifications Continued:
Desirable Qualifications:DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
The college seeks candidates who have achieved the highest level of professional excellence as demonstrated by:

1. Strong academic preparation in physics.

2. Recent experience and demonstrated success in teaching college lecture and laboratory physics courses, particularly in algebra-based physics.

3. Demonstrated ability in incorporating physics education research into the development of curriculum and instructional materials such as investigative laboratory activities.

4. Demonstrated ability in teaching physics to students with a wide range of preparation and abilities.

5. Demonstrated experience using data acquisition and analysis software in support of laboratory activities.

6. Ability to coordinate multiple sections of a course.

7. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both in oral and written discourse.

8. Demonstrated skill in applying current technology in the instruction of physics.

9. Demonstrated ability to work closely and collaboratively with students and colleagues in support of a positive, productive, and professional academic environment.

10. Commitment to the community college objective of providing lower division instruction for students of diverse abilities, interests, and cultural backgrounds.

11. Ability to contribute to the mission of the college.  
Licenses and Other Requirements:
Physical Effort:Primarily sedentary with intermittent standing, walking, bending and stooping; occasional light lifting and carrying of objects weighing 25 pounds or less; ability to work at a computer, including repetitive use of computer keyboard, mouse or other control devices; ability to travel to a variety of locations on and off campus as needed to conduct district business.  
Emotional Effort:Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships involving interactions and communications personally, by phone and in writing with a variety of individuals and/or groups of individuals from diverse backgrounds on a regular, on-going basis; ability to concentrate on detailed tasks for extended periods of time and/or intermittently while attending to other responsibilities; ability to work effectively under pressure on multiple tasks concurrently while meeting established deadlines and changing priorities.  
Working Conditions:Primarily works in an office (or classroom) environment. Subject to frequent interruptions by individuals in person or by telephone, intermittent exposure to individuals acting in a disagreeable fashion. May work at any district location or authorized facility during day and/or evening hours with occasional evenings, and/or weekends on an as-needed basis. Occasional local travel may be requested.  
Posting Date:12-23-2015  
Closing Date:02-09-2016
First Screening Date:
Human Resources Contact or 760.795.6854  
Apply and submit application materials online at Once you are in the online application system, we strongly advise you to read the information on "How to Apply" and the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) before starting the application process.

In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following documents directly in the online system and finish applying and receive a confirmation number by 11:59 PM on the closing date:

1. Application for academic employment.

2. A cover letter addressed to the "Screening and Interview Committee" specifically describing how you meet the desirable qualifications and the representative duties.

3. A current resume or curriculum vitae summarizing your educational background and experience.

4. A separate document stating your teaching philosophy, not to exceed one page.

5. A reverse chronological list of physics courses you have taught, including course name, institution, and dates. (Please attach to the "Other Document" link.)

6. One sample syllabus preferably from a course you have taught in physics.

7. One sample exam preferably from a course you have taught in physics.

8a. Transcripts of ALL college degrees/coursework needed to qualify for this position; unofficial or legible copies are acceptable but must indicate that the degree(s) has been conferred, if applicable. A diploma will not be accepted in lieu of transcripts. An equivalency narrative and supporting documentation must be submitted at the time of application if (i) you do not possess the EXACT degree major(s) listed in the Minimum Qualifications section above or (ii) your qualifying degree will not be awarded before the position begins. (View the instructions for equivalency requests at

If your qualifying degree is in progress but will be conferred BEFORE the position begins in August 2016, you must also include a written statement from your adviser indicating the anticipated degree CONFERRAL date.

If your degree(s) is from a college or university outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. A list of agencies can be found at

8b. If needed to meet the minimum qualifications, a copy (front and back) of your California teaching credential authorizing instruction in a community college.  
NOTE: With the exception of documents needed to support an equivalency request, do not submit materials other than those requested above as they will be removed. 

Individuals with qualified disabilities who need accommodation with any aspect of the application and/or interview process should contact Human Resources at 760.795.6854 at least five days prior to the closing date. 

The screening and interview committee will review application materials two to five weeks following the closing date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected will be notified by e-mail. For interviewees, the selection process will include a panel interview, as well as possible teaching demonstration and written exercise. Interviewees will cover expenses for their first trip to the campus. 

An offer of employment to the person selected for this position is contingent upon 1) successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense, 2) tuberculosis clearance and/or certification of freedom from contagious or infectious disease, 3) proof of eligibility to work in the United States, 4) fingerprint clearance, and 5) approval by the Board of Trustees.  
EEO Statement:MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing an educational environment which affirms and supports diversity in its faculty, staff, and administration, and promoting an environment of inclusion.  
The MiraCosta Community College District mission is to provide superior educational opportunities and student-support services to a diverse population of learners with a focus on their success. MiraCosta offers undergraduate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong-learning opportunities that strengthen the economic, cultural, social, and educational well-being of the communities it serves.

Goal I. MiraCosta Community College District will become a vanguard educational institution committed to innovation and researched best practices, broad access to higher education, and environmental sustainability.

Goal II. MiraCosta Community College District will become the institution where each student has a high probability of achieving academic success.

Goal III. MiraCosta Community College District will institutionalize effective planning processes through the systematic use of data to make decisions.

Goal IV. MiraCosta Community College District will demonstrate high standards of stewardship and fiscal prudence.

Goal V. MiraCosta Community College District will be a conscientious community partner.

The MiraCosta Community College District is one of California's 113 public community colleges. The district includes the communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Olivenhain, Leucadia, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, and parts of Carmel Valley. The single college district is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees who are elected at large from each of the district's seven communities.

MiraCosta offers undergraduate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong-learning opportunities.

The college's fee-based Community Education program provides a wide variety of classes, workshops, and excursions. Tuition-free, noncredit classes also present a variety of learning opportunities at the Community Learning Center and throughout the community.

MiraCosta College partners with the North San Diego Small Business Development Center, which provides service to all of North San Diego and Imperial Counties.  
About MiraCosta: (contd)MiraCosta College employs 191 full-time faculty, 284 regular classified staff, 13 classified administrators and 15 academic administrators. An additional 552 associate faculty teach in the credit and noncredit programs, and about 150 educators or contract staff provide community education and workforce development activities. MiraCosta students are diverse, including representation from all of California's major racial/ethnic groups and ages. Diversity is also evidenced by student-veterans, re-entry students, individuals with disabilities, and international students. The district boasts a long history of commitment to collegiality, civility, and mutual respect.  
About MiraCosta: (contd)THE SITES:
The district consists of three campus sites, plus the Technology Career Institute, and robust online education offerings.

The Oceanside Campus houses a comprehensive public community college, offering credit, career technical and noncredit courses. In the 2013 academic year, the college offered general education credit courses that applied toward 64 degrees, 46 Certificates of Proficiency and 58 Certificates of Achievement. Noncredit classes tailored for older adults and community education courses are also offered on this campus. The majority of the district's students attend the Oceanside Campus, approximately 10,500 students.

The San Elijo Campus is positioned as the district's transfer-focused site and offers a wide range of credit courses leading to transfer and almost 40 associate degrees and career certificates. Each semester, more than 200 sections are offered on this campus to a student body of over 3,000 students, with support services in tutoring, counseling, library, wellbeing, and student activities. A rich variety of community services courses are also offered year round at the San Elijo Campus.

The Community Learning Center (CLC) serves approximately 2,500 students, and hosts a wide variety of noncredit programs, including English as a second language, The Adult High School Diploma Program, classes for older adults, health classes, parenting, and classes for those who are physically and mentally challenged. The center also houses the Cisco Networking Academy, which prepares students for computer industry certifications. Credit courses that fulfill general education requirements are also offered at this site. The credit courses offered at the CLC are intended to support students' transition from noncredit to credit enrollment.

The Technology Career Institute & Small Business Development Center opened in March 2015 and is located in central Carlsbad. It offers classes and certificate programs to skilled workers in industries such as high-tech manufacturing, maritime technology, and biotech manufacturing, and provides resources, workshops, and leadership programs for small businesses.

MiraCosta College began offering online courses in 1995. The district typically offers approximately 200 fully online class sections each semester, with another 100 sections offered partially online, serving about 6,000 students.  
Accreditation:MiraCosta College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Boulevard, Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, 415.506.0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education and approved by the California State Department of Education Office of Private Post-Secondary Education for training veterans and other eligible persons under the provisions of the GI Bill of Regulations. The University of California, California State Universities, and private universities of high rank give credit for transfer courses completed at MiraCosta College.

MiraCosta College is approved by the following: California State Board of Registered Nursing, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, State Board of Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technicians, California Department of Public Health Aide and Technician Certification Section, Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Accrediting Commission for Schools, California State Department of Education, University of California.  
The AreaSituated between San Diego and Los Angeles, MiraCosta College benefits from multicultural influences and cultural opportunities. Interstate 5, Amtrak, and Carlsbad regional airport provide easy access to either metropolis and to Mexico. The district, which extends 25 miles along the Pacific Ocean from Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base to the city of San Diego, attracts diverse ethnic and socioeconomic populations who live in urban and suburban communities. The intellectual environment is enhanced by the college's proximity to the University of California San Diego, California State University San Marcos and other institutions of higher education. Along with numerous theaters, galleries, and museums, residents enjoy a moderate year-round climate, which provides many opportunities for outdoor activities.  
Clery Act:As per the Clery Act of 1998, the campus security report can be found at  
Required Applicant Documents:Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter
Teaching Philosophy
Other Document
Transcript 1
Sample Syllabus
Sample Class Exam  
Additional Applicant Documents:Transcript 2
Transcript 3
Transcript 4
Transcript 5
Formal Agency Evaluation - Foreign Transcripts
CA Credential Authorizing Service in a Community College
Transcript 6
Equivalency Narrative  
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