Monday, December 21, 2015

TT, Monterey Peninsula College, CA

Job #:2016-00004
Job Title:Physics and Astronomy Instructor (Full Time, Tenure Track, Fall 2016)
Opening Date/Time:  Sat. 12/19/15 12:00 AM Pacific Time
Closing Date/Time:  Tue. 02/16/16 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$52,532.00 - $71,235.00 Annually
Job Type:Full Time Instructor
Location:Monterey, California
Department:Physical Science
Exam #:2016-00004

As a member of the Physical Science Division, the physics/astronomy instructor will provide instruction in both physics and astronomy courses that could include, among others: Conceptual Physics (a one-semester, non-mathematical, introductory course with lectures and labs); General Physics (a one-year, trigonometry-based course with lectures, labs, and problem sessions); Science & Engineering Physics (a three-semester, calculus-based course with lectures, labs, and problem sessions); and Introductory Astronomy (a non-mathematical course with lectures, labs, and field trips). Assignments may include day, evening and weekend courses at the Monterey campus, Marina Education Center, other sites in the community, as well as online instruction.

Full time faculty have responsibilities outside the classroom through contributions to the department, division and the college which include curriculum development and evaluation, and participation in student achievement and success.  Faculty are encouraged to engage in campus life and become involved in college committees. 
 Example of Duties:
As a fulltime faculty member in the physics/astronomy department, the successful candidate will: 
  • Use and develop a variety of effective teaching and assessment methods including the use of computers and information technology to engage student interest and support a variety of learning styles.
  • Evaluate student work using clear criteria relevant to the course content and learning objectives.
  • Maintain and submit accurate records according to published deadlines (i.e., grades, syllabi, census reports).
  • Participate in physics/astronomy schedule development process.
  • Develop curriculum and participate in the program review processes.
  • Engage in activities that enhance the department’s rapport with area high schools, colleges and businesses.
  • Participate in faculty recruitment.
  • Hold required office hours and attend division meetings.
  • Carry out collegial responsibilities including, but not limited to, institutional committee assignments, student recruitment and retention, and participation in shared governance committees and campus life activities.
  • 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.
  • Continue professional development and remain current in the field through course work, conferences, workshops, and other appropriate means.
  • Perform duties described in Board policy, the Faculty Handbook, the MPCTA Contract, and as assigned at the Monterey campus, the Education Center at Marina, and/or other designated locations.
 Minimum Qualifications:
  •  Master’s in physics, astronomy, or astrophysics; OR Bachelor’s in physics or astronomy AND  a  Master’s  in  engineering,  mathematics, meteorology, or geophysics; OR the equivalent.* 
  • A sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students. 
*Note:  Graduate students currently working on a Master’s degree are encouraged to apply, with the understanding that the degree must be completed and confirmed by July 1, 2016.  Applicants who believe they possess equivalent qualifications may complete an equivalency form and submit it with their application materials for review. The form may be downloaded here:

  • Knowledge of and commitment to community college teaching.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with community groups and campus organizations.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to meet the needs of community college learners with diverse backgrounds and a wide range of skills and goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach the variety of courses offered by the physics/astronomy department.
  • Effectively integrate technology into the lecture and laboratory curriculum.
  • Demonstrated ability to participate in the college’s learning outcomes assessment program.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with colleagues on matters regarding course; offerings, programs, and activities that would promote physics as a field of study. 
  • A vision for program development and long-term growth that will enrich the college and the community that it serves.
 Work Schedule / Supplemental Information:
Anticipated Starting Compensation
Initial salary placement is based on the current full-time salary schedule and on verification of education and experience.  Starting salary is $52,532-­71,235 annually.  In addition to the base salary, the successful candidate can also earn an annual Doctoral stipend of $2,881 or an annual multiple Masters’ stipend of $2,043.

Monterey Peninsula College provides an excellent fringe benefits package, including sick leave, medical and dental coverage for employees and dependents, and a vision plan, life insurance and long term disability benefits for the employee only. Monterey Peninsula College contributes 10.73% to the State Teachers’ Retirement System. Participation in tax deferred plans is available.

Assignment & Anticipated Start Date
The assigned work year is 175.5 days per academic year.  The assignment will include 15 teaching load units (TLUs) plus five office hours per week.  The selected candidate will participate in campus wide events beginning the week of August 17, 2016.

Application Deadline
A completed application and supplemental materials must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. PST, Tuesday, February 16, 2016. Monterey Peninsula College reserves the right to close, continue, cancel, postpone or restart the recruitment at any time.

Application ProceduresTo be considered for review, applicants must submit the following application materials online:
  1. Completed Application including the Diversity Statement and Supplemental Questions

  2. Cover Letter addressing the listed Desirable Qualifications.

  3. Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

  4. Unofficial Transcripts of Bachelor’s degree and all advanced degrees and coursework; 
    Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers ( at the applicant’s expense. Degrees must be earned at a college or university accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and/or the U.S. Department of Education.

  5. Essay: Write an essay addressing the topic below. Please limit your response to one page.

    The drop rates for the beginning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) courses include biology, calculus, chemistry, and physics can be forty percent or higher. Identify some effective practices for improving student retention in the first semester general physics course at a community college.

  6. One (1) Letter of Recommendation directly applicable to the assignment.
Only items listed above will be reviewed by the screening committee. Please upload your materials as PDF files and use file names that clearly reflect the contents of each attachment.

To apply for this position, please go to and click on the link for “Full Time Faculty and Administrator Positions.” Click on the job title for full details about the position. Additionally you will see an “apply” button immediately above the announcement to the right.

You will be required to create a user account. If you already have a user account with another NeoGov employer, you will be able to use your existing account log­in information. Please complete all the required components of the application including uploading of your transcripts and other required documents.

Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the Office of Human Resources by calling (831) 646-4014.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact: 

Andrea Bozant
Human Resources Department
Monterey Peninsula College 
(831) 646-­4024

Applicants selected for interviews will be notified approximately 2-­4 weeks following the application deadline. Initial interviews are held on campus and tentatively scheduled for the week of March 14 or March 21, 2016. Travel expenses are the sole responsibility of the applicant. Selected finalists will be invited to second interviews with the Superintendent/President and Vice President of Academic Affairs. These final interviews are generally conducted via SKYPE. Positions are subject to adequate funding and MPC reserves the right to close, continue, cancel, postpone or restart the recruitment at any time. 

Conditions of Employment
Employment with Monterey Peninsula College is not complete or official until applicants meet all pre­employment requirements.  Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following. All new employees are required to submit official transcripts, a certificate of Tuberculosis exam, proof of fingerprints taken via Live Scan to the Department of Justice, and proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Offers of employment are contingent upon Governing Board approval.

Monterey Peninsula College actively seeks a diverse pool of applicants interested in working in an environment which values flexibility, openness to change, collaboration, respect for others and their points of view, and involvement in College activities, all with the goal of meeting the needs of our diverse student population. Monterey Peninsula College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, religion, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. 

About the College
Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) is a fully accredited California public community college.  With an open admissions policy, the college is known for the excellence of its academic programs and student support services.  The college has been recognized as a top military friendly school.
The college offers over 100 degree and certificate programs to prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions, provide career and technical training or to update work skills, and to improve basic skills in mathematics, writing, reading, and English as a Second Language.  As part of the Associate Degree for Transfer program with California State University (CSU), MPC currently offers 14 transfer degrees with guaranteed admission to the CSU in Administration of Justice, Anthropology, Art History, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Early Childhood Education, History, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Studio Arts.  The college has a growing distance education program, MPC Online.  MPC is also a community resource for lifelong learning opportunities.
MPC serves the communities of Big Sur, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Sand City, and Seaside. Classes are offered at the Monterey campus, at the MPC Education Center at Marina, at the Public Safety Training Center in Seaside, and at various off-campus locations.
MPC has enjoyed tremendous support from the community.  In 2002, voters approved a $145 million bond for facilities, infrastructure, and equipment at the college.  These funds have ushered in an extraordinary period of renewal for MPC, resulting in the modernization and transformation of the Monterey campus, and the construction of permanent facilities for the college’s Fort Ord Center, including the Education Center at Marina and Public Safety Training Center in Seaside.

Monterey Peninsula College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation and contact information for the Commission can be found at

ACCJC reaffirmed Monterey Peninsula College's accreditation in June 2010. MPC's next accreditation evaluation site visit will take place in October 2016.

For information about course offerings, please see the Monterey Peninsula College catalog and class schedules:

For a history of the development of the Education Center at Marina:

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