Monday, February 22, 2016

TT, College of Alameda, CA

College Information

Peralta/College InformationCollege of Alameda
College of Alameda’s mission is to meet the educational needs of its multicultural and diverse community by providing excellent comprehensive and flexible programs including basic skills, transfer, and occupational, which will enable each student to achieve his/her own unique goals.

The College is California’s only island-based community college and it offers both park-like tranquility and easy access to urban resources. Having served almost half a million day, evening and weekend students since its 1970 founding, College of Alameda enjoys a well-deserved reputation for excellence in its academic, vocational, and student support programs. The College of Alameda is proud of its strong ties to the City of Alameda and is recognized for its strong partnerships with the local business community.

Position Information

Job TitlePhysics/Astronomy Instructor
CompensationSalary Range: $54,976 - $74,251/yr. Initial salary placement is commensurate with experience and educational background.
Benefits Information

The Peralta Colleges proudly offers a competitive and comprehensive core of work-life benefits. The value of the employer contribution towards your benefits may increase your total compensation by as much as 47%.  Benefit-eligible employees have access to coverage for themselves and eligible dependents:

• Medical, dental, vision, prescription drug insurance coverage*
• Life insurance of 150% of your income up to $100,000.
• Long-term disability coverage.
• Employee Assistance Program.

In addition to your contribution, Peralta pays 10.73% of your salary to the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS).  Effective January 1, 2013, the PEPRA(Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act) went into effect. Changes have been implemented as a result of the adoption of this legislation that impact new and existing employees enrolled in CalSTRS. Specific information regarding the changes can be found at For further up to date information on CalSTRS retirement eligibility and PEPRA, please visit the website at The CalSTRS member handbook is available at  After 10 years of creditable service, medical benefits in retirement are extended until age 65. Other benefits include 10 days sick leave, and holidays.

Other voluntary benefits include:

• Flexible benefit plan participation in the Medical Reimbursement Plan, Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan (under tax code 125)
• Pre-tax commuting expenses (under IRS code 132)
• Tax-deferred plan participation in the 403(b) and 457 plans
• Credit union membership
• Prepaid legal plan participation 
• Additional Life Insurance for yourself, spouse or children

  • Kaiser and United Health Care Dental are fully paid by the District.  Other plans require employee contribution.  Subject to change.
Position TypeAcademic
DepartmentBusiness Transportation (252)
Job Description SummaryUnder general supervision of the Vice President of Instruction, the Physics/Astronomy Instructor teaches two physics series, one for physics and engineering majors and the other for biology and pre-medicine majors.
Duties & ResponsibilitiesEXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Teaching schedule may include evening or weekend hours as part of contract assignment.

Instructors are expected to use and keep abreast of advanced teaching methods, including the use of current and future technologies to support student learning and career objectives.

• Provide class instruction in accordance with established course outlines.
• Inform students via syllabi concerning course requirements, evaluation procedures, and attendance requirements.
• Maintain necessary attendance, scholastic and personnel records, and submits them according to published deadlines.
• Prepare and grade class assignments and examinations and promptly returns them to students.
• Post and maintain required office hours in accordance with the prevailing policy.
• Participate in faculty discussions on curriculum, teaching-learning techniques and teaching materials.
• Participate on departmental, divisional, and campus committees. Develop and revise courses in the discipline.

The Instructor is also responsible for providing a full professional service week that may include, but is not limited to:
• Teaching, teaching preparation, maintenance of office hours and student advising, and maintenance of student rosters, class records and grade completion in accordance with District policy and procedures;
• Performing departmental duties such as program and curriculum development, evaluation and revision, and selecting appropriate instructional materials, and working with administrators and other faculty to develop a comprehensive pre-collegiate program;
• Participation in professional activities such as departmental and campus committee work, faculty peer evaluations, staff meetings and participation in the governance structure of the College and District;
• Pursuing professional growth activities to remain current in discipline and teaching methodology;
• Performing professional outreach activities (e.g., working with administrators and other faculty, as part of course development and depending on need, by participating in an industry advisory committee for a program, working with inter-segmental education partners—such as high school, adult school and other colleges—and industry partners to design and implement effective basic skills curricula and career pathways in the discipline, etc.); and
• Performing other related duties as assigned by the College.
Minimum Qualifications1. Possession of a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in physics, astronomy, or astrophysics.
2. Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in physics or astronomy and a Master’s in engineering, mathematics, meteorology, or geophysics.
3. May submit a fully satisfied lifetime California Community College Instructor Credential authorizing service to teach courses in Physics/Astronomy.
(California credentials were no longer issued after July 1, 1990).
4. The equivalent qualifications.
(Candidates who claim equivalency must provide conclusive evidence, as clear and reliable on the college transcripts as required on the District Equivalency Application Form. Refer to the Equivalency Procedures below. This is not a process to waive the minimum qualifications.)

5. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
Desirable Qualifications• Experience teaching introductory physics and/or astronomy, appropriate for general education audiences; and lower division physics, appropriate for physical science and engineering majors, preferably at a community college; mastery of course material.
• Experience teaching and developing laboratory exercises in related courses.
• Experience developing students’ conceptual understanding as the basis for problem solving.
• Experience using student learning, and assessment of student learning outcomes, to guide teaching.
• Experience with current and emergent instructional delivery technologies and demonstrated experience and/or commitment to integrating new technologies into the learning process.
• Experience working effectively with students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
• Excellent skills in communication, both oral and written.
• Excellent organizational and planning skills in relation to the classroom, laboratory, budget, equipment and technology, and other departmental matters.
• Evidence of strong commitment to professional growth and development and to continued innovation and improvement of teaching.
Environmental Demands
Other Requirements
Tools & Equipment Used
Application Deadline DateMarch 15, 2016
Open Date02/16/2016

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * How did you find out about the position?
    • Asian Week
    • California Community College Chancellor's Office website
    • Career Builder
    • Chronicle of Higher Education website
    • Chronicle of Higher Education newspaper
    • Community College Jobs Website
    • Community College Times
    • Craigslist
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • El Mundo
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Job Fair, Conference or Workshop
    • Local Newspaper (Oakland Tribune, SF Chronicle, ect)
    • Oakland Post
    • Peralta Jobs Website
    • Walk-In (PCCD Office of Human Resources)
    • Women in Higher Education
    • Word of Mouth
    • 24-Hour Job Line
    • Other
  2. If you chose "Other" as your answer for the above question, please provide details(Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. List of References
  2. Other Document
  3. Letter of Recommendation 1
  4. Letter of Recommendation 2
  5. Letter of Recommendation 3
  6. Curriculum Vitae
  7. Training/Certification Document