Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Instructor, Wharton County Junior College

Wharton County Junior College

Instructor of Physics

Class Code:
PHS001, PHS002

$40,550.00 - $52,050.00 Annually

Purpose and Scope
The permanent responsibility of a faculty member is to provide the most effective instruction possible in his/her discipline. The faculty member works to insure that his/her instruction is meeting the educational needs of students.

Essential Job Functions:

Administrative duties of this position:
• Keeps accurate records of student attendance
• Supervises assigned student employees
• Assists assigned student groups in the planning and managing of student activities
• Makes arrangements, approved in writing by the appropriate supervisor, for covering classes when scheduling an absence
• Assumes assigned advising and registration duties
• Maintains current knowledge of careers related to teaching field and of transfer issues (both in one’s field and in general)
• Assumes the responsibility for the physical condition of assigned office and classrooms and to report needs to the building supervisor
• Provides grade reports to Admissions and Registration
• Attends to assigned responsibilities in a dependable and timely manner
• Meets deadlines

2. Faculty development and obligations of this position:
• Maintains oneself as a competent scholar in the teaching field/fields
• Designs and implements a professional growth plan to improve instructional abilities
• Participates in professional activities related to discipline
• Complies with the professional growth and instructional assessment policies
• Maintains currency in pedagogy

3. Teaching responsibilities of this position:
• Instructs students in courses assigned, following the official master syllabi and using approved textbooks
• Meets all classes regularly and promptly as scheduled and for the full duration of each class period
• Participates in the department’s review of all course offerings
• Upgrades the educational program by evaluating course content, student needs, and instructional methods and making recommendations for improvement
• Assists in the preparation of course syllabi
• Evaluates support materials available to students in the WCJC Libraries and makes recommendations for improving collections
• Teaches assigned courses at times, locations, and in classrooms as assigned
• Prepares, organizes, and delivers course material in effective manner
• Provides written course outlines to students and to appropriate supervisor
• Teaches online classes as assigned

4. Other professional duties of this position:
• Adheres to policies published in the Regulations Manual
• Follows college policies regarding work schedules, office hours, etc., published in the Faculty Handbook, Regulations Manual, Employment Agreement, and other official college documents
• Participates in assigned committee work
• Attends faculty meetings and commencement exercises as appropriate
• Performs assigned advising, registration, and recruiting duties
• Reviews and makes recommendations for the improvement of the educational program, the college’s learning environment, and related services
• Familiarizes oneself with the purpose of the college and with college policies and procedures
• Assumes special responsibilities or assignments from supervisors
• Secures a copy of the Student Handbook and becomes familiar with its contents
• Reports absences to appropriate supervisor
• Demonstrates commitment to the profession and students
• Provides professional and/or nonprofessional services (national, regional, local)

5. Other duties assigned to this position:
• The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Knowledge, Skills, & Experience:
This position requires a master’s degree and a minimum of 18 graduate hours in physics from a regionally accredited instituion. This position requires credentials that meet minimum requirements for teaching at the post secondary level set by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Texas Education Agency, and accrediting agencies for individual programs. A criminal background check is also required.


At minimum, a faculty member should have the ability to instruct and supervise students; evaluate teaching strategies and design various methods of instruction; grade papers objectively and return them promptly; adapt instruction to fit student needs; and communicate with students effectively.


This position is responsible and accountable to the Physics Department Head, the Math & Science Division Chair, and the Vice President of Instruction for fulfilling the objectives, standards, and duties listed in this document. Guidance for the performance of duties outlined in this job description comes from the policies and regulations of the college and any other applicable federal, state, and local statues, ordinances, codes, rules, regulations, or directives.

Equipment Used/Contacts:

This position uses a personal computer workstation running in a Microsoft Windows environment, calculator, phone, and other general office equipment.


External contacts of this position are with the community and local and state agencies.

Internal contacts of this position are with administrators, faculty, and staff.

Performance is considered satisfactory when:
1. Mutually agreed-upon objectives have been attained within a specified time frame
2. Functional responsibilities of the position have been executed at a level consistent with performance requirements
3. Effective, cooperative relationships exist with administrative and professional staff, faculty, support staff, and clientele from the community
4. Confidential aspects of the position are strictly maintained
5. Functioning in this role is related to college goals and mission attainment
6. Work is coordinated with the department head and division chair
7. Accuracy and high quality of finished work are strictly maintained and completed within established guidelines

Working Conditions:
The person in this position must be able to travel independently to and from multiple work sites during day and evening hours and must be able to communicate effectively in a teaching environment with both groups and individuals.

To apply, please visit: http://apptrkr.com/337032

Additional Contact Information
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Wharton County Junior College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  It is the institution's policy, in compliance with Title IX as implemented, to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age or disability.  Questions regarding employment practices may be directed to the Director of Human Resources Department, WCJC, 911 Boling Highway, Wharton, TX  77488