Thursday, May 22, 2014

TT at Merritt College CA

Astronomy/Physics Instructor
Salary Range: $52,254 - $70,576/yr
Deadline to Apply: June 12, 2014
Fall 2014 Full-Time, Tenure Track

Must possess a thorough knowledge to teach all lower division astronomy and physics courses, and must be prepared to teach all existing Merritt astronomy and physics courses.

Expected to design new courses in astronomy; especially short-term courses intended to generate public interest in astronomy and in the College.  Some of these courses will be expected to use the planetarium and telescopes of the nearby Chabot Observatory and Science Center, expanding the collaboration between the astronomy programs of the Center and of Merritt College.  Some released time may be assigned for these activities during the first year.
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.
  • May teach in current or future interdisciplinary programs such the Program for Adult College Education (PACE).

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.

1. Possession of a Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in Physics, Astronomy, or Astrophysics;
2. Possession of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in any of the above;
Possession of a Master's Degree from an accredited college or university 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 or 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 and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

  • Possession of a Ph.D. Degree from an accredited college or university in Physics, Astronomy or Astrophysics.
  • At least two (2) full-time years teaching at the college or university level.
  • Recent experience in community college curriculum and/or instructional materials development, and experience in the development, implementation and/or use of an Astronomy/Physics lab.
  • Recent experience with current and emergent instructional delivery technologies and demonstrated experience and/or commitment to integrating new technologies into the learning process.
  • Experience in innovative teaching strategies including the use of technology and online teaching.
  • Experience in curriculum and instructional improvement through the ongoing analysis of student learning outcomes in courses and programs.
  • Recent teaching experience in a community college setting.

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