Plant Science Professor

Mar 27, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Plant Science Professor
College of the Sequoias Community College District

Position: 5450-f-02-17
Opening Date: March 24, 2017
Closing Date: April 21, 2017

Full-Time, Tenure-Track Position
Beginning August 11, 2017

College of the Sequoias Community College District serves a diverse community of learners and is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution. COS provides a wide range of opportunities in transfer, general education, career and technical programs for our students. We are dedicated to recruiting faculty who are committed to helping a diverse population of students achieve their educational goals. We seek candidates who exhibit an understanding and commitment to the community college mission, and who have a passion for student success.

Description of Position
College of the Sequoias is seeking a candidate to fill a full- time tenured track Plant Science position in the Agriculture Division beginning August, 2017. The basic teaching assignment will include courses in Plant Science such as Introduction to Plant Science, Soils, Principles of Pesticide Use, Integrated Pest Management, Economic Entomology, Fertilizers and Soil Amendments, Weeds and Poisonous Plants, and Water Management. Additional courses may be added or courses altered as the instructor grows and develops the Plant Science Career Pathway. Evening classes, weekend classes and/or classroom instruction at off- campus locations in nearby communities may be required.

The faculty member will provide leadership and cooperatively work with other faculty, staff and administrators, to ensure the District's Agriculture/Farm Laboratories within the Plant Science area are functioning to support the plant science and related educational programs of the District.

The faculty member will work with industry advisories, be engaged in curriculum development and will be responsible for growing/maintaining program enrollment through such activities as student recruitment, serving as a club advisor and engaging with high school programs. The faculty member will ensure the curriculum coincides with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to enable students to work toward licensing requirements for a Pest Control Advisor (PCA).

Minimum Qualifications
The candidate must meet following criteria. The degree must be from an institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges or the equivalent.
• B.S. (M.S. preferred) in Agriculture, Plant Science, Agronomy, Crop Science or Agricultural Education with a specialization/background in Plant Science/Agronomy/Trees/Crops OR
• The equivalent AND
• Demonstrated sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic social, economic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Note: If claiming equivalency, please refer to Board Policy 7211.

Desirable Qualifications
The Agriculture Division is looking for evidence of the following:

• Teaching experience at the University, Community College, adult or secondary level with specific teaching related to Plant Science, Agronomy, Crop Science, or Pomology.
• Demonstrated knowledge of sound pedagogy and adult teaching techniques that contribute to student's learning and engagement.
• Evidence of strong computer skills with ability to learn and navigate software for curriculum, student learning outcomes, as well as tools such as Canvas.
• Ability to implement contemporary pedagogical philosophies, methods, and techniques including multi- media to develop and deliver instruction in classroom and lab settings.
• Experience with or interest in alternative instructional modes, such as web-based instruction, cooperative learning or integrated curricula.
• Ability to work in collaborative relationships with students and faculty.
• Willingness to work collaboratively toward development and implementation of Division goals.
• Ability and willingness to work collegially with advisory committees, to recruit students for the Ag Division, to work collaboratively with secondary school agriculture instructors.
• Evidence of ability to connect with and motivate current and prospective students while articulating the vast opportunities within the broad career pathway of agriculture and plant science.
• Evidence of work experience or background in the production agriculture industry with demonstrated experience in row crops, trees, vines, irrigation systems or crop protection systems.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with the District's farming operation; and leadership to manage the plant science instructional program within the parameters of an educational institution in a cost- effective manner.
• Evidence of ability to manage farm/ag instructional facilities and supervise student workers.
• Evidence of knowledge of law and regulations of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation and familiarity with the licensing requirements for a Pest Control Advisor (PCA).
• Familiarity with GPS Technology.
• Experience in safe operation of heavy equipment utilized in production agriculture.
• Evidence of knowledge in irrigation and water management techniques and related technologies utilized in row crops, trees, vines, pastures, etc.
• Experience in and/or commitment to working with students from diverse cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, academic and disability backgrounds. The ability to recruit underrepresented students into the agriculture program is imperative (Diversity response will be completed as part of the application).
• Experience with youth activities such as soil judging and evidence of ability to enhance student development through organizations, clubs, events, employer engagement and internships.
• Willingness to engage in professional development around teaching improvement and/or plant science technical skills improvement.
• Ability to create and/or engage in research or collaborative projects with industry, University partners or Community College partners around teaching and/or best practices within the Plant Science industry and with the intent of increasing students opportunities in real- work experiences.
• Ability to incorporate student learning outcomes and objectives within course and programs, and willingness to use and develop stated objectives and measures.
• Successful experience teaching students of ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds.
• Evidence of an ability to address the needs of diverse and frequently underprepared student populations taking a wide range of college level courses.
• Evidence of the ability to use a variety of teaching strategies and assessment methods that encourage retention while successfully challenging a diverse student population.
• Desire and evidence of an ability to take on leadership roles both within the department and in the institution as a whole.
• Ability to effectively engage with and facilitate authentic learning for students of diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences.

Conditions of Employment
Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Initial placement with Master's degree ranges from $57,943 to $76,393.

Medical/dental/vision insurance program for employee and dependents and $100,000 employee life insurance is provided.

Retirement Plan provided.

Contract period is for ten (10) months during the regular academic year beginning August 2017 through May 2018.

Pre-service orientation and/or inservice meetings will be offered in August 2017.

A collective bargaining agreement exists, and membership in the College of the Sequoias Teachers Association (COSTA) or payment of a service fee is required.

Screening Procedure
Only complete application packages will be evaluated by the screening committee. Application materials will be evaluated to determine how fully the applicant meets the Desirable Qualifications. The most successful interviewees will be invited to a second interview with the District President. All costs incurred as a result of the application/selection process shall be borne by the candidate.

Application Procedure
All applications must be received by Human Resource Services on or before the application deadline,
April 21, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

Applicants must submit the following material to be considered:
• Completed COS Academic/Administrative application.
• Diversity Statement (included in the application packet) • Cover letter describing interest in the position and
teaching philosophy.
• Curriculum Vitae or Resume
• Unofficial copies of transcripts of college/university work. Official transcripts are required upon employment.
• Equivalency documents (If necessary)
• Two (2) recent letters of recommendation addressing pertinent experience or equivalent competencies.


Notice to all candidates for employment
"College of the Sequoias Community College District is an equal opportunity employer. Prospective employees will receive consideration without discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military service, or any other basis protected by law."

The District provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the job application and hiring process, please contact a representative from Human Resources at (559) 730-3867 to request a reasonable accommodation."