Astronomy Associate (Part-time) Instructor Pool 2017-2018
Astronomy Associate (Part-time) Instructor Pool 2017-2018
To view the full job posting and apply for this position, go to: https://jobs.miracosta.edu
Discipline or Department: Astronomy
Position Type: Associate (part-time) Faculty
Hourly Rate or Monthly Salary: Placement on the associate faculty salary schedule is based on education.
Working Hours: Instructors may be assigned to any campus or district facility. Assignments may include days, evenings, or weekends.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
We strongly advise you to read the FAQ and the information on "How to Apply" before starting the application process.
In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following:
1. A completed application for academic employment
2. A cover letter discussing methods, theories, or technologies especially relevant to your teaching style and describing any qualifications not evident in your resume or curriculum vita.
3. A resume/CV summarizing your educational background and experience.
4. List of Astronomy courses taught (attach to Other Document 1)
5. Transcripts of college coursework which provide evidence of meeting the minimum qualifications as stated above; legible unofficial transcripts are acceptable. The transcripts you are attaching to provide evidence that you meet the minimum qualifications must state the degree title, major, and date awarded. If your degree major EXACTLY matches the degree majors listed, you do not need to request equivalency. For example, the transcripts you are attaching state: "Degree: Master of Arts; Confer Date: 12/12/12; Major: Astrophysics". Minimum qualifications listed: Master's in Astrophysics. If your degree major DOES NOT EXACTLY match the degree majors listed, you must request equivalency. For example, the transcripts you are attaching state: "Degree: Master of Arts: Confer Date: 5/9/12; Major: Physics & Economics". This exact degree title is not listed, so does not directly meet minimum qualifications.
Transcripts from a college or university outside of the United States must be accompanied by a detailed evaluation from a formal evaluation agency.
Applicants wishing to claim equivalence to the minimum qualifications must also follow the instructions and guidelines at www.miracosta.edu/equivalency.pdf and submit appropriate equivalency documents. Applicants will not be contacted unless selected for interview. Offer of employment to the persons selected for these positions is contingent upon: 1) submission of a current TB test clearance, 2) proof of eligibility to work in the United States, 3) fingerprint clearance, and 4) submission of official transcripts indicating appropriate degree(s) awarded or submission of a valid appropriate California Community College teaching credential.
If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation with the application and/or interview process, please contact the Human Resources office at 760.795.6854.
Basic Function and Other Details:
The College is recruiting instructors to teach the following classes during the 2017/2018 school year and to build a pool of instructors for future part-time assignments. Assignments are on the main Oceanside campus, the San Elijo campus in Cardiff, or online.
ASTR 101: multiple sections in person and online; meets 8/21/2017 to 12/16/2017
Mondays & Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. @ Oceanside
Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. @ Oceanside
Mondays 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. @ Oceanside
Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. @ San Elijo
online only (one section)
Course Description: ASTR 101: Descriptive Astronomy to This introductory course surveys the entire universe while emphasizing the nature and process of physical science. Topics include the Earth-Sun-Moon system and night sky, Newton's laws of motion and gravitation, historical astronomy, electromagnetic radiation, spectroscopy, optics and telescopes, the formation and evolution of stars, planets, nebulae, galaxies, and the universe as a whole, the Big Bang, and astrobiology.
ASTR 101L: multiple sections in person; meets 8/21/2017 to 12/16/2017
Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. to 9:50 p.m. @ Oceanside
Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. to 9: 50 p.m. @ Oceanside
Course Description: ASTR 101L: Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory ? This course provides a hands-on introduction to the methods and techniques of observational astronomy and data/error analysis. Emphasis is placed on the collection, presentation, and interpretation of astronomical observations. Students learn to use a planisphere, read star charts, and operate small telescopes. Through indoor activities and by making naked-eye, binocular, and telescopic observations, students explore such topics as seasons, lunar phases, rotation of the Earth, optics, light and spectroscopy, planets, stars, galaxies, and cosmology.
ASTR 120: one section in person; meets 8/21/2017 to 12/16/2017
Mondays & Wednesdays 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. @ Oceanside
Course Description: ASTR 120: Life in the Universe ? This introductory course surveys the study for life in the universe from the Big Bang to implications of contact with an extraterrestrial civilization while emphasizing the nature and process of physical science. Topics include the formation and evolution of the universe, origin, evolution, and nature of life on Earth, the definitions of life and habitability, potential in our solar system and beyond, methods of interstellar communication and travel, implications of contact, science vs. pseudoscience, and the status of the search to-date.
Adherence to District policies and procedures is expected.
Type of Benefits:
1. The transcripts you are attaching to provide evidence that you meet the minimum qualifications below must state the degree title, major, and date awarded.
2. If your degree major EXACTLY matches the degree majors listed below, you do not need to request equivalency. For example, the transcripts you are attaching state: "Degree: Master of Arts; Confer Date: 12/12/12; Major: Astrophysics". Minimum qualifications listed below: Master's in Astrophysics.
3. If your degree major DOES NOT EXACTLY match the degree majors listed below, you must REQUEST EQUIVALENCY. For example, the transcripts you are attaching state: "Degree: Master of Arts: Confer Date: 5/9/12; Major: Physics & Economics". This exact degree title is not listed below, so does not directly meet minimum qualifications.
Master's degree in physics, astronomy, or astrophysics.
OR bachelor's degree in physics or astronomy AND master's degree in engineering, mathematics, meteorology, or geophysics.
OR a valid appropriate California Community College Credential in the discipline area.
OR the equivalent*.
AND have sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
*Applicants applying under the "equivalent" provision must attach an equivalency statement and supporting documentation. Guidelines may be found on the navigation bar to the left.
Degrees and applicable college coursework must be from an accredited institution (a postsecondary institution accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Dept of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation).
If your degree(s) is from a college or university outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. Please see link to the left on the navigation bar.
Successful teaching experience at the community college level. Experience facilitating science courses for general education students, i.e. liberal arts and/or non-STEM majors. Experience facilitating interactive learning environments in a general education setting using tools, techniques, methods, and materials supported by astronomy and/or physics education research. Implementation of research-validated curricular materials and techniques designed for use in an interactive learning environment such as those from the Center for Astronomy Education (http://astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov), e.g. Ranking Tasks and Lecture Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy 3e by Prather et al. (2013, Pearson Addison-Wesley). Participation in one or more professional development workshops by the Center for Astronomy Education (http://astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov). Specifically for ASTR 101L: Experience facilitating an understanding of the night sky in either formal or informal educational venues, e.g. museums, planetariums, etc. Experience with Dobsonian reflectors, planispheres, and/or finder's charts, all-sky simulator programs such as Stellarium or Starry Night, and familiarity with electronic laboratory exercises and resources such as NAAP and CLEA. Experience teaching with the Canvas course management and delivery system is preferred, experience with other CMS/LMS architectures is notable. Experience teaching general education science courses to general education students (e.g. non-science, non-technical, and/or liberal arts majors). Experience with a course management and delivery system such as Blackboard. Experience utilizing interactive engagement methods in the general education classroom. Demonstrated success in teaching students from historically underrepresented groups, under prepared or nontraditional students, speakers of other languages, and students with learning disabilities. Successful experience with different learning technologies. Strong academic preparation in area of instruction. Ability to communicate effectively both in oral and written discourse. Commitment to the community college objective of providing lower-division instruction for students of diverse abilities, interests, and cultural backgrounds.
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About MiraCosta College
The MiraCosta Community College District is one of California's 112 public community colleges. The district includes the communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Olivenhain, Leucadia, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, and parts of Carmel Valley.
MiraCosta offers associate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong-learning opportunities that strengthen the economic, cultural, social, and educational well-being of the communities it serves.
The district consists of three campus sites and a robust online education program. The Oceanside Campus, serving about 12,000 credit students, has been located since 1964 on a panoramic 121-acre hilltop site with views of the ocean and mountains. The San Elijo Campus is located in Cardiff, 17 miles south of Oceanside, on 48 acres below the bluffs overlooking the San Elijo Lagoon Reserve. The San Elijo Campus opened in September 1988, and now attracts about 3,000 credit students. The Community Learning Center in downtown Oceanside hosts about 4,000 students in the college's noncredit classes including English as a Second Language, the Adult High School Diploma Program, and other tuition-free, noncredit classes as well as some college credit classes.