Biology Instructor (Full-time, Tenure-Track Faculty Position)

Location
San Mateo
Posted
Mar 28, 2018
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Community College


Biology Instructor (Full-time, Tenure-Track Faculty Position)

San Mateo County Community College District


Posting Number: 2014179F
Department: Science & Technology CAÑ (DEPT)
Location: Cañada College
Position Number: TBD
Percentage of Full Time: The work year is 175 days (10 month of service).
FLSA: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year: 10
If other, please specify:
Salary Range:
Note: The District will make every attempt to at least match the salary at your current employer.
Min Salary:
Max Salary:
Position Type: Faculty Positions

Who We Are:
San Mateo County Community College District values the principles of diversity and equity. We provide our students with a rich and dynamic learning community that embraces differences, emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become critical thinkers and socially responsible leaders.

Cañada College seeks employees who value working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve success. All departments strongly encourage collaboration across disciplines to create integrated, interdisciplinary learning experiences. Cañada College faculty are expected to be knowledgeable about, and willing to use, different learning and teaching methods as appropriate to the discipline.

Start date of this assignment: Fall 2018.

The College and the District:


Who We Want:


The Position:


Duties and Responsibilities:
The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s)of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.

1. Teach lecture/lab sections of biology courses with a primary focus on general education/non-majors, general biology, and human biology

2. Develop and practice effective teaching strategies that foster success in students with diverse backgrounds, learning differences, interests, and abilities

3. Develop and maintain expertise in the biological sciences discipline and integrate this learning into the curriculum and classroom

4. Assist in curriculum revisions and new course development, department planning, and program review

5. Participate in the development and/or selection of course materials, equipment, and technology that will enhance offerings of the Biology Department

6. Participate, on an ongoing basis in the assessment and analysis of student learning

7. Provide one-to-one and small group support to students at regularly scheduled times

8. Serve as a member of division and college committees

9. Teach day and evening classes as required by the college

10. Perform other duties as required by contract, collective bargaining agreement, and general institutional needs

Minimum Qualifications:
• Possession of a Master’s or above in any biological science OR Bachelor’s in any biological science AND Master’s or above in biochemistry, biophysics, or marine science, OR the equivalent (see below)• Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff

Physical Requirements:


Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications:
For persons applying for this position based on Equivalence, please answer the supplemental question on the online application choosing one or more of the following:

Degree Equivalence

The applicant possesses a degree(s) with similar content to those listed for the relevant discipline. The name of the degree is close to that specified on the Disciplines List but the degree either has a different title or area of expertise or the coursework is slightly different.

Academic Background Equivalence

Related to disciplines in which a Master’s Degree is not generally expected or available. The applicant must have completed at least 24 semester units of coursework in the academic field and must possess at least the equivalent level of achievement and the equivalent in breadth, depth of understanding, and rigor in each of the following:

i) a broad cultural education usually met by the general education requirements for any Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree, and

ii) a detailed study of the discipline in breadth, depth, and rigor, usually met by course work required for the degree major.

Professional Achievement Equivalence

The applicant must have completed the General Education requirements for that degree and show evidence of outstanding professional achievement and/or substantial training in the requested field. The applicant must submit substantial evidence, which demonstrates that his/her preparation, teaching experience, work experience, and ability are equivalent to those expected from a person who meets the minimum qualifications.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Subject matter preparation:

Preference will be given to candidates who:

1. Have recent successful experience in teaching general education/non-majors, general biology, and human biology in a community college

2. Have experience developing and teaching inquiry-and research-based labs

Evidence of outstanding ability as a teacher:

Preference will be given to candidates who provide evidence/examples of:

3. Their enthusiasm for, and understanding of, the role and purpose of the community college

4. Their ability to evaluate one’s pedagogy and its effectiveness in facilitating student learning

5. Their ability to teach online course effectively

6. Their ability to use teaching methods that engage students, promote critical thinking, and emphasize cooperation and collaboration

7. Their experience addressing differential achievement rates among students of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds

Effectiveness as a colleague:

Preference will be given to candidates who provide evidence/examples of:

8. Their initiative, and commitment to work collaboratively with faculty and staff to enhance instruction, curriculum, and student success

9. Their commitment to professional responsibilities outside of the classroom through contributions to department, division, and college activities

Preferred Qualifications:


Benefits:
Benefits include a choice of medical plans, dental coverage, vision care, sick leave, salary continuance insurance, and an optional tax-deferred flexible benefit plan. Coverage is offered for employees and all eligible dependents. Academic employees participate in the State Teachers’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Employees may also be eligible for various first-time homebuyer programs.

Open Date: 03/23/2018
First Review Date: 04/27/2018
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary:
Required Application Materials All applicants are required to submit: 1. A completed online District application form (go to https://jobs.smccd.edu to complete the application and to apply for this position) 2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and teaching experience (including courses taught), and other work experience. 3. Undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts (copies accepted) 4. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages addressing the applicant’s qualifications as they directly relate to the Requirements and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities listed in this announcement. Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts may be submitted with the application; official copies will be required at the time of the interview. For questions related to this job, please contact: SMCCCD Office of Human Resources 3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402 Tel.: (650) 574-6555 Fax (650) 574-6574 Web Page: www.smccd.edu/hr

Conditions of Employment:
Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)

Foreign Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs in order for it to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a U.S.-based credentials evaluation service. The District currently accepts evaluations from agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
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2. Submit verifications of prior employment
3. Satisfactory references
4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process

In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.
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5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees
7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.
8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement:
The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.

Accommodations:
Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation request forms and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures are available in the Office of Human Resources.

Annual Security Report:
San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2017 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2017 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2017 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2017 Annual Security Report is now available at https://www.smccd.edu/publicsafety/2017%20SMCCCD%20Annual%20Security%20Report.pdf. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000.

To apply, visit: https://jobs.smccd.edu/

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