Instructor, Biology Non-Major

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Orange Coast College


Instructor, Biology Non-Major

Job# 2-O-20

Salary: $52,394.00 - $124,911.00 Annually

Deadline: 02/01/19


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Orange Coast College (OCC) is seeking a full-time, equity-minded, tenure-track faculty member in Biological Sciences, with an emphasis in non-majors biology commencing with the 2019 fall semester. The primary teaching assignment involves teaching lecture and lab in the non-majors course, Principles of Biology.  This assignment also includes curriculum and program development, participation in department, division, college committees, and participatory governance activities assuming leadership roles both within the department and in the institution as a whole; collaboration across disciplines and the leveraging of student support resources; and participation in ongoing professional development.

The assignment may be day, evening, weekend, online, hybrid, or off campus and is subject to change as needed. The ideal candidate for this position embraces the overall mission of Orange Coast College and the Coast Community College District, with a clear, focused commitment to supporting individualized student and employee goals through the work of biological sciences.

The Biology department at Orange Coast College shares OCC's commitment to equitable outcomes; inclusive practices; and racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity.  Ideal candidates for this position share OCC's devotion to educating and improving the lives of our representative student, employee, and community populations. We currently enroll 21,498 students, the majority of whom are from racially minoritized populations: 35% of OCC's students are Latinx, 2% are African-American, 23% are Asian, less than 1% Native American, 31% are White, and 6% are multiracial. Faculty have the opportunity to enhance their classroom methods during two professional development days during the academic year, which include learning sessions like "Digital Accessibility", "Basic Skills:  Helping students help themselves" and "Taking a skills-based approach to teaching college students". Student-centered activities that support OCC's mission include campus-wide student success projects funded by the Office of Student Equity; partnerships with local Hispanic Serving four year institutions; active programs that work to improve the academic achievement of racially minoritized students, such as PUENTE, Project RAISE, Orange County Bridges to the Baccalaureate, and UMOJA; Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS).    

The Math and Science Division at Orange Coast College serves students bound for transfer and preparation for career and technical programs.  We encourage innovative teaching as well as student and faculty engagement outside of the classroom.  The Math and Science Division promotes faculty work on student research projects as well as community engagement and partnerships with local institutions to promote STEM engagement for under-represented and low-income students.  


Examples of Duties: Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Provide instruction in lecture and lab courses in the non-majors Biological Sciences curriculum in accordance with established course outlines. Curriculum responsibilities may include any Biological Sciences course taught at the community college level.

Provide leadership in the development and revision of Biological Sciences curriculum responsive to the students served.

Participate in curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation; participate in and develop programs to measure student performance.

Maintain current knowledge in the subject matter.

Maintain appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics.

Fulfill the professional responsibilities of a full-time faculty member including, but not limited to the following: teach all scheduled classes unless excused under provisions of Board Policy; follow the department course outlines; keep accurate records of student enrollment, attendance, and progress; submit student grades according to established deadlines; post and maintain scheduled office hours; participate in departmental meetings and college and/or district-wide activities and committees as assigned.

The assignment may include day, evening, weekend, and online sections.


Qualifications and Physical Demands


Must meet one of the following qualifications under (1) through (4):

Valid California Community College instructor credential, appropriate to the subject, per Education Code 87355 (issued prior to July 1, 1990); OR

Master's degree from an accredited institution in any biological science; OR

Bachelor's degree in any biological science AND a Master's degree in biochemistry, biophysics, or marine science from an accredited institution.

Or, possess a combination of education and experience that is at least the equivalent to the above. Candidates making an application on the basis of equivalency must submit an Application for Equivalency in addition to all other required materials. Please see Additional Information below to determine if you need to submit an Application for Equivalency.

Evidence of responsiveness to, and understanding of the racial, ethnic, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, academic and cultural diversity within the community college student population, including students with different ability statuses (e.g., physical and/or learning) as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice within the classroom.

Ability to contribute to campus and district-wide professional responsibilities and activities.

Ability to complement existing staff, student and community demographics in terms of professional and personal skills.



Successful college or high school experience teaching Biological Sciences or teaching assistantship in Biological Sciences at the college level.

Recent experience and demonstrated ability in teaching college lecture and lab non-majors biology courses.

Recent experience and demonstrated ability in teaching college lecture and lab courses in at least one additional Biology area currently offered at OCC (i.e., ecology and evolution, botany, zoology, organismal biology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, or cell and molecular biology).

Recent coursework, conference attendance, or other activities that maintain and enhance current knowledge in biology.

Demonstrated experience in biological data collection, analysis, and presentation via published peer-reviewed articles or participation at scientific conferences in fields such as ecology and evolution, botany, zoology, organismal biology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, cell and molecular biology, or biochemistry.

Experience in organizing and leading field trips designed to enhance student learning and success.

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other science faculty and laboratory support staff and desire and demonstrated ability to participate actively in the department, division, and college committees and in the shared governance of Coast Community College District.

The ability to communicate clearly and accurately in the English language both verbally and in writing.

Experience in equity aware teaching in Biology, working with diverse student populations, and variable class sizes (30 to 200 or more students)






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Posted: 12/13/2018
Application Due: 2/1/2019
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Salary: $52,394.00 - $124,911.00 Annually