Instructor, Geography

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Orange Coast College


Instructor, Geography

Job# 11-O-20

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

Deadline: 02/22/19


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Orange Coast College (OCC) is seeking a full-time, equity-minded, tenure-track faculty member in Geography commencing with the 2019 fall semester. The primary teaching assignment involves all areas of Geography. 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 Geography.

The Social & Behavioral Sciences Division supports the Mission of Orange Coast College by providing opportunities to our students to delve into the humanistic study and to help better understand humankind in its societal and behavioral context. In an age of rapid change, this division at OCC prepares its students with content and theories of the social, cultural, and other life-conditions that make change likely, unlikely, predictable, or inevitable. The Social & Behavioral Sciences Division values the study of a broad range of disciplines such as Anthropology, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Global Studies, History, Humanities, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. All of these disciplines combine to provide glimpses into human beings with all of their diversity and uniqueness.


The Geography department 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, 31% are White, 23% are Asian, 6% are multiracial, 2% are African-American, and less than 1% Native American. Faculty have the opportunity to enhance their classroom methods during two professional development days during the academic year, which include learning sessions such as "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 and UMOJA; Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS).


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

• Provide instruction in Geography in accordance with established course outlines. Teach a variety of lower division courses including, but not limited to, World Regional Geography, Cultural Geography, Physical Geography, and Physical Geography Lab.

• Provide leadership in the development and revision of Geography instruction to include GIS and geospatial applications, environmental studies and related courses, and other related fieldwork and courses.

• Provide leadership in the refinement and development of the Geography curriculum and technology, ADT degrees, SLO (Student Learning Outcomes) assessment, institutional learning outcomes, and program review. Participate in curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation; participate in and develop programs to measure student performance.

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

• Provide academic and career advice, build strong relationships with other colleges, universities, and the private sector with respect to Geography and its related fields.

• Maintain current knowledge in the subject matter areas.

• 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 Geography; OR

• Bachelor's degree in Geography AND a Master's degree in Geology, History, Meteorology, or Oceanography 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.



Recent experience teaching Geography at the community college or undergraduate level.

• A breadth of experience in teaching the lower division geography curriculum; including laboratory, GIS, Weather, and Climate and California geography.

• Experience leading or participating in field courses.

• Experience leading or participating in study abroad programs.

• Experience developing laboratory exercises integrating GIS, GPS, Google Earth or other types of technology.

• Demonstrated professional development activities to maintain currency in teaching geography.

• Travel experience related to teaching geography curriculum.

• Ability to develop new field course curriculum.

• Ability to collaborate across disciplines.

• Evidence of an ability to address the instructional needs of a diverse and frequently underprepared student population.

• Demonstrated ability to address equity gaps within geography courses and classrooms.

• Evidence of innovation, scholarship or leadership in the teaching of Geography.

• Desire and demonstrated ability to participate actively in department, division and college committees and in the shared governance of Coast Community College.

• Evidence of an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.






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Job No: 11-O-20
Posted: 12/19/2018
Application Due: 2/17/2019
Work Type:
Salary: $52,394.00 - $124,911.00 Annually