Biology Full-Time Instructor

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Position Title Biology Full-Time Instructor How many positions are you recruiting for? 1 Campus West Valley College Position Summary Information


The Math & Science Division at West Valley College is now accepting applications for a full time, tenure-track instructor who shares our excitement for teaching and our commitment to excellence in the lower division education of both majors and non-majors. We are looking for someone who will help our department grow and advance by using innovative instructional and delivery methods and exploring interdisciplinary approaches linking the Sciences with Technology, Engineering and Math. Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, ability, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of linguistically and culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.

West Valley College serves a region of the San Francisco Bay area that includes urban neighborhoods, business centers and residential communities. Nestled in the heart of the Silicon Valley, West Valley College enjoys an entrepreneurial and innovative energy supplied by its closest technology and business neighbors, while continuing to maintain its quality curriculum offerings for transfer and under-prepared students. Applicants interested in teaching within an energetic student centered culture that looks to the future would find West Valley College a perfect fit.


This is a full-time 10-month tenure track position that begins in Fall 2019. Instructional Assignments may include day and/or evening classes, Monday thru Saturday, as needed. The successful candidate will be expected to focus primarily on teaching HUMAN ANATOMY, HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY and GENERAL BIOLOGY.
This position is represented by the West Valley-Mission Federation of Teachers (WVMFT / AFT Local 6554).

Work location: West Valley College, Saratoga, CA

Salary and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Range:

  • $64,631 to $100,582 annually; placement is based upon verified academic achievement, teaching and related experience (Academic Salary Schedule, Steps 1-9).

Benefits include:

  • Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee, spouse and dependents.
  • Employer paid long term disability for employee.
  • Employer-provided life insurance.
  • Sabbatical, Rejuvenation and Retraining Leaves.
  • Banked leave provisions.
  • Professional Growth and Development activities.
  • 10 days sick leave accrued annually; personal necessity and catastrophic leave.
  • Conference leaves.
  • Opportunity for overload assignments.
  • Cal STRS Retirement.
  • Position is union affiliated.
Minimum Qualifications

1. Education – Possess one of the following:

  • Master’s degree in any biological science (including but not limited to Physiology, Anatomy, Biology, Organismal Biology, Kinesiology, Integrative Biology, and Zoology); OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in any biological science AND master’s degree in biochemistry, biophysics, or marine science; OR
  • A valid California Community College Instructor’s Credential in Biology; OR
  • The equivalent of the above (such as degrees in nursing or allied health).


2. Understanding of, and sensitivity to the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.

Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate will also demonstrate the following desired qualifications:

  • Engaging instructor with teaching experience at the college level.
  • Current knowledge of physiology, human anatomy, general biology, and/or integrative animal biology including application and use of laboratory techniques and equipment.
  • Practical experience using DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEMS (BIOINSTRUMENTATION) in a physiology lab setting or equivalent.
  • Practical experience working with HUMAN CADAVERS and PRESERVED MATERIALS.
  • Ability to effectively problem solve, be innovative and work with others in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, staff, faculty and administration.
  • Demonstrated participation in departmental and campus level activities.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Experience or interest in participation in the community outreach activities that promote the visibility and goal of the department
  • Commitment to enhancing opportunities for under-represented students in the sciences.
Knowledge and Abilities

Not applicable

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

Instructional duties and assignments may consist of one or more of the following:

  • Provide instruction for assigned courses. This includes preparation, in-class activities, evaluation of students’ work, consultation with students outside of class (scheduling time beyond normal office hours if necessary), ensuring regular effective student contact for Distance Education courses, maintenance of currency in the subjects taught and other efforts related to the teaching of the assigned classes, and participate in the process of SLO assessment and evaluation and use the results of these assessments in the process of continuously improving student learning.
  • Maintain accurate class and other records.
  • Submit, when due, all necessary reports, such as attendance, grade reports, rosters, class and office schedules.
  • File a syllabus for each course with the appropriate division offices.
  • Post and maintain office hours each week.
  • Provide each student with a current course syllabus as required by Title 5, which includes SLOs, classroom procedures, requirements and grading policies and provide a copy to the Division Office.
  • Refer students to appropriate college resources.
  • Assist students by providing advice on requirements for successful achievement in the members’ area of expertise.
  • Assume institutional responsibilities, essential to the ongoing operation and effective achievement of department, division, college and district programs.
Working Conditions Other Duties Physical Demands Applicant Information


  • Interested applicants must submit online all materials requested, including: (1) A completed online West Valley-Mission Community College District application; (2) Supplemental application questions; (3) Resume; (4) Unofficial copies of transcripts; (5) Cover letter and/or reference list, if requested; (6) Requested documents uploaded, and (7) Any requested licenses or certificates, if applicable.
  • All sections of the online application, including Education and Educational Work History, must be completed thoroughly.
  • Supervisor(s) name(s) and telephone numbers must be included in the application.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Do NOT send unrequested materials. Unrequested materials will be removed from your application and will not be used for consideration of employment.
  • The employment application and supporting documents represent you; it is to your advantage to fill out the application form carefully and completely.


  • If a minimum requirement is possession of a degree, then a copy of transcripts is required to be included with your application to verify the degree being awarded. If no transcripts are included, the application may be screened as not meeting minimum requirements.
  • Degrees must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and/or the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Candidates with degrees not identical to the required state or local qualifications must apply for equivalency by completing the equivalency form, which is part of the application package. See Equivalency Information below.
  • Candidates with degrees earned outside of the United States must provide official certification of equivalency to U. S. degrees by a certified U. S. credential review service, must have a U.S. evaluation (course by course of the transcripts) and must be submitted with this online application. A list of sample credential review services is available on the District HR website at:
  • If you do not have an electronic version of the transcript, you can get it scanned at an office supply or copy store; then attach the electronic version of your transcript to this online application.
  • Copies of diplomas, grade reports, graduation petitions, transcript evaluations requests, or similar documents WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of transcripts.

Applicants applying under equivalency bear the responsibility of submitting the District’s Equivalency Application form with details and evidence of the factors (academic preparation and/or experience) that they believe to be equivalent of the required qualifications for this position. Application(s) for equivalency are required if degrees are not in exact discipline required.

The Equivalency Application is included in the online application as an OPTIONAL form to complete.

  • ONLY complete the Request for Equivalency application if degree does not match discipline(s) stated in the Minimum Qualifications.
  • List accurately and completely the courses taken that match requirements of the required degree.
  • Do NOT attach documents such as course evaluations.

For assistance, contact:
Office of Human Resources, Attn: Recruitment
14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone: (408) 741-2653 Fax: (408) 867-9059
Email: [email protected]

Selection Process


  • After the deadline date, a committee will review and evaluate applications and supporting materials to select the applicants to be interviewed. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not assure the candidate an interview.
  • All candidates will receive an e-notification to acknowledge receipt of their application materials. If not contacted within 3-6 weeks following the close of the recruitment, no suitable match was determined at this time.
  • Travel expenses to attend first-level interview are the responsibility of the candidate.
  • Application materials become the property of the District and will not be returned or duplicated.
  • The District may choose to re-advertise or indefinitely delay filling a position. Some positions may include first and second level interviews.
  • The District reserves the right to contact former, current, the most recent employers, and others to investigate past employment records of applicants.
  • Any tentative verbal offer of employment is contingent upon formal approval of the college Governing Board.
  • Upon hire the successful candidate must provide the required documents of identity and authorization to work and attest he/she is authorized to work in the United States.

West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ a diverse workforce who will contribute to an inclusive and welcoming educational and employment environment. The District is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, physical disability, mental disability, genetic information, ancestry, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, accent, citizenship status, transgender status, parental status, marital status, economic status, military or veteran status, and medical condition consistent with applicable federal and state laws.

Special Instructions to the Applicant Posting Detail Information

Posting Number FY18/19-825FT Open Date 12/07/2018 Close Date 02/21/2019 Open Until Filled No Requisition Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please upload to your application, in the Additional Supporting Documentation field (or any available document field), a PDF copy of a course syllabus you have or would use for one of the following courses that you might teach: HUMAN ANATOMY, HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY or HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY COMBINED. Acknowledge below.
    • I will upload requested PDF.
  2. * Please upload to your application, in the Additional Supporting Documentation field (or any available document field), a PDF copy of a final exam you have or would use for one of the following courses that you might teach: HUMAN ANATOMY, HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY or HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY COMBINED (if you don’t have a final provide a set of representative final exam questions). Acknowledge below.
    • I will upload requested PDF.
  3. * (A) How do you justify the use of animal and human subjects in student laboratory activities? (B) What would you expect students to have gained from this type of experience?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * State your practical experience working with HUMAN CADAVERS, PRESERVED SPECIMENS and LIVE SPECIMENS.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * How do your teaching methods vary between an introductory biology course compared to an anatomy or physiology course. How do your teaching goals differ between the introductory course and a course for majors.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Please describe the physiology lab equipment that you have used for laboratory teaching and student activities.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Additional Supporting Documentation
  3. Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Additional Transcripts
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Other Related Licenses or Certificates
  4. Supporting Documentation for Equivalency Request 1
  5. Supporting Documentation for Equivalency Request 2




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Posted: 2/12/2019
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