Biology faculty (PTBIO-20)

Job description

Category:: Adjunct Faculty
Department:: Division of STEM and Health Careers
Locations:: Des Plaines and Skokie, IL
Posted:: Feb 28, 2020
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Part Time Faculty
Ref. No.:: PTBIO-20

About Oakton Community College :


Oakton Community College, a caring community of educators dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning, seeks Biology faculty to join our College. Applicants must be strong communicators and effective classroom facilitators who enjoy teaching in a student-centered environment.

Candidates with a commitment to working in a culturally competent environment are especially valued at Oakton.

We encourage applications from candidates who reflect the increasing diversity of Oakton's student body and community, who will enhance and promote engagement with other cultures, and have a demonstrated commitment to working with and as part of a multicultural faculty and diverse student body and community.

Located seventeen miles from downtown Chicago, Oakton serves northern Cook County with campuses in Des Plaines and Skokie, Illinois.


This is a pool search: We are looking for qualified Biology faculty. Courses are taught at the Des Plaines and Skokie campus.



Job Description:


BIO106 - Introduction to Environmental Science
Laboratory course introduces study of the environment in which we live and of factors contributing to its alteration. Content includes ecosystem structure and function; population dynamics; resources; pollution; evaluation and management of natural areas; biodiversity and conservation; overview of ecological balances in nature and humansâ?? relationship to these balances. Intended for non-science majors.


BIO107 - Ecological Restoration
Laboratory course provides a broad overview of ecological restoration principles and practices by exploring the plant and animal communities found on Oaktonâ??s campus and learning practices for restoring them to ecological health. Activities emphasize identifying and learning about native plant and animal communities and the natural and artificial processes that affect their survival, reproduction, and population dynamics. Students will participate in identifying species and assemblages; monitoring plant and animal populations; collecting and mapping spatial data; managing invasive plants; and revegetating land with seeds and plantings.


BIO122 - General College Biology II
Laboratory course continues BIO 121. Content includes Mendelian genetics, chromosomes and heredity, evolution, diversity of living organisms (including bacteria, archaea, selected protists, fungi, plants and animals), and ecology. Second of two-course sequence.


BIO109 - Plants and Society
Course focuses on biological aspects of the plant kingdom and connections to human beings, with topics ranging from sub-cellular processes to ecological roles. Content includes structural and physiological adaptations, present and past diversity, reproduction, genetics and evolution, ecological interactions, and importance to human agriculture, medicine, general welfare and society


Part-time faculty are paid on a lecture hour equivalents (LHE) basis. For most courses, the LHE is the same as a credit hour. For others, the LHE represents additional work for teaching the class, such as grading papers for Composition classes or teaching a class with a laboratory section (computers, languages, and the sciences); in those cases, the LHE represents a figure higher than the credit hour. All part-time faculty start at the beginning pay rates, regardless of the level and type of experience obtained elsewhere. For the 2019-20 academic year rates are $1132/LHE for faculty without doctorates and $1212/LHE for faculty with doctorates.

Part-time faculty advance one step within the salary schedule with the successful completion of 2 fall & spring semesters where 3+ credit hours are taught in each semester.


Applicants must be strong communicators and effective classroom facilitators who enjoy teaching in a student-centered environment.


Oakton especially values candidates committed to working in a culturally competent environment. Cultural competence integrates and transforms knowledge about individuals and groups of people into specific standards, policies, practices, and attitudes used in appropriate cultural settings to increase the quality of services.


Applicants should be current and skilled in their use of evolving technologies, active in promoting critical thinking, and committed to challenging our students to be knowledgeable, ethical, and capable global citizens. Oakton seeks enthusiastic faculty who are committed to innovation in college-level teaching and learning, and interested in non-traditional delivery of instruction. The College expects faculty to be professionally competent, have strong leadership qualities, participate in professional development activities, and engage in institutional and departmental service.



Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Construct a course syllabus for each course assigned, consistent with the generic course syllabus, stipulating course objectives, content and grading criteria.
  • Prepare course presentations and instructional materials using active learning methods and a variety of instructional strategies, deliver instruction to students with those presentations and materials at each class session delivered in person on campus or online.
  • Meet with courses and laboratories at scheduled times.
  • Instruct, advise, consult with and evaluate the performance of enrolled students.
  • Maintain clear records on student performance involved with the evaluation and grading of student performance.
  • Participate in department meetings and comply with department decisions regarding instructional matters.
  • Participate in department and institutional assessments of student learning and in department and institutional surveys.
  • Comply with institutional procedures.
  • Attend and participate in divisional meetings, committee, task force, and other institutional organization meetings, as assigned.
  • Schedule office hours with at least one office hour held weekly for every three credit hours taught.
  • Engage in professional development activities to maintain professional skills and currency in the profession and improve the quality of student learning.


Requirements:



Master's degree in biology, one of the biological sciences, or biology education with at least 18 graduate hours in biology.
Master's degree or higher degree in related field of study with at least 18 graduate hours in biology.


Preferred:


  • College teaching experience
  • Doctoral degree in biology, one of the biological sciences, or biology education with at least 18 graduate hours in biology.

This is for a pool position, but I intent to hire at least one faculty member for fall 2020.


Faculty should have experience using an LMS, but are not expected to have taught courses online or in a hybrid format. Bio 106 is currently the only course that is taught in a hybrid format.



Additional Information:


Part-time faculty hires and assignments are coordinated by the department chairs. Contact Nicole Perry at 847.376.7086 or [email protected] for more information.

Part-time faculty are hired on a semester-by-semester basis. A reasonable effort is made to assure the assignment of courses to more senior part-time faculty who are fully qualified by virtue of their education, training, work experience as related to current technology and pedagogical techniques, and who have had a history of successful performance at Oakton Community College.

All assignments are conditioned on sufficient enrollment. Once a course starts, the part time faculty member is expected to complete the course.


Please contact Matthew Robitaille at [email protected] if you have any questions or experience problems in submitting your application.


Since this is a pool search positions may be available for, days, nights, and / or weekends and my be available at both campuses.



Oakton is accessible by public transportation.



Application Instructions:


Required documents for a complete application file include a completed applicant questionnaire, cover letter, resume/cv, official transcripts for the hiring credential, and 2 original, signed recommendation letters or college placement/credential file.


Interested applicants must submit their application, cover letter and resume/cv on the Oakton website. Please indicate the position code (PTBIO-20) on the cover letter.


Recommendation letters may either be submitted with original signature or e-mailed directly from the reference to [email protected]


Transcripts may either be submitted on official paper or as pdf copies of official transcripts e-mailed directly from the Registrar's Office to [email protected]


Transcripts and recommendation letters are required prior to appointment.


Official transcripts and original letters of recommendation or college placement/credential file should be mailed to: Faculty Search PTBIO-20, c/o Department of Human Resources, Oakton Community College, 1600 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines, IL 60016.


Oakton is accessible by public transportation.


Oakton Community College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, committed to employing competent, qualified individuals. Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, socioeconomic status, sex or gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or in its employment practices.


Posted positions may be removed from the Oakton website without notice when it is determined that no additional applicants are required.



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