Biology Faculty, Colorado Mountain College, Rifle
About Colorado Mountain College
Imagine working at a college that welcomes everyone — students, faculty, staff, and community members — regardless of their backgrounds, beliefs, or traditions. An institution that is also integrally connected to, appreciated by, and supported by those same communities.
Envision yourself at a dynamic, innovative, forward-leaning college that has an enterprising spirit and deep commitment to every learner – from first-generation college students to adult learners to academically motivated students seeking a more traditional liberal arts education – all within a robust and highly personalized learning environment.
Visualize applying your energy and skills to an organization that respects and cares about its employees enough to offer competitive compensation and benefits while encouraging every team member to renew and recharge in places of inspiration, reflection, and world-class outdoor recreation.
Welcome to Colorado Mountain College and its eleven campus locations sprinkled across a spectacular region of Colorado’s central Rocky Mountains.
Colorado Mountain College aspires to be the most inclusive and innovative student-centered college in the nation, elevating the economic, social, cultural, and environmental vitality of its beautiful Rocky Mountain communities.
CMC is a comprehensive, public, open-access dual-mission institution offering 136 academic programs ranging from specialized certificates to associate and bachelor’s degrees, a wide range of online, non-credit and lifelong learning courses, as well as extensive concurrent enrollment opportunities in close partnership with neighboring school districts.
Over 15,000 students attend CMC annually, and 40% of degree-seeking students earn a certificate or degree every year. The college’s Latinx enrollment has doubled in six years to 27%, making CMC eligible for federal Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) status. CMC courses are highly personal and many are experiential by design, each with a maximum registration of 25 students.
Colorado Mountain College campuses are located in Aspen, Carbondale, Breckenridge, Dillon, Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs, Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley, Leadville, Rifle, the Vail Valley, and Salida. Of these locations, three are residential—Spring Valley, Leadville, and Steamboat Springs — and students in Breckenridge have access to college-owned off-campus housing. CMC campuses are close-knit communities, on average serving between 1,000 – 2,000 students.
The majority of the college’s financial support comes from local property taxes, not tuition or state revenues. Consequently, CMC is uniquely positioned to be entrepreneurial, nimble, mission-focused, and responsive to community and workforce needs. The college’s central administrative office, which supports all campus locations, is located in historic downtown Glenwood Springs, the town from which CMC originally launched in 1965.
Colorado Mountain College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and authorized by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. For general information about CMC, its programs, locations, students, faculty, and offerings, go to: www.coloradomtn.edu.
Our commitment to an environment where everyone belongs
Our college and beloved mountain communities are enriched by a variety of voices and experiences.
At Colorado Mountain College, we continually work to improve learning and working environments that welcome everyone. We are deeply committed to promoting a free and open exchange of ideas, improving critical thinking, deepening mutual empathy and respect, and ensuring that every learner and team member has equal opportunities for personal and professional success.
The college prioritizes the recruitment, hiring and retention of an engaged workforce that reflects and supports the backgrounds, characteristics and aspirations of the students enrolled at CMC. Therefore, we value applicants who bring a richness of prior experience and training, and a commitment to the concepts of inclusive and equitable practices, as well as an understanding of historic and current social issues that impact groups from different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
CMC employees enjoy regular opportunities to raise their awareness about pressing societal issues, develop individual critical thinking skills, and expand their understanding of and empathy toward others regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or other factors. Our goal is to deliver personalized teaching methods and effective student support services that enable students to achieve their goals, regardless of academic, financial, or experiential barriers.
Applicants to Colorado Mountain College must demonstrate a commitment and competence to work effectively with students, employees, and community members of all backgrounds.
Full time faculty positions begin in August 2021 with a 30 credit hour (170 day contract per Board Policy 4.12) teaching load annually.
The ideal candidate will teach a variety of 100-200 level biology courses such as General Biology I and II, Science of Biology, Human Anatomy I and II, Microbiology, and/or Human Pathophysiology. A portion of this position’s teaching load may potentially be online. Expected teaching load may include concurrent enrollment offerings delivered for local high school students, and evening teaching may be required. For academically-qualified candidates (see “Requirements” section below), opportunities may exist to teach courses in the physical sciences (e.g., Chemistry, Physics).
Teaching responsibilities expected of all faculty include: teaching course load as assigned, evaluate courses and assess student learning, meet established course, program and learning outcomes, comply with guidelines and policies, maintain office hours per established standards, develop rapport with students, assist with and participate in advising, orientation and registration activities.
CMC Faculty are expected to engage in service activities such as campus and college committees, participation in relevant projects, mentor peers, participate in and assist with assessment activities, program review, student organization, recruiting and retention.
Salary range: $65,686.19 - $80,005.72 depending upon education and experience. Excellent benefits include, Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Pet insurance, 12% retirement contribution, tuition reimbursement, sick time accrual, mental health resources, and healthy lifestyle benefits. For more information on our benefits, please see here.
Qualified candidates must be credentialed to teach in this program, or eligible to be credentialed. Examples of ideal qualifications include:
A minimum of a Master’s Degree in Biology or related field, or a Master’s Degree with a minimum of 18 graduate credits in Biology or related field is required. Minimum of one year full time teaching experience required, or equivalent in a part-time (e.g., adjunct) role. Higher education teaching experience is strongly preferred. Candidates who meet CMC credentialing standards in a secondary discipline (e.g., Physical Sciences) may be given preference.
Diverse. Inclusive. Centered on Student Success. These principles reflect the soul of CMC. They guide us in building our teams and cultivating leaders. They are our hallmarks in creating an institution of higher education that’s the right fit for every person; faculty, staff, students, and community members in its trust. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to working in a culturally competent environment and the ability to work effectively with students, employees, and community members having diverse backgrounds.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) or conversational language abilities preferred.
To Apply: Please submit the required letter of interest, resume, list of three professional references and transcripts. To be considered for a full time faculty position, transcripts must be included with application material. Please do not send official transcripts; please use copies for application purposes. CMC is an EOE committed to diversifying its workforce.
Review of application material will begin March 18, 2021.