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Instructor Biological Sciences (1-semester contract)

Coast Community College District
Costa Mesa, CA

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Orange Coast College (OCC) is seeking a one-semester, equity-minded, faculty member in Biology commencing with the 2022 Spring semester. The primary teaching assignment involves the majors course Diversity of Organisms.This assignment also may include teaching in other areas of Biology including Human Anatomy or Human Physiology and 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 Biology, in particular, Organismal Biology.

The Biology 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 18,705 students, the majority of whom are from racially minoritized populations: 34% of OCC’s students are Latinx, 2% are African-American, 25% are Asian, less than 1% Native American, 30% are White, and 5% 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 and UMOJA; Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS).

The Mathematics and Sciences Division at Orange Coast College serves students bound for transfer and in service of career and technical programs. We encourage innovative teaching as well as student and faculty engagement outside of the classroom. The Division promotes faculty work on student research and projects, community engagement, and partnerships with local institutions to promote STEM engagement for racially minoritized populations. Our courses serve many non-major students bound for Allied Health programs, as well as students seeking a Biology degree.

Orange Coast College Employee-Student Demographic Information
Direct Link: OCC Employee-Student Demographics Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Provide instruction in Biology in accordance with established course outlines.Provide leadership in the development and revision of the Biology 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 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

Minimum Qualifications

Must meet one of the following qualifications under (1) through (3):
Master's in any biological science; ORBachelor's in any biological science; AND Master's in biochemistry, biophysics, or marine science; ORPossess 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.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Successful college or high school experience teaching Biological Sciences or teaching internship in Biological Sciences at the college level.
  • 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. organismal biology, botany, zoology, ecology and evolution, anatomy, physiology, non-majors biology, cell and molecular biology, or microbiology).
  • Demonstrated experience in biological data collection, analysis, and presentation via published peer-reviewed articles or participation at scientific conferences in fields such as organismal biology, botany, zoology, ecology and evolution, anatomy, physiology, cell and molecular biology, or microbiology.
  • Experience in computer-based applications and other modern technologies designed to support Biology curricula.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty and laboratory support staff.
  • Successful teaching experience working with diverse student populations and variable class sizes (30 to 200 or more students).
  • Experience with coordination of multiple lab sections of a course.
  • Recent experience working with African American, Latinx, Native American, and other racially minoritized students in the classroom, and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups within higher education and the field of Biological Sciences shape patterns of participation and outcomes.Willingness to examine and re-mediate one’s instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support racially minoritized students.Experience and skill with addressing issues of equity in the classroom.Experience and expertise in culturally responsive teaching Biological Sciences, particularly as it relates to the relevance of Biological Sciences to students’ lives, interests, and communities.Demonstrated ability to address equity gaps within Biological Sciences courses and classrooms.Evidence of an ability to self-reflect and respond to an evidence-based assessment of student learning.Desire and demonstrated ability to participate actively in the department, division, and college committees and in the shared governance of Coast Community College District.Desire and evidence of an ability to take on leadership roles both within the department and in the institution as a whole.Ability to work with computers, and use the Internet and interactive technologies to engage students in on-campus and online courses (where academically appropriate).Evidence of an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.Conditions of Employment

    (Spring 2022) For a full-time, 2-semester, tenure-track position a maximum starting range of $57,396 to $93,826 is offered, based on the 2021-2022 salary schedule of $57,396 to $136,836. In addition, an annual stipend of $3,348 is offered for possession of an earned doctorate from an accredited institution. The District provides medical, dental, and vision insurance for the employee and eligible dependents and life insurance for the employee.

    Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment.The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Coast Community College District policies, procedures, and Title IX. (Reference: BP/AP 5910 )The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing equity and inclusion goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m., October 29, 2021.Application materials must be electronically submitted online at Incomplete applications and application materials submitted by mail will not be considered. Additional Information

    To be considered for employment you must submit a complete application packet. A complete application packet includes:
    *Note: Documents not requested in the job announcement will not be considered.

    A complete Coast Community College District Online Employment Application.Responses to Supplemental Questions (please provide clear and detailed responses, as they will be carefully evaluated to determine the most qualified candidate(s) to be invited for an interview; please do not paste your resume, put "see resume" or "N/A", or leave blank).A Cover Letter that outlines your education and experiences relevant to this position and addresses the "Desirable Qualifications" for this position (upload as a separate attachment - PDF recommended).A Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae of professional experience, educational background, and teaching experience. (upload as a separate attachment - PDF recommended)Equivalency Request Form and supporting documentation, if applicable. (uploaded as separate attachments - PDF recommended)

    How to determine if you need Equivalency? Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements as stated in the job posting, but feel they have a combination of education and experience that would be equivalent to the state minimum qualifications, must attach a completed Application for Equivalency Form (which can be downloaded at to their online application, along with supporting documents, in addition to all other required materials. Documents not requested in the job announcement will not be considered.

    Submit an application online at:

    Coast Community College District – Human Resources
    1370 Adams Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    Individuals who need reasonable accommodations in accordance with ADA should notify the Human Resources Office for assistance or call 714.438.4714.


    All online applications received by the deadline date will be screened to determine which applicants meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement. Please note: Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview.Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and who are also deemed to possess the highest degree of desirable qualifications will be invited to discuss their qualifications in an interview at the college. If any travel is required for an applicant to participate in person during the interview process, this will be done so at the candidate's own expense. During the campus visit, each candidate will be interviewed and may be asked to conduct a short teaching demonstration/presentation on a previously announced topic as well as participate in a writing exercise, or hands-on practical.The search committee will rate the candidate's responses to the interview questions, the demonstration/presentation, and the applicable writing exercises and/or hands-on practical. Based on this rating, a number of candidates will be recommended to move forward and will be invited to the campus for a second-level interview.The campus President will make the final recommendation for employment to the Board of Trustees.The successful candidate will be offered the position and placed on the current salary schedule based on their education and experience.The start date will be determined by the hiring manager depending on the needs of the campus and the conditions of employment as posted in the job announcement/recruitment.

    To be considered in the initial committee review, all materials requested in this vacancy notice must be received no later than the filing deadline. Submission of all application materials is the responsibility of the applicant.The District does not contact nor employ outside agencies or headhunters to assist us in the recruitment process for our vacant positions.Applicants wishing to apply for more than one position must submit separate application materials for each desired position.During the interview process, consideration will be given to factors in addition to education and experience, including but not limited to: professional development, ability to work with others, and commitment to meet student needs.Applicants who are eliminated from consideration will be notified by email. All applicants are requested to provide an email address in their online application. Candidates should not expect official notification of the status of their candidacy until the Board of Trustees has acted upon the College's recommendation for employment.The District reserves the right to contact the current or most recent employer and to investigate past employment records of applicants selected for interviews.The District reserves the right to extend the deadline, re-advertise the position or delay filling this position based on the needs of the District and the student population we serve.The College does not return materials submitted in the application for a position. (Copies of original supporting documents are acceptable).Official transcripts will be requested by Human Resources during the 'new hire' process.

    Coast Community College District Title IX:

    This direct link is 2021 Coast Community College District Annual Security and Fire Safety Report the 2021 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for Coast Colleges. The crime statistics for calendar years 2018, 2019, and 2020 were submitted to the U.S. Department of Education as required under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. A hard copy can be provided from one of the Campus Safety Offices. Please contact any of the Campus Safety Offices for any questions regarding the report.

    Coast Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer
    The Coast Community College District is committed to employing qualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members who are dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal opportunity and diversity, and, equal consideration for all qualified candidates. The District does not discriminate unlawfully in providing educational or employment opportunities to any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, or genetic information.

    The Coast Community College District is a multi-college district that includes Coastline, Community College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College. The three colleges offer programs in transfer, general education, occupational/technical education, community services, and student support services. Coastline, Golden West, and Orange Coast Colleges enroll more than 60,000 students each year in more than 300 degree and certificate programs.

    Since its founding in 1947, the Coast Community College District has enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading community college districts in the United States. Governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees, the Coast Community College District plays an important role in the community by responding to the needs of a changing and increasingly diverse population.


    The Coast Community College District is a multi-college district that includes Coastline Community CollegeGolden West College, and Orange Coast College. The three colleges offer programs in transfer, general education, occupational/technical education, community services and student support services. Coastline, Golden West and Orange Coast enroll more than 60,000 students each year in more than 300 degree and certificate programs.

    Since its founding in 1947, the Coast Community College District has enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading community college districts in the United States. Governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees, the Coast Community College District plays an important role in the community by responding to needs of a changing and increasingly diverse population.

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