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Biological Sciences: Contract Instructor-College Credit

San Diego Community College District
San Diego
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Biological Sciences: Contract Instructor-College Credit

San Diego Community College District

Closing Date: 2/22/2022

Position Number: 011439

Location: San Diego Miramar College

Position Type: Academic

The Position:
Applications are now being accepted for the position of Assistant Professor, Biology at San Diego Miramar College beginning Fall 2022. Located in the Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch area of San Diego, Miramar College is one of three colleges in the San Diego Community College District. The assignments may also include day, evening, Saturday, and/or off-campus responsibilities.

Those who join our team at San Diego Miramar College can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative, and equity-focused community that promotes broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students, and community and industry partners. We are a fast‐growing and innovative college with a freshly adopted focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion as we move into a new era. We are proud of our commitment to providing culturally responsive events, ethnically diverse speakers, and various equity-focused professional development opportunities. Our college strives to ensure our students reach their full potential by eliminating gaps in academic outcomes that traditionally hinder students of color and disproportionately impacted students. In fact, the college's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is encapsulated by our newly adopted Strategic Goal #5, which is included below. Miramar College Strategic Goal #5 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) - Build an environment that embraces diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and social justice for the benefit of the college community. Strategic Direction 1- Systematically update college processes, programs, and practices within a comprehensive equity framework for equity-minded practices in the workplace, the classroom, and support programs/services. Strategic Direction 2- Establish comprehensive professional development for the campus community to increase capacity around and engage in equity, diversity, inclusion, social justice, and anti-racism. Strategic Direction 3-Systematically review, develop and incorporate equity-minded practices in: 1) culturally responsive instructional pedagogy, 2) student-centered services, and 3) recruitment, screening, and retention of employees. Applicants can review Miramar College's full strategic plan on our college website:

Major Responsibilities:
The Assistant Professor of Biology reports to the Miramar College Dean of the School of Mathematics, Biological, Exercise, and Physical Sciences.
The Assistant Professor is expected to perform the following duties:
  • Teach introductory, non-major, and major, lecture and lab courses in biology with an emphasis in cell and molecular biology.
  • Participate in biology department meetings and committees.
  • Assist with curriculum revision and course/program assessments.
  • Work collaboratively with adjunct faculty and lab technician staff.
  • Maintain office hours for student advisement.
  • Participate in various college and/or district committees which promote participatory governance.
  • Fulfill the responsibilities of a community college instructor in accordance with district guidelines and the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Master’s in any biological science
OR Bachelor’s in any biological science AND Master’s in biochemistry, biophysics, or marine science OR the equivalent.

Desired Qualifications:
1. Relevant upper division and/or graduate credit coursework in the biological sciences with a broad biology background.
2. Demonstrated experience and success in planning, preparing, and teaching non-major’s and major’s-level biological science courses appropriate for the community college environment.
3. Demonstrated currency in the field through professional development activities.
4. Demonstrated knowledge or leadership experience writing, developing, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating new curriculum, coursework materials and laboratories using current technologies.
5. Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively with students, colleagues, administrators, and other staff.
6. Demonstrated ability to incorporate innovative technologies and strategies in teaching practices on closing equity gaps for student success in the class.
7. Demonstrated experience with participatory governance, committee, and/or department work in an academic setting including but not limited to knowledge and experience with Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) and Program Review processes.
8. Demonstrated ability to communicate and teach effectively both orally and in writing.
9. Demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff.


Pay Information:
Class 1, Step A – Class 6, Step C ($6,032.90 – $8,128.98) per month based on the current AFT – College Faculty Tenured-Tenure Track Monthly Salary Schedule.
Initial salary placement for this Assistant Professor is commensurate with required education and related teaching experience as outlined in section A2.1 of the AFT Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement and it is non-negotiable. The District offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package including employer paid medical, dental, vision plans, sick leave, and opportunities for professional development. This position is FLSA Exempt and may not accrue overtime. Benefits will be provided under the terms of the AFT-Guild, Local 1931 – Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement. Annual Salaries will be recalculated for service less than a full academic year based on Education Code §87815, any required adjustment will be made within the first pay period. Travel reimbursement for interviewees traveling more than 200 miles, one-way, may be paid according to geographic location (see SDCCD Travel Stipend Policy, Rev 7/14/2011). Typically, Assistant Professors earn tenure after 4 years and promote to Associate Professor. The SDCCD Employment Web Page provides a link to employee collective bargaining agreements and handbooks, and more information about terms and conditions of employment to include salary and benefits.

To apply, visit:

All applicants must have demonstrated cultural competency and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.

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The San Diego Community College District serves 130,000 students annually through three two-year colleges and six Continuing Education campuses. The three colleges, San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, offer associate degrees and certificates in occupational programs that prepare students for entry-level jobs, and arts and sciences programs that transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Continuing Education offers adults the opportunity to renew their learning experiences through noncredit vocational, basic skills, life skills and enrichment classes at sites throughout the city. The District also provides education to over 42,000 service personnel at military bases in 15 states. 

The Continuing Education campuses offer adults the opportunity to renew their learning experiences through noncredit vocational, basic skills, life skills, and enrichment classes at sites throughout the city. A number of special programs are unique to the city, including KSDS-FM all-jazz radio, the Center for Competitive and Applied Technologies, and the Workplace Learning Resource Center.

The San Diego Community College District is governed by its five-member, locally elected Board of Trustees and three student members serving on a rotating basis. Shared governance activities involve faculty, students, and staff in the development of solutions to key policy and budget issues. The five trustees are elected in even-numbered years to four-year terms by the voters of San Diego. The Chancellor, the District's chief executive officer, is responsible for carrying out the policies approved by the Board of Trustees. 

The District is in the midst of $1.555 billion in new construction and renovations at the three colleges and Continuing Education campuses throughout the city.

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