Microbiology Instructor

Walla Walla Community College
Bellingham, WA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) is seeking applicants for a full-time, tenure-track Microbiology Instructor at the Walla Walla campus. The start date is at the beginning of the Fall quarter in September 2022.

At Walla Walla Community College, we inspire all students to discover their potential and achieve their goals by providing relevant, equitable, and innovative learning opportunities and services. We have identified three core themes that describe the fundamental aspects of the College's mission by translating it into practice: Student Success, Strong Communities, and Resource Stewardship. As an organization, we value learning opportunities, a sense of community, diversity, health and humor, excellence, integrity, teamwork, innovation, personal and professional growth, and sustainability.

The Microbiology Instructor at WWCC will be a professional educator who is responsible for providing relevant, equitable, and innovative learning opportunities for biology students. This faculty position reports to the Dean of Arts & Sciences.

Teaching and Related Responsibilities

Basic Function and Responsibility - Full-time teaching faculty are credentialed, professional educators with the primary responsibility of providing a quality education for all WWCC students. The relationship of the faculty member to the student is one of teacher, mentor, and facilitator of learning.

The five categories and specific responsibilities listed below constitute a faculty member's contractual assignment.

1. Teaching/Equivalent Responsibilities: Classroom preparation, curriculum development, textbook orders, grading, availability during office hours, and development and preparation of student outcomes assessment. Specific responsibilities are:

  • Teach assigned classes at scheduled time and place.
  • Demonstrate professional skills appropriate to the teaching assignment.
  • Provide each student with a comprehensive syllabus at the beginning of the quarter.
  • Provide clear explanations, assignments, and directions.
  • Conduct appropriate and frequent evaluations of student performance and provide feedback so students are aware of their performance throughout the quarter.
  • Assign and submit grades based upon results of evaluations and college grading policy.
  • Maintain student records and grades.
  • Post and be available during office hours that are reasonable for student access.
  • Maintain course outlines and syllabi to reflect program curriculum.
  • Review and recommend program textbooks, materials, and technology.
  • Utilize available technology appropriate to assignment.
  • Participate in program planning and budgeting.
  • Post measurable outcomes and assessments and comply with expectations of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities from which results are used to continuously improve the college.
  • 2. Advising: The Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, and staff of Walla Walla Community College recognize that good advising is key to student retention and success. Good advising is fostered through informed and intentional academic advising and widespread student access. Specific advising responsibilities are:

  • Advise and mentor advisees on coursework, program and/or transfer options, career plans, and graduation requirements.
  • Post and be available during office hours that are reasonable for advisee access. The specific structure of this access can be tailored within departments.
  • Participate in advisor training that will lead to initial certification.
  • Participate in ongoing professional development regarding advising.
  • Participate in appropriate assessment of advising effectiveness aimed at continuous improvement of advising outcomes.
  • 3. Professional Development

  • Complete Professional Development as described in Article 31.2 of the Faculty Contract.
  • Complete required training.
  • 4. Professional Accomplishments

  • Participation in professional organizations and contributions to the profession are encouraged and should be recognized.
  • Participate in professional organizations.
  • Share expertise and knowledge through conferences and group presentations, speaking, applying research, and/or publishing.
  • Strive for recognition of instructional program by professional organizations and industry.
  • 5. Service to the College: Service may be to students, faculty, the college, and community.

  • Participate in the development of class schedules and college catalog.
  • Participate in college committee work and other activities.
  • Participate in program articulation with other colleges and schools, to include Tech-Prep, Academic Prep, Running Start, Alternative Education, student organizations, and other activities.
  • Participate in community activities as related to instructional assignment and interests.
  • Competencies

    Instructional Competencies

    There are six essential instructional competency areas that are valued for all teaching faculty at WWCC. These essential instructional competencies focus on student success, equity, and teaching.

    1. Student Success Teaching Strategies – Implement and practice diverse teaching and learning strategies understanding that students come with different educational preparedness.

    2. Outcomes-Based Design – Design curriculum, assignments, and projects that align with course and college-wide learning outcomes.

    3. Assessment Develop student knowledge and mastery through consistent, timely formative and summative assessment.

    4. Equity, Diversity, and Cultural Inclusivity – Design learning opportunities that recognize student diversity as well as foster a learning environment of inclusion and understanding.

    5. Digital and Information Literacy – Ensure students have technological and digital literacy skills needed for success at university level academic institutions or professional-technical work occupations.

    6. Commitment to Professional Development and College Life – Engage in continuous professional growth as well as participate in activities that promote the Walla Walla Community College’s community and mission.


    Required Qualifications

    Equivalent education/experience may substitute at the discretion of the College.

  • Master's Degree in Microbiology or in a closely related discipline.
  • Demonstrated proficiency teaching at the college level for at least two years. Experience as a teaching assistant or adjunct instructor may count toward the requirement.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctoral Degree in Microbiology or in a closely related discipline
  • Experience teaching at a community college
  • Experience teaching microbiology and/or general biology courses with labs
  • Experience teaching in a variety of modalities: Face-to-face, web- or technology-enhanced, hybrid or hyflex, or online
  • Experience working with, relating to, and advocating for persons from varied cultural, ethnic, gender, age, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds
  • Experience mentoring undergraduate research
  • Bilingual, with a preference for Spanish / English
  • Desired Traits

  • Pedagogy centered on student success
  • Commitment to serve the mission of the two-year college
  • Passion for STEM education
  • Desire to provide relevant and equitable learning opportunities for all students
  • Desire to invest in professional growth and interdisciplinary pursuits
  • Willingness to adapt teaching methodologies to the changing needs of students
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Conditions/Terms of Employment

    This is a full-time tenure-track faculty position exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Faculty terms and conditions of employment are negotiated with their exclusive bargaining representative, the Association for Higher Education. A complete copy of the agreement can be found on the WWCC Employment Page.

    Persons hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of lawful authorization to work in the United States within three (3) days of employment and official college transcripts. Candidates will be subject to a criminal history background check as a condition for consideration of employment. Information from the background check may not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position. The College is a tobacco-free campus.

    COVID-19 Vaccination RequirementProclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) issued by the Governor of the state of Washington (amending Proclamation 20-05, et seq.), prohibits any worker from engaging in work for a State Agency after October 18, 2021 if the worker has not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19; and provided proof thereof to the agency.

    Workers for WWCC must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, which includes CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or photo of the card; documentation of vaccination from a health care provider or electronic health record; or state immunization information system record. Exemptions may be made for documented medical or sincerely held religious beliefs. If you have questions about this requirement or the exemption process, please contact us at [email protected].

    Compensation: The College has a negotiated faculty salary schedule. Employee placement on the schedule is determined by education level and experience. Salary is dependent on the number of days of the contract and the candidate’s placement on the negotiated faculty salary schedule. Initial placement is generally $56,466 - $62,113 for a standard 176-day contract, dependent on qualifications (additional compensation for doctorate degree). The College has a comprehensive faculty benefit program including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; paid sick leave; and retirement and two optional deferred compensation programs. All full-time employees will automatically have 3% of taxable income deferred into the State of Washington Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). The college also supports faculty professional development. Walla Walla Community College requires all employees to participate in direct deposit for payment of salary.

    Required Application Materials

    This position will remain open until filled. To be included in the initial review, applications should be submitted by June 12, 2022. To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required qualifications and competencies and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:

  • Online NEOGOV application.
  • Cover letter that addresses the following:
  • Your qualifications for this position.
  • How your personal teaching philosophy aligns with and meets the needs of students at a rural community college.
  • Curriculum vitae or comprehensive résumé
  • Names and contact information for three professional references
  • Answers to three (3) supplemental questions
  • Unofficial transcripts for application purposes; official transcripts are required prior to an official start date.
  • WWCC also reserves the right to not fill this position, reject all applicants, reopen the position, or make a direct appointment. Applications received during this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies at the College's discretion.

    If you have difficulty logging into your account, attaching documents, submitting your application, etc., please call NEOGOV Applicant Support at 1-855-524-5627.

    Walla Walla Community College is committed to provide equal opportunity and nondiscrimination for all educational and employment applicants as well as for its students and employed staff, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, including gender expression/identity, marital status, age (over 40), the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, the use of trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, or status as a Vietnam and/or disabled veteran, National Guard member or reservist in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Federal Rehabilitation of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and any other applicable Federal and Washington State laws against discrimination. To qualify for veteran's preference, you must attach a copy of your DD214 or NGB 22. The Human Resources Office is accessible to persons with disabilities. If you need accommodation in the application/ employment process, please call (509) 527-4323 - TDD (509) 527-4412.

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