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Physics/Astronomy: Contract Instructor-College Credit

San Diego Community College District
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Physics/Astronomy: Contract Instructor-College Credit

San Diego Community College District

Closing Date: 10/13/2022

Position Number: 00120358

Location: San Diego Miramar College

Position Type: Academic

The Position:
Applications are now being accepted for the position of Assistant Professor, Physics/Astronomy at San Diego Miramar College beginning Spring 2023. This assignment is 40 Hours per week from Monday to Friday, with occasional Saturdays. Days and times of this assignment are as assigned.

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. Hours and days are as assigned, Monday to Friday at 40 hours per week. The assignment 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 Physics/Astronomy 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 Physics, Physical Sciences and/or Astronomy.
  • Participate in Physical Science department meetings and committees.
  • Assist with curriculum revision and course/program assessments.
  • 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 physics, astronomy or astrophysics
Bachelor’s in physics or astronomy AND Master’s in engineering, mathematics, meteorology or geophysics
the equivalent

Desired Qualifications:
The successful candidate will have:
  1. Relevant and recent experience in teaching lower-division college-level physics and astronomy lecture and laboratory courses.
  2. Demonstrated experience and/or knowledge of improving physics and astronomy education by using active learning strategies in both the physics and astronomy classroom, the laboratory, and online.
  3. Demonstrated experience and/or interest in incorporating student career-relevant topics in the physics classroom and laboratory curriculum.
  4. Demonstrated experience and/or interest in engaging local communities and potential students through STEM outreach.
  5. Experience in and/or interest in engaging STEM students in extracurricular projects and mentoring activities outside of the classroom.
  6. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with students, colleagues, administrators, instructional laboratory technicians and other staff.
  7. Demonstrated ongoing participation in professional development activities or professional projects in the field of physical sciences.
  8. Experience in creating a safe and inclusive learning environment for students that are underserved, historically excluded or underrepresented, and/or from different backgrounds.
  9. Demonstrated the skill and the ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner.
  10. 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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