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Physics/Astronomy: Contract Instructor-College Credit

San Diego Community College District
San Diego
Class 1, Step A - Class 6, Step C ($6,301.36 - $8,490.72) 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 r

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Physics/Astronomy: Contract Instructor-College Credit

San Diego Community College District

Closing Date: 4/9/2023

Position Number: 001574

Location: San Diego Mesa College

Position Type: Academic

The Position:
From San Diego Mesa College President Ashanti Hands:

San Diego Mesa College seeks energetic and dedicated candidates to apply for academic positions. The College is committed to academic excellence and diversity, equity, and inclusion among its faculty, classified professionals, staff, and students. As the “Leading College of Equity & Excellence”, we take responsibility for equitable outcomes and successful pathways for all of our students.

As the largest college in the San Diego Community College District, the institution enjoys a solid financial standing, state-of-the-art facilities, and a world-class faculty, classified professionals, and staff. For 58 years, Mesa College has been on the leading edge, from offering a Community College Bachelor's Degree, to being a lead California Community College in graduating students with an Advanced Degree for Transfer. We embrace the mission of community colleges and are committed to empowering our students to maximize their potential, leading to healthy and thriving communities.

We are adding new staff, classified professionals, faculty, and administrators who, alongside our stellar colleagues, will lead us into the future. If this opportunity sounds like the right fit for you, I encourage you to file an application for employment.

Applications are being accepted for the position of Assistant Professor, Physics/Astronomy, at San Diego Mesa College, beginning in August 2023. Mesa College is located in the Kearny Mesa area of the city of San Diego and is one of three colleges in the San Diego Community College District. Assignments may include some combination of day, evening, Saturday, and/or off-campus classes. While the current vacancy is at Mesa College, applicants are subject to assignment at any District facility at the option of the Chancellor. In addition, applications submitted may serve to establish an eligibility list for similar vacancies that may occur in the District throughout the academic year. Final appointment of this position will be dependent upon the outcome of the State budget.

While the current vacancy exists at San Diego Mesa College, applicants should understand that they are subject to assignment at any District facility at the option of the Chancellor.

Major Responsibilities:
The position is a part of the Physical Sciences Department, which reports to the Dean of the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The department offers courses in the disciplines of Astronomy, Engineering, Geology, Oceanography, Physical Science, and Physics. Teaching duties will primarily focus on lower division lecture/laboratory courses in Astronomy, Physics and Physical sciences. Ongoing responsibilities include supervising and instructing students, maintaining office hours for student advisement and counseling, participation with other college faculty on academic committees, and assisting with department outreach activities. Additional responsibilities include curriculum development and administrative duties related to program review and student success.

Master’s in physics, astronomy, or astrophysics OR Bachelor’s in physics or astronomy AND Master’s in engineering, mathematics, meteorology, or geophysics OR the equivalent.

Desired Qualifications:
The successful candidate will have:

  • Upper division or graduate coursework in at least one of the following additional disciplines: astronomy, geology, meteorology, oceanography.
  • Recent experience and/or knowledge of teaching college-level astronomy/physical sciences/physics lecture and laboratory courses to students from historically underrepresented groups.
  • Experience and/or knowledge in working with students of great diversity in socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic background, including those with different levels of academic preparation and varying physical and learning abilities.
  • The ability to make effective classroom presentations by demonstrating a working knowledge of learning theory, techniques of teaching, and subject matter mastery.
  • Current knowledge of instructional practices and culturally responsive pedagogical techniques for engaging historically underserved students.
  • Experience with and/or interest in improving astronomy/physical sciences/physics education using strategies that foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning experience, enabling all students to fully participate in the learning process.
  • Experience and/or interest in co-curricular activities, including planning, implementing, and teaching in programs designed to support student success and development of STEM identity.
  • The ability to develop and implement research program/projects for various science majors and degree programs.
  • Experience in and/or knowledge of laboratory curriculum development.
  • Experience engaging in outreach activities outside of the classroom.
  • The ability to integrate computer and other technologies as teaching and learning aids, including laboratory and online applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with students, colleagues, administrators, instructional laboratory technicians and other staff.
  • The ability to develop a vision and provide leadership for the astronomy/physics discipline including areas contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ongoing participation in professional development activities in astronomy/physics.


Pay Information:
Class 1, Step A – Class 6, Step C ($6,301.36 – $8,490.72) 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.

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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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