Chemistry Instructor (One or More Positions)
Kern Community College District
$80,439.85 - $139,237.88 Annually
The Physical Sciences Department at Bakersfield College is seeking a faculty member for a Chemistry Instructor to be part of an expanding program including a new sustainable energy program for California and a new BS in Research Laboratory Technology program. If you are highly motivated, eager to engage a diverse community college student body, and passionate about teaching and learning, we highly encourage you to submit an application. New hire(s) for this position will start Fall 2023 as full-time faculty with a 4-year tenure-track evaluation process.
Who We Are:
We are a team of innovative, caring, and thoughtful faculty, staff and administrators who are passionate about contributing to the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of our community. We embody six core values: Learning, Diversity, Integrity, Community, Wellness and Sustainability. These values frame our work as we provide opportunities for our students who come to us from diverse economic, cultural, geographical, and educational backgrounds.
The College's STEM program offers Associate degrees in STEM for transfer, a new well-funded energy program, and a Baccalaureate degree in Research Laboratory Technology. With more than 2,400 students in STEM programs, three STEM instructional buildings and the AERA STEM Student Success Center, Bakersfield College has the foundation for making a major impact on STEM education.
History of Bakersfield College:
Bakersfield College is located in Bakersfield, California, in the heart of the Central Valley. Established in 1913, Bakersfield College is one of the nation's oldest continually operating community colleges. The college serves 33,000 students annually on the 153-acre main campus in northeast Bakersfield, at the Delano Campus (35 miles north of Bakersfield), the Weill Institute (downtown Bakersfield), and BC South-West (southwest Bakersfield). We also offer classes at several alternative locations, including Shafter Learning Center, Arvin/Lamont, McFarland, Olive Drive Training Facility, Wasco and other regional community locations.
As a recognized and highly awarded Hispanic Serving Institution, Bakersfield College students are diverse and represent the communities we serve.On Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
We are sincere about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working and learning environment for all students, faculty, staff and administrators. We believe every member of our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. Bakersfield College has sharpened its focus on removing institutional barriers in access, momentum, and completion.
We pledge to address systemic issues of environmental microaggressions, implicit bias, and racism through intentional learning. We commit to strengthening our campus culture so that students, faculty, and staff and our partners are aware of and equipped to change policies and practices that disproportionately affect marginalized students.About the Bakersfield Community:
Situated in the south San Joaquin Valley, Bakersfield has a rapidly growing economy in a location that is central to some of California's best places to visit. Fresno, Los Angeles, the mountains and several great beaches are less than two hours away, and San Francisco is less than four hours away. Known for hot, dry summers and mild winters, Bakersfield has deep roots in the energy (oil, solar and wind), agriculture, and logistics industries. Despite its growth, Bakersfield has maintained the “small town feel” that residents here love. With a relatively low cost of living, plenty of community events, and availability of housing, the City of Bakersfield is a great place to live.Representative Duties
Who We Are Looking For:We are recruiting faculty with demonstrated excellence in teaching chemistry and being part of a team who embrace the instructional values of access, sound pedagogy, creativity, and innovation. We are known for our connectedness among students, faculty, staff and our diverse local population. We are looking for applicants with a continual drive to learn and improve teaching strategies and who embrace opportunities to be involved in inventive committees, engaging campus events and other collegiate endeavors. Diversity is a core value at Bakersfield College, and we encourage applicants who demonstrate an intellectual mindfulness to contribute to diversity, equity and inclusiveness. If you are interested in modeling academic excellence for your students and colleagues, we invite you to join a team that will challenge and inspire you.
About the Physical Sciences Department :
In Fall of 2022 the department moved in our new $65 million Science and Engineering building with laboratory classrooms dedicated to supporting a modern STEM curriculum. We have laboratories dedicated to each of the areas of chemistry taught and modern teaching instrumentation including two new broadband 2-D NMRs, Perkin-Elmer UV-VIS spectrometer, Perkin Elmer FTIR spectrometer (ATR), Shimadzu GCMS, multiple CEM Discover microwave reactors, Vernier LabQuest-based experimentation, and more on the way. The program also has workstations for computational chemistry, molecular modeling, and other functions as deemed necessary by the faculty. Additionally, the chemistry faculty have opportunities to improve student learning through a $50+ million sustainable energy program, a $1 million per year Department of Education STEM Title III grant, and a new BS program in Research Laboratory Technology.
This assignment may include teaching courses at various locations, different times, and with different modalities. Bakersfield College offers college courses in the greater Bakersfield area, rural communities, correctional facilities and high schools using the following modalities: traditional, face-to-face, online and interactive broadcasts.
Other duties include: participation in student recruitment and articulation, transfer programs; maintaining subject matter currency; developing and revising curriculum; using computers and technology; assessment of learning outcomes; collegial participation in departmental, college and discipline-specific professional activities Minimum Qualifications
Master's in chemistry OR
Bachelor's in chemistry or biochemistry AND
Master's in biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical physics, physics, molecular biology or geochemistryOR -
The equivalent. Certain combinations of education, experience, and other accomplishments in the field may be judged as equal to the stated minimum qualifications for these positions. Candidates who feel they possess such equivalent qualifications must request and submit an APPLICATION FOR EQUIVALENCE (Download PDF reader)
form. Supporting documents must be included with the completed form.
Minimum Qualifications Handbook Faculty and Administration in California Community CollegesAND
A demonstrated sensitivity to students with diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and students with disabilities
Potential colleagues with a background in synthetic organic chemistry, computational chemistry, and/or germaine experience to our new programs in energy science or research laboratory technology instrumentation are strongly encouraged to apply.Note: Degrees and credits must be from accredited institutions (Title V Section 53406). Any degree from a country other than the United States, including Canada and Great Britain, must be evaluated by an evaluation service.Note: The screening of candidates will be conducted by a screening committee. The screening committee reserves the right to limit the number of interviews granted. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a position does not assure the applicant of an interview.Knowledge and Abilities
The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate that they are broadly prepared and have a depth of knowledge in the discipline. In addition, the successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the following knowledge and abilities:
SALARY RANGE $ 80,439.85 - $ 139,237.88 4 annuallyMaximum Entry Level Salary: $ 98,542.44 annually SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONSFirst Review of Applications:
- Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues in an environment that promotes innovation, teaching, learning and service to diverse student population;
- Ability to effectively work with students with a wide range of skills, motivations, academic and vocational goals;
- Ability to develop curriculum, including curriculum delivered via different modalities; -Ability to participate in recruitment and articulation activities with local schools, colleges and universities;
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
- Ability to maintain subject matter currency;
- Ability to assess student, program, and institutional learning outcomes;
- Knowledge of computers and willingness to adopt new technologies that support student success. Knowledge of and commitment to the California Community College mission.
Complete application packets will be accepted until the position is filled; but those received by May 31, 2023
are assured consideration. The College reserves the right to extend time limits or reinitiate the recruitment/selection process at any point. Completed application packet must include:
It is the applicant's responsibility to redact (or remove) any personal information from all documents prior to uploading. This includes Social Security Numbers, Date of Birth, and any photos of the applicant.
- Completed Online Application for Employment form
- Current resume
- Letter of interest (Cover Letter)
- Statement of personal philosophy of teaching
- Copy of legible transcripts
- Copy of sample syllabi
- List of five (5) professional references - Listed on application form
Foreign Degree: Applicants with foreign degrees from colleges or universities outside of the United States must have their coursework evaluated by a professional association that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, INC. (ACEI). A copy of the evaluation must be submitted with your on-line application.
Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection process should contact Human Resources to make the necessary arrangements. EEO Plan 2021-2024
Note: The District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and the principles of equal employment opportunity. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or because he/she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law, in any of its policies, procedures or practices. Discrimination Free Work Environment
The District does not provide sponsorship for authorization to work in the United States. Work authorization should be established at the time of application submission.
All applicants must apply online at https://www.schooljobs.com/careers/kccd/jobs/3815580/chemistry-instructor-one-or-more-positions
. Emails will not be accepted.
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