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Anatomy & Physiology and Cellular Biology Faculty (Tenure Track)

Highline College
Highline College 2400 S 240th St Des Moines, WA, WA

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General Summary

Posting will remain open until filled. Priority consideration for applications received by December 10, 2023.

HC welcomes faculty who are committed to using or learning to use evidence-based practices to improve the success of our racially, ethnically, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse students and close equity gaps experienced by students from historically minoritized groups. We strongly encourage members of historically minoritized groups, veterans, and bi- or multi-lingual individuals to apply for this position to help meet the needs of our diverse students and service district.

Highline College (HC) is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time tenure track faculty position in Anatomy & Physiology and Cellular Biology. Candidates should be able and excited to teach primarily in-person courses in human anatomy & physiology and cell biology. Additional teaching opportunities may be available depending on the appointee's expertise. HC Biology Department faculty teach an equivalent of 15 credits per quarter, advise students, and participate in College activities.

To grow our workforce, we seek applicants who demonstrate that they:

  • Honor HC’s mission to strive for social justice and partner with our global students to envision, plan and achieve their educational and professional goals
  • Care about student success and collaborate on strategies to facilitate success for historically underserved populations
  • Engage in equity pedagogy to support the success of our racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse student population
  • Welcome difference and model respectful interaction with others
  • Value intellectual curiosity and innovation.
This position is expected to begin in Fall Quarter, September 2024.Essential Tasks

Professional Responsibilities - Address these in your cover letter.
Please address the following responsibilities in your cover letter. If you don’t have experience in an academic setting, please address them within the context of your professional experience:

  • Teaching: Create a welcoming and supportive learning environment for diverse students and use evidence-based practices to improve the success of racially, ethnically, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse students; in collaboration with colleagues coordinate course and series curricula and identify and implement strategies designed to close equity gaps experienced by students from historically minoritized groups. Faculty are expected to effectively communicate course content and expectations and design active, learner-centered, culturally-responsive curriculum and assessments that engage and challenge learners intellectually. Because teaching is a complex activity, engage in self-reflective practice and continued professional growth.

  • Advising/ Coaching/ Mentoring: Work with students outside of class, individually or in small groups, to assist them in choosing courses and to help them get connected with campus and community resources. Participate in professional learning opportunities focused on culturally responsive advising and establishing relationships with students.

  • Collaborate with colleagues/participate in shared governance: In collaboration with colleagues, engage in continuous improvement through college-wide assessment processes. Participate in department, division, and other College activities, including College governance and serving in rotation as department coordinator. Establish and maintain respectful, ethical, and professional relationships with students and colleagues.

  • Professional development/ ongoing professional learning: Engage in ongoing professional learning tied to the position responsibilities. This includes remaining current in your discipline(s)/field and in evidence-based practices for culturally response, inclusive, and anti-racist pedagogies.


  • Master's degree (or higher) in biology, medicine, or a closely related field from an institution with regional accreditation or its international equivalent. (Pending degrees must be verified by a letter from the granting institution).
If these are not evident in your resume, be sure to discuss them in your letter of application/cover letter.
  • Strong background in anatomy and physiology, cell biology, and one or more of the following: molecular biology, microbiology and/or genetics;
  • Training in and/or experience teaching Biology;
  • Significant experience working in multicultural/diverse environments;
  • Experience working with multilingual learners;
  • Significant experience collaborating effectively with colleagues and community partners;
  • Experience teaching face-to-face, online, and/or hybrid classes using Canvas.
Supplemental Information

ABOUT HIGHLINE COLLEGEEstablished in 1961, Highline College is a comprehensive community college providing certificates as well as associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in high-quality academic transfer pathways, workforce training, and Adult Basic Education. Highline College is the most diverse community college in Washington State and one of the most diverse in the United States. Highline’s commitment to equity and social justice drives our collective work.

The Biology Department is a collaborative group of faculty committed to using evidence-based practices to support student learning. The department primarily provides courses to biology majors, health professionals, and general education students. Highline is also home to the Marine Science and Technology center (MaST), a waterfront marine lab and aquarium that supports a strong marine science program.

LOCATION: Highline College is located in a diverse community just 15 minutes south of downtown Seattle, with easy access to a dynamic urban arts scene, world-class cultural and sporting events, and unsurpassed outdoor recreation opportunities. The college annually serves more than 16,500 students, and with a student population of over 70% students of color, representing 35 nations and more than 100 languages, Highline has been consistently ranked as one of the most diverse colleges in the nation.


  • An unrelenting focus on our mission to increase access, improve learning, and strengthen partnerships with our surrounding community;
  • Robust support for innovative teaching, learning, and scholarship;
  • A friendly, supportive, and highly engaged work environment with diverse colleagues;
  • Excellent benefits including competitive leave packages and an array of health, dental, vision, and retirement plans to meet your current and future need
Application Process
To be considered for this position, applicants must include the following items in their application package:

  1. Cover Letter: Letter of formal application that addresses how your experience and education qualify you to perform the professional responsibilities listed above;
  2. Supplemental Question: Highline College is committed to improving the success of our racially, ethnically, linguistically, and socio-economically diverse students and closing equity gaps experienced by students from historically minoritized groups. We believe that critical self-reflection is a key element in this process. Please attach a statement (approximately 500 to 700 words) describing how you have integrated elements of culturally relevant and inclusive teaching methods into your professional practice.
Effective responses will demonstrate awareness of your social identities, knowledge of students or others with whom you've worked, and examples of strategies you have used to support equitable and inclusive classrooms or places of work.
Note: If your previous experiences do not involve working with students, you are encouraged to frame your responses to this question using your experience working in the field and/or how this informs your vision of becoming an educator.
  1. Curriculum Vitae: Detailed curriculum vitae (resume) of all educational and professional experience, which includes a list of courses taught. Be sure your resume demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications listed above.
  2. Transcripts: Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts that include degree received and confer date. International transcripts MUST include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required prior to hire.
  3. References: A list of four current professional references with name, relationship to candidate, address, email address, and telephone number. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted in lieu of a list of professional references.
All correspondence regarding your application status will be sent to the email address associated with your NeoGov account. Please make sure to check your spam folder periodically, in the case of an automated, incorrect delivery.


A standard 170-day contract is written annually for the period of September to June. Late contracts will be prorated on the basis of work days remaining in the contract year. This position is exempt from the overtime pay requirements of The Fair Labor Standards Act.

This position is also eligible for a legislature funded High-Demand stipend issued on a quarterly basis. Currently, the stipend amount is approximately $2,760 per quarter. Three quarter total of $8,280.

This is a union represented position subject to a Collective Bargaining Agreement. Salary, retirement, medical and insurance benefits are provided in accordance with state regulations and may be subject to change in accordance with legislative mandates and collective bargaining agreements. Additional information on benefits can be found at

Conditions of Employment:

Prior to employment, the candidate must complete a sexual misconduct declaration form, and pass a sexual misconduct check.

If hired you will be required to provide proof that you are either 1) a U.S. citizen, or 2) an immigrant whose status permits you to lawfully work in this country.

Completion of academic degree(s) will be verified through receipt of official transcripts at the time of hire.

Please be aware that the College hiring authorities reserve the right to hire one or more candidates, and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision prior to the conclusion of the recruitment process.

Recruitment: Positions posted on SBCTC, Inside Higher Ed, HERC; other places identified by committees/departments; committee/department members encouraged to share posts in professional networks.

NEED APPLICATION HELP?Should you have any difficulties uploading your documents or navigating the application process, please contact NEOGOV Technical Support at 1-855-524-5627, Monday - Friday 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Pacific Time. HIGHLINE COLLEGE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYERHighline College is an equal opportunity employer. The College is committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and staff, as well as our student population. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientations, and gender identity diversity. We strongly encourage applicants to apply without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legal protected status. REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONSThe College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants needing accommodations in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at (206) 592-3812. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.
TITLE IX POLICYHighline College complies with Title IX regulations. For details on our policies, see our website

The College appointing authorities reserve the right and may exercise the option to make an employment decision prior to the conclusion of the recruitment process.


The college provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types).

The Title IX Coordinator, Danielle Slota, can be reached at (206) 592-3600 or 2400 S. 240th St. Des Moines, WA 98198. Building 12, President’s Office.

The 504 Coordinator, Jenni Sandler, can be reached at (206) 592-3474 or 2400 S. 240th St. Des Moines, WA 98198. Building 25, 5th Floor.

The Chief Human Resources Officer, Steven Sloniker, can be reached at (206) 592-3320 or 2400 S. 240th St. Des Moines, WA 98198. Building 12, Human Resources.

You can receive this information in an alternate format by contacting Access Services (206) 592-3857; TTY (206) 870-4853.


Highline College prides itself on its commitment to diversity and equity, its institutional culture of collegiality and innovation, its globalization of curricula and its inclusion of the community in its programming. Founded in 1961, Highline College is situated in a diverse community just 15minutes south of Seattle. The college annually serves more than 16,500 students –– a student population of over 70% students of color, representing 35 nations and more than 100 languages. The college embraces equity, inclusion and social justice, with core goals of student attainment, diversity, community Engagement and sustainability. The student body at Highline College is made up of Transfer students, Running Start students, Professional- Technical students, International students, Comprehensive Transition Program for students with intellectual disabilities, Adult Basic Education and English Language Learners. In addition, we offer six bachelor of applied science, four-year degrees.

As an essential part of our mission and vision, diversity, equity and inclusion are promoted and fostered in all aspects of college life.

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2400 S. 240th St.
Des Moines

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