Physical Science Associate Professor

Taft, Kern County
Jan 31, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

is currently accepting applications for:

Full-Time, Tenure-Track Position Commencing Fall 2014

Application Closing Date:
Open until filled, priority consideration date of Friday, February 28, 2014

The West Kern Community College District (“District”) believes in a close relationship among students, faculty, staff and the community. The District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and has made a commitment to the principles of equal opportunity. A diverse pool of applicants is encouraged and the District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law in its employment practices or in any of its policies or procedures. The policy of affording equal employment opportunities to all persons is in keeping with the provisions of the state and federal regulations which protect persons against discrimination. The District encourages applications from all qualified applicants.


• Instruct community college geology and introductory chemistry courses.
• Be available for a teaching assignment which may include evenings, weekends, and delivering instruction utilizing non-traditional delivery methods.
• Participate in Math/Science division meetings and serve on campus committees.
• Be available to students for five (5) hours per week of scheduled office hour time.
• Participate in the evaluation of materials and the development of outlines for courses taught.
• Work with Math/Science division faculty and STEM participants to maintain a working inventory of equipment, chemicals and supplies and submit appropriate paperwork for purchases as needed.
• Complete reports, schedules and grades within established guidelines.
• Other duties as assigned.


Master’s degree in geology, geophysics, earth sciences, meteorology, oceanography, or paleontology OR bachelor’s degree in geology AND master’s degree in geography, physics or geochemistry, chemistry or the equivalent. Knowledge of chemistry, chemical storage and other physical science laboratory procedures. Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students. NOTE: Applicants who claim equivalent qualifications shall provide conclusive evidence that they possess qualifications that are at least equivalent to those required by the minimum qualifications of the area for which they are applying. It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply all evidence and documentation for the claim of equivalency at the time of the application.


If you do not meet the specific degree requirements for this position, you may request equivalency by the final filing date. There is one (1) form that you will need to download from the website; it is titled Equivalency Determination – the information requested is required of all candidates not holding the stated minimum qualifications who are seeking consideration on the basis of equivalency. Candidates making application under equivalency shall submit this supplement as well as other materials specified in Application Procedures.


Candidates with foreign degrees must provide official certification of equivalency to U.S. degrees by a recognized U.S. credential evaluation service.


Based upon the 2013-14 175-day salary schedule, the salary range is $53,533.00 to $103,544.00. An annual doctoral stipend of $3,500.31 is included in addition to the salary when appropriate. The successful applicant will be offered a starting salary within this range commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The successful applicant must be available on August 18, 2014.


For priority consideration, completed application packets should be in the Human Resources Department by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014. However, the position will remain open until filled. Application materials must be mailed, hand delivered, or e-mailed. E-mails must be followed by original documents. All application packets that are complete at that time will be forwarded to the screening committee. Incomplete applications may not be reviewed.


To be considered for review, applicants must submit the following application materials:

Completed District Academic Application (and, if needed, an equivalency form). Complete all sections; stating “See letter and/or resume” is not acceptable.
A letter of application that describes why you are interested in the position and how your breadth of experience has prepared you for this position.
A current resume.
A written statement of your philosophy and approach to teaching physical science courses.
Copies of transcripts.
Three (3) current letters of recommendation that address your professional and interpersonal skills.

Application forms may be obtained from or from the Human Resources Department by calling 661-763-7805.

Send all application materials to:

Taft College
Human Resources Department
29 Cougar Court
Taft, CA 93268
Telephone: (661) 763-7805

Current employees must provide documentation and materials in the same manner and degree of detail as any other applicant.


Employment with the District is not complete or official until applicants meet all pre-employment requirements. Candidates with foreign degrees must provide official certification of equivalency to U.S. degrees by a recognized U.S. credential evaluation service. Offers of employment are contingent upon Board of Trustees approval. All new employees are required to submit official transcripts, proof of freedom from tuberculosis, and proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Employees must sign an Oath of Office and submit fingerprints for CA Department of Justice clearance. The District reserves the right to modify or rescind this job announcement at any time.


Taft College is a tobacco free campus.


A candidate selected for an interview will be required to visit the District at his/her own expense upon a date selected by the District. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview.


The District provides excellent coverage in health, dental, vision and life insurance for the employee, spouse and dependents. The District and the employee contribute to the State Teacher’s Retirement System or the California Public Employee’s Retirement System.


Taft is located in the foothills at the southwestern edge of the San Joaquin Valley, just 35 minutes west of Bakersfield, two hours north of Los Angeles and two hours from California’s central coast. The Taft area is home to 18,000 residents and numerous companies who enjoy friendly neighbors, temperate climates and bustling economy. Cultural and recreational opportunities include the West Kern Oil Museum, Carrizo Plain National Monument, Tule Elk State Reserve and the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation area. Residents enjoy a reasonable cost of living along with affordable housing and good schools.


The District is committed to student learning in transfer and vocational programs supported by pre-collegiate basic skills and a wide range of student services. All programs and services are focused on the educational needs of the District learners.

Applicants who are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act and who, due to a Disability, require accommodations for completing the application process, testing (if required for the position), or the interview, should notify the Human Resources Department 10 working days before the accommodation is required.