Primary responsibilities include teaching both lecture and lab sections of Introductory Astronomy; participating in curriculum review and development, college governance, advising students, ongoing professional development, and performing other college service as appropriate.


  1. Teaches lecture and laboratory sections of Introductory Astronomy.
  2. Teaches online lecture and laboratory sections of Introductory Astronomy.
  3. Insures teaching and course delivery methods are consistent with generally accepted best practice in the field of Astronomy education.
  4. Revises and develops new pedagogy and laboratory experiments reflective of current research and best practice.
  5. Works with physics faculty and laboratory technicians in the organization, maintenance, and repair of laboratory supplies and equipment.
  6. Regularly upgrades Astronomy laboratory equipment and software consistent with current best practice.
  7. Incorporates an appropriate level of technology in the classroom and the laboratory.
  8. Reviews and updates syllabi including the revision of student learning outcomes for Astronomy.
  9. Develops and implements new courses as needed or required.
  10. If elected, will serve as Chair of the Physical Sciences Department.
  11. Advises students.
  12. Actively participates in department, division, and professional staff meetings as well as other components of college governance.
  13. Participates in college programs and activities.
  14. Teaches physics courses if needed.
  15. Other duties as needed or assigned.


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in Astrophysics, Astronomy, or a closely related discipline; Experience in the classroom teaching of Introductory Astronomy; Experience using varied pedagogical styles; Excellent communication skills; Experience teaching a student body diverse in abilities, age, ethnicity, race, and sexual orientation.


  1. A teaching demonstration will be part of the interview process.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Community college teaching experience; Commitment to and understanding of the community college mission; Online course teaching experience and course development.

COMPENSATION: Salary Range: $44,874-$50,000 Actual salary will be commensurate with education and experience in accordance with MCCC/MTA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Full State benefits package.



EQUIVALENCY STATEMENT: Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position.

Additional Information:

Holyoke Community College is committed to excellence and opportunity through diversity in education and employment. Holyoke Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, maternity leave, and national origin, in its education programs or employment.

– All candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States. HCC is not sponsoring H1B Visa.
– Pre-Employment Background check, including Criminal History will be conducted for all positions.

Application Instructions:

Applicants interested in applying MUST submit the following documents via online:

  • Resume/CV
  • Letter of Interest (Cover Letter)
  • List of references with names, e-mail addresses, & telephone numbers of three professional references
  • List of relevant astronomy astrophysics and physics courses taken

Returning applicants – https://hcc.interviewexchange.com/login.jsp to check completed application.

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