Chemistry Instructor 2018 (2 positions)

MiraCosta College

To view the full job posting and apply for this position, go to: http://apptrkr.com/1144758

Discipline or Department: Chemistry

Position Type: Full-time Faculty

Hourly Rate or Monthly Salary:

Closing Date: 1-30-2018

First Screening Date:

Basic Function and Other Details:


MiraCosta College is seeking two full-time (ten months per year), tenure-track chemistry instructors — one to primarily provide instruction in general chemistry and one to provide focused instruction in organic chemistry. Both positions begin in August 2018.


The ideal candidates will share MiraCosta’s commitment to educating its diverse student population. We currently enroll approximately 14,800 credit students, many from racial minority populations including 37% Latinx, 8% Asian/Pacific Islander, 3% Black/African American, 1% American Indian/Alaska Native, and 7% multiracial. The college also serves student-veterans, re-entry students, students with disabilities, international students, and LGBTQIA+. MiraCosta was designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in 2013 and is military-friendly, reflecting the great responsibility the college has to the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community. The successful candidate will join a campus that exhibits its dedication to its students and faculty through offering robust, culturally responsive events, including speaker series dedicated to heritage month events through the Social Justice and Equity Center.

The Chemistry Department serves to prepare students at MiraCosta College to meet their educational goals, from attaining a certificate or associate degree, or fulfilling general education requirements in order to transfer. The department currently consists of six full-time faculty members committed to providing students with an exceptional learning experience. To view the department website, go to http://www.miracosta.edu/Instruction/Chemistry.

MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing an educational environment that affirms and supports diversity in its faculty, staff, and administration, and promoting an environment of inclusion. The college’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is expressed in the policy found at http://www.miracosta.edu/officeofthepresident/board/downloads/3400BP-Diversity-Equity-Inclusion-Adopted4-6-16.pdf.

Representative Duties:

(E = essential job function)

Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Teach any of the courses in the chemistry curriculum, including introductory chemistry (general, organic, and biochemistry); preparatory chemistry; chemistry for living things (chemistry for allied health sciences); chemistry and society; general chemistry; organic chemistry; and introductory physical sciences courses (101 and 106). (E)

2. Participate in typical faculty functions such as serving on hiring committees, faculty evaluation, program review, and department meetings. Participate in college-wide committee work and collegial governance. (E)

3. Work in collaboration with other full-time and associate (part-time) faculty in developing, coordinating, and maintaining currency of curriculum. (E)

4. Assist in the creation, review, development and evaluation of courses both online and on-ground, certificates, and programs in collaboration with other instructors as appropriate. (E)

5. Participate in the development, assessment, and evaluation of student learning outcomes (SLOs). (E)

6. Assist in recruiting and promoting the Chemistry program, such as participation in college-sponsored events, student clubs, and educational outreach.

7. Maintain currency in areas of expertise, including those related to science education, technology, and chemical instrumentation (HPLC, GC, UV/Vis, FTIR, NMR), as appropriate to the position.

8. Provide a safe environment for students and staff to ensure proper use of chemicals, materials, and equipment. Develop, implement, and foster effective and responsible safe laboratory practices.

9. Participate in the tenure review process as described in the “Criteria for Evaluation” at http://www.miracosta.edu/administrative/hr/downloads/CriteriaForEvaluation.pdf.

Minimum Qualifications:

To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:

1. a Master’s degree in chemistry or organic chemistry (an approved comparable degree at MiraCosta College); OR

2. a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or biochemistry AND a Master’s degree in biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical physics, physics, molecular biology, or geochemistry; OR

3. a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry AND a Master’s degree in “chemistry & biochemistry” or “biochemistry & molecular biology” (locally approved at MiraCosta College); OR

4. the equivalent. Applicants who do not possess the EXACT degree major(s) listed above must attach an equivalency narrative and supporting documentation at the time of application. Instructions can be found at http://www.miracosta.edu/administrative/hr/downloads/Equivalency_009.pdfOR

5. a fully satisfied, lifetime California Community College credential authorizing instruction in the appropriate subject matter; AND

6. sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice within the classroom.

Desirable Qualifications:

1. Strong academic preparation in chemistry.

2. Recent experience and demonstrated success in teaching college chemistry lecture and laboratory courses, including general chemistry and/or organic chemistry.

3. Experience and skill in developing innovative experiments for the undergraduate teaching laboratory, and in using teaching methodologies based on recent educational research.

4. Experience with chemical instrumentation.

5. Familiarity with and experience in using computers in education for data acquisition/reduction, as a teaching aid, and for accessing information.

6. Ability to coordinate multiple sections of a course.

7. Familiarity with or interest in distance education and online teaching and learning.

8. Demonstrated ability to work closely and collaboratively with students and colleagues in support of a positive, productive, and professional academic environment.

9. Commitment to community college objectives of providing instruction for students of diverse abilities, interests and educational and cultural backgrounds.

10. Commitment to examine, reflect, and modify instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support disproportionately impacted student populations with a goal of closing equity gaps (see Student Equity website at http://www.miracosta.edu/studentservices/studentequity/index.html).

11. Ability to contribute to the mission of the college.

Licenses and Other Requirements:


This position is a 10-month, 176 day contract. The standard contractual work week for this position is forty (40) hours consisting of thirty (30) hours of instructional time, curriculum development, preparation and student evaluation (contact hours and preparation hours). The remaining time will consist of five (5) student hours (of which at least two (2) hours must be designated office hours), and five (5) institutional service hours. The person selected for this position will be assigned a Faculty Service Area (FSA) in Chemistry and in Physical Science and will be subject to assignment to any district facility during any hours of operation. Adherence to all District policies and procedures is expected.

Type of Benefits: SALARY AND BENEFITS:

For current salary schedule and salary class descriptions, go to http://www.miracosta.edu/administrative/hr/downloads/SalaryScheduleAndSalaryClassDescrip2017-18.pdf.

MiraCosta College offers a comprehensive package of benefits, which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employee and dependents; $100,000 employee life insurance; and other optional coverages. Faculty members are also covered under the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS).

Special Instructions to Applicants:


Apply and submit application materials online at https://jobs.miracosta.edu. Once you are in the online application system, we strongly advise you to read the information on “How to Apply” and the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) before starting the application process.

Submit the following documents directly in the online system and finish applying and receive a confirmation number by 11:59 PM on the closing date:

1. Application for Academic Employment.

2. A 2-3 page document specifically describing how you meet each of the representative duties and desirable qualifications, as well as any other qualities not evident in your resume/curriculum vitae. Attach this to the “Other Document 1” link.

3. A current resume or curriculum vitae summarizing your educational background and professional experience.

4. Transcripts.

a. Transcripts of ALL college degrees/coursework needed to qualify for this position; unofficial or legible copies are acceptable but must indicate that the degree(s) has been conferred, if applicable. A diploma will not be accepted in lieu of transcripts. An equivalency narrative and supporting documentation must be submitted at the time of application if (i) you do not possess the EXACT degree major(s) listed in the Minimum Qualifications section or (ii) your qualifying degree will not be awarded before the position begins. (View the instructions for equivalency requests at http://www.miracosta.edu/administrative/hr/downloads/Equivalency_009.pdf.)

If your qualifying degree is in progress but will be conferred BEFORE the position begins in August 2018, then you must also include a written statement from your adviser indicating the anticipated degree CONFERRAL date.

All degrees and units used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from postsecondary institutions accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. If your degree/coursework is from a college or university anywhere outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. A partial list of agencies can be found at http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl635.pdf. Transcripts or translations in English still require the evaluation to show the U.S. equivalence of your degree.

b. If needed to meet the minimum qualifications, a copy (front and back) of your fully satisfied, lifetime California Community College credential authorizing instruction in the appropriate subject matter.

NOTE: When you “APPLY FOR THIS POSTING,” you will eventually be asked to answer the additional question(s) listed below. Your answers will appear toward the bottom of the application form.

— MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. We strive to be a model for equity and inclusion, effectively supporting students from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds who possess a range of abilities, academic preparation, and life experiences. Please describe what qualifications and/or experiences have prepared you to contribute to the fulfillment of the College’s goals for equity and inclusion.

Individuals with qualified disabilities who need accommodation with any aspect of the application and/or interview process should contact Human Resources at 760.795.6854 at least five days prior to the closing date.

The screening and interview committee will review application materials two to five weeks following the closing date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected will be notified by e-mail. For interviewees, the selection process will include a panel interview, as well as possible teaching demonstration and written exercise. Interview candidates coming from out of state or over 300 miles away will be reimbursed for travel expenses up to $500 for both initial and final interviews.


An offer of employment to the person selected for this position is contingent upon 1) successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense, 2) submission of a current tuberculosis clearance certificate, 3) proof of eligibility to work in the United States, 4) fingerprint clearance, and 5) approval by the Board of Trustees.

Human Resources Contact Information:

jobs@miracosta.edu or 760.795.6854

About MiraCosta College

The MiraCosta Community College District is one of California’s 112 public community colleges. The district includes the communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Olivenhain, Leucadia, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, and parts of Carmel Valley.

MiraCosta offers associate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong-learning opportunities that strengthen the economic, cultural, social, and educational well-being of the communities it serves.

The district consists of three campus sites and a robust online education program. The Oceanside Campus, serving about 12,000 credit students, has been located since 1964 on a panoramic 121-acre hilltop site with views of the ocean and mountains. The San Elijo Campus is located in Cardiff, 17 miles south of Oceanside, on 48 acres below the bluffs overlooking the San Elijo Lagoon Reserve. The San Elijo Campus opened in September 1988, and now attracts about 3,000 credit students. The Community Learning Center in downtown Oceanside hosts about 4,000 students in the college’s noncredit classes including English as a Second Language, the Adult High School Diploma Program, and other tuition-free, noncredit classes as well as some college credit classes.

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