Overview

Basic Function/Overview:
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:
The new faculty member will join the Astronomy program at Mt. SAC, and contribute to its rich history and vision for the future. Astronomy faculty are part of the Earth Sciences and Astronomy Department, which includes 9 other full-time faculty members and over 20 part-time faculty members from diverse genders, educational backgrounds, and ethnicities. The Astronomy program primarily serves students taking general education astronomy courses. These students are drawn from the diverse student population at Mt. SAC. Course curricula include discussion of the astronomical contributions of underrepresented groups as we seek to encourage our own students to see themselves as astronomers. The Astronomy program at Mt. SAC is also fortunate to have state-of-the art facilities directly on campus, including the James and Eleanor Randall Planetarium and the Mt. SAC Observatory, which houses a 16″ telescope with a soon-to-be-automated dome. These facilities are used regularly for astronomy classes as well as for outreach to the community and local school groups.

OVERVIEW:
The newly hired faculty member will be expected to teach a combination of Astronomy 5 (Introduction to Astronomy), Astronomy 5L (Astronomical Observing Laboratory), Astronomy 7 (Geology of the Solar System), and Astronomy 8 (Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe).

Application Procedure:
First Review of Applications: Complete application packets will be accepted until the position is filled;

Applicants must submit all of the following materials online at http://hrjobs.mtsac.edu, to be considered for this position:
1. A Mt. San Antonio College online application.
2. A cover letter describing how the applicant meets the required education and experience.
3. A detailed rsum that summarizes educational preparation and professional experience for the position.
4. College and/or university transcripts showing the awarded/conferred degree are required and must be submitted with the online application by all applicants, including current or former employees of the college to demonstrate that the required educational qualifications are met. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application; however, copies of diplomas are not accepted in lieu of transcripts.
5. Optional – Up to three (3) letters of recommendation that reflect relevant experience (do not use social media or professional networks as a means to provide letters of recommendation or any of the required documents).

Health & Welfare:
The College contributes $12,159 toward annual premiums for medical, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage. Lifetime retirement benefits provided for eligible retirees.

The District participates in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) retirement programs, and National Benefit Services (NBS).Subject to change based on Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:
1. Teach courses in the disciplines for which the candidate meets Minimum Qualifications or the equivalent.2. Teach assigned courses in accordance with course outline of record.3. Instruct and support students with diverse backgrounds utilizing culturally relevant pedagogy, careful preparation of course materials, effective teaching methods including for online instruction, informed critical feedback on assignments and discussions, student learning outcomes, and support a philosophy of instruction focusing on critical thinking and analysis.4. Maintain scheduled office and campus hours, and participate in department/division meetings and committees.5. Perform related duties as assigned, including timely compliance with administrative responsibilities and College, division, and department policies.6. Late afternoon and/or evening assignments may be required as part of the regular contract.
7. Effective oral and written communication with students.8. Commitment to educating a racially and socioeconomically diverse student population.
9. Participate in departmental and college governance activities through committee service and/or other appropriate activities to maintain and improve the instructional program and to provide service to the college.10. In close cooperation with other discipline faculty, participate in the design, evaluation, revision, and development of culturally relevant curriculum, courses, and/or degrees.11. Participate in and contribute to the activities of the Astronomy program, including curriculum development, the Kepler Scholarship Dinner, the Planetarium and Observatory program, and student research.12. Serve on college committees as necessary to maintain and improve the instructional program, to provide service to the college, and to participate in shared governance; participate in appropriate professional development activities

Required Qualifications:
A. The minimum of one of the following awarded/conferred from a regionally accredited institution:
1. Masters in physics, astronomy or astrophysics; OR

2. Bachelors in physics or astronomy AND Masters in engineering, mathematics, meteorology or geophysics; OR

3. The equivalent (please request an equivalency review in the application); OR

4. California Community College credential, “Valid for Life” (no longer issued), authorizing service as an instructor in the appropriate discipline; refer to Ed Code 87355 (If meeting qualifications with this credential, a copy of the valid lifetime credential must be submitted with the application.);

AND

B. Commitment to the community college goals/objectives of providing quality programs and services for students with diverse abilities and interests; personal qualities to work effectively and sensitively in a multicultural environment; awareness and commitment to the special needs of non-traditional students.

Preferred Qualifications:

License(s) & Other Requirements:
The incumbent may periodically be required to get to a variety of locations. If operating a vehicle, employees must have the ability to secure and maintain a valid California drivers license.

Equivalencies:
Candidates not holding the stated required qualifications who are requesting consideration based on an equivalency, will be asked to complete the equivalency related questions included in the application.

Conditions of Employment:
This is a full-time, tenure-track, 10-month contract position that begins in the 2022-23 academic year. Placement on the salary schedule is based on formal education, full-time and/or part-time teaching, and related work experience, up to a maximum placement at step 9.

Official offers of employment are made by Mt. San Antonio College Human Resources and are made contingent upon Board approval. It is also required that a final offer of employment will only be made after the candidate has successfully been live scanned and clearance for employment is authorized by Human Resources. Costs for live scan services shall be borne by the candidate.

Notice to all prospective employees – The person holding this position is considered:
1) A mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Administrative Procedure 3518, titled Child Abuse Reporting, as a condition of employment, and

2) An employee with Actual Knowledge under Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 and is required to report to the Colleges Title IX Coordinator all relevant details reported to them about an incident of alleged sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking.

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Mt. San Antonio Community College Annual Security Report is available here: https://www.mtsac.edu/safety/pdf/asr-final-2021.pdf.

Special Notes:
A confirmation number will be assigned when your application packet indicates the supplemental questions have been answered and a document has been attached to each required link. Assistance with the online application process is available through Human Resources at 1100 N. Grand Avenue, Walnut, CA 91789-1399. Human Resources: (909) 274-4225. E-mail: employment@mtsac.edu.

DO NOT include photographs or any personal information (e.g. D.O.B, place of birth, etc.) on your application or supporting documents.

TRAVEL POLICY: Costs associated with travel in excess of 150 miles one way from residence for the purpose of an interview will be fully reimbursed. Relocation costs will be borne by the successful candidate.

Foreign Transcripts:
Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the filing deadline. Accredited evaluation agencies can be found on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services Website.

Inquiries/Contact:
Human Resources
1100 N. Grand Avenue, Walnut, CA 91789-1399.
Phone: (909) 274-4225
E-mail: employment@mtsac.edu

Selection Procedure:
A committee will evaluate applications taking into account breadth and depth of relevant education, training, experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities. Interviews may include a writing sample, presentation, teaching demonstration, and/or performance test. The committee will recommend finalists to the President/CEO and/or Vice President of Instruction/Student Services for a second interview. The number of vacancies is dependent on student enrollment, College resources and needs, and Board of Trustees approval. The starting date will be determined following Board approval and receipt of live scan clearance.

Confidential Letters of Reference Instructions:
Letters of Recommendation

The required letters of recommendation are not required to be confidential but if your reference prefers to send a confidential letter, please follow these instructions and notify your reference directly. To obtain a confidential letter of recommendation, you must enter the references name and email address in the fields provided under the “Confidential References” section of the application.

NOTICE: In order for your reference to receive an email with a link to attach a confidential reference letter, you must complete your application and reach the status of “Under Review by HR”. It is recommended that you complete your application and reach this status well in advance of the deadline to provide your reference ample time to attach the letter.

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to assure that all required and any optional documents are attached by no later than 11:59 PM PST of the initial screening date shown on the job posting.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
To be guaranteed consideration, it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that all required materials are received before the initial screening date and time indicated on the job posting. Incomplete application packets will not be considered. All application materials will become College property, will not be returned, and will not be copied. Please visit our employment website at Mt. SAC Employment Website to complete and submit your application for this position.

EEO Policy:
Mt. SAC strives to advance and foster an equitable, diverse, inclusive, just, and anti-racist campus culture that empowers our community to make positive change in society. We value diversity in all aspects of the human condition. We pursue equity by reevaluating how we empower each person to achieve their success.

DEMOGRAPHICS
The District, as part of our Vision, “promotes a climate of respect and authentic engagement. We are culturally responsive to the needs of our diverse student body. We strive to increase and sustain equitable outcomes for all students. We recruit and retain quality employees who are reflective of our students and the community we serve, in addition to providing all personnel with equity and diversity training.” The District is a proud Chicanx/Latinx, and Hispanic-Serving Institution, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, and Minority Serving Institution, serving over 30,858 students based on Fall 2020 stats. The student population is as follows: by ethnicity – 61.42% Latinx, 9.76% White, 16.76% Asian, 3.91% Filipino, .22% Pacific Islander, 3.79% Black/African American, 0.12% American Indian, 3.05% two or more races and .97% unknown; by gender – 55.68% Female, 42.68% Male, .12% Non-Binary, 1.52% unspecified; and by age – 29.23% ages 19 or younger, 34.95% ages 20-24, 15.32% ages 25-29, 7.61% ages 30-34, 3.90% ages 35-39, 4.61% ages 40-49,4.38% ages 50 and older. Current employee population is as follows: by ethnicity-26.48% Latinx, 32.39% White, 14.74% Asian/Pacific Islander, 4.46% Black/African American, .41% American Indian/Alaska Native, 21.53% unknown: by gender-54.32% Female, 44.94% Male, .74% unspecified: and by age-5.61% 20-29, 25.22% 30-39, 29.70% 40-49, 39.47% Over 50. The District works to create an inclusive environment that provides a safe-haven for international students, veterans, re-entry students, LGBTQIA+ students, and students of various learning styles regardless of citizenship status. We are committed to hiring Faculty who understand that cultural diversity in the academic environment promotes academic excellence; fosters cultural, racial and human understanding; provides positive role models for all students.
The College is an equal opportunity employer. The policy of the College is to encourage applications from ethnic and racial minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and Vietnam-era veterans. No person shall be denied employment because of ethnic group identification, race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, language, accent, citizenship status, marital status, economic status, military and veteran status, and medical condition.

Conflict of Interest:
Mt. San Antonio College employees and the Board of Trustees members shall not engage in any employment or activity that is inconsistent with, incompatible with, or in conflict with Mt. San Antonio Colleges Administrative Procedures (AP 2710 Conflict of Interest, AP 2712 Conflict of Interest Codes).

To apply, visit https://hrjobs.mtsac.edu/postings/8966jeid-493f762a056a5d48975b975bdaa68989
It is the policy of Mt. San Antonio College that harassment is prohibited and that all persons shall receive equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to sex, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, age (over 40), medical condition (cancer), mental disability, physical disability (including HIV & AIDS), marital status, sexual orientation, or Vietnam Era Veteran Status. This nondiscrimination policy covers Family and Medical Care Leave and Pregnancy Disability Leave. Contact the Office of Human Resources if you need any special accommodations to complete the application process at 909.594.5611, ext. 4225.

Mt. San Antonio College is an Equal Opportunity Employer