Overview

Garden City Community College is a vibrant and dynamic community college located in the heart of the rural Southwest Kansas high plains region. Officially designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution, the College serves a student population which reflects the area’s rich diversity. The College serves approximately 2,000 students across multiple populations including on-campus, online, and area high schools and has a history of strong program options in both transfer and technical education. The College is located in Garden City, a community with a recent history of robust population growth. Garden City has many amenities including arts and culture, plentiful shopping, and daily jet service to Dallas.

This position is designed to both strengthen the College’s commitment to STEM pathways for students as well as pursue growth opportunities in engineering and robotics. The successful applicant will teach both general education courses to the student population at large as well as courses in physics, physical science, and/or engineering transfer courses (including robotics/mechatronics) for Science majors. Applicants with appropriate graduate-level degrees and experience teaching physics, physical science, and/or robotics will be considered, especially experience teaching at the community college level in diverse student environments (academic preparation, gender, age, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, etc.). Additionally, applicants with demonstrated experience in growing programs and attracting students to STEM education through high-quality, dynamic teaching and recruiting will be considered.

This position is a full-time, 172-day contract position under the faculty Negotiated Agreement. The successful applicant will receive tenured status upon receipt of their fourth continuing contract. Supervision provided under the direction of the Division Chair for Science and Mathematics, the Dean of Academics, and the Vice President for Instructional Services. The primary assignment is to provide instructional services and learning facilitation for students in the Science Division.

This assignment includes (but is not limited to) the following:

  • Teaching assigned day and/or evening courses using lecture, lab, hands-on demonstration, cooperative learning and additional teaching methods including online/hybrid delivery. Courses are offered in accordance with established standards and course syllabi.
  • Position will require teaching physics, physical science, and/or robotics/pre-engineering courses depending on faculty credentials.
  • Providing individual and small group learning, diagnostic assessment of students, and identification of appropriate learning materials.
  • Integrating appropriate technology for class demonstrations, labs, and instruction for all levels of courses taught.
  • Participating in course and curriculum design, student advisement, program review and college committees as required to maintain and improve the learning program.
  • Remaining current in subject matter and in the techniques most effective to promote student learning.
  • Participating in staff and college meetings and contributing through appropriate committee assignments.
  • Performing other relevant tasks as assigned.

Faculty Profile Personal and Professional Qualities

  • Strong commitment to quality teaching, student learning, and academic excellence.
  • A commitment to serve diverse communities including but not limited to socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Learner-centered, able to lead the learning process to inspire, motivate, and help students to succeed.
  • Appreciation and respect for the student’s role, contribution, and responsibility in the learning process.
  • Commitment to develop learning outcomes and design alternative approaches to learning.
  • Ability and willingness to apply knowledge of academic or occupational areas in designing strategies related to learning outcomes.
  • Commitment to integrate new technologies and strategies into the learning process.
  • Commitment to using technologies and instructional support resources to address unique needs of each learner.
  • Intellectual and ethical qualities that evoke confidence and respect.
  • Enthusiasm, flexibility, openness to change, and willingness to experiment and innovate.
  • Commitment to continuing education and professional development.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.

Required: A master’s degree in physics or possession of a master’s degree with 18 graduate level credit hours in physics. Strong preference will be given to candidates who establish the highest level of professional competency as evidenced by:

  • Physics teaching experience, at multiple skill levels.
  • Physical Science teaching experience at a rural community college.
  • Ability to motivate and teach students of diverse learning styles and backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of computer-assisted learning strategies.
  • Commitment to the discipline through involvement in professional organizations and activities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

Physical Requirements: Ability to stand and sit for extended periods; speak and hear clearly in group settings and at distances of 30 feet; maintain physical mobility, alertness, and composure; utilize appropriate presentation materials and equipment; and transport self and equipment to various campus/community/area sites as needed.

To apply for this job email your details to alexis.saenz@gcccks.edu