Detailed Job Description
The Math & Science Division at Mission College is now accepting applications for a full-time, tenure-track instructor who shares our excitement for teaching and our commitment to excellence in the lower division education of both majors and non-majors. We are looking for someone with a willingness to help our department grow and who will enjoy working with our diverse student body. Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, ability, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of linguistically and culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.
Mission College serves a region of the San Francisco Bay Area that includes urban neighborhoods, business centers and residential communities. Nestled in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Mission College enjoys an entrepreneurial and innovative energy supplied by its closest technology and business neighbors, while continuing to maitain its quality curriculum offerings for transfer and under-prepared students. Applicants interested in teaching within an energetic, student-centered culture that looks to the future would find Mission College a perfect fit.
This is a full-time, 10-month, tenure-track position that begins in Fall 2016. Instructional assignments may include day and/or evening classes, Monday through Saturday, as needed and rotate among the Chemistry faculty. It is expected that over several semesters all levels of Chemistry offered at the college will be taught. This position is represented by the Association of College Educators (ACE).
Work location: Mission College, Santa Clara, CA
We have begun a district-wide classification and compensation study. The compensation study will provide information on what other employers pay employees who are performing similar duties. The District will use this information to ensure that our employees are adequately compensated.
The classification & compensation study started in November 2014 and is expected to take approximately 12-18 months to complete. As a result of this study, it is possible for the compensation to change in this position opening.
1. Education – Possess one of the following:
- Master’s degree in chemistry; OR
- Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or biochemistry AND master’s degree in biochemistry, chemical engineering; chemical physics, physics, molecular biology, or geochemistry; OR
- Possess a valid California Community College Instructor’s credential in chemistry; OR
- The equivalent of the above.
2. Demonstrated ability to effectively teach, counsel or work with persons of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.
- Ability to teach organic chemistry, as well as, all levels of inorganic chemistry and to develop curriculum that includes the use of modern instrumentation as an effective tool in lower-division chemistry education.
- Possess strong interpersonal communication skills in order to coordinate course outlines, materials and methods with other instructors and lab technicians in our program.
- Experience with innovative, technology-based techniques and strategies in teaching chemistry in the classroom and in the laboratory.
- Ability to teach effectively and to communicate well with students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, both in and out of the classroom.
- Teaching, training, and/or cultural life experiences which enable one to teach, tutor, and mentor students from diverse language, cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, or educational backgrounds.
- Ability to take an active role in working with faculty, student groups, and college support services, particularly within the Department and Division.
- Evidence of continuing professional development activities.
- Knowledge and use of modern technologies and computerized applications in chemistry.
- Demonstrated experience in basic research, industrial or clinical applications of chemistry.
Examples of Duties and Responsibilities
Instructional duties and assignments may consist of one or more of the following:
- Provide instruction for assigned courses. This includes preparation, in class activities, evaluation of students’ work, consultation with students outside of class (scheduling time beyond normal office hours if necessary), maintenance of currency in the subjects taught and other efforts related to the teaching of the assigned classes.
- Maintain accurate class and other records conforming with state requirements and stated district and college needs.
- Submit, when due, all necessary reports, such as attendance, grade reports, rosters, classes and office hour schedules.
- Follow course outline for each course with the appropriate division offices.
- Post and maintain office hours each week in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.
- Observe, support and enforce the regulations, policies and programs of the District and college.
- Provide each student with a written course syllabus as per instructions in the Faculty handbook at the beginning of the course.
- Refer students to appropriate college sources for information on counseling and other student services.
- Assist students by providing advice on requirements for successful achievement in the member’s area of expertise.
- Work cooperatively within the college community.
- Foster an environment that protects academic freedom within the college community.
- Foster a positive working environment that is free from harassment, prejudice, and/or bias.
- Demonstrate positive communication skills within the college community.
- Demonstrate a respect for the dignity of each individual.
- Assume institutional responsibilities, which are of value to the department, division, college and/or District such as: actively participate in the spirit of shared governance in department, division, college and district institutional responsibilities. Such responsibilities may include recruitment and hiring, class schedule preparation, budget development, performance appraisals, mentorship, supervision of support staff, student recruitment and retention, curriculum and program development and evaluation, program review, club advising, committees, accreditation, articulation, and other duties as assigned.
Knowledge and Abilities
Salary and Benefits
West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer
- Anticipated Hiring Range: $53,557 to $83,349 annually, based upon academic achievement, teaching and related experience (Academic Salary Schedule, Steps 1-9).
- Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee, spouse and dependents.
- Employer paid long term disability for employee.
- Voluntary life insurance.
- Sabbatical, Rejuvenation and Retraining Leaves.
- Banked leave provisions.
- Professional Growth and Development activities.
- 10 days sick leave accrued annually; personal necessity and catastrophic leave.
- Conference leaves.
- Opportunity for overload assignments.
- Cal STRS Retirement.
- Position is union affiliated with required dues.