Chemistry Instructor - Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey California

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Monterey Peninsula College

Monterey, California 93940

United States


Detailed Job Description

MONTEREY PENINSULA COLLEGE invites applications for the position of:

Chemistry Instructor
(Full Time, Tenure Track, Fall 2014)

SALARY: $51,971.00 - $70,474.00 Annually
OPENING DATE: 12/16/13
CLOSING DATE: 02/17/14 05:00 PM

This is a full-time, tenure-track, instructional assignment in the Chemistry Department located within the Physical Sciences Division. The successful candidate will teach the lecture as well as laboratory and problem session components of the first semester General Chemistry (Chemistry 1A). The instructor must be qualified to teach all chemistry courses offered by the department which include Conceptual Chemistry, Introductory Chemistry, Introductory Organic and Biochemistry, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry courses.


As a fulltime faculty member in the Chemistry Department the successful candidate will also:
• Use and develop a variety of effective teaching and assessment methods including the use of online resources, computers and information technology to engage student interest and support a variety of learning styles.
• Evaluate student work using clear criteria relevant to the course content and learning objectives.
• Maintain and submit accurate records according to published deadlines (i.e., grades, syllabi, census reports).
• Participate in chemistry schedule development process.
• Develop curriculum and participate in the program review processes.
Engage in activities that enhance the department’s rapport with area high schools,  colleges and businesses.
• Participate in faculty recruitment.
• Hold required office hours and participate in division meetings.
• Carry out collegial responsibilities including, but not limited to, institutional committee assignments, student recruitment and retention, and participation in shared governance committees and campus life activities.
• Communicate and work cooperatively with colleagues (within discipline and college-wide) on matters regarding course offerings, programs, and activities that would enhance the development of the department and college.
• Continue professional development and remain current in the field through course work, conferences, workshops, and other appropriate means.
• Perform duties described in Board policy, the Faculty Handbook, the MPCTA Contract, and as assigned at the Monterey campus, the Education Center at Marina, and/or other designated locations.


• Master’s in chemistry
• Bachelor’s in chemistry or biochemistry AND Master’s in biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical physics, physics, molecular biology, or geochemistry
• CA Community College Teaching Credential (valid for life) in the discipline. (NOTE: Credentials are no longer issued by the State of California, however if you earned one previously, it is still honored).
• The equivalent. To select outstanding faculty members from the largest possible pool of qualified applicants, Monterey Peninsula College recognizes that candidates may have attained expertise through a variety of means. Certain combinations of education, experience, and other accomplishments may be judged by the District as equivalent to the above qualifications for this position. Candidates who feel they possess such equivalent qualifications are encouraged to download and complete an equivalency application from the employment web page and submit/attach the completed form to the employment application along with appropriate documentation of your qualifications;
• Commitment to community college goals/objectives of providing quality programs and services for culturally, socio-economically, ethnically, and academically diverse students and students with disabilities; personal qualities to work effectively and with sensitivity in a multicultural environment; awareness of and commitment to the needs of non-traditional and/or re-entry students with diverse abilities and interests.

Personal and Professional Qualities:

1. Knowledge of and commitment to community college teaching;
2. Excellent interpersonal skills;
3. Ability to work with community groups and campus organizations;
4. Effective oral and written communication skills;
5. Ability to meet the needs of community college learners with diverse backgrounds and a wide range of skills and goals.

Desirable Qualifications:

1. Effectively teach chemistry at the community college level and demonstrated ability to teach general chemistry;
2. Demonstrated ability to teach the variety of courses offered by the chemistry department;
3. Effectively integrating technology and online resources into the lecture and laboratory c urric ulum;
4. Knowledge of current laboratory safety practices and familiarity with small scale
5. Demonstrated ability to participate in the college’s learning outcomes assessment program;
6. Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with colleagues on matters regarding course offerings, programs, and activities that would promote chemistry as a field of study.


Anticipated Starting Compensation
Starting at $51,971-70,474 annually, based on documented education and experience. In addition to the base salary, the successful candidate can also earn a Doctoral stipend of $2,850 or a multiple Masters’ stipend of $2,021, if applicable. In addition, the District provides an excellent fringe benefits package, including paid medical and dental coverage for employees and dependents, and a vision plan, life insurance and long-term disability benefits for the employee only. Retirement is the State Teachers’ Retirement System. Participation in tax deferred plans are available.

Assignment & Anticipated Start Date
The assigned work year is 175.5 days per academic year. The assignment will include 15 teaching load units (TLUs) plus five office hours per week. Assignments may include both day, evening and weekend courses at the Monterey campus or Marina Education Center, as well as online instruction. The selected candidate will participate in campus-wide events beginning the week of August 18, 2014.

Application Deadline
Completed application packets must be submitted by 5:00 pm, Monday, February 17, 2014. Monterey Peninsula College reserves the right to close, continue, cancel, postpone or restart the recruitment at any time.

Application Procedures

To be considered for review, applicants must submit the following application materials:
• Completed Online District Application including the Diversity Statement and Supplemental Questions;

• A Cover letter addressing the listed desirable qualifications and personal and professional qualities (attached as a .pdf);

• Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (attached as a .pdf);

• Transcripts from accredited colleges of Bachelor’s degree and all advanced degrees and coursework (attached as a .pdf). Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers ( at the applicant’s expense;

• Three (3) recent current letters of recommendation, specific to this position, from colleagues, supervisors or other professional contacts who are familiar with your teaching ability and experience (attached as separate .pdf files; one per letter);

General Chemistry (Chem. 1A) meets three hours for lecture, three hours for a problem solving session, and for a three-hour laboratory once a week. Provide a) a list of sixteen activities to be completed during the laboratory portion of the course and b) provide a more detailed description of any four of the activities mentioned above. Examples of activities might include computer-based exercises, “wet labs” and more problem solving sessions. Please do not to exceed 1.5 pages.

A brief (no more than 2 pages), describing your ideas and experiences in the use of
computers and other innovative methods in the teaching of chemistry. Include your general teaching philosophy and any ideas regarding the future directions in chemical education.

• A list of all teaching experiences (including descriptive names, dates, and schools).

• A list of all upper division chemistry courses taken (including title, college, date, and grade earned).

• A list of all graduate level chemistry courses taken (including title, college, date, and grade earned).

To apply for this position, please go to and click on the link for “Full Time Faculty and Administrator Positions” there you will find the listing for this position. Click on the job title for full details about the position. Additionally you will see an “apply” button on the right hand side.

You will be required to create a user account. If you already have a user account with another NeoGov employer, you will be able to use your existing account log-in information. Please complete all the required components of the application including uploading of your transcripts and various other documents. Only fully completed applications will be considered.

Only items listed above will be reviewed by the screening committee. Additional documents that were not requested, will NOT be forwarded to the committee. Failure to follow the directions listed above may result in your disqualification.

For questions regarding this recruitment or problems applying online, please contact:

Kali F. Viker, M.S.
Human Resources Department
Monterey Peninsula College
980 Fremont Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Telephone: (831) 646-3038
Text Teletype: (831) 645-1319

There is also a Frequent Asked Questions webpage which is highly recommended that you read prior to beginning the online application process.

Applicants selected for interview will be notified by phone approximately 2-4 weeks following the application deadline. All other applicants will be notified by mail. Initial, on-campus interviews are tentatively scheduled the week of March 24th. Travel expenses are the sole responsibility of the applicant. Selected finalists will have second round interviews with the President and Vice President. These final interviews are generally conducted via SKYPE, though may be in person. Positions are subject to adequate funding and MPC reserves the right to close, continue, cancel, postpone or restart the recruitment at any time. MPC regrets that relocation assistance is not available.

Conditions of Employment
Offers of employment are contingent upon Governing Board approval. Employment with Monterey Peninsula College is not complete or official until applicants meet all pre-employment requirements. All new employees are required to submit official transcripts, proof of freedom from tuberculosis, and proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Monterey Peninsula College does not sponsor H1B visas. Employees must sign the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and submit fingerprints for CA Department of Justice clearance.


Keyword Phrases

  • Chemistry
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Lecturer / Instructor / Adjunct
Type of Faculty:Non-Tenure Track
Salary: $51,971 - $70,474
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Best if Apply By 2/17/2014