West Hills College Coalinga — Chemistry Instructor

West Hills Community College District

Chemistry Instructor
(179 Duty Days, Tenure-Track)
Job Posting Number: 5178910
Salary: $54,702.00 – $91,818.00 Annually
Closing Date: 2/28/2018

Complete job description and application available online at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/whccd/jobs/1978244/chemistry-instructor?keywords=chemistry&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Basic Function
West Hills College Coalinga is offering a full-time tenure track position to teach lower division chemistry.  The successful candidate will exhibit a passion for educating a diverse student population through culturally-responsive pedagogical teaching methods and demonstrate the use of effective practices for engaging students with diverse learning needs, backgrounds, and academic goals. Current course offerings include a sequence of introductory courses in chemistry for students interested in majoring in chemistry and/or engineering and a separate sequence of chemistry courses for non-chemistry majors.  The successful candidate must be qualified to teach introductory physical science in addition to chemistry.

The successful candidate will be responsible for incorporating current technology and pedagogy into the curriculum including the use of technology in the classroom.  Instructional delivery may include the development of non-traditional approaches such as online or two-way interactive courses.

Additional responsibilities include involvement in instructional and department activities, advising, developing and reviewing curriculum, developing and accessing learning outcomes, program review, etc. consistent with the needs of the diverse backgrounds and abilities of students.  Work with other faculty on literacy and interdisciplinary issues is expected, as well as, participation in college governance through other required campus meetings, Academic Senate appointments to standing councils, committees, and/or a variety of task forces .  Teaching assignments will include a mixture of day, evening, multi-campus and off-campus classes.  The successful candidate may be required to teach at a high school or prison as part of their assignment. Office hours are also required.

Representative Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and assess innovative and diverse approaches to learning that improve student retention and success, such as learning communities, learning technology, evidence-based practices, online, hybrid, fast-track, accelerated, etc.
  • Instruct and evaluate students effectively in the college classroom.
  • Instruct a full-time load of classes in chemistry and related areas as assigned that will require traveling among the District’s various sites.
  • Enhance learning through the development of lab activities utilizing multimedia and computer aided instruction.
  • Implement contemporary teaching methods and technologies in performing instructional and non-instructional duties including distance education, online class delivery, computerized and multi-media presentation, Microsoft Office Suite, and District management information system (Datatel).
  • Teach courses consistent with the adopted course outline.
  • Work within and across disciplines to develop and implement the guided pathways concept to promote student success and completion;
  • Address issues of equity in the classroom
  • Participate in faculty responsibilities such as: course and curriculum development, review, and evaluation, student learning outcomes and assessment, program review, committees, research, accreditation, and special projects as needed in the discipline/department or district.
  • Meet record keeping obligations on time, e.g. grades, census, reports, rosters, textbook orders, and requisitions.
  • Maintain and provide current course syllabi as required by California Education Code and West Hills College Coalinga
  • Advise and assist students.
  • Plan, develop, and articulate coursework within the instructional area.
  • Coordinate instruction with other faculty.
  • Assume supplementary faculty responsibilities such as participation in faculty, department, and college committees, hold regular office hours, assist in budget preparation, and participate in staff development activities.
  • Commit to professional excellence by remaining current in the subject matter and techniques of effective instruction through participation in professional development programs.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, Experience and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to teach students to think critically and analytically.
  • Demonstrated ability to examine, reflect on, evaluate, and remediate one’s pedagogy and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support students.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop curriculum in the discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience with technology.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly with students and staff, both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, instructional aides, and community organizations.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of community college students.
  • Demonstrated ability motivate students from  broad spectrum of backgrounds and use instructional methods that emphasize cooperation and collaboration, as well as reflect cultural sensitivity and interdisciplinary approaches to subject matter
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional growth and development through memberships in regional, state, and national organizations or other activities appropriate to the discipline or assignment.
  • Recent experience using instructional lab equipment and instruments
  • Successful teaching experience at the secondary or post-secondary level.
  • A commitment to the missions and objectives of the California Community Colleges and of West Hills College Coalinga
  • Bilingual preferred (but not required).


Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience
Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, disabled, religious backgrounds of community college students.

Master’s degree in chemistry OR Bachelor’s degree in either chemistry or biochemistry AND Master’s in biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical physics, physics, molecular biology, or geochemistry OR the equivalent.

Applicants who claim the equivalent qualification must provide conclusive evidence that they possess qualifications of the area for which they are applying at the time of application. The equivalency application (Download PDF reader) must be submitted with the required materials for further consideration.

West Hills Community College District is an equal opportunity employer.