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Instructor of Biology Full-time Tenure Track 2017-2018- MJC

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Application Closing Date: May 8, 2017 by 11:59 pm

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Instructor of Biology Full-time Tenure Track 2017-2018- MJC
Site Modesto Junior College
Tenure Track Tenure Track Position
Salary Range / Other

Placement on the Yosemite Community College District salary schedule dependent upon education and experience. 2015-2016 Salary Schedule – $55,384 to $103,694 per year, plus an annual $2,374 stipend for an earned doctorate. New personnel limited to a maximum tenth step initial placement based on previous experience – maximum equals $80,856


The District currently pays for a number of health options for the employee and dependents. Employees may elect to pay a premium for a higher health option. Vision care and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents is District paid. Income protection and life insurance premiums for the employee are also District paid.

Position Summary Information

Required Quals Summary

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s Degree in biology OR Bachelor’s degree in any biological science AND a Master’s degree in biochemistry, biophysics, or marine science OR possess a valid California Community College instructor credential for service in the subject OR the equivalent.

Knowledge of and ability to appraise the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic back-grounds of community college students. Sensitivity to the needs, problems and challenges associated with the diversity of the community college student population.

Job Description Summary

• Teach any of the Biology courses, as staffing needs require, during day, evening or summer at the main campus or other off-campus sites. A hypothetical annual teaching load could include courses in a variety of sub-disciplines: Non-majors General Biology, Cellular, Organismal, and Pre-Allied Health. Some courses employ a combination of lecture, laboratory, small group, field, and computer-aided instruction. Opportunities exist to teach field courses at Baker’s Station:
• Advancing equitable student learning through dedicated, exemplary instruction in accordance with established course outlines.
• Informing students of course requirements, evaluation procedures and attendance requirements.
• Preparing and grading class assignments and examinations and informing students of their academic progress.
• Maintaining attendance, scholastic, and other records and submitting them according to published policies and deadlines.
• Attending department, division, and college-wide meetings on a regular basis.
• Posting and holding sufficient and regular office hours in accordance with prevailing policy.
• Developing and implementing student learning outcomes, assessment processes for courses and programs.
• Collaborating in the development and revision of curriculum and in program review.
• Engaging in department program improvement initiatives.
• Participating in department, division, and college committees.
• Participating in professional development activities, both departmental and college-wide, especially in connection to statewide initiatives.
• Engaging in data inquiry and self-assessment to develop strategies for student success, persistence, and equity.
• Maintaining current knowledge in the subject matter area and effective teaching/learning strategies.
• Maintaining appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics.
• Engaging in the college’s participatory governance processes.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience as a full-time or part-time instructor (beyond teaching assistant) at the collegiate level. Community college teaching experience preferred.
• Record of scholarship in teaching.
• Demonstrated experience with various teaching methods and assessment techniques, including a constructivist approach to education.
• Commitment to recruiting students and expanding the biology program.
• Awesome teaching skills in Non-majors General Biology.
• Demonstrated ability in developing and using current technology for instructional data acquisition and analysis.

Desirable Characteristics

• Ability to develop curriculum or services that stress innovation and inclusion.
• Capacity to appreciate and incorporate in teaching activities, the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains of learning and metacognitive skill acquisition.
• Enthusiasm for the subject matter, the learning process, and teaching.
• Commitment to supportive relationships with students.
• Willingness to experiment with teaching methods to accommodate various student learning styles.
• Participation in professional growth activities and commitment to fluency in new educational and biological ideas.
• Operate effectively in an environment of change and ambiguity.
• Provide vision and energy to plan and organize programs to enhance student success and learning.
• Willingness to participate effectively in shared governance.
• Evidence of effective interpersonal communication skills, participation in community affairs, and ability to conduct effective public presentations.
• Sensitivity to the needs and challenges associated with a small, rural, and diverse community.
• Ability to use available technologies as a teaching and/or student service tool.

Special Instructions for this Posting

Applications are accepted online only at:
Select Job Openings, Select Search Jobs, Select Job Title, Create an account and Apply to this job.
Please note: The District does not integrate with the third party service of Interfolio; therefore, reference letters must be submitted along with the application documents required.
FOREIGN DEGREES: Applicants with foreign degrees from colleges or universities outside of the United States must have their coursework evaluated by a professional association. A copy of the evaluation must be attached during the application process. An ORIGINAL of the evaluation(s) must be presented at the time of hire.
District has adopted equivalency procedures which enables applications by individuals not possessing qualifications listed above. For more information on equivalency, go to
Choose: Equivalency Policy and Procedures. When requesting equivalency, attach a completed “Determination of Equivalency” form along with the equivalency application documents required.

The screening committee will evaluate all applications. Those applicants selected for personal interview will be notified by letter or phone. In accordance with Board policy official offers of employment will be made only by the Chancellor or Vice Chancellor/Human Resources, YCCD. Final appointment is subject to confirmation by the Board of Trustees.
Federal law requires the District employ only US citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States. Written verification of employment eligibility is required.

NOTE: A background investigation of new employees is required, including reference checks and a state criminal history report. Employment will not begin until the history check has been cleared by Human Resources. The cost for the criminal history report will be the responsibility of the successful candidate.
The District may hire more than one applicant with this applicant pool.
YCCD is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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Posting Detail Information

Open Date 04/10/2017
Close Date 05/08/2017
Open Until Filled No

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you a U.S. Citizen?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * If you are not a U.S. citizen, are you legally authorized to work in the U.S.?
    • Yes
    • No
    • I am a U.S. citizen question does not apply
  3. * Describe any personal or professional experiences which have prepared you to teach in the unique environment of California Community College:

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Describe experiences, which demonstrate knowledge and understanding of two of the following: 1. Curricula or services which stress innovation: 2. Accommodations of various student learning styles: 3. Activities which promote currency and professional growth in subject area: 4. Effective participation in leadership and management:

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Are any of your near relatives (child, parent, spouse or domestic partner, sibling, or in-laws or step-relatives in the relationships listed) currently employed by YCCD? Response of YES or NO is required in the area provided. NOTE: If yes, it is required that you provide the person or persons name/s and their position title in the area below as well.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Do you possess the Master's degree or the Bachelor's/Master's degree listed in the Minimum Qualifications for this position?
    • Yes
    • No- If No, applicant must submit an Equivalency Form to be considered for this position. The form, policy, and procedures can be found at
  7. * Please tell us how you heard about this job announcement:
    • Job Fair
    • YCCD Recruitment Website
    • Website-Other
    • YCCD Email
    • Family/Friend
    • Newspaper

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcript
  4. List of Professional References
Optional Documents
  1. Other
  2. Equivalency
  3. List of Graduate Courses