SUMMARY West Hills College Lemoore is seeking a full-time, tenure track position in the disciplines of Biology/Chemistry. Courses are designed to help students develop the fundamental skills they will need to meet their educational and career goals. The Biology Program provides students with the opportunity to earn an associate degree in the student's area of specialization and prepares the student for transfer to a four-year institution. Students completing the baccalaureate program or graduate school may be hired in the major or in a related field such as biochemistry, bioengineering, botany, clinical lab technology, environmental biology, forestry, oceanography, range management, wildlife/fisheries biology, or zoology. Chemistry classes at West Hills College Lemoore are a key component of the General Education pattern and also serve as core classes for a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs that are offered at the college.
The successful candidate must be dedicated to serving students with diverse backgrounds, learning styles and abilities. Additional responsibilities include involvement in instructional area activities, developing and reviewing curriculum consistent with the needs of diverse backgrounds and abilities of our students, program review, student learning outcome implementation and assessment, extracurricular responsibilities, and work with other faculty on interdisciplinary issues. The candidate should be able to incorporate current technology and pedagogy including using instructional technology in the classroom and various distance learning strategies in their teaching.
Instruct full load of courses in Biology and/or Chemistry.
Instruct courses consistent with the adopted course outlines.
Assist in the growth and success of a diverse population of students through careful preparation of course materials, effective teaching methodologies, as well as informed critical feedback on assignments and discussions.
Implement contemporary teaching methods and technologies; incorporate the use of technology in performing instructional and non-instructional duties including distance education technology, online course delivery, video conference course delivery, computerized and multi-media presentation, and Microsoft Office Suite.
Advise and assist students.
Plan, develop and articulate courses within the instructional area.
Coordinate instruction with other faculty.
Participate in curriculum design and evaluation, program review and other departmental activities including accreditation.
Work with other faculty to design, implement, and assess Student Learning Outcomes at the course, program, and General Education level in an effort to improve quality of educational delivery and ensure student success.
Assume supplementary faculty responsibilities such as participation in faculty, department and college committees, hold regular office hours, assist in budget preparation, participate in staff development activities, and perform other job-related duties as assigned.
Instruct community college courses to a diverse student population.
Commit to professional excellence by remaining current in the subject matter and techniques of effective instruction through participation in professional development programs in areas such as multimedia in the classroom, learning communities, school-to-work initiatives and other new technologies that may affect the teaching discipline.
Engage diverse students in course content through effective pedagogy.
Requires proficiency in enterprise education platforms and learning management system(s) for higher education, proficiency with software programs and ability to transfer files, import data, and use presentation software.
Develop and assess student-learning outcomes; participate in dialog that uses data to determine appropriate modifications to course program and support student learning.
Conduct program review.
Perform related duties as assigned.
DESIRABLE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND ABILITIES:
Ability to instruct and evaluate students effectively in the college classroom.
Ability to develop curriculum in the discipline.
Ability to implement contemporary teaching methods and technologies.
Ability to communicate clearly with students and staff, both orally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, and community organizations.
Demonstrated commitment to professional growth and development through memberships in regional, state, and national organizations or other activities appropriate to the discipline or assignment.
Ability and willingness to teach a wide range of classes as schedule and situation require including travel to the district's various sites.
Knowledge of the use of technology in performing instructional and non-instructional duties, including distance education technology, online course delivery, computerized presentations, and Microsoft Office Suite.
Successful teaching experience at the secondary or post-secondary level.
Demonstrated sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of community college students.
Ability to use data to drive decisions regarding student success and retention.
Bilingual preferred (but not required).
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Evidence of sensitivity and responsiveness to as well as an understanding of the racial, ethnic, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, academic and cultural diversity within the community college student population, including students with different ability statuses (e.g., physical and/or learning) as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded educational services and practices.
Biology Minimum Qualifications: Master's in any biological science OR Bachelor's in any biological science AND Master's in biochemistry, biophysics, or marine science OR the equivalent.
Chemistry Minimum Qualifications: Master's in chemistry OR Bachelor's in chemistry or biochemistry AND Master's in biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical physics, molecular biology or geochemistry OR the equivalent.
*Preference will be given to candidates that are able to teach in both disciplines.
LICENSE AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS
Requires a valid driver's license.
REQUIRED MATERIALS: 1. Cover letter addressing the essential functions of this position. 2. Online District Application 3. Resume 4. Unofficial transcripts verifying degree(s) received. 5. Equivalency Form (only needed if MQs are not met)
*Incomplete applications will not be accepted. It is the candidates responsibility to make sure the application packet is complete.*
West Hills Community College District is an equal opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender status, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information or covered veteran's status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.
Background Check: All of our positions require the ability to pass a background and live scan.
Drug Testing: In accordance with the Drug Free Environment of WHCCD. The applicant understands that if he/she is selected for employment, as a part of their employment they will be required to submit to a drug and alcohol test as a part of the health examination.
Selection Process: Depending upon the number of applicants who meet the minimum qualifications, the examination process may include a qualifications screening by a committee. Those demonstrating the strongest backgrounds related to the position will be invited to interview.