Posting Number 18F3H10560 Posting Title Physics Instructional Faculty (Academic) Position Type Faculty - General Funding Salary $44,670- $53,606 Salary Breakdown Annually Job List External Close Date Friday, January 18, 2019
About Pima Community College Pima Community College is committed to becoming a premier community college, one that is built on a foundation of student success, community engagement, and diversity. We hire people who:
• set and meet high standards • believe in service and accountability • have a passion for learning • are creative • can help fulfill our mission
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The College meets the needs of the community by offering instruction when and how our students want it: evenings, weekends, year-round, in traditional classroom settings, online, in web-classroom hybrids, and in semester-long or accelerated formats. Employees can expect to participate in innovative, flexible scheduling, in keeping with the College's vision, to provide access to learning without the limits of time, place, or distance.
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Position Summary The position is available beginning the 2019-20 fiscal year as a nine-month contract. Faculty teach and work a set schedule over a nine-month academic year, August- May, that could include day, evening, and weekend duties.
Instructional Faculty –Physics faculty teach introductory physics in both algebra-based and calculus-based sequences. The classes are integrated lecture-lab format, with lecture, activities, and laboratory work all taking place in a single classroom or adjacent laboratory. Faculty are also expected to contribute to lab development, college-wide assessment, and curriculum development initiatives.
Candidates should be enthusiastic about teaching physics, and be committed to creating a learning environment that is inclusive and values the diversity of our student body. Candidates should be familiar with current physics education research and its implications for successful student learning.
Duties and Responsibilities General Duties: • Instruct students and work with them on strategies to help them achieve academic success • Use current, effective classroom management techniques • Monitor and continuously improve instruction to ensure Student Learning Outcomes are met on a classroom, discipline/program, and college level • Evaluate student performance • Continually improve instruction utilizing appropriate delivery methods • Evaluate and revise course outlines and course materials • Provide academic advising • Maintain competency and currency in the teaching fields as well as in teaching strategies, subject delivery modalities, and assessment methods • Serve actively as a member of the department and discipline groups • Participate in fostering partnerships that strengthen educational opportunities in response to community needs • Represent the department and/or campus on college-wide committees • Work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students, and utilize a collegial style in all forms of communication
The ideal candidate will have knowledge, skills, and abilities related to:
• Student learning styles: ability to adapt and modify instruction based on the instructional needs of students • Assessment instruments and their interpretation: knowledge of appropriate and effective use of assessment information to improve instruction • Evaluation of students' educational progress: ability to maintain high instruction and learning standards and assess students' academic progress in meeting course objectives and student learning outcomes • Teach in traditional and non-traditional formats: knowledge of curriculum development, course design, and delivery • Techniques for academic advising: knowledge of the resources available to students to assist them with academic and personal challenges, and ability to help students access those resources • Competencies in multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusivity: knowledge of diverse community college student populations and ability to address diversity in effective instructional practice and student learning • Mission: appreciation for the Community College mission • Excellent oral, written, and listening skills • Broad knowledge of physics education research-based practices • General knowledge of recent developments in physics
Specific courses may include: Physics 121IN and 122IN, which comprise the algebra-based sequence; and Physics 210IN, 216IN, and 221IN in the calculus-based sequence. In addition, there may be an opportunity to help develop and teach a conceptual physics class.
Job Requirements Minimum Qualifications for faculty positions are governed by our Faculty Certification Standards. This position is in an Academic (Transfer) discipline and requires the following to obtain Pima Community College teaching certification:
• Master's degree in Physics or Master's degree in any discipline and 18 graduate semester hours in the field of study. Fields of study (disciplines/subfields) are: physics; physical sciences; applied and industrial physics; other closely related field. • In disciplines where a master's degree is not offered and the doctorate is the terminal degree, or where the candidate has opted not to receive a master's degree during the course of study for the doctorate degree as a terminal degree, or where all but dissertation of a doctorate degree has been obtained, 24 graduate semester hours in the teaching field are required.
Preferred Qualifications: • Experience with research based teaching strategies • Experience teaching physics at the community college level • Ph.D. in any area of physics
Benefits Please refer to the College Employees Personnel Policy Statement, under the section Benefits at: pima.edu/administrative-services/human-resources/personnel-policy-statements/common-policy.html
Directions for Applying and Other Important Information Degrees and courses qualifying for Pima Community College teaching certification must be from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants currently in progress for a degree or additional coursework to meet the minimum qualifications must have the degree conferred and/or coursework completed by May 2019.
Applicants with degrees from colleges or universities outside of the United States must provide a course-by-course evaluation from a professional evaluation agency approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) for foreign transcript evaluation. For a Pima Community College approved list of transcript evaluation agencies see Foreign Transcript Evaluation.
To submit an application, you must include the documents that are listed within the application form as required. Documents listed as optional do not have to be attached in order to submit the application. Follow the directions in the application form to upload your documents. At minimum, these documents are required:
Unofficial copies of transcripts. These must be: for all post-secondary degrees you have listed in your application. legible (front and back) and show the name of the accredited institution, the degree conferred, and the page(s) explaining the institution's grading system. attached to the application even if they have been submitted in the past. Resume. This should be up to date and account for and describe all gaps in employment. Letter of interest or cover letter. This is a description of your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience related to the duties and responsibilities of the position, as well as the strengths you would bring to the assignment. The letter should not exceed three (3) pages. Responses to Supplemental Questions. This lists the Supplemental Questions below and your answers. The document should not exceed four (4) pages. Failure to submit a specific answer to each of these criteria will result in an incomplete application: 1. What active learning strategies do you believe are effective in the Community College classroom? Discuss specific methods or tools you have used or would use in the classroom.
2. At Pima Community College, our physics classes are offered in an integrated (sometimes called Studio) format, with lab, lecture and group or individual activities all offered within a single 2.5-3-hour time frame. Address the advantages and challenges of this type of learning environment.
3. Pima Community College is a Hispanic Serving Institution. What methods or techniques would you use to ensure that all underrepresented groups thrive in your classroom?
4. Discuss the challenges community college students face. How would you address these challenges in your classroom?
SELECTION PROCESS: The selection process typically consists of one or two advisory group interview(s), a teaching demonstration, and an administrative interview.
Candidates invited to the interview process will be chosen from those who most closely meet the stated requirements. Meeting these qualifications does not guarantee an interview.
If you have any questions regarding the application process, please call Rosa Valenzuela at (520) 206-4603 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours are normally Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
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American Physical Society (APS Physics), IEEE Computer Society, and the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and Sigma Pi Sigma.