Organic Chemistry Instructor (2019)

MiraCosta College
Oceanside, California
Depends on Qualifications
Jan 03, 2019
Feb 02, 2019
Field of specialization
Education, Organic
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Organic Chemistry Instructor (2019)


MiraCosta College


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Discipline or Department: Chemistry


Position Type: Full-time Faculty


Hourly Rate or Monthly Salary:



This position is a 10-month, 176 day contract. The standard contractual work week for credit and noncredit classroom faculty is forty (40) hours. The standard instructional work week shall consist of thirty (30) hours of instructional time, class preparation and student evaluation (contact hours and preparation hours). The remaining time will consist of five (5) student hours (of which at least two (2) hours must be designated office hours), and five (5) institutional service hours. Noncredit faculty may substitute three (3) of the required five (5) weekly student hours for additional preparation hours.


The person selected for this position will be assigned a Faculty Service Area (FSA) in Chemistry and will be subject to assignment to any district facility during any hours of operation. Adherence to all District policies and procedures is expected.


Special Instructions to Applicants:




Apply and submit application materials online at Once you're in the online system, we strongly advise you to read the information on "How to Apply" and the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) before starting the application process.


Submit the following documents directly in the online system and finish applying and receive a confirmation number by 11:59 PM on the closing date:


1. Application for Academic Employment.


2. A 2-3 page document specifically describing how you meet each of the representative duties and desirable qualifications, as well as any other qualities not evident in your resume/curriculum vitae. Attach this to the "Other Document 1" link.


3. A current resume or curriculum vitae summarizing your educational background and professional experience.


4. Transcripts


a. Transcripts of ALL college degrees/coursework needed to qualify for this position; unofficial or legible copies are acceptable but must indicate that the degree(s) has been conferred, if applicable. A diploma will not be accepted in lieu of transcripts. An equivalency narrative and supporting documentation must be submitted at the time of application if (i) you do not possess the EXACT degree major(s) listed in the Minimum Qualifications section or (ii) your qualifying degree will not be awarded before the position begins. (View the instructions for equivalency requests at


If your qualifying degree is in progress but will be conferred BEFORE the position begins in August 2019, then you must also include a written statement from your adviser indicating the anticipated degree CONFERRAL date.


All degrees and units used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from postsecondary institutions accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. If your degree/coursework is from a college or university anywhere outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. A partial list of agencies can be found at Transcripts or translations in English still require the evaluation to show the U.S. equivalence of your degree.


b. If needed to meet the minimum qualifications, a copy (front and back) of your fully satisfied, lifetime California Community College credential authorizing instruction in the appropriate subject matter.


NOTE: When you "APPLY FOR THIS POSTING," you will be asked to answer the additional question(s) listed below. Your answer(s) will appear toward the bottom of the application form.


-- MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. We strive to be a model for equity and inclusion, effectively supporting students and employees from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds who possess a range of abilities, academic preparation, and life experiences. Please reflect on two or three examples of how you have or would create, modify, and/or perform one or more of the following to meet the needs of a diverse student population: (1) curricula; (2) learning activities; (3) teaching/counseling practices; (4) library reference services or collection development; (5) literary efforts (e.g., original scholarly works); or (6) budgetary or planning processes.




An offer of employment to the person selected for this position is contingent upon 1) successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense, 2) submission of a current tuberculosis clearance certificate, 3) proof of eligibility to work in the United States, 4) fingerprint clearance, and 5) approval by the Board of Trustees.


Basic Function and Other Details:




The Department of Chemistry is seeking an academically focused chemist who will provide instruction primarily in organic chemistry (nursing and majors) courses which are lecture and lab-based. Opportunities to teach other courses in the chemistry department may be possible, depending on the needs of the department. This position will begin in August 2019.




MiraCosta students are diverse in age and represent all of California's major racial/ethnic groups. The credit student population in Spring 2018 was approximately 37% Latinx, 8% Asian/Pacific Islander, 3% Black/African American, 1% American Indian/Alaska Native, and 8% multiracial. Diversity is also evidenced by student-veterans, re-entry students, students with disabilities, international students, and LGBTQIA+. The college was designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in 2013. This designation reflects the great responsibility that MiraCosta has to the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community. The successful candidate will join a campus that exhibits its dedication to its students and faculty through offering robust, culturally responsive events, including speaker series dedicated to heritage month events through the Social Justice and Equity Center.


The Chemistry Department serves to prepare students at MiraCosta College to meet their educational goals, from attaining a certificate or associate degree, or fulfilling general education requirements in order to transfer. The department currently consists of seven full-time faculty members committed to providing students with an exceptional learning experience. To view the department website, go to


MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing an educational environment that affirms and supports diversity in its faculty, staff, and administration, and promoting an environment of inclusion. The college's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is expressed in the policy found at


Representative Duties:


(E = essential job function)


Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:


1. Provide instruction in one or more areas of the chemistry program, but primarily in the area of organic chemistry (nursing and majors). (E)


2. Participate in typical faculty functions such as serving on hiring committees, faculty evaluation, program review, and department meetings. Participate in college-wide committee work and collegial governance. (E)


3. Work in collaboration with other full-time and associate faculty in coordinating and maintaining currency of curriculum. (E)


4. Assist in the creation, review, development and evaluation of courses both online and on-ground, certificates, and programs in collaboration with other instructors as appropriate. (E)


5. Participate in the development, assessment and evaluation of student learning outcomes (SLOs). (E)


6. Assist in recruiting and promoting the Chemistry program, such as participation in college-sponsored events, student clubs, and educational outreach.


7. Maintain currency in areas of expertise, including those related to science education, technology, and chemical instrumentation (HPLC, GC, MS, UV/Vis, FTIR, NMR), as appropriate to the position.


8. Provide a safe environment for students and staff to ensure proper use of chemicals, materials, and equipment. Develop, implement, and foster effective and responsible safe laboratory practices.


9. Participate in the tenure review process as described in the "Criteria for Evaluation" at


Type of Benefits:



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MiraCosta College offers a comprehensive package of benefits, which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employee and dependents; $100,000 employee life insurance; and other optional coverages. Faculty members are also covered under the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS).


Minimum Qualifications:


To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:


1. Master's degree in chemistry; OR


2. Master's degree in organic chemistry or medicinal chemistry (approved comparable degrees at MiraCosta College); OR


3. Bachelor's degree in chemistry or biochemistry AND a Master's degree in biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical physics, physics, molecular biology, or geochemistry; OR


4. Bachelor's degree in chemistry AND a Master's degree in "chemistry & biochemistry", "biochemistry & molecular biology" (locally approved at MiraCosta College), or "chemical & biochemical engineering" (locally approved at MiraCosta College); OR


5. the equivalent. Applicants who do not possess the EXACT degree major(s) listed above must attach an equivalency narrative and supporting documentation at the time of application. Instructions can be found at; OR


6. a fully satisfied, lifetime California Community College credential authorizing instruction in the appropriate subject matter; AND


7. sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice within the classroom.


Desirable Qualifications:


1. Strong academic preparation in organic chemistry.


2. Recent experience and demonstrated success in teaching organic chemistry lecture and laboratory courses.


3. Experience and skill in developing innovative experiments for the undergraduate teaching laboratory, and in using teaching methodologies based on recent educational research.


4. Experience using and teaching chemical instrumentation, including HPLC, GC, MS, UV/Vis, FTIR, NMR.


5. Familiarity with and experience in using computers in education for data acquisition/reduction, as a teaching aid, and for accessing information.


6. Ability to coordinate multiple sections of a course.


7. Familiarity with or interest in distance education and online teaching and learning.


Licenses and Other Requirements:


Closing Date: 2-5-2019


Human Resources Contact Information: or 760.795.6854



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