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Instructor Marine Science and Aquarium Coordinator (Tenure Track)

Orange Coast College
Orange Coast College
Costa Mesa, CA, USA
USD per year
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Orange Coast College (OCC) is seeking a full-time, equity-minded, tenure track faculty member in Marine and Aquarium Science commencing with the 2022 fall semester. The primary teaching assignment involves all areas of Marine and Aquarium Science. This assignment also includes primary responsibility for the Orange Coast College Aquarium facility and organisms, curriculum and program development, participation in department, division, college committees, and participatory governance activities assuming leadership roles both within the department and in the institution as a whole; collaboration across disciplines and the leveraging of student support resources; and participation in ongoing professional development. The assignment may be day, evening, weekend, online, hybrid, or off-campus and is subject to change as needed. The ideal candidate for this position embraces the overall mission of Orange Coast College and the Coast Community College District, with a clear, focused commitment to supporting individualized student and employee goals through the work of Marine and Aquarium Science. The Mathematics and Sciences Division shares Orange Coast College’s commitment to equitable outcomes; inclusive practices; and racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity. Ideal candidates for this position share Orange Coast College’s devotion to educating and improving the lives of our representative student, employee, and community populations. We currently enroll 18,705 students, the majority of whom are from racially minoritized populations: 34% of OCC’s students are Latinx, 2% are African-American, 25% are Asian, less than 1% Native American, 30% are White, and 5% are multiracial. Faculty have the opportunity to enhance their classroom methods during two professional development days during the academic year, which include learning sessions like “Digital Accessibility”, “Basic Skills: Helping students help themselves” and “Taking a skills-based approach to teaching college students”. Student-centered activities that support OCC’s mission include campus-wide student success projects funded by the Office of Student Equity; partnerships with local Hispanic Serving four-year institutions; active programs that work to improve the academic achievement of racially minoritized students, such as PUENTE and UMOJA; Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS). The Mathematics and Sciences Division at Orange Coast College serves students bound for transfer and in service of career and technical programs. We encourage innovative teaching as well as student and faculty engagement outside of the classroom. The Division promotes faculty work on student research and projects, community engagement, and partnerships with local institutions to promote STEM engagement for racially minoritized populations. The Marine Science Department offers an Associate of Science degree in Marine Science for students looking to transfer to a 4-year institution for a degree in a marine-related field, or for interdisciplinary students looking to apply their future major to the marine realm. The department also has an onsite student-run aquarium that includes temperate, tropical, and freshwater systems, and offers a Certificate of Achievement in Aquarium Science for students looking to gain experience in animal husbandry, life support operation, and aquarium management. Orange Coast College Employee-Student Demographic Information Direct Link: Employee/Student Profile Comparison Dashboard Essential Duties and Responsibilities Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Provide instruction in Marine and Aquarium Science in accordance with established course outlines. Provide leadership in the development and revision of the Marine and Aquarium Science curriculum responsive to the students served. Participate in curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation; participate in and develop programs to measure student performance. Maintain current knowledge in the subject matter areas. Maintain appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics. Fulfill the professional responsibilities of a full-time faculty member including, but not limited to the following: teach all scheduled classes unless excused under provisions of Board Policy; follow the department course outlines; keep accurate records of student enrollment, attendance, and progress; submit student grades according to established deadlines; post and maintain scheduled office hours; participate in departmental meetings and college and/or district-wide activities and committees as assigned. Ability to contribute to campus and district-wide professional responsibilities and activities. Ability to complement existing staff, student, and community demographics in terms of professional and personal skills. The assignment may include day, evening, weekend, and online sections. Qualifications and Physical Demands Minimum Qualifications: Must meet one of the following qualifications under (1) through (4) and demonstrated evidence of D.E.I. (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion): Valid California Community College instructor credential, appropriate to the subject, per Education Code 87355 (issued prior to July 1, 1990); OR Master's degree from an accredited institution in any biological science; OR Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in any biological science AND a Master's degree in biochemistry, biophysics, or marine science from an accredited institution; OR Possess a combination of education and experience that is at least the equivalent to the above. Candidates making an application on the basis of equivalency must submit an Application for Equivalency in addition to all other required materials. Please see "Additional Information" below to determine if you need to submit an Application for Equivalency. AND Demonstrated evidence of responsiveness to and 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 practice within the classroom. Desirable Qualifications: Recent experience working with African American, Latinx, Native American, and other racially minoritized students in the classroom, and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups within higher education and the field of Marine and Aquarium Science shape patterns of participation and outcomes. Willingness to examine and re-mediate one’s instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support racially minoritized students. Experience and skill with addressing issues of equity in the classroom. Experience and expertise in culturally responsive teaching in Marine and Aquarium Science, particularly as it relates to the relevance of Marine and Aquarium Science to students’ lives, interests, and communities. Demonstrated ability to address equity gaps within Marine and Aquarium Science courses and classrooms. Evidence of an ability to self-reflect and respond to an evidence-based assessment of student learning. Desire and demonstrated ability to participate actively in the department, division, and college committees and in the shared governance of Coast Community College District. Ability to teach any of the Orange Coast College Marine and Aquarium Science department courses. Demonstrated ability to teach field courses or in non-traditional classrooms. Knowledge of a diverse array of aquarium systems including temperate, tropical, reef, freshwater planted, aquaponics, and aquaculture. Experience or knowledge of the aquarium industry involving animal husbandry, filtration design, inventory/purchasing of supplies/equipment/ food, and maintenance of complex aquarium systems Preferred Level 2 or progress towards AALSO life support operator. Experience troubleshooting emergencies in aquarium systems and the ability to use them as learning opportunities. Experience with training and managing student assistants or staff. Experience with coordinating public outreach, education, resources, and opportunities. Evidence of an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Conditions of Employment PAY PHILOSOPHY (Fall 2022) For a full-time, 2-semester, tenure-track position a maximum starting range of $57,396 to $97,854 is offered, based on the 2021-2022 salary schedule of $57,396 to $136,836. In addition, an annual stipend of $3,348 is offered for possession of an earned doctorate from an accredited institution. (AA Salary Schedule) BENEFITS The district provides medical, dental, and vision insurance for the employee and eligible dependents and life insurance for the employee. Please see the Benefits tab above for a comprehensive list of employee benefits. Additional Information APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: To be considered for employment you must submit a complete application packet at http://www.cccd.edu/employment by the application deadline: 11:59 p.m., January 28, 2022. Incomplete applications, application materials submitted by mail, and documents not requested in the job announcement will not be considered. Please note that the district does not return materials submitted in the application process (copies of original supporting documents are acceptable). A complete application packet includes: A complete Coast Community College District Online Employment Application. Responses to Supplemental Questions (please provide clear and detailed responses, as they will be carefully evaluated to determine the most qualified candidate(s) to be invited for an interview; please do not paste your resume, put "see resume" or "N/A", or leave blank). A Cover Letter that outlines your education and experiences relevant to this position and addresses the Minimum and Preferred Qualifications, including your demonstrated evidence of D.E.I. (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion). (upload as a separate attachment - PDF recommended). A Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae of professional experience, educational background, and teaching experience. (upload as a separate attachment - PDF recommended) Equivalency Request Form and supporting documentation, if applicable. (uploaded as separate attachments - PDF recommended) How to determine if you need Equivalency? Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements as stated in the job posting, but feel they have a combination of education and experience that would be equivalent to the State Minimum Qualifications, must attach a completed Application for Equivalency Form (Download PDF reader). This form must be included as an attachment to their online application, along with supporting documents, in addition to all other required materials. Submit an application online at: http://www.cccd.edu/employment Coast Community College District – Human Resources 1370 Adams Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Individuals who need reasonable accommodations in accordance with ADA should notify the Human Resources Office for assistance or call 714.438.4716. SELECTION PROCEDURE All online applications received by the application deadline will be screened to determine which applicants meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement. Please note: Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview. Applicants wishing to apply for more than one position must submit separate application materials for each desired position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and who are also deemed to possess the highest committee evaluation of preferred qualifications will be invited to an interview. If any travel is required for an applicant to participate in person during the interview process, this will be done so at the candidate's own expense. During the interview, candidates may be asked to conduct a short teaching demonstration/presentation on a previously announced topic as well as participate in a writing exercise, or hands-on practical. Consideration will also be given to factors in addition to education and experience, including but not limited to professional development, ability to work with others, and commitment to meet student needs. The search committee will rate the candidate's responses to the interview questions, the demonstration/presentation, and the applicable writing exercises and/or hands-on practicals. Based on this rating, a number of candidates will be recommended to move forward and will be invited for a second-level interview. The hiring manager will conduct reference checks on the final candidate. The district reserves the right to contact the current or most recent employer and to investigate past employment records of applicants selected for interviews. The campus President will make the final recommendation for employment to the Board of Trustees. The successful candidate will be offered the position and placed on the current salary schedule based on their education and experience. The start date will be determined by the hiring manager depending on the needs of the campus and the conditions of employment as posted in the job announcement/recruitment. Applicants who are eliminated from consideration will be notified by email. All applicants are requested to provide an email address in their online application. Candidates should not expect official notification of the status of their candidacy until the Board of Trustees has acted upon the College's recommendation for employment. The District reserves the right to extend the deadline, re-advertise the position, or delay filling this position based on the needs of the District and the student population we serve. EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment. The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Coast Community College District policies, procedures, and Title IX. (Reference: BP/AP 5910) The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing equity and inclusion goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. THE SELECTED CANDIDATE IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING PRIOR TO EMPLOYMENT: Submit “official” transcripts after employment offer. Provide a Certificate of Tuberculosis Exam for initial appointment (Note: The certificate must be renewed every 4 years as a condition of continuing employment). Provide a valid COVID-19 Vaccination card or Vaccination Exemption. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer at the candidate’s expense (Clearance must be received prior to the first day of employment). Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States including a Social Security Card; AND Participate in a new hire onboarding appointment with an Employment Services Representative. Coast Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer The Coast Community College District is committed to employing qualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members who are dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students. We are committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal opportunity and diversity, and equal consideration for all qualified candidates. The District does not discriminate unlawfully in providing educational or employment opportunities to any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, or genetic information. The Coast Community College District is a multi-college district that includes Coastline, Community College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College. The three colleges offer programs in transfer, general education, occupational/technical education, community services, and student support services. Since its founding in 1947, the Coast Community College District has enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading community college districts in the United States. Governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees, the Coast Community College District plays an important role in the community by responding to the needs of a changing and increasingly diverse population. Coast Community College District Title IX: https://www.cccd.edu/employees/hr/title9/Pages/Staff-and-Faculty-Resources.aspx This direct link 2021 Coast Community College District Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Download PDF reader) is the 2021 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for Coast Colleges. The crime statistics for calendar years 2018, 2019, and 2020 were submitted to the U.S. Department of Education as required under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. A hard copy can be provided from one of the Campus Safety Offices. Please contact any of the Campus Safety Offices for any questions regarding the report.