The Science Division at Pima Community College has a passion for instilling scientific knowledge through innovative and inclusive learning environments.
Our division recognizes that the Astronomy and Physics disciplines as a whole lack representation that mirrors the global community. We believe that science is integral to everyday life beyond the academic study or preparation for careers within and adjacent to the disciplines of Astronomy and Physics. To that end, the Astronomy and Physics departments have made a commitment to:
Grow the number of women and under-represented racial and ethnic populations within the field,
Improve the understanding and retention of students taking astronomy and physics courses,
Increase the relevancy of our General Education astronomy courses by integrating scientific literacy and critical thinking skills and focusing on current topics such as climate change, and
Implement the use of research-proven pedagogy and andragogy to better support our diverse population of students and enhance our astronomy and physics curricula.
About the Position
Faculty teach and work a set schedule over a nine-month academic year, August-May, that could include day, evening, and weekend duties.
In this position, faculty will have the opportunity to teach a variety of classes in both physics and astronomy, including both algebra-based and calculus-based introductory physics courses, and conceptual physics and astronomy GenEd courses, in multiple modalities. All science classes at the college are run in an integrated lecture-lab format, with lectures, activities, and laboratory work all taking place in a single classroom or adjacent laboratory.
Faculty in our departments contribute to lab development, assessment, and curriculum design and reform initiatives in a collaborative, collegial environment centered around student success. Faculty are supported by the division in their professional development and encouraged to adopt research-informed teaching strategies to improve outcomes in their classrooms.
Our classrooms host a range of students, from current secondary students to adult learners, with a wide range of college experiences, ethnic and religious backgrounds, and career trajectories. We are looking for a new faculty member that is enthusiastic about teaching astronomy and physics, and committed to creating a learning environment that is inclusive and values the diversity of our student body.
The college has a small observatory on our East Campus that provides hands-on observing experiences to students taking astronomy courses. Faculty are encouraged to make use of the observatory for student projects or assignments in addition to the standard college-wide labs. A lab specialist maintains the observatory and helps with telescope operations, and opportunities are available for faculty to use the facility for campus and community outreach. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in incorporating campus telescope facilities in their teaching, both in GenEd level classes and as part of student-based research projects when appropriate.
Minimum qualifications requirements for faculty positions are governed by our faculty qualification standards. This position is in an Academic (Transfer) discipline and requires the following to obtain Pima Community College teaching certification for astronomy and physics:
Master's degree in physics or astronomy OR
Master's degree in any discipline and 18 graduate semester hours in the field of study.
Fields of study (disciplines/subfields) are: physics, astronomy, or other closely related fields.
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.
Internal Number: 21F3H10644
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
• understand the first-generation college student experience
• are knowledgeable about the challenges of underprivileged populations
• are knowledgeable about the traditions and culture of the populations of the Southwest, including Latinos and Native Americans
• have cultural sensitivity and understanding of the needs of differently-abled, veterans, and LGBTQ
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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