CA Community College Tenure-Track Biology Faculty Position at Columbia College

  • 10/27/2023 1:54 PM
    Message # 13272537

    If you are passionate about teaching biology, then Columbia College (CA community college system) could be for you! At Columbia College in Sonora, CA (Yosemite Community College District), we are seeking applicants for a full-time, tenure track position (9 months) who have a strong passion for teaching, interest in anatomy and/or physiology teaching focus, and who value student equity. At Columbia College, biology faculty teach both lecture and lab to 25 student classes. This small class size offers opportunities for active teaching/learning. Come support hard-working and diverse students on their career journeys at our beautiful campus in the Sierra Nevada and be part of a small, but mighty biology team. Please see the official job posting below and follow the link to apply! This position starts in Fall 2024 and the application deadline is Dec. 8, 2023 at 11:59 pm (unless extended). 

    Official Description below or follow the job description link (click here) and make a profile to apply.

    Columbia College is seeking a full-time, tenure track, faculty member who will share the college’s commitment to educating its diverse student population. The college currently serves over 4,000 students annually through on-campus, off-campus, and online learning opportunities and is committed to promoting equitable outcomes amongst its diverse population by identifying and addressing gaps in student performance.

    This commitment has led to initiatives supporting veterans, foster youth, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students, Native Americans, students with disabilities, and students from other traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Through these efforts, the college is serving an increasing number of students from diverse backgrounds. The college is also fully engaged in providing comprehensive student support services and developing innovative pedagogical techniques to improve equity and overall student success. The college seeks excellent instructors who are committed to helping the college promote and attain these goals.

    Columbia College is located in the foothills of the picturesque Sierra Nevada and serves all of Tuolumne County, approximately one half of Calaveras County, and part of Stanislaus County. The college is located on 280 acres of forestland in California’s historic Motherlode Gold Country and is described as one of the state’s most beautiful community colleges. With a variety of natural wonders nearby, including Yosemite National Park, the area attracts outdoor enthusiasts throughout all four seasons. There is a lively art and entertainment scene that includes music, theater, concerts, festivals, wine tasting, and cultural events. The region, rich in culture, offers a small-town feel, unique way of living, strong sense of community, and the opportunity to work where you play. 

    Recruitment for this position will be Friday, December 8th, 2023 at 11:59pm. 

    Position Information

    Job Title Instructor of Biology: Anatomy/Physiology - Full Time Tenure Track - Arts, Science and Human Performance - Columbia College 2024-2025
    Site Columbia College
    Tenure Track Tenure Track Position
    Salary Range / Other

    Placement on the Yosemite Community College District salary schedule dependent upon education and experience. 2022-2023 Salary Schedule – $64,844 to $121,048 per year, plus an annual $2,724 stipend for an earned doctorate. New personnel limited to a maximum tenth step initial placement based on previous experience – maximum equals $100,663.


    The District currently pays for a number of health options for the employee and dependents. Employees may elect to pay a premium for a higher health option. Vision care and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents is District paid. Income protection and life insurance premiums for the employee are also District paid.

    Position Summary Information

    Required Quals Summary

    Master’s Degree in any biological science OR Bachelor’s degree in any biological science AND Master’s in biochemistry, biophysics, or marine science OR the equivalent.

    Determined by California State Chancellors Office. Click link below for discipline applicable Minimum Qualifications:
    Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges (

    The District has adopted an equivalency procedure that enables consideration of applications by individuals who may not directly meet the qualifications listed above. For more information on equivalency, you may access the link below:

    Knowledge of and ability to appraise the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students. Sensitivity to the needs, problems and challenges associated with the diversity of the community college student population.

    Job Description Summary


    All full-time faculty are expected to participate actively in their disciplines, department activities, and the general intellectual life and governance of the college. Part of the teaching assignment may be online, in the evening, and/or on Saturdays. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Teaching lower division college courses in anatomy/physiology and/or other biological sciences.
    • Developing instructional materials, maintaining the currency of lecture and laboratory curricula, and participating in articulation with high schools, colleges, and universities.
    • Participating in college outreach events.
    • Advancing equitable student learning through dedicated, exemplary instruction in accordance with established course outlines and evidence-based teaching practices.
    • Informing students of course requirements, evaluation procedures, and attendance requirements.
    • Preparing and grading class assignments and examinations and informing students of their academic progress.
    • Maintaining attendance, scholastic, and other records and submitting them according to published policies and deadlines.
    • Provide letters of recommendation to students as appropriate
    • Support students in their development, including academic program, transfer, and career options
    • Participating in department, division, and college-wide meetings and committees on a regular basis.
    • Posting and holding sufficient and regular office hours in accordance with prevailing policy.
    • Developing, implementing, and assessing student-learning outcomes for courses and programs and using the results for improvement.
    • Collaborating in the development and revision of curriculum.
    • Actively participating in the accreditation cycle.
    • Collaborating in the development and revision of program review and engaging in program improvement initiatives.
    • Participating in professional development activities, both departmental and college-wide, especially in connection to statewide initiatives.
    • Engaging in data inquiry and self-assessment to develop strategies for student success, persistence, and equity.
    • Maintaining current knowledge in the subject matter area and effective teaching/learning strategies.
    • Maintaining appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics.
    • Engaging in the college’s participatory governance processes.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.


    • Mobility: ability to sit or stand for long periodsmove about an office, and reach above and below desk level.
    • Dexterity: fine manipulation sufficient to operate a keyboard, handle individual papers, write and take notes.
    • Lifting: occasional lifting of papers, files, equipment and material weighing up to 25 pounds.
    • Visual Requirements: close vision sufficient to read files, documents, and computer screens and do close-up work; ability to adjust focus frequently.
    • Hearing/Talking: ability to hear normal speech, speak and hear on the telephone, and speak in person.
    • Emotional/Psychological Factors: ability to make decisions and concentrate; frequent contact with others including some public contact; frequent deadlines and time-limited assignments.

    Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

    Preferred Qualifications


    • Education and/or experience in teaching biology at the community college level.
    • Current knowledge and demonstrated use of modern teaching pedagogies.
    • Current understanding of assessment processes for improving student success at the course, program, and degree level.
    • Competency in current pedagogies, such as accelerated learning, supplemental instruction, online or hybrid teaching, and other strategies directed at improving student success and student equity.
    Desirable Characteristics


    • Ability and/or willingness to teach a combination of different courses within the Biology Department.
    • Sensitivity to the unique needs and challenges of instructing the diverse, rural student population with transformational learning opportunities in biology.
    • Ability to develop curriculum or services that stress innovation and improve student equity.
    • Enthusiasm for teaching and learning.
    • Commitment to supportive relationships with students and colleagues.
    • Capable of instructing using teaching methods that accommodate diverse students.
    • Ability to operate effectively in an environment of change and ambiguity.
    • Vision and energy to plan and organize improvements for student success.
    • Willingness to participate effectively in shared governance and to work collaboratively.
    • Personal qualifications, such as effective interpersonal communication skills, participation in community affairs, and ability to conduct effective public presentations.
    • Willingness to examine and remediate one’s instructional, relational, classroom, and workplace practices to more effectively engage issues of equity.
    Special Instructions for this Posting

    Applications are accepted online only at:
    Select Job Openings, Select Search Jobs, Select Job Title, Create an account and Apply to this job.

    Please note: The District does not integrate with the third party service of Interfolio; therefore, reference letters must be submitted along with the application documents required.

    Only online application packets will be accepted including:
    • YCCD Administrative online application
    • Resume
    • Personal letter of interest
    • Unofficial Transcripts

    Those applicants selected for personal interview will be notified by email or phone. In accordance with Board policy official offers of employment will be made only by the Chancellor or Vice Chancellor/Human Resources, YCCD. Final appointment is subject to confirmation by the Board of Trustees.
    Federal law requires the District employ only US citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States. Written verification of employment eligibility is required.

    TRANSCRIPTS: At the time an offer of assignment is made, proper salary placement is contingent upon receipt of OFFICIAL (sealed) transcripts. Instructors with advanced degrees and coursework shall be attached during the application process. An ORIGINAL of the evaluation(s) must be presented at the time of hire.

    FOREIGN DEGREES: Applicants with foreign degrees from colleges or universities outside of the United States must have their coursework evaluated by a professional association. A copy of the evaluation must be attached during the application process. An ORIGINAL of the evaluation(s) must be presented at the time of hire.

    Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

    BACKGROUND CHECK: A background investigation of new employees is required, including reference checks and a state criminal history report. Employment will not begin until the history check has been cleared by Human Resources. The cost for the criminal history report will be the responsibility of the successful candidate.

    The District may hire more than one applicant from this applicant pool.
    Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

    The Yosemite Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    It is the policy of Yosemite Community College District (Modesto Junior College and Columbia College) not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or disability in its educational programs and its employment practices. YCCD BP 3410 Nondiscrimination can be found at:

    Title IX Sexual Harassment regulations define Title IX Sexual Harassment to include four terms “as defined in” the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking.

    In accordance with 34 C.F.R. §§ 100.6(d), 104.8, and 106.9; and 28 C.F.R. § 35.106, the following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504/Title II policies:

    District Title IX/Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
    Yosemite Community College District
    2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto, CA 95358

    Licenses and Certificates

    Posting Detail Information

    Open Date 10/27/2023
    Close Date 12/08/2023
    Open Until Filled No

    Posting Specific Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    1. * Are you a U.S. Citizen?
      • Yes
      • No
    2. * If you are not a U.S. citizen, are you legally authorized to work in the U.S.?
      • Yes
      • No
      • I am a U.S. citizen question does not apply
    3. * Describe any personal or professional experiences which have prepared you to teach in the unique environment of California Community College:

      (Open Ended Question)

    4. * Describe experiences, which demonstrate knowledge and understanding of two of the following: 1. Curricula or services which stress innovation: 2. Accommodations of various student learning styles: 3. Activities which promote currency and professional growth in subject area: 4. Effective participation in leadership and management:

      (Open Ended Question)

    5. * Do you possess the Master's degree or the Bachelor's/Master's degree listed in the Minimum Qualifications for this position?
      • Yes
      • No- If No, applicant must submit an Equivalency Form to be considered for this position. The form, policy, and procedures can be found at
    6. * Are any of your near relatives (child, parent, spouse or domestic partner, sibling, or in-laws or step-relatives in the relationships listed) currently employed by YCCD? Response of YES or NO is required in the area provided. NOTE: If yes, it is required that you provide the person or persons name/s and their position title in the area below as well.

      (Open Ended Question)

    7. * Please tell us how you heard about this job announcement:
      • Job Fair
      • YCCD Recruitment Website
      • Website-Other
      • YCCD Email
      • Family/Friend
      • Newspaper
      • CCC Registry
    8. * I am available to work at the Columbia College location.
      • Yes
      • No

    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

    1. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
    2. Cover Letter
    3. Unofficial Transcript 1 (Attach all college transcripts)
    Optional Documents
    1. Other
    2. Equivalency
    3. List of Graduate Courses
    4. Letter of Reference 1
    5. Letter of Reference 2
    6. Letter of Reference 3
    7. Unofficial Transcript 2 (Attach all college transcripts)
    8. Unofficial Transcript 3 (Attach all college transcripts)
      Click here to apply using the official job posting.

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