Assistant Professor, Natural Sciences (Chemistry)

Job Open: 
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Job Closed: 
Friday, January 12, 2018

Job Term:


Santa Fe College’s Natural Sciences within the Academic Affairs division of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides pre-professional instruction to guide the development of the next generation of engineers, physicians, and scientists. The Natural Sciences Department also provides non-sciences majors with general education science courses to enable them to understand and appreciate the role of the sciences in daily life and the world community. Natural Sciences at Santa Fe College is seeking a full-time, continuing contract, nine-month (9) Assistant Professor to promote and encourage student success through quality science instruction focusing on introductory, general and organic chemistry.

Under general supervision, the Assistant Professor, Natural Sciences will develop, prepare and teach a variety of coursework scientific concepts consisting of teaching assignments which may include introductory chemistry, chemistry I and II, consumer chemistry, organic chemistry I and II, quantitative analysis and all associated labs. Faculty may be assigned to SF’s main Northwest campus or housed at any of the College’s six educational centers. Candidates must have the flexibility to teach at any one of these different sites and at different times throughout the academic year. Additionally, course offerings may be taught during the day, evening, or online, as well as taught using other distance learning formats. Full-time faculty have a primary nine (9) month contract based on teaching 15 credit hours in the Fall and 15 credit hours in the Spring; teaching opportunities beyond contractual obligations, including during the summer may be available for additional compensation based upon departmental need.

Responsibilities and duties include:

• Plan, organize, and deliver analytical, inorganic, physical and organic chemistry instruction in laboratory, classroom, and/or real-world settings to promote student success within a community college environment.
• Collaborate with other faculty to evaluate, revise, and develop program curriculum and pedagogical methods that cultivate student learning and enhance the mastery of course content.
• Collaborate with colleagues, local educators and other school professionals to create and promote joint outreach, as well as develop educational partnerships and activities.
• Support and promote the mission of the department and college which centers on excellence in teaching and learning through quality instruction, curriculum enhancement, faculty scholarship, professional development, and service.
• Participate in departmental meetings and college committee work.
• Assist with the implementation of college policies, objectives and functions in accordance with the SF philosophy, mission, strategic initiatives, and procedures.
• Appropriately document student progress and maintain records including attendance and achievement of learning outcomes.
• Strictly honor the privacy, security and confidentiality of student records and other sensitive information according to appropriate state, federal and college regulations, policies and procedures.
• Provide service excellence through courteous, informed, accessible and professional engagement.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Reports to: Chair, Natural Sciences


Required: A Master’s degree in Chemistry or a Master’s degree with eighteen (18) graduate course hours in the qualifying fields of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and/or Biochemistry is required. A criminal background check will be conducted.

Preferred: Teaching experience in a community college and/or university setting and familiarity with classroom technologies and productivity tools are also preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The Assistant Professor requires the ability to deliver a high level of interactive customer service, develop and maintain collaborative relationships inside and outside of the College, proactively solve problems, prioritize effectively and manage multiple projects simultaneously with a high level of accuracy. This position must possess strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills accompanied by proficient computer skills, including familiarity with the Microsoft Suite of Office Applications. The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to student and excellence in undergraduate education with the ability to work a flexible schedule at multiple sites. The Assistant Professor must be able to work well with staff at all levels within a diverse, multi-cultural, collaborative environment.

Application Process: All applicants must submit a completed online SF Employment Application, an up-to-date resume, letter of intent, a teaching philosophy, as well as college transcripts to be considered for this position. The letter of intent must describe your interest in working as the Assistant Professor, Natural Sciences (Chemistry) at Santa Fe College and explains the skills, strengths and experience you can bring to this position. Three (3) letters of recommendation are strongly preferred at the time of application, however they are required prior to the extension of employment offers. Unofficial transcripts are only accepted for review purposes, official transcripts are required prior to any offer of employment being made.