Monday, January 23, 2012

Earth Science (Oceanography and Geology) Opening at Mt. San Antonio College

Past-president Mark Boryta has notified us of a full-time position at Mt. San Antonio College in Earth Science (Oceanography and Geology). The application period ends on March 1, 2012. Full information can be found here, and is reproduced below the fold.

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Professor, Earth Science (Oceanography/Geology)
January 23, 2012

• Teach lecture, laboratory, and field courses primarily in Oceanography, Geology, and Earth Science that include components of meteorology, astronomy and environmental science
• Participate in curriculum development, serve on College committees as necessary to maintain and improve the instructional program, and participate in appropriate professional development activities
• Perform related duties as assigned, including timely compliance with clerical and administrative responsibilities, College policies, division policies and department policies
• Maintain scheduled office and campus hours, and participate in department/division meetings and committees
• Instruct and assist in the growth and success of a diverse population of students through careful preparation of course materials, effective teaching methods and informed critical feedback on assignments and discussions
• Late afternoon and/or evening assignments may be required as part of the regular contract

A. One of the following awarded/conferred from an accredited institution:
1. Master’s in geology, geophysics, earth sciences, meteorology, oceanography, or paleontology OR
2. Bachelor’s in geology AND Master’s in geography, physics, or geochemistry OR
The equivalent: Master’s degree in Earth science disciplines* (see disciplines list below);
OR Master’s degree in any physical science with 15 semester units of upper division or graduate courses in an Earth science-related field* (see disciplines list below);
OR Master of Arts in teaching science with 15 semester units of upper division or graduate courses in an Earth science-related field* (see disciplines list below);
OR Proof of enrollment in Geology or Earth science discipline* (see disciplines list below) doctoral programs at an accredited institution AND Significant progress towards a doctoral degree in (discipline). “Significant progress” shall be defined as successful completion of all required coursework and of the examination for advancement to candidacy for the degree. Progress shall be documented by a written statement form and an authorized representative of the institution that will award the degree. Within a year of official hire date, the individual must complete the doctoral degree or obtain a Master’s degree in Earth science disciplines.
*Disciplines list: Earth science, marine science, environmental science (Earth and environmental science), earth science education, atmospheric physics, coastal engineering, ocean engineering, geological engineering, marine engineering, biological oceanography, chemical oceanography, geosciences, coastal geology, geography, planetary geology, astrogeology, physical geography, geomorphology, climatology, coastal geography, environmental geology, geochemistry, glaciology, hydrogeology, mineralogy, marine geology, paleoclimatology, paleontology, paleogeography, petrology, petroleum geology, petrophysics, sedimentology, seismology, soil science, speleology, stratigraphy, structural geology, volcanology, geophysics, geology planetary science
3. California Community College credential authorizing service as an instructor in the appropriate discipline
B. Commitment to the community college goals/objectives of providing quality programs and services for students with diverse abilities and interests; personal qualities to work effectively and sensitively in a multicultural environment; awareness and commitment to the special needs of non-traditional students
C. Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written English

The Department is seeking applicants with successful experience and a keen interest in teaching Earth Sciences, preferably at the post-secondary level. Successful candidates might also have:
• Specialization in Physical Oceanography
• Successful experience and desire to lead single and multi-day undergraduate field trips for Geology and Oceanography
• Willingness to participate in preparing proposals for funding of instructional projects by external organizations
• Familiarity with the use of GPS/GIS, computer-aided and multimedia technology
• Experience in curriculum design in the Earth Sciences with the goal of attracting majors
• Familiarity with and commitment to the mission and functions of a community college

The incumbent must have the ability to get to a variety of locations. This is usually accomplished by driving a personal vehicle to said locations. If operating a vehicle, the ability to secure and maintain a valid California driver’s license is required.

This position is a full-time, tenure-track, 10-month contract position that begins in the regular academic year 2012-13. Placement on the salary schedule is based on formal education, full-time and/or part-time teaching, and related work experience, up to a maximum placement at step 9.
Any provisional offer of employment is dependent upon the candidate's successful completion of their fingerprint clearance prior to the start of employment. Additionally, the cost of the fingerprint clearance will be borne by the candidate.

Apply between 01/23/12 and 4 PM, 03/01/12. Paper applications are no longer accepted and incomplete packets will not be considered. Applicants must submit all of the following materials online to be considered for this position:
1. A Mt. San Antonio College online application which may be accessed at
2. A cover letter indicating how qualifications and required experience are met and addressing the applicant’s philosophy of teaching
3. A detailed résumé that summarizes educational preparation and professional experience for the position
4. A minimum of three current (written within one year from date of application) letters of recommendation
5. College and/or university transcripts showing the awarded/conferred degree to meet required educational qualifications (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application)
NOTE: If meeting qualifications with a California Community College credential, a copy of the valid lifetime credential must be submitted with the application and submitted before the filing deadline.
Foreign Transcripts: Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the filing deadline.
Special Notes: A confirmation number will be assigned when your application packet indicates the supplemental questions have been answered and a document has been attached to a required link. Assistance with the online application process is available through the Office of Human Resources at 1100 N. Grand Avenue, Walnut, CA 91789-1399. Human Resources (909) 274- 4225
For more details about this position, direct inquiries to:
Larry Redinger, Dean, Natural Sciences Division
(909) 274-4425
Mark Boryta, Earth Sciences & Astronomy, Dept. Co-Chair
(909) 274- 5266

A committee will evaluate applications, taking into account breadth and depth of relevant education, training, experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities. Interviews may include a writing sample, committee presentation, teaching demonstration, and/or performance test. The committee will recommend finalists to the College President for a second interview. Travel costs for over 150 miles one way will be reimbursed up to $500. The number of vacancies is dependent on student enrollment, College resources, needs, and Board of Trustees' approval. Beginning date of employment will be August 24, 2012.

Salary: Initial placement $55,417 - $88,526.
The College contributes $10,500 toward annual premiums for medical, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage. Lifetime retirement benefits provided for eligible retirees.
The District participates in the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) and State Teachers' Retirement System (STRS) retirement programs.
*Subject to change based on Collective Bargaining Agreement.
We reserve the right to reopen, re-advertise, delay, or cancel filling this position.

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