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Physics, Part-Time Faculty

Bellevue College

Job Description


Job ID: 11943
Location: Bellevue College

Full/Part Time:
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Position Summary

The Physics Department at Bellevue College is accepting applications for a part-time position as a physics instructor. We seek a collaborative and equity-minded individual committed to teaching effectiveness and closing opportunity gaps. Particularly desired are applicants with interest and experience in some combination of physics education research, connecting theoretical classroom learning with experimental observation, and building an inclusive environment for students from diverse backgrounds.

The common duties will be teaching Physics to first year students in one of a variety of courses, presenting the appropriate content in a manner that reflects the background of the students for whom the course is designed while achieving the course objectives as described in the course outcome documents provided by the department. Typically, we will be hiring for specific courses (see Essential Functions below) but the most common will be introductory mechanics.

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule

Adjunct Professor is typically assigned as needed on a quarterly basis, with no expectation of continued employment beyond the current appointment.

Quarterly remuneration for 5-credit lecture class is $5,716.52 - $6,968.62 . Compensation is prorated based on type and duration of assignments. Individuals newly hired to Adjunct Professor group at the college are placed at the minimum rate per union bargaining agreement. Certain positions may also be eligible for assignment/project-based additional compensation, including a High Demand Stipend up to $8,350 annually, prorated based on the discipline and duration of the assignment. All additional compensations are subject to change depending on funding and negotiated agreement.

Generous benefits package for eligible employees is offered through Washington State plans that includes multiple medical, dental, life and disability coverage choices for employees and dependents; choices of retirement and deferred compensation plans; paid personal leave plan; transit program, reduced tuition, employee discounts and memberships, etc. Eligible employees are faculty who work a combined load of at least 50% at Bellevue College and other Washington State public institutions of higher education for two consecutive quarters are eligible for health and dental insurance at the start of the second consecutive quarter.

In addition to teaching, faculty maintains office hours and may participate in department and college activities. This position is represented by the Bellevue College Association of Higher Education (BCAHE) union.

About The College

Bellevue College is a diverse student-centered, comprehensive and innovative college, committed to teaching excellence that advances the life-long educational development of its students while strengthening the economic, social and cultural life of its diverse community. Bellevue College is located just 10 miles east of Seattle where we serve a student population of over 54% students of color and over 1,300 international students. The college promotes student success by providing high-quality, flexible, accessible educational programs and services; advancing pluralism, inclusion and global awareness; and acting as a catalyst and collaborator for a vibrant region.

We strive to create a vibrant and inclusive campus community that supports a diverse student body, faculty and staff. As an essential part of our mission and goals , diversity, equity and pluralism are promoted and fostered in all aspects of college life. By enriching student life through leadership opportunities, personal learning and cultural experiences, we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse campus community that fosters creativity, innovation and student success.

For more information, visit BC Facts at a Glance @ Bellevue College .

About the Department

The Physics Department is included in the Physical Sciences Program within the Science Division and currently consists of four full-time faculty and six quarterly-contracted adjunct faculty. More than seventy sections of physics, including both lecture-based and inquiry-based introductory courses, algebra- and calculus-based college physics sequences, and a modern physics course, are offered annually. Physics instruction is supported by a comprehensive collection of laboratory and demonstration apparatus and laboratory support staff. The members of the Physics Department are an active and eclectic group with a variety of research backgrounds, who share a common commitment to excellence in teaching. Members of the department participate in professional activities at both the regional and national levels.Except for a very few courses (currently only Phys&100) all of the department offerings are integrated lab-lecture courses with students earning both laboratory and lecture credit in the same course. These generally meet for 7 hrs per week together with the office hour requirements that are noted in the current contract.

Essential Functions

Teach a 6-credit combined lecture/lab class or a 5 credit Lecture class. Class sizes are typically 24 students.
Teach physics courses spanning the physics department offerings as assigned. Current offerings include the two main introductory physics sequences (algebra-based and calculus-based), a modern physics course, an inquiry-based course to prepare students for the introductory sequences, an inquiry-based course in support of information technology, an inquiry-based course in support of the visual and performing arts, and a lecture-based introductory course for arts and humanities majors.
Teach in face-to-face settings and/or synchronous and/or asynchronous virtual settings.
Prepare course materials, including varied assessments of student knowledge.
Design and facilitate learning experiences centered around student needs and interests by using varied instruction methods and resources.
Hold weekly office hours in accordance with the current faculty contract and generally assist students in person one-on-one and/or both through electronic media and in-person.
Use data, self-reflection, and student/colleague feedback to revise your instruction, improve student success and better serve historically underserved, underrepresented, or marginalized student populations (e.g. students with disabilities, black and indigenous students of color, first-generation college students, LGBTQIA+ students, veterans, English language learners, etc.).
Grade and/or provide useful feedback to students in a way that promotes student understanding and improvement. Assign overall course grades.
Demonstrate a strong commitment to student success through fostering a positive and caring learning environment where diversity and pluralism are valued.

Minimum Qualifications

A Master's Degree in physics or a Baccalaureate degree in physics and a Master's in a closely related discipline;
Ability to communicate effectively (to students and colleagues);
Demonstrated ability to relate to students and staff of varied ethnicity, age, background and ability, and a commitment to achieving educational success in a culturally diverse environment;
Experience with and dedication to incorporating educational equity into teaching practices to address the needs of students of varied identities and backgrounds, and closing opportunity gaps for historically marginalized students.

Preferred Qualifications

Documented successful college teaching experience in physics.
Experience with community college teaching and a sincere interest in student success in an open enrollment institution.
Knowledge of current physics education research and applications of research findings.
Concentrated interest or experience in hands-on experimental aspects of physics.
Experience and continuing interest in ways to make explicit the connections between physical theory and the physical world as experienced by students.
Experience with teaching physics for the biological sciences and current curriculum development for these courses.
Experience in the preparation of K-12 teachers of physics or physical sciences.

Conditions of Employment

Bellevue College intends to provide a drug-free, healthy, safe, and secure work and educational environment. Each employee is expected to report to work in an appropriate mental and physical condition to perform her/his/their assigned duties.

Bellevue College employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Bellevue College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated and your vaccine status will be verified upon hire. Please reach out to the HR Office at if you need information on medical or religious accommodation.

Sexual Misconduct and Background Check:
Prior to start of employment, finalists(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check as a condition of employment. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington State Law .

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Reference Check:
Reference checks may include, but are not limited to, contacting references and verification of work experience, and/or past job duties.

Other Information

This position is NOT eligible for relocation allowance.
This position is NOT eligible for sponsorship for employment-based visa.

How To Apply

Applications will be reviewed and qualified applicants will be invited to interview until the position is filled.

All individuals interested in this position are encouraged to apply. Your application must include a complete online application and all of the required documents below to be considered complete. Any application that does not provide all requested information will not be considered for the position (only submit required documents with the application, additional documents will not be reviewed.) Please review Application Tips before applying.

Required application materials:
Attach a Cover Letter (min 1 pg., max 2 pgs.)
Attach a Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Attach a Diversity Statement (min 1 pg., max 2 pgs.) that addresses the following: Describe and provide specific examples of how your educational and/or professional experiences, background or philosophy demonstrate your commitment to diversity and equity, and how these prepare you to contribute to Bellevue College
Complete Job Questionnaires if applicable

If you have questions with regards to the application or the hiring process, please contact Office of Human Resources at 425-564-2274 or email to .

EEO Statement

Bellevue College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, language, ethnicity, religion, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, including gender identity or expression, disability, or age in its programs and activities. Please see policy 4150 at . The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Title IX Coordinator, 425-564-2641, Office C227, and EEOC/504 Compliance Officer, 425-564-2178, Office B126.

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