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Biology Faculty, Full- Time

Community College of Philadelphia

Job Description


The Department of Biology at the Community College of Philadelphia invites applications for a Full-Time Biology, tenure-track position starting fall 2024. The faculty will be responsible for teaching introductory biology courses in addition to courses in the areas of Organismal Biology, Ecology, Interdisciplinary Science, or Plant Biology (depending on the expertise of the faculty).

The Biology Department provides students opportunities to earn AS and AA degrees in Biology and proficiency certificate in Personal Training. Department also provides foundational knowledge for students in Allied health/Nursing departments, in addition to courses that fulfill general education requirements. Biology has labs at Main campus and the two regional campuses.
Lab staff prepare materials for the laboratory components of our courses but the instructors hired will be teaching both the lecture and lab parts of their assigned sections.
Common departmental syllabi for each course establishes the assigned textbooks, lab books and required content to be assessed with committee driven departmental final exams.
Community College of Philadelphia is an open-admission, predominantly Black institution and a minority-serving institution which provides access to higher education for all who may benefit. CCP’s Strategic Plan affirms the College’s long-standing commitment to quality, access, affordability and upward mobility while including an emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion. This plan firmly plants student success at the center of all efforts, establishing the means for each student to achieve their goals.
Teaching faculty are an integral part of the larger Academic and Student Success Division at CCP including Workforce Development or Career Training. The Academic and Student Success Division is a community of learners committed to student success as demonstrated through equitable and measurable outcomes, innovative practices, relevant curriculum, quality learning, and a rewarding student experience. As a minority-serving institution, CCP faculty contribute significantly to our collective efforts to improve student success and eliminate racial equity gaps through the utilization of inclusive and high-quality teaching practices.


Specific Responsibilities
  • Teach biological concepts to a diverse student population.


  • Participate in departmental and college wide committees and activities.

  • Engage in scholarly activities related to professional development and acquisition of skills.

  • Demonstrate a sense of connection and responsibility for helping the College to achieve success through a commitment to its mission, vision, and values.

  • Actively participate in the academic life of the College; including participation in graduation, recruitment events, general assemblies, student life activities and other cross functional teams. Create learning opportunities for students inside and outside of the classroom including opportunities to teach dual-enrollment high school students.

  • Communicate effectively, share vision, focus on people, initiate positive change, value differences and foster collaboration. Work with and inspire others to achieve college, department, and individual success. Proactively identify/address problems.

  • Establish an inclusive environment in the classroom. Demonstrate an understanding of, and sensitivity to, the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of the College’s faculty, staff and students.

  • Participation in continual assessment and course updates to ensure excellence in meeting program and student learning outcomes.

  • Strive for excellence in teaching, applying best practices in field of discipline, and modeling behaviors that encourage student success and retention. Utilize innovative teaching strategies and technologies for online learning and other technology tools to meet the learning needs of a diverse student population.

  • Maintain office hours to meet with students outside of the classroom and respond to questions or concerns.

  • Commitment to professional learning and growth, student mentoring, and service to the profession. Remain current in the use of technology, developments within the field of discipline, and developments related to teaching and student success.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in the biological sciences or a related curriculum. As an alternative, MS in a related curriculum will be considered, pending the candidate has completed twenty graduate credits in the biological sciences.


  • Strong background in one or more of the following subject areas: Organismal Biology, Ecology, Interdisciplinary Science, Plant Biology.


Preferred Qualifications
  • Teaching experience in higher education.


  • Demonstrated use of instrumentation and technology in biological laboratory research and can led student research projects.

  • Demonstrated experience teaching diverse student populations and addressing equity gaps.

  • Demonstrated experience teaching within a community college.

  • Bilingual or other language proficiency.


Work Location
Main Campus


“Success Starts Here” is our message to the Philadelphia community – and at Community College of Philadelphia, we recognize that our success as a college and the success of our students starts with our employees. Our employees are vital to our success.

Our benefits include:
  • 100% College-paid medical, dental and prescription drug for employees and all of their eligible family members
  • College-paid life and disability insurance
  • College closes for Winter Break the week between Christmas and New Years and for a week in March for Spring Break
  • Instructional faculty are generally 9-month faculty and have Summers off
  • Tuition remission (for classes at the College)
  • Forgivable tuition loan (for classes at any accredited academic institution)
  • 403(b) retirement plan with 10% College contribution
  • Health care and dependent care flexible spending account




Special Instructions to Applicants
Interested persons should complete an online application.

  • Cover letter of interest and CV/resume REQUIRED.
  • Name and contact information for three (3) references REQUIRED.
  • Employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of background checks in accordance with the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law.
  • Must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. Community College of Philadelphia is an affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access employer.
Community College of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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