Physics/Astronomy Instructor

College of the Siskiyous

Job Description


FULL SALARY RANGE: $61,710 TO $ 112,929


This is a full-time tenure track faculty position. The teaching assignment could include evening, off-campus, and/or distance education, including online, hybrid, and video conferences courses. Assignment may also include a mixture of day, evening, weekend, and/or online classes at the Weed or Yreka Campus, or other off-campus sites.

The College is seeking applications from an individual who has the skills and characteristics necessary to provide exemplary instruction to students. It is a continuing goal of College of the Siskiyous to hire and retain people who reflect the rich diversity of the District and its student body.


Key Duties & Responsibilities


  • Duties related to Physics/Astronomy Instruction: Teach a variety of courses, including major preparation physics, general education physics, and astronomy. Assignments may include evening, off-campus and/or distance education, including online, hybrid, and video conferencing courses.
  • Classroom duties: Provide instruction that may include lecture and laboratory classes in the discipline in accordance with established College of the Siskiyous approved curriculum and course outlines; inform students about course requirements, evaluation procedures, attendance and participation requirements in a course syllabus; effectively teach and communicate with students of diverse backgrounds.
  • Interaction with students outside of class: Advise students on academic and career matters; assist in outreach, recruiting and articulation with high schools, four-year colleges and universities; post and maintain adequate and regular office hours in accordance with the prevailing policy.
  • Out-of-class duties: Maintain necessary attendance , scholastic and student records, and submit them according to published guidelines; prepare and grade class assignments and evaluations according to syllabus.
  • Professional and curriculum development: Remain current in field; develop, maintain and evaluate curriculum including development and assessment of student learning outcomes; select textbooks; evaluate course materials; interact with faculty and staff in other areas of instruction and participate in the development of instructional methods, technology, and materials; work with peers in higher education, and where appropriate, business and industry to maintain currency of instructional programs.
  • Interaction with colleagues: Participate in college governance by serving on college committees; participate in professional development, including flex obligations; assist with student and other educational activities in accordance with college policies; establish and maintain effective work relationships.


Minimum Qualifications


  • Master's degree in physics, astronomy, or astrophysics from a regionally accredited college or university OR
  • Bachelor's degree in physics or astronomy AND master's in engineering, mathematics, meteorology, or geophysics from a regionally accredited college or university OR
  • The equivalent - must complete equivalency application (see below)
Applicants applying under "equivalency" must provide detailed written documentation explaining how their academic preparation is equivalent to the degrees listed. (Download PDF reader)

  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students

Desired Qualifications:
  • Doctorate in physics, astronomy, or astrophysics earned from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Excellence in teaching (enthusiasm, knowledge of subject matter, student motivational skills, diverse teaching methods to address a variety of learning styles).
  • Online teaching experience, particularly with Canvas certification.
  • Commitment to community college education as demonstrated in personal and/or professional experience.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, students, other on-campus groups, off-campus community groups, and educational partners.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with students and staff, both orally and in writing.



Other Details


  • The annual salary range for a 175 day contract is: $61,710—$112,929. Starting placement on the District salary schedule is based upon years of experience and number units completed beyond the Master’s degree. New academic employees may receive credit for no more than 5 years of job related experience. Starting salary range is: $61,710– $83,218.
  • Faculty members with an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution receive an additional $2,000 annual stipend.


  • The District offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage to employees and qualified dependents.
  • In addition, the District provides sick leave.
  • The employee participates in CalSTRS through District and employee.

Selection Process:

After the preliminary screening, selected candidates will be invited to the campus for an initial interview with the Search Committee. Videoconference interviews (in lieu of an in-person initial interview) will be offered. Candidates to be interviewed will be selected from applicants who most closely meet the minimum and desired qualifications. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. The Search Committee will recommend finalists to the Superintendent/President for a final interview.

The District reserves the right to re-advertise the position or to delay indefinitely filling of the position if it is deemed that applicants for the position do not constitute an adequate applicant pool or if funding is not available.

Conditions of Employment:

Employees must satisfy all the pre-employment requirements prior to appointment that include, but are not limited to, tuberculosis clearance (EC 87408.6), fingerprint processing, and verification of their legal right to work in the United States. A pre-employment physical examination may be required for this position.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations in completing the application or interview process must notify the Human Resources Office in advance.

College of the Siskiyous is an equal opportunity employer. The policy of the District is to encourage applications from ethnic and racial minorities, women, persons with disabilities and Vietnam-era veterans. No person shall be denied employment because of ethnicity or race, color, sex or gender, gender identity, age, religion, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, medical conditions, status as a Vietnam-era veteran, ancestry or political or organizational affiliation.

College of the Siskiyous is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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