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Chair/Instructor, Science
Durham Technical Community College in Durham, North Carolina
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Date Posted 01/10/2019
Employment Type Part Time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Title

Chair/Instructor, Science


Arts, Sciences, & University Transfer



Direct Reports

Science Faculty; Science Lab Coordinator, Orange County Lab Coordinator

Classification Title




Minimum Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Biology, Chemistry or related subject. Prefer ability to teach general biology or general chemistry.
Work Experience: Three years’ successful teaching experience in higher education

Preferred Qualifications


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1. Competence in modern instructional technology (Microsoft Office, learning management systems, e-mail, Internet, student information databases, library research databases) and experience with Internet-based instruction.
2. Experience in curriculum development and supervision at the postsecondary level.
3. Teaching experience in a wide range of courses within area of expertise;
4. A thorough understanding of and commitment to the mission and philosophy of the North Carolina Community College System;
5. Competence in oral, written communication and computer skills appropriate for effective teaching and management;
6. Proven sensitivity to the needs and expectations of students, faculty, staff, and community groups;
7. Ability to establish and maintain effective communication and interpersonal relations throughout the college and the community;
8. Attention to detail;
9. Proven record of leadership within area of expertise;
10. Active involvement in professional organization(s).

Essential Functions

The Chairperson for Science is primarily responsible for providing leadership to the Science faculty and for assisting the dean with all activities and concerns relating to Science curriculum and instruction. In addition to fulfilling the terms of appointment as specified in the contract of employment, the chairperson is responsible for fulfilling the following duties:

Job Duties

General Operations:
a. Plan, execute, and evaluate annual discipline goals, objectives, and related activities, based on the needs of the department, division, and college, for improved performance;
b. Recommend, implement, and enforce academic policies and procedures, administrative rules and regulations, and other controls intended to maintain order and the highest standards of instruction;
c. Maintain effective communications within the discipline through regular meetings with faculty, by timely written communications, and by other means as necessary;
d. Maintain and facilitate communication between Science instructors and those in other disciplines to ensure the accomplishment of common departmental, divisional, and college goals and objectives;
e. Maintain a weekly work schedule designed to ensure proper supervision of discipline activities and regular attention to the administrative requirements of the position;
f. Maintain complete office records, as needed; process reports, forms, schedules, and all other required paperwork in a timely, efficient manner, checking for the accuracy and correctness of all data;
g. Maintain supportive relations at all times with other chairs and program directors within the Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer department and other units and branches of the division and the college, providing assistance to them in carrying out their respective functions and securing their cooperation for the discipline’s operation.
h. Assume other appropriate responsibilities and perform additional tasks as assigned by the Department Dean, Chief Instructional Officer, or President in meeting the needs of the college.
2. Personnel Management:
a. Assign, supervise, and evaluate full- and/or part-time program faculty;
b. Supervise and evaluate Science Lab Coordinator;
c. Identify and recommend professional development needs of discipline faculty;
d. Maintain required personnel information on discipline faculty;
e. Interview and recommend the appointment of full- and/or part-time discipline faculty and provide appropriate orientation;
e. Assist discipline faculty in course planning, instructional delivery, and classroom and lab management;
f. Assist with the supervision of the Science lab technician.
3. Discipline Management:
a. Review and evaluate periodically, discipline course offerings, facilitating innovation in curricular and instructional development;
b. Recommend appropriate revisions in course outlines;
c. Recommend appropriate and relevant instructional technologies to enhance discipline offerings;
d. Support the functions of the Office for Curriculum Development, including adherence to all facets of the academic change process;
e. Respond to discipline needs of the program directors in the ASUT department and other departments/programs of the college.
4. Instructional Management and Supervision:
a. Coordinate the acquisition of textbooks and other resources and services required for the effective delivery of instruction, including supportive relations with the Educational Resources Department and other units of the college whose function it is to assist the program areas;
b. Coordinate the acquisition and maintenance of equipment and the maintenance of labs and special facilities;
c. Supervise and evaluate the operation of all classes being conducted within the assigned function of the discipline, including visitations to day, evening, weekend, and off-campus classes;
d. Prepare an annual schedule of course offerings and class schedules which meet the requirements of the discipline and the needs of the students, ensuring that the instructional resources of the college are being utilized efficiently and effectively and that its mission is being met;
e. Prepare full-time discipline faculty teaching schedules, including adequate provisions for teaching loads in accordance with the contract of employment;
f. Supervise the preparation, administration, and evaluation of examinations for course credit (credit by examination);
g. Ensure that accountable instruction is being provided at all times, that instructors are on time and prepared, that all classes are properly staffed, that instruction is conducted as scheduled, and that course, program, and college requirements are being met.

5. Financial Management:
a. Prepare and administer the discipline budget, regularly monitoring the status of expenditures, maintaining necessary records, and filing reports;
b. Recommend discipline needs for personnel, equipment, supplies, materials, facilities, space, and other resources, assisting in physical security measures and preparing inventory records;
c. Coordinate the preparation and processing of contracts for part-time discipline faculty.

Physical Demands

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. The physical and mental demands described as follows are representative of those that must be met by an employee in performing the essential functions of this job:

• Ability to sit and stand for long periods of time;
• Ability to lift, at times, 10 lbs.; 
• Sufficient visual acuity and manual dexterity to use a computer for long periods of time;
• Ability to express or exchange ideas through oral communication and to hear vocal responses within classroom range;
• Infrequent travel between buildings on campus, to other campuses, or locally or out-of-town to attend conferences.

Required Working Hours

A minimum of a 40-hour work week as determined with the supervisor to allow the employee to fulfill the assigned duties and responsibilities, including occasional evening and weekend hours. Summer schedules may vary to enable four-day or four and one half

Job Type

Full Time Faculty

Salary Grade


Hiring Range

$59,000 -$65,000 based on a 9 month. An additional supplemental contract of 20 hours a week during the summer term will be required.

Posting Detail Information


Posting Number


Open Date


Close Date


Open Until Filled


Special Instructions to Applicants


EEO Statement

Durham Technical Community College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Durham Technical Community College complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Durham Technical Community College expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Durham Technical Community College employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

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