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Maricopa Community Colleges in Glendale, Arizona
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Date Posted 12/17/2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


Glendale, AZ



Faculty - Science - Biology









Job ID: 313827

Salary Range

$44,897 - $86,519/annually, DOE

Work Calendar

9 Months

Benefits Summary

Looking for a place to work where you can make a real difference in the lives of over 200,000 college students every year? Would you like to be part of an organization that adds $7.2 billion dollars to the economy and supports nearly 100,000 jobs in the fastest growing county in the United States?

Come join our team at one of the largest community college systems in the country. Named one of the best mid-sized employers in the nation , which was the only educational institution ranked in Arizona in 2017. In 2018, "The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) has been named No. 19 on Forbes magazine's first-ever " America's Best Employers for Women ", ranking MCCCD among 300 employers across the nation. MCCCD is the fourth-highest ranked educational institution and the only Arizona-based employer named on the list." 2019 Maricopa is named No. 42 in "Arizona's Best Employers".

Our employees are our most valuable asset; that's why at Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) we are committed to providing a comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of you and your family. Being a member of the Maricopa community you are able to participate in a wide range of benefits that gives you flexibility and choice including medical, dental, vision, life, disability, tuition waivers for you and your dependents, and retirement.

Whether you're teaching, working, or learning - find your purpose. Join our community and make a difference.

Job Summary

Provides in-person, evidence-based instruction primarily in the following areas: Introductory Biology for Allied Health (BIO156) and Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIO160). Depending on staffing needs, instruction in 200-level Anatomy and Physiology courses (BIO201/202) and/or Microbiology (BIO205) may be required some semesters. The individual will be asked to teach both lectures and labs and coordinate lab activities with residential faculty, adjunct faculty and the laboratory coordinators. Must be committed to teaching a diverse population of students, meaningfully assessing their learning and adjusting instruction accordingly. While the primary focus of this position will be to promote student mastery of critical biology concepts and their understanding of scientific process and reasoning, contributing to college and departmental initiatives such as outreach and fostering of external partnerships will also be expectations.

Essential Functions

  • Instructs and supervises a diverse population of primarily non-major students in classroom and laboratory settings

  • Develops written syllabi/course outlines, point distribution and grading standards, and course materials commensurate with others teaching the same courses and college standards

  • Coordinates laboratory activities and schedule with others teaching the same courses

  • Holds daily office hours and/or open lab times to assist and advise students. Seeks alternatives to increase student access to support services.

  • Uses classroom management system (Canvas or Blackboard) to communicate important information to students (e.g., scores, announcements, calendar) as well as a vehicle to improve student access to instructional resources.

  • Prepares and grades written exams, quizzes, and other assignments aligned with course competencies and level of expectation common to all faculty teaching that course.

  • Monitors students' academic progress. Seeks ways to connect with "at risk" student and identify (and provide, whenever possible) encouragement and relevant supports/resources to increase the probability of their long-term success.

  • Participates in course level assessment and uses results as a monitoring tool for the continuous improvement of student learning outcomes; prepares assessment reports for the department Assessment Coordinator

  • Works with others teaching course to revise content, laboratory experiments/activities, instructional materials/technology, and pedagogical strategies to keep course current as well as improve student retention and achievement

  • Submits final grade for each student to the college records office

  • Remains current with developments in biology and new trends in higher education through reading of professional journals and participation/presentations at conferences, courses, seminars, and/or workshops

  • Seeks ways of reducing students' educational costs without compromising learning outcomes

  • Participates in departmental meetings, initiatives, projects and activities as well as assigned college and district committees/club sponsorships

  • Meets deadlines established by department and college including those related to student attendance and withdrawal and submission of official rosters and grades

  • Abides by district's Administrative Regulations, Federal, state and college policies. 

  • Attends/completes required college/district meetings, training sessions, acknowledgments and disclosures

Minimum Qualifications

A Master's degree or higher in biology or a biology-related discipline. Master's degree or higher in a medical or health-related discipline (i.e. MD, PA, DVM, DPM, DO, DC, DDS, ND), or in Education, with a minimum of eighteen (18) graduate semester hours in a Biological or Life Science Area. Completion of coursework in program of study towards a Ph.D. in biology or biology-related discipline that includes a minimum of 30 graduate credits in discipline(s) identified below will be considered as equivalent experience to a Master's degree in the field. Acceptable disciplines and coursework include but are not limited to:

Agricultural Sciences, Anatomy, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Biology/Science Education (maximum of 6 graduate credits can be applied to the 18 required), Biomedical Sciences, Biosciences, Biotechnology, Botany, Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Conservation-Wildlife/Plant/Animal, Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, Evolutionary Biology, Embryology, Entomology, Environmental Science, Environmental Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Immunology, Limnology, Mammalogy, Marine Sciences, Marine Biology, Medical Sciences, Microbiology-Soil/Medical/Veterinary, Molecular Biology, Mycology, Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Nutritional Sciences, Ornithology, Pathology, Pathophysiology, Parasitology, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physical Therapy, Physiology, Plant Science, Public Health- Epidemiology/Infectious Disease/Toxicology, Veterinary Sciences, Virology, Zoology.

Any course that falls outside of these should be referred to the BIO Instructional Council for determination as to whether it is within the scope of the teaching field. 

EDU250 -Teaching and Learning in the Community College-or equivalent must be completed within two years of date of hire

Desired Qualifications

  1. Advanced degree in an evidence-based scientific discipline, particularly in fields directly related to courses to be taught and requiring a "primary research" focused dissertation or thesis

  2. Lower division college teaching experience in biology, particularly as primary instructor and at community college(s)

  3. Experience teaching 100-level courses particularly those for non-biology majors (e.g., pre-nursing or other allied health, students seeking lab science for general education requirement), preferably both lecture and lab and in a "face-to-face" format

  4. Experience teaching 200-level Anatomy and Physiology course(s) and/or Microbiology, preferably both lecture and lab and in an "in-person" format

  5. Experience conducting primary research in biology, including presentation at scientific meetings and publication in peer-reviewed journals

  6. Experience with K-12 outreach, summer bridge programs, intersession "jump start" workshops, "early alert" intervention, enhancement of student support services and/or improvement of retention, achievement and degree completion in the sciences.

Special Working Conditions

  • Exposure to biology laboratory chemicals, specimens (including preserved organs and plastinated cadaver parts, Level 1 microbes);

  • May be required to lift up to 25 lbs

  • May require teaching some evenings or weekends

  • May require prolonged periods of viewing a computer screen

  • http://www.maricopa.edu/legal/rmi/vehicle.htm#requirements Will be required to travel or be assigned to all MCCCD/GCC locations; must have a valid Arizona Class D Driver's license; must meet district minimum standards regarding driving in order to drive a school vehicle for business purposes.

How to Apply

Only applications with complete portfolio of unofficial transcripts (undergraduate and graduate), resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV), and cover letter addressing how the applicant meets the stated qualifications will be considered. If you do not have a graduate degree in the teaching field, then please list the 18 graduate semester hours completed in the field to be taught in your application materials.

MCCCD accepts unofficial transcripts for U.S. schools at the time of application. Unofficial transcripts are submitted as an attachment to the application. Transcripts from non U.S. institutions must be translated/evaluated course-by-course and provided with application material.

Be sure the application includes the following level of detail

  • Identification of specific examples that illustrate how candidate meets each of the desired qualifications. Note that BIO courses taught should be listed (by number and title) and should clearly differentiate between the following kinds of teaching experiences/roles: laboratory vs. lecture, in-person vs. online, TA vs. principal instructor, and lower-division vs. upper-division/graduate and indicate total number of semesters of experience in each of these modalities.

This information may be presented as a bulleted list or as a table and either incorporated in the cover letter itself or submitted as separate addendum.

In addition to the above, please submit two written statements (each one page or less) responding to the following prompts as part of the application. Candidates missing these statements will be scored below those with complete applications.

  • Topic 1; GCC is committed to increasing the number of students preparing for careers in STEM fields, particularly women and under-represented minorities. Please describe your experiences related to recruitment and retention of a diverse student population in the sciences.

  • Topic 2: Reflect on your own teachers/professors/academic mentors as well as your own training and experience as an educator. Please list the 3-5 qualities you consider most important to effective teaching of community college students in biology and how your work demonstrates a commitment to these professional aspirations.

Be sure names of all attached documents include applicant's last name and a title (e.g., Hernandez_GradTrans1.pdf, Hernandez_CV.pdf). PDF file format preferred.

Travel to campus during interview/selection process will be at candidate's own expense.

MCCCD does not sponsor individuals for any type of work visas.


Posting Close Date

Apply on or before 01/06/2020 to be considered.

EEO Information

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) will not discriminate, nor tolerate discrimination in employment or education, against any applicant, employee, or student because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status (including document abuse), age, disability, veteran status or genetic information.




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