Job Details

Tenure-track Chemistry Instructor

Clark College, Vancouver, WA

Job - Education

Close Date: 01/17/2019

Clark College is currently accepting applications for a full-time tenure track instructor in Chemistry starting in fall 2019 academic year. The successful candidate will provide instruction in general chemistry courses for science and engineering (STEM) majors, the preparatory course associated with the majors’ sequence and/or non-science majors' courses in Chemistry. The individual hired will actively work with colleagues to develop and revise active learning curricula and pedagogy for all courses offered by the department. Department and College service work is expected with the position (as assigned by the Division or College) to support the institutional mission and goals, foremost being student success and retention. All faculty and staff hired at Clark College are committed to embrace, continually support, and enhance diversity and equity on our campus and in our community. This position begins September 13, 2019.

Clark College is an equal opportunity employer. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply. Clark College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, Core themes, and objectives of the college. Questions regarding the College’s Affirmative Action Policy may be directed to the Director of Human Resources, (360) 992-2105.

General Faculty Responsibilities
• Instruct all classes as an expert in the discipline using active learning approaches that both engage and facilitate student learning.
• Instruct all classes utilizing technology (e.g. learning management systems, web-based simulations or other) as part of their course design (web-enhanced, hybrid or online) to facilitate student learning and success.
• Work collaboratively with colleagues, local industry, advisory committees, and other educational partners to create unique and sustainable learning opportunities at Clark College.
• Advise and assist students in educational and career development to attain a two-year degree, certificate or transfer to a four-year college.
• Participate in decision-making processes by taking part in Department and College committees.
• Pursue professional development that strives to enhance teaching and learning in the department and College.
• Work to enhance and support all forms of diversity on a college campus.

Minimum Qualifications and Competencies
• Master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution in Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Chemical Education or Biochemistry. Significant graduate coursework must be in Chemistry.
• One academic year (9 months or equivalent aggregated part-time) relevant experience as a lecture instructor for college level chemistry.
• Ability to work cooperatively in a variety of department-level activities and willingness to contribute to college-wide projects
• Ability to work well with people of all ages from academically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications
• M.S. or Ph.D. in Chemistry from an accredited institution.
• A minimum of two academic years (18 months) of full-time college level instruction, preferably at the two-year college level.
• An understanding of the mission of the two-year college and current challenges/opportunities available to shape a 21st century educational system.
• A demonstrated commitment to student learning at the undergraduate level through pedagogical design and instructional methods to meet the needs of diverse student populations.
• Demonstrated experience using a variety of teaching and assessment techniques, including the use of technology and active learning, to support student success in a college chemistry course.
• A desire and ability to participate in a variety of departmental and campus activities to enhance student success, retention and completion of their educational goals.
• Willingness to seek a leadership role in areas of educational and professional expertise.

Salary Statement
Starting salary is $53,416 (non-negotiable). Faculty may be eligible to advance every other year; current top step is $76,339. Salary is for a 173-day contract; additional compensation is available for summer and moonlight teaching, and doctoral and vocational stipends.

Required Online Application Materials:
• Clark College Online Application, including names of five references
• Letter of application describing background and experience related to qualifications and responsibilities of the position
• Current résumé including fives references.
• Unofficial copy of master’s degree transcript uploaded with online application or delivered to the Human Resources office.
• Responses to the following supplemental questions included in the online application
1. Detail your understanding of the mission of a two-year college. From your experience, what current challenges/opportunities shape the current educational system? How does your approach to teaching and learning address the diverse needs of students in the students we serve?
2. Detail your demonstrated experience using a variety of teaching and assessment techniques, including the use of technology and active learning, to support student success in your college-level chemistry courses.
3. Describe your approach to teaching and engaging undergraduates from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences. Include strategies you have used, and/or want to use, to ensure your teaching is effective and students are succeeding.
4. Detail what you have you done or would like to do to promote STEM careers specific to outreach to systemically nondominant populations (ethnically and culturally diverse, LGBTQIA+, and gender nonconforming students)?
5. Describe any special interest areas you have within your discipline. How do you plan to keep current within your field of academic interest within a two-year college setting?

Please apply online at

To contact Clark College Human Resources, please call (360) 992-2105

Application Deadline:
Required application materials must be completed and submitted online by 3 p.m., January 17, 2019.

Condition of employment:
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. 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. Completion of academic degrees will also be verified through receipt of official transcripts.

Upon request, accommodations are available to persons with disabilities for the application process. Contact Human Resources at (360)992-2105 or by video phone at (360)991-0901.

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Corrected or extended notices will be posted online and in the Human Resources Office.

Clark College Human Resources
December 7, 2018

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