Instructor, Astronomy
Salary: $52,394.00 – $124,911.00 Annually
Deadline: 2/7/2019 11:59 PM Pacific
Orange Coast College (OCC) is seeking a full-time, equity-minded, tenure-track faculty member in Astronomy commencing with the 2019 fall semester.
Our department offers an Associate of Science degree in Astronomy, with a range of courses, from introductory surveys to a sophomore-level astrophysics class. Our day and evening laboratory courses teach students to set-up and use Dobsonians, solar telescopes, and computerized Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes. Our new planetarium complex will open in the near future and become a destination for OCC and K-12 students, the general public, and our campus community.
Desirable Qualifications:
  • A Master’s or Ph.D. in astronomy and/or astrophysics.
  • Recent experience teaching introductory astronomy lecture courses and/or laboratories.
  • Ability and recent experience teaching sophomore-level calculus-based astrophysics.
  • Successful teaching experience working with diverse student populations and various class sizes (including large lectures).
  • Ability and experience implementing research-based instructional techniques to improve student engagement, retention, and success.
  • Ability and willingness to set up and use telescopes (including solar) as part of instruction and/or public outreach.
  • Ability to develop and implement lecture and lab curricula using the capabilities of the Community Planetarium.
  • Capability to develop new curricula in astronomy, in such areas as exoplanetary science, extragalactic astronomy, and archeoastronomy, and scientific literacy.
  • Experience and skill with addressing issues of equity in the classroom.
  • Experience and expertise in culturally responsive teaching in Astronomy, particularly as it relates to the relevance of Astronomy to students’ lives, interests, and communities.
  • Ability to work with the department to develop a regular lecture series hosted in the Community Planetarium.
  • Experience mentoring students (especially at the community college level) who are engaged in independent research projects.
  • Ability to self-reflect and respond to an evidence-based assessment of student learning.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegially with other faculty and desire and demonstrated ability to participate actively in the department, division, and college committees and in the shared governance of the Coast Community College District.
  • Desire and evidence of an ability to take on leadership roles both within the department and in the institution as a whole.
  • Ability to work with computers, and use the Internet and interactive technologies to engage students in on-campus and online courses (where academically appropriate).
  • Evidence of an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.