Biology Instructor

Treasure Valley Community College
Ontario, OR
Closing date
Jan 23, 2022

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Science, Life Sciences
Organization Type
Biology Instructor

This is a full-time faculty position for a broadly trained science instructor in one of the Life Sciences or in Science Education. Schedule may include late afternoons, evenings, instruction on-line, or in a "smart" classroom.


Master's degree from accredited institution in one of the Life Sciences, or in Science Education or closely related field with minimum of 18 quarter graduate credits in Life Science. Experience teaching science in a college setting, including developing and teaching science labs. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in oral and in written form with diverse students, staff, and community members. Must be able to work in a teamwork environment and be open to effective and appropriate uses of technology in the curriculum. Must be able to use computer technology to enhance instruction.


Two or more years teaching science in a community college Experience teaching in a community college, including related duties in advising, committee work, and curriculum development. Experience in teaching online and/or distance science classes using Canvas or other Learning Management Systems. Bilingual in English-Spanish.


Duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Provide classroom instruction for 100 and 200 level biology courses, including both lecture and laboratory, using innovative and effective techniques. Courses may include general biology and major biology, botany (Biol 103 and Biol 213), medical terminology and anatomy and physiology for Medical Assisting Program.
  • Create a positive learning environment for students using innovative, effective and diverse teaching methods to engage students in their own learning and enhance student success.
  • Open to working with local high schools and other partners to provide dual-credit and other incentives to enroll at TVCC.
  • Participate in and assist with organizing co-curricular activities with campus groups and off campus groups when possible, including recruiting events.
  • Utilize classroom assessment techniques to improve instruction and to align with course and college outcomes
  • Participate in the student advising and college-wide efforts to improve student retention and success.
  • Evaluate and document student progress; keep students apprised of progress.
  • Participate in departmental meetings, in-service training and activities, and other required training. Participate as a member of working committees dealing with instruction, student matters, and/or college-related concerns.
  • Assist in curriculum and program development incorporating current educational theories, research, and outcomes assessment strategies. Select appropriate texts, software, and supplemental materials.
  • Maintain office hours sufficient to meet the needs of students for consultation and advisement: minimum five hours per week (as per TVEA contract).
  • Work effectively with colleagues and students of various cultural (including traditional, non-traditional and international students) and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Ability to teach night and weekend courses as needed.
  • Enter Quarterly Institutional Learning Outcome (ILO) assessments.
  • Participate in professional development activities to improve teaching and learning, with an emphasis on improving achievement outcomes for historically underserved student populations.

This announcement covers the most significant duties performed by the position, but does not include other work, which may be similar, related to, or a logical assignment for the position.


This position is a full time, tenure-track, 10-month, Faculty bargaining-unit position. Starting annual salary is $47,403 (new hire may be eligible for additional steps on the salary schedule according to prior work and education experience). This position begins on September 19, 2022. Schedule may include late afternoons and/or evenings, instruction on-line, or in a "smart/interactive" classroom.


Benefits include medical insurance for employee and eligible dependents, Oregon retirement plan, paid life insurance, 32 hours of annual personal leave and 8 hours per month of sick leave accrual.


A complete application file consists of the following:
  • A letter of interest stating how you are qualified to perform the duties of the position
  • A resume
  • College transcripts, (copies are acceptable at this time)
  • A minimum of two recent letters of recommendation.
  • A TVCC application for employment. A pdf fillable application may be downloaded at
  • If applicable, a completed DD Form 214 in order to establish veteran preference per OAR 839-006-0445 and OAR 839-006-0450(3)

In your letter of interest, please give a brief written response to the following:
  • Describe your teaching style and philosophy; include how you have used alternative teaching strategies (collaborative learning), outcomes assessment measures, computer technology in the classroom and lab, and other strategies used to engage a wide diversity of students in their own learning.
  • How do you incorporate teaching evolution as part of the science curriculum?
  • TVCC embraces diversity. Please describe your understanding of and commitment to diversity. Include how you can use diversity to enrich student learning. What can you contribute to diversity within the college community?

APPLICATION SUBMISSION: All application materials should be submitted or mailed to:; Human Resources, Treasure Valley Community College, 650 College Boulevard, Ontario, OR 97914.

The position will remain open until filled; the first review date will be February 11, 2022.
The Chronicle of Higher Education. Keywords: Biology - Instructor, Location: Ontario, OR - 97914

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