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Adjunct Faculty - Biology

Navarro College
Mexia, TX
Closing date
Sep 20, 2023

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Science, Life Sciences
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Job Description


This position will primarily be assigned to teach classes on the appropriate Campus. All instructional personnel are expected to dedicate their primary energies and loyalties to the service of their students. A major responsibility of all instructional personnel is to meet every scheduled class period for classes which meet on a regular basis. Instructors shall not dismiss class or change class meeting hours, dates or classrooms without prior approval from the appropriate Dean, or Administrator. Instructors must not permit any outside interests to interfere with their obligations to students.


  • Instructors are expected to serve as student advocates.
  • Instructors shall provide student-centered learning opportunities.
  • All instructors must make continuing efforts to improve the quality of their courses.
  • Instructors are expected to conduct classroom instruction at the highest possible level of quality, efficiency, and interest for students.
  • Instructors shall communicate their knowledge and experience effectively to students.
  • Instructors shall have good rapport with students in class, instilling an atmosphere in which students are engaged and feel comfortable asking questions.
  • Instructors shall evaluate students regularly and fairly based on outcomes and objectives identified in course syllabi.
  • Instructors shall conduct classes that encourage critical thinking skills and/or instill professionalism in the students.
  • Instructors shall respect student privacy and comply with FERPA laws.
  • Instructors shall grade and return assignments and tests in a timely manner.
  • Instructors shall respond to student correspondence in a reasonable and timely manner.
  • Instructors shall utilize student evaluations to improve the quality of their instruction.
  • Instructors shall adequately plan courses so that content is up to date and presented in an orderly manner.
  • Instructors shall provide course averages to students at regular intervals throughout the semester.
  • Instructors will utilize the departmentally adopted and approved textbook for every course taught and will require students to use that text in the instructional process.
  • All faculty will be responsible for classroom management. Clear expectations and standards for optimum learning will be discussed on the first day of class or within the first week of classes so that all students will understand the learning environment at Navarro College.
  • Instructors are expected to plan and develop efficient procedures for evaluating student learning.
  • Instructors are expected to develop efficient procedures for notifying students of poor academic performance.
  • All instructors are to be familiar with and adhere to all policies and procedures of the institution.
  • Instructors who are assigned laboratory sections are expected to remain with the students during laboratory periods.
  • Instructors are expected to meet every scheduled class on time and keep the class for the entire scheduled period.
  • Instructors are to prepare a course syllabus for each course which they are teaching and distribute within the first week a copy of the syllabus to each student in each class with a copy submitted to the appropriate Dean. Syllabus shall be uploaded to Canvas by assigned date.
  • Each course syllabus will include the College policy and/or procedures adopted by the Board of Trustees and Executive Administration relative to classroom decorum and student expectations while attending classes.
  • All instructors are expected to continually seek out ways and methods to improve the effectiveness of their instruction.
  • Instructors shall engage in professional development, in-service training opportunities, and scholarly activities to stay current in their academic discipline and teaching best practices.
  • Instructors shall work effectively with colleagues in achieving departmental goals and objectives, including submission of data to department chairs for measuring effectiveness.
  • Instructors are expected to voice concerns constructively and actively participate in finding solutions.
  • Instructors should be knowledgeable of and comply with the contents of the current College Catalog, Navarro College Policies and Procedures Manual, and other appropriate college publications.
  • Adjunct instructors are required to attend adjunct Convocation each fall and spring semester in which they teach.
  • Must have a willingness to utilize technology and computerized instructional methods.
  • Must have strong human relations skills and must be student-oriented.
  • Successful experience in the application of student learning and assessment practices, processes, and technologies that enhance teaching is preferred.
  • Academic transfer courses require a Master's degree in the discipline being taught or a Master's degree with 18 or more graduate level hours in the discipline being taught. (See Faculty Qualifying Credential Worksheet on the Employment Opportunities web page).
  • Non-transfer courses require credentials, including degrees, experience and/or licensure, as listed on the Faculty Qualifying Credential Worksheet on the Employment Opportunities web page.
  • Prior work experience in the appropriate field for CTE/Health Professions courses.
  • Prior teaching experience preferred.
  • Prior teaching experience in a community college environment highly preferred.
  • Variances from regular working hours may be necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.
  • Busy working environment with numerous interruptions.

SALARY: $1,800. per 3 credit hours taught per semester / eligible to teach 3 courses per semester.

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