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Instructor - Biology

Chaffey College
Alta Loma, CA
Closing date
Jul 16, 2024

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Science, Life Sciences
Organization Type
Position Description

Chaffey College is seeking individuals from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities, and orientations. We are particularly interested in faculty who fully demonstrate their understanding of the community we serve; the benefits of equity, diversity, and inclusion in a professional and educational setting; and the value of bringing people together, empowering diverse voices, and supporting a sense of belonging.

Situated on the ancestral homeland of the Tongva Peoples, Chaffey College is one of the oldest community colleges in California and serves a variety of communities, workforce partners, and students. While other community colleges are often named after their geographic area, Chaffey College is named after local innovator, George Chaffey. Like our namesake, we are known for an innovative culture, dynamic environment, and future-mindedness.

We commit ourselves to remaining on the front edge of transformational practices, which requires a continuous investment in faculty and their growth. We depend on faculty to co-design and lead the implementation of initiatives that positively impact students and advance the completion of their goals. Further, we remain closely tied to our community and are seeking faculty who will join us in our quest to provide responsive and supportive programming to engage and improve the communities we serve. The entire campus community aspires to consistently fulfill the vision that Chaffey College improves lives through education. Chaffey College is seeking faculty who will join in the fulfillment of our vision through commitment to continuous improvement and student achievement for all.

Chaffey College celebrates the diverse communities we serve. As a federally recognized Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Chaffey's student population includes over 62% identifying as Latine/x/a/o, 17% White, 8% African-American/Black, 6% Asian, and smaller percentages of Filipino (2.8%), Native American (0.40%), Pacific Islander (0.30%), and decline to state (2.82%). Furthermore, 40% of our students are first-generation college students, and approximately 62% of students are eligible for some form of financial aid. The current student population identifies as 62% female and 36% male with smaller percentages who either decline to state or identify as non-binary. Approximately 5% of Chaffey's students utilize Disabled Programs and Services for support. To support the diverse needs of these populations and their intersections, the College has developed a variety of robust equity-driven efforts in and out of the classroom including the Center for Culture and Social Justice, Panther Care, Turning Point, Success Centers, Guiding Panthers to Success (GPS) Centers, and Bringing Light to Ourselves and Others Through Multiculturalism (BLOOM) training. Given the differences in the students' backgrounds and life experiences, faculty must be poised to provide culturally-responsive instruction and support for all of our students' needs and goals. We strive to continuously enlarge and improve our efforts to advance student success. As a result, new faculty are currently being sought to contribute to the continuous transformation of the College.

This is a full-time, tenure track Biological Sciences instructor position in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Academic and Career Community. Under the direction of the Dean, the assignment will provide a full professional service week throughout the 176-day academic calendar. This position may be assigned to any of the 3 campuses (Rancho, Fontana, or Chino), depending on department needs.

Chaffey College is committed to achieving equally high outcomes for all students. Successful candidates will share our vision and will work with us to help all students, regardless of background and level of preparation, to achieve their educational goals. Chaffey College prides itself on faculty contributions through active participation in college-wide governance processes and ongoing professional learning.


In addition to the professional responsibilities identified under 18.2.3 of the faculty agreement, this assignment includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Provide instruction in a manner consistent with the District's standards and in accordance with the approved course outlines of record;
Effectively develop and maintain culturally-sensitive and equity-minded learning environments;
Beyond the learning environment, demonstrate cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff as these factors relate to the need for equity minded practice;
Provide a safe and positive educational environment conducive to effective learning;
Provide instruction and student support in a variety of formats and deliveries such as online, in-person, hybrid, hyflex, fast-track, accelerated, etc.;
Maintain current knowledge in the discipline and engage in innovative methods of effective in-person and online education;
Maintain professional and ethical standards;
Consistently use effective educational techniques to promote learning and achievement;
Participate in department and community meetings, engage in college meetings and committee work, curriculum and program design and development, development and assessment of student learning outcomes, community outreach, development of complementary instructional activities for use in the Success Centers, department website development, student advisement, program review, and other duties necessary for the benefit of the students, the college, the community, and the profession;
Positively engage students, promote development of critical thinking skills, collaboration, and empathy;
Participate in activities such as professional development, seminars, mentoring, club advising, committees, academic senate, as well as engagement in department and academic and career communities; and
Day, evening, and/or weekend assignments at any of the College campuses may be a part of the regular contract.


Master's degree in any biological science; OR
Bachelor's degree in any biological science AND Master's in biochemistry, biophysics, or marine science; OR
Possession of a valid Lifetime California Community College credential authorizing service as an instructor in biology; OR
The equivalent (equivalency questions are included in the Faculty Application for Employment); AND
Demonstrated evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds in a community college environment.

MEETING MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS DOES NOT ASSURE THE CANDIDATE OF AN INTERVIEW. Applications will be evaluated taking into account the breadth and depth of relevant education, experience, skills, knowledge and abilities.

Preference will be given to those candidates who establish the highest level of professional competency as evidenced by any or all of the following: Two years of recent teaching experience in a related discipline;

Teaching experience in a variety of formats and deliveries such as online, in-person, hybrid, hyflex, fast-track, accelerated, etc.;

Evidence of commitment to practicing culturally-responsive instruction, providing students with a plurality of perspectives, engaging in holistic, equity-based efforts;

Evidence of successful experience with the student populations included in the Chaffey College Equity Plan;

Experience using ZTC/OER materials and/or a willingness to do so;

Demonstrated expertise in teaching ecology, environmental science, and/or organismal biology and the ability to teach these topics in an evolutionary context;

Demonstrated excellence in teaching a wide variety of biology courses to biology majors and non-majors at the college level;

Demonstrated depth of knowledge and technical skills in a broad spectrum of modern biological subject matter;

Demonstrated excellence at thoughtful, innovative curriculum design in a variety of formats and deliveries;

A history of research activities or other professional activities that demonstrate ongoing active commitment to the scientific endeavor;

Demonstrated cooperative, organizational skill in managing laboratory classrooms, outdoor resources, and/or botanical/zoological collections.

Evidence of effective contribution to collaborative team effort in an academic setting;

Demonstrated proficiency utilizing college Learning Management Systems (e.g. Canvas);

Evidence of appreciation and respect for students and their role and responsibility in the learning process;

Evidence of effective oral and written communication skills;

Demonstrated commitment to active involvement in the full range of professional and leadership roles expected of a college professor;

Demonstrated commitment to the philosophy and mission of Chaffey College.

Additional Information

Based upon the minimum and/or desirable qualifications stated in this position announcement, the initial salary placement range is $77,956 (minimum qualifications) to $113,299 (doctorate) (Fall 2023 salary schedule). Placement is based on the regular full-time faculty salary schedule and is dependent upon verification of relevant experience and coursework from a regional or nationally accredited institution of higher learning.

Being able and ready to work in-person with Chaffey College students, employees, partners, contractors, or other members of the Chaffey College community is an essential function of this job.

Health care, dental program, and vision services for employees and eligible dependents; employee life insurance; sick leave; and retirement coverage through the State Teachers' Retirement System (STRS).

Chaffey College utilizes an online electronic application system. The application can be accessed at The application package must include an online district employment application, filled out in detail and clearly reflect that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications as set forth in the position announcement. In addition, the following documents must be uploaded and included with the online application submission:

Cover Letter (State briefly how the applicant meets the qualifications)
Resume (should not exceed five pages)
Professional Reference List (Include names, current addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses)
Copy of Transcripts (Transcripts must indicate degree earned/conferred - photocopies or computer printouts are acceptable. Transcripts of all degrees applicable to meeting the minimum qualifications for this position must be included. Copies of diplomas/degrees are NOT acceptable in lieu of transcripts. Official sealed transcripts will be required upon hire. International transcripts must be transcribed and evaluated in English by a bona fide evaluation service. Educational requirements must be met on or before the closing date. )

Please do not include any additional documents; only the documents indicated above. If documents are uploaded that are not required, the application may be disqualified. Please do not submit letters of recommendation or documents that contain photographs.

Completed application and related materials must be submitted no later than the application deadline indicated at the top of this announcement. Failure to submit all required application materials may result in the applicant not being considered for the position.

Submission of application and related materials is the applicant's responsibility. The District reserves the right to re-advertise the position or to delay indefinitely the employment of a person for a position if it is deemed that applicants for the position do not constitute an adequate applicant pool.

Applicants should promptly notify the Office of Human Resources of any change of address and/or phone number. All application materials are subject to investigation and verification. False statements will be cause for disqualification or discharge from employment.

The Selection Process
A screening committee will conduct all minimum qualification appraisals as set forth on the announcement and reserves the right to limit the number of interviews granted. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a position does not assure the applicant an interview. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified of the time and place of the interview. Interviews are held on the Chaffey College campus and are conducted by an Interview Committee. Additional interviews may be required. Reasonable accommodations are provided to persons with disabilities. Should an applicant have a need for an accommodation due to a disability, the applicant should contact the Office of Human Resources. Travel costs related to an interview are borne by the applicant.

About the College

The College
Established in 1883, Chaffey College is one of California's first colleges. Nestled in the foothills
of the San Gabriel Mountains, Chaffey's Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana and Chino campus locations serve students from throughout the Inland Empire. A fully accredited two-year institution by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Chaffey College offers associate degrees and vocational and transfer programs in a wide variety of subjects. Chaffey College remains committed to its mission of improving the lives of its students, faculty, and staff through education.

Serving throughout the diverse Inland Empire, Chaffey College provides services to the cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Fontana, Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, and Upland, reaching a population of more than 830,000. The District also recruits from some of the area's top high schools, accepting students from four surrounding districts: Chaffey Joint Union High School, Chino Unified School District, Fontana Unified School District, and the Upland Unified School District.

Whether the goal is to transfer to a four-year institution or enter the workforce better prepared, Chaffey College provides its students with the opportunity to take a variety of applicable courses and programs.

AgencyChaffey College
Address5885 Haven Avenue

Rancho Cucamonga, California, 91737

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