Full-Time Physics Instructor | Pasadena City College

Thirty-four (34) hours per week consisting of a combination of in-class teaching and preparation for teaching plus five and one half (5.5) hours of additional time for student conferences; and five and one half (5.5) hours for professional growth and development, College governance and other professional responsibilities for a total of 45.5 hours/week for each of two 16-week semesters.

As a condition of employment, you must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated by the date of employment.

At Pasadena City College (PCC) we celebrate and respect the racial, social, economic, academic and cultural diversity including students with different ability statuses. PCC is hiring a full-time, tenure-track, student-centered Physics Instructor commencing with the 2022-2023 academic year. The primary emphasis of the position will include all the lower-division level physics courses offered at PCC, including Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Physics for Health Sciences and Physics for Non-science Majors.

  • We seek candidates whose experience, teaching, and/or service to advance anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and justice in Physics.
  • We welcome candidates whose experiences have facilitated their understanding of traditionally underrepresented racial minority communities.
  • Faculty are expected to have an inclusive stance on mentoring and engagement that incorporates working with historically marginalized populations.

    PCC is looking for candidates who have the desire and ability to create a welcoming classroom culture that positively engages and impacts our racially and socially diverse student population. PCC is seeking applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience in teaching and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and contribute to the College’s mission, vision, and core values.

    We are 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, achieve their educational goals. PCC is a designated Hispanic-serving institution that takes great responsibility in serving our Latinx students while also supporting Black, Asian American and Pacific Islander and Indigenous Students towards their educational attainment and economic well-being. Pasadena City College prides itself on faculty contributions through active participation in college-wide governance and the decision-making process.

    Responsibilities of the FULL TIME PHYSICS Instructor:

  • Primary teaching responsibilities will include all the lower-division level physics courses offered at PCC, including Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Physics for Health Sciences and Physics for Non-science Majors
  • Instruct and assist in the success of a diverse population of students through careful preparation of course materials, effective teaching methods and informed critical feedback on assignments and discussions
  • Participate in curriculum development, serve on College committees as necessary to maintain and improve the instructional program; participate inappropriate professional development activities
  • Participate in the development, evaluation, assessment, and revision of course curricula
  • Remain current in the discipline, pedagogy, and teaching techniques by actively engaging in faculty development
  • Participate with division faculty to develop and assess student learning outcomes. Use the results to improve teaching and learning
  • Participate in divisional and college governance activities through committee service and/or other appropriate activities
  • Maintain scheduled office hours and participate in department/division meetings and committees
  • Late afternoon, evening and/or weekend assignments may be required as part of the regular contract

    Professional Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated passion for, and experience with, teaching a diverse student body with a broad spectrum of socioeconomic means and academic preparation
  • Experience in developing curriculum individually and collaboratively
  • Experience with and knowledge of appropriate uses of technology in the teaching and learning of Physics
  • Experience with the design and implementation of physics labs/ demonstrations and associated equipment
  • Ability to adopt pedagogical approaches to meet the needs of students with varying academic preparation and learning styles
  • Experience with student learning outcomes and creating effective assessment methods
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a multi-ethnic environment with colleagues, students, and other members of the campus community
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Up-to-date experience and/or training in online instruction and knowledge of best practices in distance education
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender, and ethnic backgrounds of the community college environment
  • Knowledgeable about culturally sustaining pedagogical techniques and effective practices for engaging African American, Latinx, and Indigenous groups who are historically underrepresented and underserved in Physics.
  • Recent experience working with minoritized students in the classroom and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups within higher education shapes patterns of participation and outcomes.


  • Successful completion of livescan clearance and TB screening.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination.
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States and signing of loyalty oath per government codes 3100-3109.
  • Meeting applicable eligibility requirements under CalPERS or CalSTRS if you are a current or former member.
  • Board of Trustees approval.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    * Master’s degree in Physics, Astronomy or Astrophysics
    * Bachelor’s degree in Physics or Astronomy AND a Master’s degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Meteorology, or Geophysics
    * Valid California Community College Instructor Credential
    * The equivalent

    Degree must be shown as conferred on transcript. Some degrees may require equivalency. When equivalency is requested, the file will be reviewed by PCC’s Equivalency Committee. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide ample documentation to support equivalent qualifications.

    Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience in teaching ­­­­­­­­­Physics lecture and/or laboratory courses at the community college level to a diverse student body, the majority of which are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences
  • Demonstrated experience in developing lower division Physics curriculum which uses established high impact practices to increase student success and completion
  • Experience in using research-based, student-centered and innovative pedagogies to teach and motivate students at all levels of college-readiness.
  • Interest and experience in teaching introductory astronomy or laser photonics
  • Up-to-date experience and/or training in online instruction and knowledge of best practices in distance education
  • Demonstrated awareness and/or implementation of effective course assessment techniques
  • Demonstrated strong record of successful mentorship and a record of service activities that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated contribution to programs that aim to increase access and success of underrepresented students and faculty in the sciences.
  • Experience in culturally responsive pedagogy that acknowledges, responds to, and celebrates equitable access to education for students from all cultures.
  • Innovative lesson planning in emergent curricula.
  • Experience and skill in preparing proposals for funding instructional projects to external organizations, and willingness to participate in supported projects
  • A dynamic personality and a strong desire to transform and improve STEM education


    Ten Months, 100% – Tenure-track position beginning August 2022
    Thirty-four (34) hours per week consisting of a combination of in-class teaching and preparation for teaching; five and one half (5.5) hours of additional time for student conferences; and five and one half (5.5) hours for professional growth and development, College governance and other professional responsibilities. The College has two 16-week semesters and offers a full range of courses beginning at 7:00 a.m. and ending at 11:00 p.m. Faculty must be available to teach anytime within those hours. Faculty may be offered the opportunity to teach classes during winter and summer intersessions.

    Pasadena City College utilizes an online application process. Hard copy, e-mailed, or faxed resumes are not accepted. You can apply for a position from any computer with Internet access. Applications completed and received by 11:59 p.m. on February 11, 2022 will receive full consideration.

    Please keep in mind the following:

  • If you do not follow the process or your application/resume is incomplete, your information will not be processed.
  • The hiring committee will review, evaluate, and consider applications and supporting materials received by the deadline. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a particular position does not assure the applicant an interview. It is, therefore, important that the application be thorough and detailed. The District may re-advertise, delay, choose not to fill the position, or choose to fill more than one position.
  • While the acceptance of the application packet is done through the Applicant Tracking Software (ATS), all hiring decisions are made by a hiring committee.
  • Positions are full-time (100%) and “open until filled,” unless otherwise stated.
  • The college president will conduct a final interview and recommend a candidate to the Board of Trustees.

    Once applications are submitted they are final. Please carefully review your application and the documents which you are attaching to make sure that they are free from errors and complete.

    If you require assistance, please contact the Human Resources office at 626.585.7388.Applicants may expect to be notified approximately 4 – 5 weeks following the closing date as to the status of their application.

    For full consideration, all of the following must be submitted along with the online application. An incomplete application packet will not be forwarded to the hiring committee for review.

    1. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
    2. Cover Letter (four pages maximum):

  • Please elaborate or explain specific examples of how you meet the points listed under “Desirable Qualifications” and “Professional Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities.”
  • Please respond to the following prompt: What do you think is the biggest challenge in STEM education today and how can you address this as a community college faculty member?

    After a review of applications received, the District may require the completion and submission of supplemental documents prior to the interview process. A teaching demonstration may be required at the interview stage.

    Note: It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all application materials are fully and correctly submitted.

    Established in 1924, Pasadena City College, (“PCC”), has been serving the West San Gabriel Valley for 94 years. PCC enrolls more than 29,500 students each semester and offers 107 academic degree programs and 72 Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to its students. PCC serves one of the most culturally diverse student populations in the nation. The College sets the stage for preparing students to meet the demands of a changing world. Building relationships with community partners provides opportunities for PCC faculty and its students to engage in opportunities not often available to students in other areas.

    The main college campus occupies a 53-acre site, while the Foothill Community Education Center and Child Development Center are located in separate nearby off-campus facilities. Due to the geographic size of the District, PCC has two additional satellite sites – the Rosemead Center and its newest site, PCC Northwest at John Muir High School. For more information, go to www.pasadena.edu.

    Pasadena City College is an equity-minded learning community dedicated to enriching students’ academic, personal, and professional lives through an array of degree and certificate programs, campus engagement, and customized student support.

    PCC has many institutional strengths that distinguish it among its peers, both in the state and across the nation. Among them are:

  • A highly multicultural student body:
    48% Latino/a/x 4% Black/African American
    26% Asian 4% Two of More Races
    13% White 5% Unknown/Other
  • Annually, at 49%, the College achieves recognition for one of the highest rates for transfer degrees to baccalaureate level institutions, both in California and across the nation. Additionally, PCC boasts a 52% bachelor’s degree attainment rate for Pasadena graduates who transfer to a four-year university, compared to 42% nationally. The College is well known for national mathematics and forensic honors, as well as its extensive study abroad opportunities.
  • PCC was once again named one of ten national finalists for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, widely recognized as the nation’s premier honor for two-year colleges. The Aspen Prize recognizes institutions for their outstanding outcomes in four areas: student learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for multiethnic and underserved students.
  • PCC is ranked by the Military Times as the top community college in California for military veterans, and the College is similarly ranked among the top community colleges in the nation. The PCC Courier, the student newspaper, is a perennial award winner.
  • Twelve students are elected annually by the PCC Associated Students to represent and advocate on behalf of the student body. There are 80 student clubs and organizations representing the interests of a culturally diverse student population.
  • In February 2017, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of School and Colleges reaffirmed PCC’s status as a fully accredited institution. For more information, go to www.pasadena.edu.

    As a condition of employment, you must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated by the date of employment.

    The Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1987, Public Law 99-603 requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country. This requirement applies to both United States citizens and aliens.
    Any employee who is unwilling/unable to fulfill this requirement will not be employed.
    Pasadena Area Community College District will not sponsor any visa applications.

    If accommodations are needed for the application process in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, please inform Human Resources.

    It is the policy of the PACCD that all candidates for employment need to be cleared for employment through the process of background check and verification of prior employment, references and credentials.
    Crime awareness and campus security information are available from Campus Police and Safety. (Public Law 101-542)

    The Pasadena Area Community College District does not discriminate in the educational programs and activities operated by the District, or in employment procedures and practices of the District.
    The Policies of Title IX as developed to date are available for inspection during normal business hours at the District Office at 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106.

    The Board of Trustees reserves the right to extend time limits or reinstate the search process at any time. The Pasadena Area Community College District is an equal opportunity employer. The District encourages applications from underrepresented minorities and the disabled.

    Equal Opportunity, Title IX, Section 504 Employer

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