Friday, December 16, 2011

Full-Time Tenure Track Geology Teaching Position at Santa Barbara City College

(Cross-posted from Teaching the Earth Sciences)
It's something to think about...two retirees with about 80 years of geology experience between them. That's the story at Santa Barbara City College this year. I noted a few weeks ago that a geology technician position was available at SBCC (application deadline is December 30). Now they have announced an opening for a full-time tenure-track position for a geology instructor. The department at SBCC has a strong tradition of field instruction, excellence in teaching, and community involvement. I deeply appreciated the four years I spent with the department in the 1980's. Deadline for the teaching position is February 3. Details of the position can be found at this link, and are listed below the fold...

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Job# 12/11-A08 Application Deadline: Friday, February 3, 2012 @ 4:30 p.m. PST

Essential Functions of Position:
Commencing Fall, 2012, a full-time, tenure-track position will be available in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

The Department seeks a broadly trained geologist with a strong commitment to teaching. Responsibility would include teaching a combination of lectures and/or labs. Depending on background, courses could include lecture a laboratory courses in Physical Geology, Environmental Geology, Oceanography, Energy and Resources, or Dinosaurs. Depending on background, consideration will be given to other potential lecture and laboratory courses including National Parks, California Geology, Geoseminar, Historical Geology, Mineralogy, or Petrology.

Additionally, job requires preparing and leading multi-day field courses, including 5-day field courses to the Eastern Sierra and Death Valley, and leading single-day local field trips. Other field courses could include Western Sierra, Colorado Plateau, or Summer Field Techniques and Mapping.

Other responsibilities include full participation in both department and student activities and initiatives, involvement in curriculum development and revision to meet transfer and accreditation standards, evaluation of Student Learning Outcomes, the maintenance of office hours, and participation in the governance of the college via committee assignments.

Minimum Qualifications: The candidate must meet one of these criteria:
1. Master’s in geology, geophysics, earth sciences, meteorology, oceanography, or paleontology; OR

2. Bachelor’s in geology AND Master’s in geography, physics, or geochemistry; OR

3. Combination of education and other accomplishments that is equivalent to the above. (If claiming equivalency, attach a separate statement that presents the basis for this claim and submit supporting evidence, e.g., transcripts, publications, and other work products.); OR

4. Possession of a lifetime California Community College Instructor Credential in Earth Sciences, including Geography, Geology, and Geophysics

Desirable Qualifications:
Demonstrated excellence in college or high school teaching in Geology/Earth Sciences (lecture and laboratory)

 Experience leading multi-day geologic field courses and/or single-day field trips.

 Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegially with peers as a team.

 Experience working with students on projects, extracurricular activities, or other initiatives to promote student involvement.

 Ability and interest in advising earth sciences majors in their academic and career tracks.

 Experience using a variety of instructional strategies that promote student learning and success.

 Familiarity with the use of multimedia technologies in instruction.

 Experience in working with students from diverse cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, academic, language and disability backgrounds.

 Geologic experience working in industry.

Salary & Personnel Benefits: The current salary schedule range for a tenure-track faculty position is $53,668-$89,668, plus an earned doctoral bonus of $2,683. Starting salary is commensurate with academic preparation and full-time related, paid experience. In addition to salary each full-time employee participates in a "cafeteria style" Health & Welfare Benefits Program.

Application Deadline/Screening:Completed online applications must be submitted by
Friday, February 3, 2012 @ 4:30 p.m. PST.

Required Application Documents: (The following required documents must be submitted electronically via the online application system.)1. Online District Application form @

2. Cover letter addressing the applicant's experience and the desirable qualifications listed in this announcement.

3. Resume or CV.

4. If claiming equivalency, attach a separate statement which presents the basis for this claim and submit supporting evidence, e.g. transcripts, publications, other products.

5. Copy of college transcripts.**

6. Letters of reference are not required but may be optionally uploaded as part of the application process. A list of six professional references, with contact information, is required on application. These references will be contacted should you be selected as a finalist for the position. Provide a list of six references that can critically assess your work qualifications and job performance to include at least the following via your online application: the six minimum required references - current department chair, immediate past department chair, current Dean, immediate past Dean, one current faculty colleague and one current student (or appropriate equivalent references in research or industry). The application form will accept information for six references in the "Professional References" field. You may include additional names and contact information in your Cover Letter or Resume/CV. Although not required, if you have letters of reference to include, you must scan them as a single file and attach this file to the "Other Documents" field. We will not accept e-mailed, mailed, or faxed letters of reference from applicants or from third parties.

Note: If you are maintaining an application established in our online system prior to 4/19/10, there may not be a sufficient number of entry spaces for 6 references. In this case, attach a separate page with the additional references via your online application to the attachment bar entitled, "other document" or list them at the end of your resume.

HRLA for instructions. If you do not have a scanner, there are commercial facilities in your community available to assist you with this process. All required documents must be submitted via your electronic application by the application deadline or your application will be considered incomplete.

**Foreign Transcripts:

Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from an official USA certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached to the online application. For a list of recognized organizations providing transcript evaluation services, visit

Application Procedure:To be considered for this position, a complete online application including all required application documents (listed above) must be submitted via by the above application deadline (please see above instructions to applicants). It is important that the online District Application form (Item #1 above) be complete and specific to fully indicate education, experience and other qualifications of applicant. "See Resume" is not acceptable.

You may attach additional supporting material to the online application under the attachment option entitled, "Other Document." (If you apply for more than one position, copies of all the required documents must be attached separately for each position.) Application and all documents submitted become the property of SBCC and are retained electronically.
Please Note: A confirmation number will be assigned if your application packet has been successfully submitted online.

Selection Procedure
Online applications will be initially reviewed by the selection committee, which will recommend candidates for personal interviews at SBCC. Unless otherwise stipulated by the committee, out-of-town applicants who are selected for interviews may have the option to be interviewed via Skype. After the initial interviews have been conducted, the committee & Dean will recommend the top candidates to the Superintendent/President for a final interview. The successful candidate will then be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval. Please Note: Santa Barbara City College regrets that applicants cannot be reimbursed for expenses related to the application or interview process, including travel expenses.

Accommodation for the Disabled:
If you are selected for an interview and need special services or facilities to participate in the interview, please contact Human Resources & Legal Affairs.
General Requirements to be submitted Upon Offer of Employment:
Satisfactory results from prescribed job-related medical examination, including recent evidence of freedom from active tuberculosis.

 Satisfactory fingerprint report.

 Documentation verifying identity and United States citizenship or authorization that you have the right to work in the United States permanently and do not now or in the future require sponsorship by Santa Barbara City College or other hiring institutions.

 Official transcripts conferring college degrees indicated on the employment application.

Working Conditions: Environment:Indoor and outdoor instructional laboratory and classroom work environment.

Driving a vehicle to conduct work.

Subject to variable work hours.

Constant interruptions.

Physical Demands:Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a variety of equipment.

Sitting, standing or walking for extended periods of time.

Occasional stooping and kneeling

Seeing to read a variety of materials and monitor student activities.

Hearing and speaking to exchange information and make presentations.

Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching.

Reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally.

Lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling moderately heavy objects (25-50 pounds).

HazardsSome incumbents may experience exposure to fumes and hazardous chemicals.

Working around machinery with moving parts

Working at heights.

Potential for exposure to bodily fluids and blood borne pathogens.

For all FT Faculty openings, deadlines, and link to online application, please visit our website at:

Santa Barbara City College,

721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2394

(805) 965-0581 Ext. 2258

Interviews by Invitation Only

SBCC is an equal opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of ethnic group identification, National origin, religion, age, sex, race, color, ancestry, marital, parental or veteran status, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, consistent with applicable federal and state laws. Reasonable accommodation will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self disclose

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