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    Los Angeles Mission College

    Announces the position opening for

    Biology Instructor

    To Expand Learning Opportunities for Students

Position Summary Information
Los Angeles Mission College seeks a full-time tenure track Biology Instructor who is experienced in teaching a variety of courses within the Life Sciences Department. Interested individuals who meet the minimum qualifications and possess the required experience are invited to apply. The assignment is to begin August 2017.


Los Angeles Mission College (LAMC) is a two-year community college that serves more than 11,000 students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. The College is one of nine in the Los Angeles Community College District. Founded in 1975, LAMC is located in the scenic foothill community of Sylmar and has strong historical ties to the neighboring communities of San Fernando, Pacoima, Mission Hills, North Hills, Panorama City and Granada Hills. In recent years, the institution’s enrollment base has expanded to include many of the communities throughout the greater San Fernando Valley, as well as Canyon Country and Santa Clarita.

The College provides excellent transfer, basic skills, transitional, and career education programs. Committed to student success, Los Angeles Mission College works closely with local secondary institutions to assist high school students in their transition to higher education and maintains strong ties to the business community by providing highly-respected job training programs that directly meet the workforce needs of local and regional employers.

Los Angeles Mission College prides itself on its commitment to diversity, its institutional culture of collegiality and innovation, its globalization of curricula, and its inclusion of the community in its programming. Student-focused, motivated, and dynamic individuals who possess the required education, work experience and commitment to Los Angeles Mission College’s mission and values are invited to submit applications.

Job Description:
Los Angeles Mission College is seeking a dynamic faculty member to teach a wide variety of courses in its Life Sciences Department that prides itself as an innovative and collaborative group of faculty and staff who collegially strive to offer our students stellar educational experiences.  The department is seeking an innovative and creative faculty member with a demonstrated commitment to his/her discipline, and hopes to attract an educator who will assist in the growth of its course offerings and transfer/employment opportunities for its students.  At Los Angeles Mission College, successful faculty applicants demonstrate the ability to promote:

  • Active, inclusive learning environments and curricula that welcome and engage all students, incorporating instructional technologies, as appropriate, to improve student learning;

  • Cultural responsiveness in interactions with students, faculty, staff, and community members who span a diverse range of languages, nationalities and ethnicities, socio-economic levels, ages, identities, abilities and educational experience;

  • Collaborative approaches to day-to-day activities, to the development of innovations and new initiatives, and, when necessary, to problem-solving; and

  • Self-reflection on his or her teaching, leadership, professional development, and service to the campus community.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s in any biological science OR Bachelor’s in any biological science AND Master’s in biochemistry, biophysics, microbiology, or marine science OR the equivalent.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Fulfill non-instructional duties (department and committee work, curriculum development, community outreach, shared governance, etc.) necessary for the smooth functioning of the department and the college;

  • Develop and implement problem/project based lab activities in non-majors biology courses;

  • Provide class instruction in accordance with established course outlines;

  • Maintain necessary attendance, scholastic, and student records and submit them in accordance with established deadlines;

  • Teach students with diverse academic backgrounds;

  • Participate actively in staff development and professional growth;

  • Participate in recruitment and outreach activities of the college and department;

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the department chair and supervising administrators;

  • Maintain office hours required to meet the needs of students for consultation and advisement;

  • Promote the College's values for creating a learning environment of respect and fairness, while encouraging creative and critical thinking;

  • Create a classroom environment focused on active learning in which all students are welcomed and encouraged to participate;

  • Participate in the accreditation processes of the college.
Desired Qualifications

  • Three or more years teaching Life Sciences in the classroom and laboratory at the community college and/or university level;

  • Experience teaching non-majors biology, introductory microbiology, and majors-level cell and molecular biology;

  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds of community college students, including those with physical and/or learning disabilities;

  • Experience with problem and project based learning and the implementation of new instructional technologies;

  • Experience with and sensitivity to the learning needs of students who are under-represented in science academic programs and careers;

  • A strong commitment to active participation in department-level and college-level committees, programs and activities;

  • Experience in curriculum and program development and grant writing;

  • Commitment to securing grants, research internships and other learning opportunities;

  • Strong oral and written communication skills;

  • Experience with development of Student Learning Outcomes, their assessment and the creation of improvement plans;

  • A strong commitment to professional growth;

  • Ability to work as a member of a team with faculty, laboratory staff and student workers;


For consideration in the selection process, all interested candidates must submit the following:

  • A current resume or curriculum vitae;

  • A cover letter of interest – including teaching philosophy – signed by the applicant;

  • Contact information for three references (name, title, address, email and telephone numbers) of individuals who can assess the candidate’s qualifications for the position;

  • Copies of transcripts (official transcripts are required for all candidates invited to the final interview). Documentation from an approved foreign transcript evaluator is required for degrees received from other countries. For a list of approved foreign transcript evaluation agencies, please go to

    A one-page response to the following question:

    Please describe your understanding of and commitment to diversity and how diversity contributes to learning communities.  What can you contribute to a diverse learning community, and what insights have you gained as a result of your personal experiences? 

    Employment is contingent upon verification of qualifications. Los Angeles Mission College reserves the right to modify and/or withdraw this position at any time. Notification regarding the advancement in the selection process will be provided to each applicant.

    Individuals protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may request an accommodation in the selection/interview process with at least three business days prior notice. Documentation of the need for accommodation may be requested.

    For consideration, please submit your application and required documents by March 10, 2017. Applicants will be required to file the application using web-based software to create an applicant profile account, allowing documents to be saved and uploaded as attachments.

    Please go
    to file the applicant packet. [Application materials may not be submitted by Fax or e-mail].

    The completed application package must be filed no later than Friday, March 10, 2017 to be considered. All materials submitted will become property of Los Angeles Mission College. After review of application materials by the selection committee, candidates will be contacted if selected for interview.

    For additional information or questions, please contact Academic Affairs at (818) 364-7632 or by email at

    Salary and Benefits This is a 10-month, 30 hour per week tenure-track faculty position. The beginning salary range of $54,670 to $85,120 is commensurate with academic preparation and experience. The doctoral differential is $3,440 per academic year. District benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance Optional teaching assignments may be available for additional pay, possibly including winter and summer intersessions.

    Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) It is the policy of the Los Angeles Community College District to provide an educational, employment and business environment free from all forms of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, Ethnic Group Identification, ancestry, religion, creed, sex or gender (including sexual harassment), pregnancy, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related), sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, perceived to be in a protected category or associated with those in protected category and veteran status.

    Los Angeles Mission College is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer

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