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Chemistry Instructor

Filing Deadline: April 7, 2017

Full-time probationary (Tenure Track)


Begin: Fall 2017 Semester


Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) is one of nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District and is located in the San Fernando Valley.  With an enrollment of approximately 18,000 students, LAVC offers a wide range of academic and career technical education programs and transfers its students to the campuses of the CSU and UC systems as well as private institutions.



The Chemistry/Physics Department of Los Angeles Valley College consists of 6 full-time faculty members (4 Chemistry; 2 Physics) and approximately ten adjunct faculty




In accordance with its mission as a community college, instruction at LAVC focuses on creating pathways for certificates, degrees, and transfer.  Faculty members at LAVC are expected to create a learning-centered environment that supports students in fulfilling their educational goals.  All instructors are required to teach fifteen hours per week.  Evening, online, and/or split assignments may be included in this assignment.  This is a ten month appointment; however, additional summer and winter assignments may be available.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s in Chemistry;
  • OR Bachelor’s in Chemistry or Biochemistry AND Master’s in Biochemistry, Chemical  Engineering, Chemical Physics, Physics, Molecular Biology or Geochemistry;
  • OR the equivalent.


Desirable Qualifications

  • Advanced education beyond the minimum required, research experience, and possession of an excellent academic record that indicates a strong background in the chemical sciences ;
  • Commitment to maintaining a current knowledge of recent developments in the chemical sciences;
  • Experience teaching introductory and college chemistry in a community college or other college setting;
  • Experience and interest in teaching organic chemistry;
  • Commitment to accept extracurricular responsibilities within the department and college;
  • Ability to set specific learning objectives and measure achieved results;
  • Success at initiating, executing and following-up of projects in a timely manner;
  • Commitment to a career in a diverse, student-centered department and college;
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college faculty, staff and students;
  • Ability to use technology;
  • An interest or demonstrated ability to teach online.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teaching the regular load of 15 hours of Chemistry courses and holding regular office hours. Opportunities may exist for summer and winter intersession;
  • Planning, developing and implementing course curricula, as well as updating course materials and the course outlines of record;
  • Contributing to the development and assessment of student learning outcomes;
  • Completing and submitting required documents in a timely manner;
  • Participating in mandated projects, such as Program Review;
  • Participating in department and campus committees and activities;
  • Performing other academic duties as assigned;


Salary and Benefits

The current starting range is from $54,670 to $85,120 for the ten-month academic year depending on education and experience.  The Ph.D. differential is $3,440 per academic year.  The district provides an excellent benefits package including medical, vision, dental, and life insurance to the employee and eligible dependents.  See



Interested persons must submit:

  1. A current resume;
  2. Cover letter, no more than two pages, including a statement of teaching philosophy;
  3. Transcripts of all college work.  (Unofficial copies are acceptable for application.  
  4. Official transcripts are required upon offer of employment.  
  5. Foreign transcripts must include a U.S. Evaluation and translation at the time of application.)  You can obtain a listing of approved agencies at the Commission on Teacher Credentialing:;
  6. Three recent signed letters of recommendation (including phone/email contact information).


Applications must be received by 4PM April 7, 2017.  Application materials are not accepted by fax, walk-ins, postal mail and e-mail.


All application materials will be screened and a limited number of candidates with qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in interviews. A teaching demonstration will be part of the interview process.  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 to file the application packet.


If you have questions regarding the application process please contact: Tom Aduwo at or 818 778-5532.   If you have questions regarding the position please contact Ted Fickel at or 818 947 2827.

Employment is contingent upon verification of qualifications.  LAVC reserves the right to modify and/or withdraw this position at any time.  Notification regarding 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.



The policy of the Los Angeles Community College District is to implement equal opportunity to all qualified candidates for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, medical condition (cancer related), sexual orientation, or veteran status.  Positive action will be taken to ensure that this policy is followed in all personnel practices including recruitment, hiring, placement, upgrading, transfer, demotion, and treatment during employment, rate of pay or other forms of compensation, selection for training, layoff or termination.  A vigorous equal employment opportunity program will be maintained to ensure a diverse work force and to achieve expected representation of qualified members of under-represented groups through the implementation of specific result-oriented plans and procedures (Board Rule 101301).


Los Angeles Valley College is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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