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Physics/Physical Sciences Instructor

Calhoun Community College

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Position Summary

Provide competent classroom and laboratory instruction in the area of credentialed expertise. Classes are taught day, evening, and weekends on the Decatur and Huntsville/Research Park campuses and several off-campus sites. In addition, multiple forms of distance education are offered. The instructor will adhere to the general faculty guidelines as specified by the Calhoun Community College Personnel Handbook, the Vice President of Academic Affairs, and the Alabama Community College System policy.

Salary: Appropriate placement on ACCS Salary Schedule D: $45,676– $92,513 (9 months)
An additional summer assignment may be available: $14,102 – $28,612 (3 months)

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications and must submit a complete application packet through the on-line application system to be considered. A complete application consists of the following:

  • An on-line application
  • Current résumé
  • Copy of college transcripts (Transcript of college work verifying degree requirement; must include degree awarded and date confirmed. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted before the deadline, but official transcripts must be received if employed.)
Application materials must provide documentation that the applicant meets all minimum qualifications.
Applicants must provide information from previous employers documenting full-time related work experience if an offer is made.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Teach at varied times and places and in varied formats based on student demand; day or evening, on the Decatur and Huntsville/Research Park Campus or at other sites, including dual enrollment, traditional classroom, hybrid or web format, and distance education.
  • Provide competent classroom and laboratory instruction in the area of credentialed expertise.
  • Evaluate the progress of students in all classes according to institutional, divisional, departmental, and individual criteria.
  • Collect, maintain, and submit accurate class records including grades, attendance rosters, absences, withdrawal, and/or class drop information to appropriate offices.
  • Prepare or assist in the preparation of materials used in academic administration when requested, including course syllabi, program outlines, and catalog material.
  • Participate in scheduled professional development activities.
  • Assist in the development of discipline-specific student learning outcome objectives.
  • Assess student learning using multiple assessment strategies.
  • Analyze and interpret data relative to student learning and provide feedback to the institution and students for the purpose of improving and expanding student learning.
  • Provide academic and career advice to students and promote student leadership and enrichment experiences.
  • Be prompt and punctual in reporting for work. Maintain assigned office hours.
  • Maintain or increase competency in the chosen specialty by seeking new knowledge, improving teaching skills, and updating professional competencies.
  • Promote positive and productive relationships with service area businesses, industries, and agencies.
  • Perform all duties with professionalism.
  • Provide advice to the administration on matters pertaining to the instructional program.
  • Serve on committees engaged in furthering the work of the institution when appointed or when elected.
  • Become familiar with and follow institutional policies and procedures as outlined in the College CatalogPersonnel Handbook, and Alabama Community College System Policy Manual.
  • Perform other appropriate professional duties and responsibilities as may be assigned.




  • A minimum of a Master’s degree with at least 18 graduate semester hours in Physics, Chemistry or a closely related field from an accredited institution is required.
  • Documented teaching experience in the area of physics, chemistry or a closely related subject area at the college level as an instructor or graduate teaching assistant is required.

Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate through their experiences and accomplishments:
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated expertise in the subject area.
  • Documented teaching experience in College level physics courses.
  • Documented evidence in the proficiency of use current educational technologies in the classroom including internet, e-mail, and computer software programs (e.g. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Documented successful experience teaching and/or developing web-based courses.
  • Proven track record of successful teaching experience of college level physical science courses.
  • A broad knowledge of the physical sciences, including physics, astronomy, chemistry, physical geography, geology, meteorology, and environmental science.
  • Ability to conduct individual and small group instruction.
  • Previous experience using course management systems (e.g. Blackboard, WebCT, Canvas, etc.) from an instructor standpoint.
  • Ability to learn new teaching pedagogy, and new software, as required.
  • An understanding of and commitment to the philosophy and mission of the community college system.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse students, other employees, and the public.
  • Commitment to all students, including those of diverse ages, cultures, genders, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Understanding of the broad range of students' abilities in an open admissions college and the ability to accommodate varied learning styles.
  • Successful problem solving skills.
  • Conscientiousness - care about how work is done and desire to do a good job.
  • Initiative - responding to downtime by taking responsibility to do other work.
  • A focus on details.
  • A focus on being friendly and patient in responding to students.
  • Willingness and desire to learn new things and apply that learning.
  • Willingness to maintain flexibility in order to meet student needs
  • A positive attitude regardless of circumstances at hand.
  • Confidence in decision-making and communication skills.


Application Procedures/Additional Information


Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated on this vacancy notice and must submit a completed application packet in order to be considered for this position. Complete application files must be received no later than the application deadline. Applicant who fail to submit all required information will be disqualified. Only applications received during the period of this announcement will be considered. Applicants must travel at their own expense. Finalist will be required to provide official transcripts that are mailed directly to the Office of Human Resources at Calhoun Community College from the institution(s) granting the credits.

Background Check Requirement

In accordance with Alabama Community College System Policy and guidelines, the applicant chosen for employment will be required to sign a consent form and to submit a non-refundable $26.40 payment for a criminal background check. Employment will be contingent upon the receipt of a clearance notification from the criminal background check.

Calhoun Community College is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the Alabama Community College System, including all post secondary community and technical colleges under the control of the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees, that no employee or applicant for employment or promotion, on the basis of any impermissible criterion or characteristic including, without limitations, race, color, national origin, religion, marital status, disability, sex, age, or any other protected class as defined by federal and state law, shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity, or employment. Calhoun Community College participated in the E-Verify system to verify employment eligibility for all newly-hired employees.

Calhoun Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate Degree. Contact the commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Calhoun Community College. Specific questions regarding Calhoun's educational programs, admissions, and other matters related specifically to the College should be forwarded directly to the college. APPLICATION MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT: https://www.calhoun.edu

P.O. Box 2216 Decatur, AL 35609 256-306-2591 256-306-2590 jobs@calhoun.edu

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