Instructor of Biology - Fall 2018

Cochise College Douglas, AZ
The Instructor of Biology is responsible for the instruction of courses in the areas of General Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, and related courses for majors and non-majors district-wide. Full time faculty members are professional educators with the primary responsibility of providing a quality instruction for a diverse student population and performing instructional duties and responsibilities in accordance with the philosophy, mission, policies and procedures of the college.

Note: Cochise College requires a post offer, pre-employment background screening of all employees.

Position is open until filled with priority to applications received by May 8, 2018.


Within the scope of college policies and procedures, this position:

Teaches assigned General Biology and related courses and associated labs in accordance with the college's workload policy; maintains written instructional standards; facilitates instruction using alternative delivery methods as needed; informs students in writing of instructional standards; posts and maintains office hours; participates in the assessment of student learning outcomes; establishes, maintains and submits accurate student and instructional records in a timely manner

Develops new courses, curriculum, instructional materials, and evaluation tools; reviews and updates course outlines, textbooks, laboratories and course procedure sheets for Biology courses; assists with the preparation of course proposals, curriculum updates and the construction of degree/certificate programs

Applies and maintains standards of quality operating methods, processes, systems, and procedures; implements changes as necessary to maintain a successful Biology program; integrates knowledge of industry trends and professional training to continuously improve program quality

Participates in Biology course scheduling, department meetings, division meetings, and college meetings; serves on college committees as assigned

Performs other related duties as assigned

General Expectations: Employees are expected to accomplish assigned duties in an efficient, effective and competent manner and to strive for improvement and excellence in all work performed. Additionally, employees must understand the comprehensive role of the community college and cooperate and work harmoniously with students, faculty and staff, and the public. Employees will follow all college policies, rules, regulations and guidelines as they relate to this position.

Knowledge, Skills and Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience Requirements:

Master's degree in Biology or related discipline from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning recognized by the US Department of Education

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of and ability to follow college policies and procedures

Knowledge of trends, developments, new technologies affecting the Biology program

Knowledge of curriculum and program development

Knowledge of public relations/marketing practices and methods

Skill in current technologies and word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software, specifically Microsoft Office applications

Skill in instructing students from diverse cultures and/or backgrounds

Skill in using authentic assessment to evaluate students' needs and progress

Skill in integrating technology into curriculum and other educational services

Ability to relate to a diverse population and to maintain composure when faced with difficult situations

Ability to multi-task and organize, prioritize, and follow multiple projects and tasks through to completion with an attention to detail

Ability to work independently while contributing to team environment

Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, and to relate to others in a professional, helpful manner

Ability to effectively identify and resolve problems and to maintain strict confidentiality related to sensitive information

Ability to analyze problems, identifies solutions, and takes appropriate action to resolve problems using independent judgment and decision-making processes

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other department staff, faculty, students and the public

Preferred Qualifications:

Three years related professional experience

Successful teaching experience, preferably at a community college

Experience with undergraduate research in a community college setting

Experience teaching using alternative delivery methods is desired

Experience with use of technology in lecture and lab settings is preferred

Work Environment:

Work is primarily performed under general supervision. Incumbent generally performs work in a typical classroom or laboratory setting with appropriate climate controls and includes exposure to mechanical and chemical hazards.

Physical Requirements: Essential functions of this position require: lifting, manual dexterity, ability to communicate, and exposure to biological and chemical hazards

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body; involves sitting majority of time; walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met

Mental Application: Utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, critical thinking, adaptability and creative problem solving skills are important

Opportunity type:

Full Time




Dean of Math and Science

Pay Grade:

Faculty 9M

Salary Lower:

$45,514 (Masters, no experience)

Salary Upper:

$63,066 (PhD and five or more years exp) dependent upon qualifications

Required Documents:

Cover Letter, Resume, Transcripts, Certifications and/or Licensure