Microbiology Instructor 1819-42

Rocklin, California
Entry level is from $53,205.67 to $71,300.68 at time of employment.
January 02 2019
Health Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type



Sierra College is seeking a full-time, tenure-track Microbiology Instructor. Sierra College is a Community College located near Sacramento, California where a heavy emphasis is placed on academic excellence and student success. Since its founding in 1936, Sierra College has focused on quality instruction and meeting the evolving needs of the students and communities that it serves. The Sierra Community College District covers more than 3,200 square miles and serves the Northern California foothill counties of Placer and Nevada, as well as parts of El Dorado and Sacramento. We serve over 18,000 students throughout the region in both on-ground and online courses, including students at our main Rocklin Campus as well as at three centers located in Grass Valley, Tahoe/Truckee, and Roseville.

Sierra College has a strong commitment to the achievement of equity and inclusion among its faculty, staff, and students and values the rich, diverse backgrounds that make up the campus community. A strong candidate for this position must demonstrate a profound understanding of and experience with successfully supporting individuals with varying backgrounds. This includes persons with disabilities, various gender identities and sexual orientations, as well as individuals from historically underrepresented communities and other groups. Our District is committed to providing strategies for success and proactive student-centered practices and policies focused on eliminating equity gaps.

As an institution, Sierra College is committed to eliminating the equity gap in all student populations with dynamic, learner-centered practices and policies that fully engage the college community.  The ideal candidate will share the College’s commitment to helping its racially and socioeconomically diverse students develop the critical skills necessary to succeed in their degree and career objectives. Currently, Sierra College enrolls 18,300 students per term: 26% of Sierra College’s students are Latinx, 3% are African-American, 2% are Filipino, 5% are Asian-American, 1% are Native American, 6% are multiracial and 57% are White. As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), Sierra College understands that it has a great responsibility to the educational attainment and economic well-being of our students.

The successful candidate will join a Biology department dedicated to the use of culturally responsive teaching strategies and methods that meet the varying needs of our students and ensure a successful learning environment. Sierra College demonstrates its commitment to equity by supporting ongoing professional development for students, faculty, and staff. These opportunities include trainings and workshops on equity and inclusion, SC4 (Sierra College Community, Creativity, Culture, and Collaboration Training), active Academic Senate standing committees concerned with student success and equity, a Presidential Equity Advisory Committee (PEAC), culturally responsive student engagement centers, support for our undocumented and AB540 students, campus-wide equity summits, a robust set of programs, events, and conferences related to equity-mindedness and supporting the success of our diverse students.


Responsibilities and qualifications for this position include:

  • Teaching college-level majors microbiology courses designed to prepare students for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Allied Health fields.
  • Experience with microbiology laboratory techniques. This includes, but is not limited to: aseptic technique and the proper handling, growth, and microscopy of microorganisms; methods for the identification of microbes; and recombinant DNA techniques.
  • The ideal candidate will demonstrate a willingness to maintain currency and depth of knowledge in microbiology as well as demonstrate commitment to professional development, including but not limited to activities such as participation in professional conferences, workshops, seminars, membership in professional organizations, research projects, etc. 
  • The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about culturally-responsive pedagogical techniques and effective practices for engaging students who are historically underrepresented and underserved in traditional biology classrooms.
  • The faculty member will participate in curriculum development and in the review and assessment of student learning outcomes and course success rates disaggregated by race/ethnicity and other key demographics to ensure the success of all students.
  • Participation in campus governance, faculty organizations and committees, departmental activities such as program review, and in one’s own professional development is also an integral component of the position’s regular responsibilities.


  • Master’s degree in any biological science OR bachelor’s degree in any biological science AND master’s degree in biochemistry, biophysics, or marine science OR the equivalent. If claiming equivalency, please attach the Request for Equivalency Hearing form.


Placement on the District’s Faculty Salary Schedule is dependent upon years of experience and level of education. Entry level is from $53,205.67 to $71,300.68 at time of employment. The current highest salary attainable after employment is $95,549.73. The District offers a very competitive benefits package, which includes health and welfare as well as income protection. Employees also will be members of the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS). Sick leave, sabbatical, and other leaves are available according to the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement.


There are five (5) required documents to apply for this position:

  1. Employment Application
  2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  3. Cover Letter that addresses the  responsibilities and qualifications listed above, including:
    1. The transferable experience, knowledge, skills and abilities for teaching lecture and laboratory microbiology courses.
    2. A commitment to maintaining a level of rigor that will prepare students for future challenging courses of study and a willingness to collaborate with fellow faculty and laboratory support staff to develop curriculum and to maintain consistency in the curriculum content and quality throughout all course sections and all district sites.
    3. A willingness to foster new/adjunct faculty in biology.
    4. Evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the racial, socioeconomic, academic, and cultural diversity within the community college student population, including students with different ability statuses (e.g., physical and/or learning) as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice within the classroom and in the campus community.
  4. Applicable Transcripts
  5. Teaching Philosophy Statement that must include discussion of the following questions as it relates to engaging students in learning biology:
  • What do you feel are the best strategies for supporting students in biology courses who have been historically marginalized? Specifically, what are the key factors that contribute to the closing of equity gaps in the classroom?
  • What role should faculty play in student success?
  • Think of the most successful class you have taught or a similar experience. What were the key factors in creating that success, particularly for African-American, Latinx and Native American students?
  • Describe how your teaching approach has changed/evolved since you began teaching. Provide examples of what motivated the change(s).


Candidates must apply at: https://sierracollege.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=406&job=microbiology-instructor-1819-42-rocklin-campus


DEADLINE: Applications must be received by the Sierra College Human Resources Department no later than TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2019.  


LATE OR INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Please note that letters of reference may be utilized during the reference checking process, but will not be provided to the hiring committee.


Transcript Clarification:
Do not mail or email transcripts to the Sierra College Human Resources Department. You may open sealed transcripts, scan & attach the transcripts to your application in a Word/JPG/PDF file. The degree, major and awarded date must be visible on the transcripts.




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