Job Details

College of the Desert
  • Position Number: 2020832
  • Location: Palm Desert, CA
  • Position Type: Science - Astronomy and Astrophysics

Astronomy Instructor, part-time

Classification Title: Adjunct Teaching
Department: Astronomy
Rank: Adjunct Instructor
Tenure Information: Adjunct non-tenure

Job Description:
Under administrative leadership, it is the responsibility of the adjunct instructor to participate in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs, courses, and other experiences that will directly result in the educational growth of the students and support advancement of the vision, mission, and values of the community college district.

Classroom environment and unassigned faculty office environment. Classes may be at the Palm Desert Campus or one of our sites in Indio, Mecca/Thermal, Desert Hot Springs, or Palm Springs. Classes may be scheduled during the day, evening or weekends.

College of the Desert Adjunct Association (CODAA) Bargaining Unit
Salary Placement is according to the CODAA Collective Bargaining Agreement. For information on salary placement, please see the Collective Bargaining Agreement and Salary Schedule.
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About College of the Desert
College of the Desert is located in Palm Desert, California, the geographic center of the beautiful Coachella Valley. Nestled among the backdrop of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains in eastern Riverside County, the Coachella Valley is a resort community that offers over 100 golf courses and a wide array of outdoor activities such as tennis, hiking, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, polo, bicycling, rock climbing, and swimming.

Founded in 1958, this two-year public college serves over 400,000 residents of eight local cities and the students of the Palm Springs, Desert Sands and Coachella Valley school districts. College of the Desert offers certificates and two-year Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees.

The College served over 15,700 students in the 2016-2017 academic year. COD is a federally recognized Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), with almost 70% of the student body identifying as Hispanic. The Coachella Valley community recently passed a $577 million bond measure, allowing for College of the Desert to improve its current facilities and expand its campus locations. These improvements and expansion will assist with College of the Desert's goals of providing an education to students inside and outside of the Coachella Valley.

The College of the Desert Science Department has doubled in the last 4 years. There are currently twelve full-time faculty teaching in the disciplines of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, and Physics. The COD Science Department serves students at multiple campuses in the Coachella Valley who have a wide variety of academic goals: transferring to a four-year school either as a science major or a non-science major; preparing for a career in the Allied Health fields; or earning certificates for employment advancement.

Essential Duties:
Examples of Job Duties:
A. Classroom responsibilities

    a. Meet classes/laboratories on day and times assigned.
    b. Develop and implement instruction for each class/laboratory period which is consistent with the official course outline.
    c. Develop and distribute the first week of class, a written syllabus for each course to communicate to students course objectives, grading criteria, and classroom policies.
    d. Demonstrate respect for student rights as specified in District policy and applicable laws.
    e. Ensure course textbooks and instructional materials are made available to students in a timely manner.
    f. Refer students to tutoring and related student services when appropriate.
    g. Supervise student in off-campus activities when participation is expected as part of a course requirement or where such supervision is part of the instructors load.

B. Evaluation of Students
    a. Evaluate students progress toward meeting course objectives; advise the students of course objectives, methods of evaluation and the results of the evaluation.
    b. Return assignments and examination results in a timely fashion.
    c. Assign grades to students in the manner provided by District policy and administrative procedure and prescribed by the Education Code and Title V regulations for the State of California.
    d. Submit required administrative paperwork, including grade report forms, in a timely and accurate manner.

    C. Curriculum Responsibility of Full-Time Faculty

    D. Student Advising Responsibility of Full-Time Faculty

    E. Professional Development Responsibility of Full-Time Faculty

Additional Responsibilities
    a. Abide by department regulations concerning the proper use, care, and security of equipment.
    b. Advise Supervisor of unsafe conditions or potential hazards and recommend solutions.
    c. Fulfill all obligations as established in the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.
    d. Keep official records required by District policy and administrative procedures and submit them in accordance with college procedures.

Optional Duties*

    a. Advise enrolled students on such matters as: Learning skills, collateral or enrichment reading or experience opportunities for further understanding of the courses or subject field, career alternative/opportunities related to the subject field.
    b. Provide academic assistance and related services to students during office hours.
    c. Participate in the credit by examination program where applicable.
    d. Participate in the development and review of curriculum as needed.
    e. Participate in the development of alternative teaching modalities.
    f. Schedule, announce to students in all classes, and maintain office hours.
    g. Participate in advisory committee meetings as required.
    h. Participate in professional development activities.
    i. Attend and participate in department/center meetings when assigned by the District or shared governance.
    j. Participate process of shared governance by contributing to the academic community through committee work on the department division, college and/or district level, or participate in other significant non-classroom college, district, or community activities.
    k. Consult with Supervisor on personnel needs; assist with position announcements, recruitment, and screening/interviewing committees.
    l. Participate in mentoring of new faculty as assigned.

*All optional duties are on a voluntary basis, but some may have compensation attached per the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Consult with departmental Dean for clarification.

Knowledge Of:

Ability To:

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Masters in physics, astronomy, or astrophysics OR Bachelors in physics or astronomy AND masters in engineering, mathematics, meteorology, or geophysics OR the equivalent.
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

  • If you do not clearly meet the minimum qualifications as they are defined, you must submit an Equivalency Request Form and narrative with your application.
  • Degrees earned outside of the U.S. require that a Foreign Equivalency Evaluation be uploaded in addition to the foreign transcripts.
  • Additional Equivalency Information is available by clicking here.

Preferred Qualifications:
*Experience in Planetary Science.

Salary Range/Rate: Master Degree Lecture Rate - $58.15, Master Degree Lab Rate - $49.43, Doctorate Degree Lecture Rate - $61.20, Doctorate Degree Lab Rate - $52.02
Salary Detail Information:

Posting Number: 19-625-F
Open Date: 10/07/2019
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants:
REFERENCES: References must include a minimum of 2 supervisors and 2 current or previous colleagues. Please include name, title, email and current phone numbers.

REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS: Applications missing any of the required documents listed will not be considered. The following documents are required at the time of application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Unofficial Transcripts: Must be from an accredited institution, show name of institution, degree awarded, discipline, and date awarded. Diplomas will not be accepted in lieu of the required transcripts.

  • If you do not clearly meet the minimum qualifications as they are defined, you MUST submit an Equivalency Request form along with your application materials.
  • Degrees earned outside of the U.S. require that a Foreign Equivalency Evaluation be uploaded IN ADDITION TO the foreign transcripts.
  • Additional Equivalency Information is available by clicking here.

Additional Foreign Equivalency Information is available by clicking here.

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