Botany & Microbiology Instructor (Tenure Track)

Washington, United States
$58,050.00 - $66,450.00
Jan 14, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Highline College in Des Moines, Washington is seeking a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Environmental Science Botany & Microbiology. Anticipated date of employment is September 2021.  Typically this position teaches 45 credits and participates in departmental and college-wide activities.  Salary is based on the negotiated faculty salary schedule.  Initial placement typically ranges from $58,050 to $66,450 (depending on the candidate's qualifications) for a 9 month contract (170 instructional days).

To ensure full review of your application, materials should be received by 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 5th, 2021.




  • To teach courses in plant biology, microbiology, cell biology, and environmental science/ecology. Note that teaching assignments may include evening/weekend, on-line, hybrid, off-campus classes, and face-to-face classes when appropriate. 
  • To advise students and help develop/monitor their academic and career plans. 
  • To regularly assess student learning outcomes at the course, department, and college level. 
  • To serve on campus committees and contribute to campus governance. 
  • To participate in continued professional development biology educator. 


At Highline, successful faculty applicants demonstrate the ability to promote:

  • Active, inclusive and culturally relevant learning environments and curricula that welcome and engage all students, incorporating instructional technologies as appropriate to improve student attainment.
  • Cultural responsiveness and a commitment to equity in interactions with students, faculty, staff and community members who span a diverse range of languages, nationalities and ethnicities, socio-economic levels, identities and educational experiences.
  • Collaborative approaches to day-to-day activities, to the development of innovations and new initiatives and, when necessary, to problem-solving.
  • Self-reflective practice in teaching and learning, assessment, leadership, professional development and service.


  • Master's degree (or higher) in biology, botany, ecology, or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution or its international equivalent (pending degrees must be verified by a letter from the granting institution).


  • College teaching experience, preferably in the community college level;
  • Strong background in plant biology and microbiology and one or more of the following: molecular biology, cell biology, ecology, environmental science, evolution, plant pathology;
  • Experience teaching face-to-face, online, and/or hybrid classes using Canvas;
  • Significant experience working in multicultural/diverse environments;
  • Experience designing active, learner-centered, culturally responsive instruction (This includes designing curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment that are relevant to students; valuing what students already know; and empowering students to demonstrate knowledge in multiple ways as appropriate to the practice of biology);
  • Experience incorporating research-based practices to teaching and assessment;
  • Evidence of challenging learners intellectually (This includes encouraging students to ask questions, confront limits, recognize complexities, think critically, and challenge assumptions);
  • Evidence of effective communication (This includes conveying information and expectations clearly, listening carefully, encouraging students to communicate, and acting with respect, enthusiasm, and empathy toward students);
  • Significant experience collaborating effectively with colleagues; 
  • Fluency in an additional language. 

 Highline College prides itself on its commitment to diversity and equity, its institutional culture of collegiality and innovation, its globalization of curricula and its inclusion of the community in its programming.
  Founded in 1961, Highline College is situated in a diverse community just 15 minutes south of Seattle. The college annually serves more than 16,500 students –– a student population of over 70% students of color, representing 35 nations and more than 100 languages. The college embraces equity, inclusion and social justice, with core goals of student attainment, diversity, community Engagement and sustainability. The student body at Highline College is made up of Transfer students, Running Start students, Professional-Technical students, International students, Comprehensive Transition Program for students with intellectual disabilities, Adult Basic Education and English Language Learners. In addition, we offer six bachelor of applied science, four-year degrees.
As an essential part of our mission and vision, diversity, equity and inclusion are promoted and fostered in all aspects of college life. 


The Biology Department currently consists of five tenured faculty plus several adjunct faculty. Key academic programs include preparation for biology majors, health professionals, and general science students. Highline is also home to the Marine Science and Technology center (MaST), a waterfront marine lab and aquarium that supports a strong marine science program. 

A full listing of offerings is available at:


For more information on the department, contact Dusty Wilson, Chair of the Pure and Applied Sciences at

 Your online application must include the following four attachments to be considered complete:

  • A detailed resume that addresses the MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS of the position.
  • A letter of application (two-page maximum) that addresses your ability to meet the FACULTY-WIDE SKILLS AND ABILITIES for appointment and, to the extent applicable, the DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS of the position.  Please include in your letter lower-division undergraduate courses taught, and number of times taught.
  • A one-page response to the DIVERSITY STATEMENT found in the Supplemental Tab above.
  • Unofficial Transcripts documenting undergraduate and graduate course work and degrees (official transcripts required upon employment)
     Should you have any difficulties uploading your documents or navigating the application process, please contact NEOGOV Technical Support at 1-855-524-5627, Monday - Friday 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Pacific Time. 
    Highline College is an equal opportunity employer. The College is committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and staff, as well as our student population. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientations, and gender identity diversity. We strongly encourage applicants to apply without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legal protected status.
     The College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants needing accommodations in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at (206) 592-3812. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.
     Highline College complies with Title IX regulations. For details on our policies, see our website