Full-Time Faculty, Physics Instructor Tenure-Track

Washington, United States
$57,091.00 - $61,091.00
Mar 29, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


Whatcom Community College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Physics instructor beginning Fall Quarter 2021.  The College is seeking a dynamic individual interested in developing and engaging students through the use and implementation of innovative and inclusive curriculum and teaching methods, including the application of technology, both inside and outside the classroom. The College seeks faculty who have the ability to work effectively and collaboratively with students, colleagues, staff, and others in a campus climate that promotes cultural diversity and global understanding.   College faculty teach an equivalent of 15 credits per quarter and contribute to the College through committee service and program leadership and development.
The physics department prepares students for the physical sciences transfer or workforce. The successful applicant is expected:

  • to teach all levels of physics, physical science and preferably astronomy courses offered at Whatcom, which may include evening, hybrid, and online courses;
  • to update, revise and maintain curriculum to the highest standards in the field;  
  • to collaborate with college faculty and administrators in contributing to the future vision and scope of physics and other STEM program at the college; 
  • to remain current in the field and adapt courses to meet changing job skills, research developments, and qualification requirements; 
  • to foster and support an inclusive educational/work environment.

Being a faculty member at Whatcom offers the opportunity to engage in the advancement of equitable student outcomes and the elimination of equity gaps. Faculty have regular opportunities for on-campus professional development, collaboration with colleagues, and engagement in workshops and learning communities. These opportunities contribute to professional advancement at the College, as well as personal growth. This position supports all four of the College’s four core themes – achieving success, building community, advancing equity, and enhancing effectiveness. 

 Qualifications, Salary and Appointment

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or PhD in physics or related field, with a strong undergraduate physics background.  Creative combinations or professional pathways to physics teaching are welcome. 
  • Evidence of commitment to supporting student learning with an equity-minded focus. This could include teaching, mentoring, advising, etc. 
  • Evidence of strong interest in undergraduate science curriculum that involves student-centered inquiry and development of conceptual understanding for both science majors and general studies students. 

Preferred Qualifications:   

  • The ability to contribute to and/or lead efforts to increase student success in the sciences. [Examples may include any of the following:  closing achievement gaps between demographic groups, remediation needs, cultural, economic, physical and health challenges, and students with general science anxiety including teaching a productive academic mindset that shows students they are capable of learning with practice and effort] 
  • Experience and/or interest in instructing and assisting in the growth and success of a diverse population of students through 1) careful preparation of course materials, 2) incorporating pedagogies that support effective teaching methodologies for all students and 3) informed critical feedback on assignments and discussions with the intent to remodel or create new laboratory and curricular materials.
  • Experience and/or interest with culturally responsive pedagogy and practice for engaging students who are diverse and/or are students who are historically underserved. Examples may include but not limited to: African American, Latinx, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders or other disproportionately impacted students. 
  • Responsiveness, sensitivity, and understanding of the diverse academic differences in Community College student learning styles, as potentially informed by: socioeconomics, culture, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnic backgrounds, neurodiversity, physical or learning disabilities, and former professional experiences. 
  • Intentional interpersonal skills and communication abilities with students and colleagues. 
  • Knowledge of, or willingness to, incorporate the use of a learning management system to increase accessibility for all students.

 Salary and Appointment:  

  • The 2020-21 Master’s degree salary begins at $57,091, Doctorate degree salary begins at $61,091 (additional degrees, experience, and state-funded and negotiated increases will increase the actual starting salary); 174 day annual contract. 
  • Salaries will increase for 2021-22.

Benefit Package: 

  • The position comes with a full benefits package, including health, dental, life, long-term disability insurance and a retirement plan.

* Additionally, as a Washington State, public higher education institution, WCC offers the following:

  • Whatcom Community College is a qualified employer for the PSLF program. If you work for the College full time, have had Direct Loans and are on an eligible repayment plan, you are eligible to apply.
  • Full-time employees are eligible to apply and participate in the Whatcom Community College Employee Tuition Program, which provides a tuition waiver for available and eligible WCC courses.

Start Date:

  • Fall quarter 2021. 

Application Due Date:

  • For guaranteed consideration, application packets should be received by Friday, April 30th, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicant

A completed application consists of an online application and:

  • Letter of application detailing relevant experience and specifics about how the applicant is prepared to meet the duties of the position. [Please respond to all of the above listed bullets as you can, and feel free to share areas that you are inexperienced in, but have interest in developing.]
  • Diversity statement that responds to the following prompt (1 page max).

*Whatcom Community College has a strategic plan core theme to advance equity. How do you express your own diversity and/or aspects of privilege? In what way can you see these attributes contributing to the success of diverse students and employees, and how might you engage in this work? 

  • Current resume.
  • Unofficial Transcripts for all earned degrees; official transcripts required prior to the official start date.
  • Two current letters of recommendation.
  • List of three recent professional references with contact information.