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Chemistry Instructor

Sierra College
Rocklin, California
$60,413.56 - $80,959.95 Annually
Posted Date
Sep 2, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Under minimum administrative direction of an educational administrator, to develop curriculum, provide lecture and laboratory instruction, evaluate the performance of students engaged in the study of chemistry and other related courses, as directed, and perform related work as assigned. 

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Examples Of Functions and Tasks


Curriculum Development - ESSENTIAL: Review and evaluate curriculum in order to meet student interests and needs within the parameters of Divisional and/or Departmental budget constraints and availability of equipment and materials; coordinate with part-time instructors to enhance consistency of lecture and laboratory content; evaluate and/or revise course descriptions to fit curriculum designs; present proposals for curriculum changes to the curriculum committee and/or other appropriate shared governance bodies; make changes to curriculum as necessary and as approved within the shared governance structure. PERIPHERAL: Review curriculum for compliance with changes in laws, regulations, and standards.


Lecture/ Laboratory Preparation - ESSENTIAL: Complete book order forms, as necessary; place appropriate reference items on reserve in the library, as necessary; prepare lesson plans to be used in lectures and/or coordinate lectures with laboratory learning assignments; prepare lists of laboratory materials needed and supplies Instructional Assistant(s) with a materials listing and a schedule of laboratory experiments; coordinate with Instructional Assistant(s) and/or student help to: assemble laboratory materials and move equipment in and out of laboratories, acquire and maintain materials as needed, select and prepare materials for use in the classroom and/or laboratory, prepare solutions and chemicals, check availability and operation of equipment and needed materials, clean, calibrate and check equipment and return items and equipment to proper storage areas after classroom and/or laboratory use; practice correct handling of hazardous chemical materials, and recognize hazards associated with materials; check materials and equipment setups before each laboratory to determine suitability for use. PERIPHERAL: In consultation with appropriate department members, review and evaluate new textbooks for content, readability, and cost effectiveness and select textbooks and/or laboratory manuals determined to be the most useful and appropriate; attend classes, workshops, conferences and symposiums to increase and/or update knowledge of subject matter and teaching methods and techniques; read current literature (normally several sources- books, newspapers, periodicals, and other printed materials) to enhance preparation of lectures; prepare, edit, and update syllabus materials for lectures and/or laboratories; review and select and/or prepare computer and audio-visual materials for classroom and/or laboratory use; prepare typewritten and/or graphic handouts and/or transparencies for classroom and/or laboratory use, when appropriate; coordinate and confer with book publishing company sales representatives providing instructional materials; coordinate with Instructional Assistant(s) to train and direct student help to assist in laboratory preparation and clean-up chores; experiment with changes in laboratory procedures and/or equipment which will improve instruction; Familiarize self with operation of all equipment currently available for use and which is appropriate for the subject area.


Lecture/Laboratory Presentation - ESSENTIAL: Introduce and present lecture/laboratory information and concepts in a clear and logical manner; use analogies and/or examples to convey important chemical concepts; provide instructional objectives to direct student learning; outline major points of information on board or overhead projector; enhance presentations with visual aids and/or demonstrations and/or examples, when appropriate; prepare and distribute handouts to clarify particularly difficult topics; answer student questions clearly and without ridicule, improper criticism or bias; encourage student participation and involvement in classroom and laboratory discussions; provide equal opportunity for student participation; monitor student activity and take steps to prevent and/or control unacceptable behavior; design and develop new classroom and laboratory exercises to demonstrate major chemical concepts; promote use of critical thinking and the scientific method in all laboratory exercises or experiments; demonstrate laboratory techniques and operation of equipment (e.g., pipettes, centrifuges, etc.); help students to set up, operate, and troubleshoot laboratory equipment and monitor laboratory activities, assisting as necessary; troubleshoot equipment set-up and operation and make modifications and/or substitutions to allow completion of experiments; identify and discuss characteristics and properties of chemical materials in the classroom and laboratory; interpret and explain chemical data being collected, and acknowledge and explain variations as characteristic of chemical reactions and processes; move around in the laboratory, working with students; stay physically present in the laboratory to supervise activities. PERIPHERAL: Supervise student clean-up of the laboratory; advise students of hazards associated with electrical equipment, chemicals, etc.; introduce students to proper use of laboratory notebooks and monitor use during laboratory sessions; monitor disposal of chemical wastes by students.


Student Performance Evaluation - ESSENTIAL: Develop quizzes, tests and laboratory/classroom examinations which are understandable and which fairly evaluate student progress; monitor student activity during examinations/quizzes and take steps to prevent and/or control unacceptable behavior, e.g., cheating; deal swiftly, rationally, and consistently with persons involved in cheating and/or other unacceptable behavior; read and evaluate student responses on examinations/quizzes, marking and grading papers accordingly; tabulate scores and assign official grades; read and assign grades to experiment write-ups; record scores and student attendance on appropriate forms, as required; advise students on academic matters regarding their performance; refer students to appropriate student services (for example, ESL, EOPS, etc.) PERIPHERAL: Assign, read and evaluate homework assignments and/or projects to promote learning; input student scores into a computer (including word processing software) and make printouts of scoring data available to affected students.


Shared - Governance Participation - ESSENTIAL: Attend and participate in departmental meetings and activities; respond in writing to requests for information (for example, employment process position questionnaires, unit planning guides, environmental impact reports, etc.); participate in articulation/curriculum development, investigation and costing of departmental equipment needs and selection of textbooks; represent department by serving on campus-wide committees, as appropriate and feasible. PERIPHERAL: Attend and participate in divisional and/or building meetings and activities, as well as those organized by the Faculty Senate and the Staff Development Committee; serve on employee selection committees, as requested; serve as a functional member of one or more committees and/or task forces; attend Board of Trustees and/or College Council meetings, as necessary; respond to information polls distributed by the Faculty Senate.


Ancillary Student Services - ESSENTIAL: Hold regular office hours; provide advice to students regarding academic performance; provide students and peers with a positive role model in terms of character and citizenship; participate in graduation and outstanding student award ceremonies. PERIPHERAL: Provide students with letters of recommendation, as requested; hold review sessions of classroom/laboratory material, as necessary; advise and encourage students relative to Chemistry Department curriculum; provide opportunities for participation in field trips and/or club activities.


Minimum Qualifications



Master's degree in chemistry OR Bachelor's degree in chemistry AND Master's degree in biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical physics, physics, molecular biology, geochemistry OR the equivalent.

Knowledge of:

ESSENTIAL: Chemical concepts and topics and their interrelation, including analytical chemistry, biochemistry, general chemistry, inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry; laboratory preparation procedures; operation of laboratory equipment utilized to record chemical phenomena/data; scientific methodology; teaching practices, methods, and techniques; laboratory equipment calibration procedures; laboratory hazards and appropriate safety protocols. PERIPHERAL: Computer operation, particularly word processing applications.

Ability to:

ESSENTIAL: Lecture in front of large groups of students; explain chemical concepts and processes in a logical, sequential fashion; operate, troubleshoot, test, and calibrate laboratory equipment; correctly interpret chemical data and draw accurate conclusions; prepare laboratory equipment and materials; provide students with a "hands on" learning experience in a laboratory setting; form and maintain effective working relationships with peers, staff and students; work independently to solve problems; recognize variation in student backgrounds, abilities, and learning styles; be patient with students; maintain integrity, honesty, reliability, and cooperation. PERIPHERAL: Operate a computer (including word processing software).

Physical Suitability Requirements:

ESSENTIAL: Incumbent must be able to perform work in the confines of a classroom and/or laboratory environment and to perform the following duties, with or without reasonable accommodation: Frequently: Utilize vision (near) for reading printed materials and computer screens and for observing chemical phenomena in a laboratory setting; reach (overhead and low) to operate equipment, obtain/store laboratory materials and present lecture information; stand, sit, walk and turn to present lectures, other instruction, and to deliver instructional materials in the classroom and laboratory; lift, push, pull, stoop, squat, bend and carry to move and operate equipment and prepare laboratory materials; utilize manual and finger dexterity to operate equipment, including computers, and to prepare laboratory materials; utilize hearing to respond to student questions, normal conversation, and telephone calls; wear protective equipment to protect face, eyes, arms, hands and fingers in the classroom and laboratory; work in areas subject to dust, mists, fumes, noise, chemicals, caustics, and allergenic materials. PERIPHERAL: Frequently: sit, to operate computers and other office and laboratory equipment.




If claiming equivalency, please attach the Request for Equivalency Hearing form. The equivalency form may be found at: Sierra College Human Resources Individuals who have completed college or university course work at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees and other relevant documents.  



Individuals who have completed college or university course work at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees and other relevant documents. A foreign transcript evaluation is required any time foreign course work is used to meet minimum qualifications and/or salary placement even if the foreign transcript has been accepted by a college or university in the United States.

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Supplemental Information


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 16,000 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. Our District prides itself on academic excellence.


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 to ensure the District provides an inclusive educational and employment environment focused on strategies for success and equitable outcomes for all.


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 succeed in their degree and career objectives. Currently, Sierra College enrolls 16,500 students per term, where approximately: 21% of Sierra College’s students are Latin(o)(a)(x)(e), 3% are African-American, 3% are Filipino, 6% are Asian-American, 1% are Native American, 8% are multiracial and 58% are White.


The successful candidate will join a College 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, a Faculty Equity and Inclusion Certificate, 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.


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COMPENSATION Placement on the District’s Faculty Salary Schedule (Download PDF reader)  is dependent upon years of experience and level of education. Entry-level is from $60,413.56 to $80,959.95 at the time of employment. The current highest salary attainable after employment is $108,494.06. 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. Applicable transcripts with conferred degree and date (unofficial transcripts are accepted)
  4. Faculty Cover Letter that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications listed on the job announcement. You will need to write this statement on a separate document and upload the attachment at the end of the application.
    • The transferable experience, knowledge, skills and abilities for teaching in this discipline. 
    • Please describe your evidence of the responsiveness to and understanding of the racial, socioeconomic, and cultural diversity within the community college student population, including students with different ability statuses (e.g., physical and/or learning), sexual orientations, gender identity and expressions as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practices within the classroom and in the campus community.
  5. Please respond to the prompt below for your Teaching Philosophy Statement. You will need to write this statement on a separate document and upload the attachment at the end of the application. 
    • What do you feel are the best strategies for supporting historically underrepresented and underserved students? Specifically, what are the key factors that contribute to their success and the closing of equity gaps in the classroom, particularly for African-American, Latin(o)(a)(x)(e), and Native American students with intersecting identities, such as LGBTQIA+, visible and invisible disabilities, and any other disproportionately impacted populations?   
    • What role should faculty play in student success?  
    • Describe how your teaching approach has changed/evolved since you began teaching. Provide examples of what motivated the change(s).
    • How does your teaching approach reflect your teaching philosophy in ensuring equitable student success?


Travel expenses may be partially reimbursed for candidates traveling beyond a 150 mile radius for second round interviews. All other travel expenses will be borne by the candidate (if in person interviews). 


 Other terms and conditions of employment are specified in the applicable collective bargaining agreements on file in the District Human Resources Department.  Position description of record on file in the Human Resources Department.   


*Sierra Community College District currently operates campuses in Rocklin, Roseville, Truckee and Grass Valley. In its management of a multi-campus environment, the District reserves right of assignment including the right to change assignment locations and shift assignments based on District need. Although this position may currently reside at the Rocklin campus, the assignment location may be subject to change as needed. Additionally, the district reserves the right to cancel, revise or re-announce this position as well as any and all positions at any time.


EEO/TITLE IX EMPLOYER Sierra College is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination and the achievement of diversity and equity among its faculty, staff, and students.  


Persons with inquiries about the application of Title IX and/or EEO may contact the Director of Diversity, EEO & Title IX (Title IX Coordinator) at the address below, at (916) 660-7006 or via email at


Persons with questions regarding reasonable accommodation of physical and other disabilities should contact the Sierra College Human Resources Department at (916) 660-7105. 

If you have limitations hearing or speaking, the State of California offers a specially-trained Communications Assistant (CA) that can relay telephone conversations for all of your calls. Dial 711 to reach the California Relay Service (CRS). Dialing 711 is for everyone, not just those who have difficulty hearing on a standard phone. If you prefer having your calls immediately answered in your mode of communication, dial one of the toll-free modality and language-specific numbers below. The call will be routed to the CRS provider.   

TTY/VCO/HCO to Voice  

English 1-800-735-2929 

Spanish 1-800-855-3000  


Voice to TTY/VCO/HCO  

English 1-800-735-2922 

Spanish 1-800-855-3000  


From or to Speech-to- Speech  

English & Spanish 1-800-854-7784  

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