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Physics Instructor

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

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Faculty Positions
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Under administrative direction of an educational administrator, to teach Physics lecture and laboratory courses, as assigned, to function as liaison with the Science and Mathematics Division with regard to Physics Department policy, business, scheduling and staffing, and to do related work, as required.

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Examples Of Functions and Tasks


Lecture/ Laboratory Presentation - ESSENTIAL: Prepare lectures to introduce theory, problem solving techniques, and laboratory procedures for Calculus-based and non-Calculus -based Physics courses; structure course to maintain uniform pace; develop and enforce standards of classroom conduct and of minimum acceptable academic performance; convey relevant material in a clear and logical manner; introduce mathematical techniques, as required; prepare, carry out, and dismantle lecture demonstrations; prepare slides and other multimedia aids, as needed, including videotapes of laboratory procedures; set up and verify proper operation of laboratory apparatus; remove laboratory apparatus from laboratory and return to storeroom; prepare supplemental monographs, as needed, for emphasis and clarity of topics; provide individual tutoring and counseling, as needed; supervise students during laboratory activity periods; seek out student learning difficulties and take proper corrective measures; maintain acceptable American English language skills, as required for ease of verbal and written communication with students and staff. PERIPHERAL: Supervise maintenance, adjustment, and repair of apparatus.


Testing Instruments - ESSENTIAL: Prepare, administer, and evaluate tests, quizzes, homework assignments, and makeup work for lecture classes; prepare laboratory instructions and laboratory report forms; prepare, administer, and evaluate laboratory quizzes; maintain class records and assign course grades.


Subject Matter Expertise - ESSENTIAL: Enroll in course work, conferences, and workshops, as needed to review subject matter and mathematics skills and to remain abreast of new developments in subject matter and teaching techniques; undertake regular review of literature, journals, new apparatus, and computer software; correspond with colleagues concerning professional and pedagogical matters. PERIPHERAL: Attend and present in-service workshops.


Departmental Operations - ESSENTIAL: Direct and guide departmental tutors, Laboratory Technician(s)- Physics, and student and/or other temporary help; handle departmental correspondence and telephone inquiries; participate in periodical department meetings; confer with departmental/divisional adjunct faculty instructors regarding subject matter, teaching techniques, departmental policies, and equipment use; prepare class schedules and syllabi; prepare purchase requisitions and follow-up correspondence; code and store new equipment and provide for proper inventory techniques. PERIPHERAL: Function as liaison between the Physics Department and the District with regard to departmental business, budget(s), staffing, policies, book orders, instructor loading, departmental planning and annual plans, equipment, conditions, and handling of hazardous materials; administer Physics 28 individual research projects and internship programs; provide letters of reference and employment information on behalf of students and staff, as appropriate; participate in selecting new texts and ancillary materials; evaluate other instructors and other staff, as required and in accordance with establish District policies and procedures.


Learning Improvement/Innovation - ESSENTIAL: Incorporate up-to-date apparatus, computers, and techniques into departmental curriculum;; conduct research and development on new instructional methods and apparatus; develop techniques for using computers as lecture aids, laboratory interfaces, and in tutorial modalities. PERIPHERAL: Prepare code and file new multimedia aids, including slides, videotapes, demonstrations, and overhead projector transparencies.

Articulation - PERIPHERAL: Provide interdepartmental loan service of equipment and supplies; present programs for other Sierra College academic departments and for local elementary and secondary schools, as requested; provide assistance in matters relating to articulation of Physics curriculum with transfer institutions.


Minimum Qualifications


Degrees/Experience: ESSENTIAL: Incumbent must possess a Master’s degree in Physics, Astronomy, or Astrophysics OR a Bachelor’s degree in Physics or Astronomy AND a Master’s degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Meteorology, or Geophysics OR the equivalent.

Knowledge of: ESSENTIAL: Knowledge of Physics and associated Mathematics; teaching theories, methods, and techniques.

Ability to: ESSENTIAL: Instruct students effectively in any Physics course offered by Sierra College, with effective use of demonstrations and multimedia laboratories; develop, set up, and supervise laboratory activities for all Physics courses offered by Sierra College; set up and operate a wide range of laboratory equipment and associated apparatus; repair and adjust a wide variety of apparatus, using common hand tools and electrical measuring instruments; speak and write American English clearly and effectively; work effectively and congenially with colleagues; tutor and advise students; participate in daily departmental operations, including administrative, business, and policy decisions; improve knowledge of subject matter through reading, course work, and attendance at workshops and conferences; use computers in academic, laboratory, and administrative roles; develop curriculum and structure lecture and laboratory materials to provide for a uniform pace of course(s); prepare, administer, and evaluate effective testing instruments for lecture and laboratory sessions; remain committed to philosophy inherent to community college instruction; follow appropriate safety precautions and laboratory protocols; observe requirements for safe handling and disposal of hazardous waste.

Physical Suitability Requirements: ESSENTIAL: Incumbent must be able to function effectively indoors in a classroom, laboratory, and office environment engaged in work of primarily a moderately active nature, and to accomplish the following, with or without reasonable accommodation: Frequently: Utilize vision (near and far) to write, read printed materials and computer screens, observe activities in classroom and laboratory, set up equipment/apparatus, and assist students with laboratory activities; utilize hearing and speech for ordinary and telephonic conversation and to hear sound prompts from equipment and apparatus; operate stationary and mobile equipment; utilize manual and finger dexterity to set up and operate machinery and equipment and to type/keyboard to enter data into computers; stand, upright and forward flexing, occasionally for long periods of time to deliver lectures and to assist students in the laboratory; walk, to move about classroom, laboratory, office and campus environs; lift (from overhead, waist and floor levels, max. 50 lbs.), carry (max. 50 lbs.), reach (from low, level, and overhead), push, stoop, and bend to move and set up supplies and equipment; work in areas subject to risk of injury from high voltage electricity, moderately high levels of noise, low pressure, intense light, radioactivity, ultraviolet (UV) and microwave radiation, risk of contact with blood borne and/or other pathogens, and risk of cuts and/or sticks with glassware and other sharps. Occasionally: Work in areas subject to risk of exposure to extremes of heat or cold and chemicals and caustics; wear personal protective equipment to protect face, eyes, arms, hands, fingers, and hearing.




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  


Sierra College is a Community College located near Sacramento, California where a heavy emphasis is placed on academic excellence and student success.

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