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Assistant Professor, Oceanography and Geology (Earth Sciences)

Palomar College
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 1, 2022
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Assistant Professor, Oceanography and Geology (Earth Sciences)
Department: Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences
Palomar College

Date Opened: 11/29/2022
Close Date: 1/24/2023

Primary Function:
The Assistant Professor, Oceanography and Geology (Earth Sciences)* is primarily responsible for teaching a variety of courses in the discipline of earth science, to include oceanography and geology. Specifically, these courses include but are not limited to: Oceanography lecture and laboratory (OCN 100 and 100L), and Physical Geology (GEOL 195) regional field courses.

The successful candidate will share a leadership role with other full-time instructors in handling program logistics, developing curriculum, and contributing to the overall functioning of the college.

*Actual District title: Assistant Professor, Earth Science (Oceanography and Geology).

Salary: Starting salary range: $70,408.54 - $111,872.37 annually. Academic training and teaching experience will form the basis for salary computation as determined by placement on the regular salary schedule of the College. A maximum of step 8 at the appropriate salary grade will be awarded to new faculty. For a salary estimate, visit and use the links in the Full-time Faculty section.

Benefits: In addition​ to a competitive compensation structure, Palomar College​ also offers an extremely generous benefits package.

  • Fully paid ​HMO medical, ​HMO dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents (additional buy up options available)
  • Sick leave
  • $80,000 life​/accident insurance policy (additional buy up options available)
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) - Free counseling, financial, legal, personal and professional development resources
  • Additional buy up options available for other voluntary insurance benefits
  • Enrollment in CalSTRS (California State Teachers Retirement System)

The estimated maximum value of this employer-paid benefits​ package is approximately $33,260 annually.

Minimum Qualifications:
Must meet one of the sets of qualifications listed under 1) through 3):

  1. A Master’s in geology, geophysics, earth sciences, meteorology, oceanography or paleontology.

  2. A Bachelor’s degree in geology AND a Master’s in geography, physics, or geochemistry.

  3. A combination of education and experience that is at least the equivalent of the qualifications in either 1) or 2) above. You must complete and attach the Application for Equivalency form (, if you do not possess the specific minimum qualifications as stated above, which includes degrees that have not been awarded at the time of submitting the application.

Only coursework completed at, and degrees awarded by, accredited institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education will be considered as satisfying the minimum qualifications. Coursework and degrees that are completed outside of the United States are required to have transcripts evaluated (evaluation to U.S. equivalency and a course by course analysis) by an appropriate U.S. credentials evaluation service. For a list of credentials evaluation agencies accepted by Palomar College, visit the National Association of Credentials Evaluation Services (NACES) website at, or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) website at

Diversity Statement: Palomar College serves over 30,000 students from a variety of backgrounds and we are proud to be a Hispanic Serving Institution. Our student body is rich in its diversity. Click here to see a quick overview of our student demographics on our recent Student Fact Sheet.

Palomar College is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, access and antiracism. We are dedicated to empowering students to succeed and are guided by our core values; some of which are the following:
  • Access - We make education possible for everyone.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - We recognize and respect diversity, seek to foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, and strive to address inequities.
    All positions require cultural competency which includes the sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff.

    To Apply: Visit for full details and required application materials.

    About the District:
    Palomar College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive, two-year community college that serves the greater North San Diego County region. Palomar College offers over 200 associate degrees and certificate programs to approximately 25,000 full- and part-time students. A favorite in the community among local institutions of higher education, the College is recognized as one of the top 100 Colleges and Universities in the nation for serving Hispanic students. Palomar College is just 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 30 miles away from all of the exciting cultural activities that San Diego has to offer.

    Palomar College is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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