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Chemistry Instructor - Merritt

Peralta Community College District
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 19, 2022

College Information

Peralta/College Information

Merritt College

Merritt College is a public, comprehensive, two-year college, maintained by the Peralta Community College District in Alameda County. With a comprehensive day and evening program of transfer, technical, occupational and basic skills education, the College is committed to meeting the educational needs of the diverse student population it serves.

Located on a 125-acre site in the hills of East Oakland, Merritt College combines modern, spacious facilities with a spectacular view of the entire Bay Area. An integral part of a large, busy urban community, the location provides a sense of tranquility and peace.

Position Information

Job Title
Chemistry Instructor - Merritt

Time Base
1.0 FTE; 10 months

Salary Range: $66,714 - $90,105/yr. Initial salary placement is commensurate with experience and educational background.

Benefits Information


The Peralta Colleges proudly offers a competitive and comprehensive core of work-life benefits. The value of the employer contribution towards your benefits may increase your total compensation by as much as 47%. Benefit-eligible employees have access to coverage for themselves and eligible dependents:

• Medical, dental, vision, prescription drug insurance coverage*

• Life insurance of 150% of your income up to $100,000.

• Long-term disability coverage.

• Employee Assistance Program.

In addition to your contribution, Peralta pays 16.92% of your salary to the State Teachers Retirement System ( STRS ). Retirement eligibility begins as early as age 50. After 10 years of creditable service, medical benefits in retirement are extended until age 65. Other benefits include 10 days sick leave, and holidays.

Other voluntary benefits include:

• Flexible benefit plan participation in the Medical Reimbursement Plan, Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan (under tax code 125)

• Pre-tax commuting expenses (under IRS code 132)

• Tax-deferred plan participation in the 403(b) and 457 plans

• Credit union membership

• Prepaid legal plan participation

• Additional Life Insurance for yourself, spouse or children

* Kaiser and United Health Care Dental are fully paid by the District. Other plans require employee contribution. Subject to change.

Position Type

Mathematics (652)



Job Description Summary

The Chemistry department offers first and second year college-level chemistry courses for transfer and pre-medical requirements. We also offer introductory-level courses designed to prepare students for our transfer-level courses, or for careers in health related fields such as nursing and dental hygiene. Students in our chemistry classes pursue chemistry, biology, biochemistry, medicine, and pharmacology, or other health-related fields and most of them do this by participating in some type of transfer program. Additionally, the chemistry department is equipped with modern instrumentation, which includes FT-IR, NMR, GG/MS, AA, UV-Vis, and HPLC .

Teach a broad range of Chemistry classes, with special emphasis on Organic Chemistry and also in areas of general and introductory chemistry as needed.

The Chemistry Instructor will have primary responsibilities in our General and Organic Chemistry programs, and secondary responsibilities in our Introductory General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry program. The assignment may also include other courses in the discipline as needed, especially newly developed courses.

Duties & Responsibilities


Teaching schedule may include evening or weekend hours as part of contract assignment.

Instructors are expected to use and keep abreast of advanced teaching methods, including the use of current and future technologies to support student learning and career objectives.

• Provide class instruction in accordance with established course outlines.
• Inform students via syllabi concerning course requirements, evaluation procedures, and attendance requirements.
• Maintain necessary attendance, scholastic and personnel records, and submits them according to published deadlines.
• Prepare and grade class assignments and examinations and promptly returns them to students.
• Post and maintain required office hours in accordance with the prevailing policy.
• Participate in faculty discussions on curriculum, teaching-learning techniques and teaching materials.
• Participate on departmental, divisional, and campus committees. Develop and revise courses in the discipline.

The Instructor is also responsible for providing a full professional service week that may include, but is not limited to:

• Teaching, teaching preparation, maintenance of office hours and student advising, and maintenance of student rosters, class records and grade completion in accordance with District policy and procedures;
• Performing departmental duties such as program and curriculum development, evaluation and revision, and selecting appropriate instructional materials, and working with administrators and other faculty to develop a comprehensive pre-collegiate program;
• Participation in professional activities such as departmental and campus committee work, faculty peer evaluations, staff meetings and participation in the governance structure of the College and District;
• Pursuing professional growth activities to remain current in discipline and teaching methodology;
• Performing professional outreach activities (e.g., working with administrators and other faculty, as part of course development and depending on need, by participating in an industry advisory committee for a program, working with inter-segmental education partners—such as high school, adult school and other colleges—and industry partners to design and implement effective basic skills curricula and career pathways in the discipline, etc.); and
• Performing other related duties as assigned by the College.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Possession of a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Chemistry or biochemistry;

2. Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Chemistry or biochemistry;

Possession of a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Biochemistry, Chemical engineering, Chemical Physics, Physics, Molecular Biology, or Geochemistry or the equivalent;


3. May submit a fully satisfied lifetime California Community College Instructor Credential authorizing service to teach courses in Chemistry.
(California credentials were no longer issued after July 1, 1990).


4. The equivalent qualifications.
(Candidates who claim equivalency must provide conclusive evidence, as clear and reliable on the college transcripts as required on the District Equivalency Application Form. Refer to the Equivalency Procedures below. This is not a process to waive the minimum qualifications.)

5. Applicant must have demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college staff, faculty, and students.

Desirable Qualifications

• Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry with extensive experience teaching in the primary subject area.

• Experience teaching distance education courses, using Moodle or other distance education learning management systems.

• Experience in the use of various instructional technologies to teach both face-to-face and online courses.

• Evidence of strong commitment to professional growth and development and to the continued innovation and improvement of teaching.

• Knowledgeable in laboratory instrumentations especially using GC, HPLC, UV, IR and NMR .

• Ability and willingness to teach a wide range of classes as schedules and institutional commitments require.

• Must have willingness to maintain currency in chemistry and the ability to focus on learner-centeredness.

• Demonstrated knowledge in current teaching practices, including assessment of learning outcomes.

• Evidence of effective use of technology, both in the classroom and the laboratory.

• Evidence of commitment to collegial participation in departmental, college and discipline-specific professional activities.

• Ability to explain discipline-specific concepts in a clear, logical and concise fashion; interact effectively with students, peers and administrative personnel; work independently to solve problems; recognize variation in student backgrounds, abilities, and learning styles; be patient with students; maintain integrity, honesty, reliability, and cooperation.

• Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

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Other Requirements

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Application Deadline Date
March 1st, 2023

Open Date

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