Adjunct Astronomy Instructor
Palo Verde Community College District,Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
United States



The instructor will teach classes within the approved discipline(s). In addition, the instructor shall be responsible for maintaining and updating curriculum relevant to the assigned instructional area. This position could involve assignments during day, evening, weekends, and high quality correspondence education modality. Training will be provided.


Examples of Duties


1.Provide instruction in all areas of the approved discipline.

2.Prepares, evaluates, and revises courses and course materials.

3.Maintain organized sets of course and student records.

4.Enforce the rules and regulations of the college.

5.Utilized approved textbooks and following the course objectives, course content, and evaluation standards as listed in the course outline.

6.Maintain the scheduled days and class hours as listed in the class schedule.

7.Maintain accurate grade and census records for each student on the class record sheets provided and submit them to the record office, as an official record, by the deadline established for these records by the Registrar.

8.Give final exams in each class according to the official schedule of days, times, and locations unless permission has been received from the Vice President of Instructional and Student Services.

9.Notify the Instructional Services Department promptly whenever regularly assigned duties cannot be performed.

10.Attend part-time faculty meetings, when requested to do so.  (Part-Time faculty are welcome to all regular faculty meetings, check contract for compensation requirements.)

11.Return all keys at the end of each semester to the Administrative Services Department.

12.Keep current in one's academic field(s).

13.Work collegially with full-time faculty and staff.

14.Hear and understand speech at normal levels.

15.Speak so others will be able to clearly understand normal in person conversation.

16.See for the purpose of reading laws and codes, rules and policies, and other printer matter.

Perform other related duties as assigned


Educational/Experience Qualifications



Candidates must possess the minimum qualifications for the discipline as approved by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and defined in the Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges handbook. Click on the following link to verify minimum qualifications: (Download PDF reader)

Master's degree is a minimum requirement for academic areas of instruction.

In areas where a Masters degree is not generally available or expected any bachelor's degree and two years of professional experience, or any associate degree and six years of professional experience; OR the equivalent*; OR possession of an appropriate California Community College Credential.

Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of staff and student, and of staff and students with physical and learning disabilities.

To meet criteria of regulatory authorities related to particular instructional programs such as Statewide Board of Nursing, federal and state Vocation and Education Act programs.

           All coursework must be from a recognized accredited college or university.



1.      Teaching experience, preferably at the community college level.

2.      A firm commitment to the needs of students with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and levels of ability with multi-cultural teaching experience.

3.      Additional academic preparation enabling instructor to teach in an additional discipline.

Supplemental Information

*Applicants who do not meet the above-stated minimum qualifications must complete the Supplemental Questionnaire for Equivalency in order to be considered on the basis of possessing equivalent qualifications (equivalency).

To obtain the equivalency application please contact:


Tera Palmer

Human Resources Technician II


When completing the form, be sure to explain in detail how your qualifications are equivalent to the required minimum qualifications.



Our employment online application process is designed to assist the search committee in evaluating whether or not you possess the required knowledge and skills for the position for which you are applying.  Job-related information from all applicants will be evaluated to identify those best qualified.  Only the best-qualified applicants will be selected for testing and further consideration.  Therefore, the online application must be completed to allow a comprehensive review and evaluation.  Failure to complete the online application (and supplemental material, when required) will constitute failure to comply with the selection process and the application will be rejected.


1. To guarantee consideration, a completed application and any other required material listed, must be submitted with the online application by the published closing date.

2. Applications are only accepted for positions currently open for recruitment.

3. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee you an interview.

4. Current employees who are applying for a position should be aware that material from their personnel files will not be included as part of the application packet, and they should provide information on past and present employment in the same degree of detail as any other candidate.

5. Applicants wishing to apply for more than one position must submit a separate application and required materials for each position.

6. Legible photocopies of documents will only be accepted.

7. Travel costs related to the interview process will be borne solely by the candidate.

8. Please read the job announcement/description carefully to ensure your background and education meet the requirements of the position

9. The selection process may also include practical exercise (i.e., training demonstration and/or other written, technical manipulative, or simulation exercises), or skilled testing to evaluate candidates' qualifications.



Memorandum Qualification Form (Download PDF reader) (must be uploaded)

Cover Letter


Diversity Statement

Copy of Transcripts (Must show all work completed and the conferral date of the degree.  If hired original transcripts must be submitted)

Six References (3 Professional and 3 Personal)

Professional Licenses (If applicable)



Palo Verde Community College District


One College Drive


Blythe, California, 92225




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