Adjunct Physics/Astronomy/Physical Science
Merced College, Department of Physics
United States

This is a part-time instructional assignment under the general direction of the Dean of Science, Math and Engineering. Courses may include assignments in Astronomy, Physical Science and Physics. The maximum teaching load is 10 units per semester, which may include evening and weekend hours.


This position is contingent upon funding at the time of hire


Examples of Duties

Provide instruction in accordance with established course outlines and expectations

Inform students about course requirements, evaluation procedures and attendance policy

Maintain required student attendance and scholastic records

Prepare and grade class assignments and examinations

Post and maintain regular office hours in accordance with prevailing policy

Participate in the development and review of curriculum

Participate in the development of teaching-learning methods and materials

Participate in departmental, area and campus professional activities/committees

Participate in the college's learning outcomes assessment program, including course, program, and institutional assessments

Perform tasks needed for student records, e.g., submit grades on time to admissions and records

Typical Qualifications



Master's degree from an acceptable accredited institution in physics, astronomy, or astrophysics OR

Bachelor's degree from an acceptable accredited institution in physics or astronomy AND master's degree in engineering, mathematics, meteorology or geophysics OR

Hold a California Community College Credential in physics OR

The equivalent

Candidate must have sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.


Minimum of one year of community college teaching experience in physics/astronomy.

Current technology skills related to teaching in the discipline and a willingness to pursue future technological developments.

Supplemental Information

How to Apply:

Candidates will submit a complete application on the Merced College Career Pages at


Letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position


List three professional references

Legible unofficial college transcripts (undergraduate and graduate).  Transcripts must include the degree major and date the institution granted the degree.   Official copies are not required unless applicant is hired.

Foreign transcripts must include a U.S. evaluation and translation. (Download PDF reader)

Diversity Statement: Provide a statement about yourself that specifically demonstrates sensitivity to the needs of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and the community at large.  Your response is limited to one (1) page.

OPTIONAL: Equivalency Review Form, if applicable (ONLY for applicants who do not possess the stated minimum educational qualifications and are seeking consideration on the basis of equivalency)

Individuals with disabilities may request any needed accommodation to participate in the application process. Please submit your request with your application to the Human Resources Office. 


Interview Information: Those applicants deemed most qualified for the position will be invited to appear for oral interviews before a screening committee which includes a 15-minute teaching demonstration on a selected topic.   Finalist interviews with district administrators will follow the same or next day.  A limited number of candidates will be invited to interviews.  Expenses for travel and accommodations will be the responsibility of the candidates.


Employee Benefits:  Sick leave, faculty employed on a part-time hourly basis shall earn sick leave credit at the rate of one (1) hour for each twenty (20) hours of paid service.


Condition of Employment: The selected candidate must be livescanned and tested for tuberculosis at his/her own expense prior to the start of employment.  In compliance with the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, all new employees are required to verify their identity and the right to work in the United States.  An applicant must be able to perform essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. Adjunct faculty members may elect become members of Merced College Faculty Association. All offers of employment are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.

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