Astronomy Instructor Part-time Temporary Pool
College of Marin,Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
United States


College of Marin strives to embrace diversity in all forms: it strives to be an Inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened and productive environment and demonstrates sensitivity to and respect for a diverse population.


Established in 1926, College of Marin (COM) is one of 114 public community colleges in California accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. COM has two campuses in beautiful Marin County. The Kentfield Campus is located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Kentfield and the Indian Valley Campus is located minutes away on a spectacular 333 acre site in Novato.


College of Marin's commitment to educational excellence is rooted in providing equitable opportunities and fostering success for all members of our diverse community by offering:


• preparation for transfer to four-year colleges and universities

• associate degrees and certificates

• career technical education

• basic skills improvement

• English as a second language

• lifelong learning

• community and cultural enrichment


College of Marin responds to community needs by offering student-centered programs and services in a supportive, innovative learning environment that promotes social and environmental responsibility. COM serves a county population of approximately 250,000 residents. Based on fall 2017 credit enrollment data, the diversity of students at the college includes greater representation than the county with regards to enrollment by Hispanic/Latino (28% of enrollment), Asian (8%), Black/African American (4%), and Multi-racial (6%) students.


FOREIGN DEGREE HOLDERS:  Please see the Required Application Documents section below for important information regarding the evaluation of your foreign degrees.


NOTE:  College of Marin does not offer online-only teaching assignments; all faculty members must be available to teach in the classroom, in person.


To Apply:

 Essential Functions:

Instructors appointed to the part-time temporary pool may be used to cover part-time, temporary and/or substitute openings in the department. Assignments can vary in duration and are not guaranteed. Duties may include assignment in any Astronomy course, including, but not limited to: Introduction to Astronomy and Introduction to Astronomy Lab.Assignments for Astronomy pool instructors also include:

Providing effective classroom or laboratory instruction using methods and materials appropriate to the subject matter

Preparing and grading all class assignments and examinations

Advising, assisting and evaluating students, evaluating learning outcomes and maintaining regular office hours

Participating in program activities including curriculum and program planning, development, evaluation, and decision making as well as the development of new teaching-learning methods and materials

Contributing to development of program policies and procedures

Participation in departmental and college professional activities and/or committees is welcomed, but not required

Maintaining accurate and timely student records as required

Maintaining currency and depth of knowledge in assigned area of responsibility

Maintaining appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics

Communicating with excellent written and oral skills in English


 Requirements & Desirables:



1.) A Master's in Physics, Astronomy, or Astrophysics; OR

2.) A Bachelor's in Physics or Astronomy AND a Master's in Engineering, Mathematics, Meteorology, or Geophysics; OR

3.) The equivalent; AND

4.) Demonstrated sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and the campus community.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES (Desirable Attributes & Skills)

Experience in astrophotography and willingness to develop student activities in astrophotography

Competencies related to: curriculum & course development; teaching & learning theory; information resources & evaluating student outcomes; and, assisting student to develop critical thinking skills

Ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing with a diverse campus community

Currency and depth of knowledge in assigned area of responsibility and subject matter

Strong organizational skills

Ability to work effectively and professionally with colleagues and members of the campus community

Commitment to the teaching profession, its goals and ideals, and enthusiasm for the mission of the College of Marin

Understanding of contemporary equity and diversity concepts and issues in a community college setting

Familiarity with, willingness and ability to use methods from current astronomy education research (AER), such as peer instruction, personal response systems, lecture-tutorials, and computer simulations

Ability and enthusiasm to use teaching methods that engage students and encourage them to be motivated self learners

Knowledge, training and experience with online pedagogy and technology

Evidence of excellent written and oral skills in English



Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

In accordance with Federal Law all employees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Criminal Justice/Fingerprint Clearance.

California Education Code, Section 87408.6 requires persons employed by a community college in an academic or classified position to submit to a TB risk assessment developed by CDPH and CTCA and, if risk factors are present, an examination to determine that he or she is free of infectious TB; initially upon hire and every four years thereafter.

Certificated candidates who have not previously been employed in an academic position in California will be required to provide a medical certificate from a licensed physician showing that the candidate is free from any communicable disease unfitting the candidate to instruct or associate with students. The medical exam shall have been conducted not more than six months before submission of the certificate and shall be at the expense of the candidate. (Ed. Code Section 87408.6)

DISASTER SERVICE WORKERS:  All Marin Community College District (MCCD) employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the MCCD requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency. For more information, please see the MCCD Emergency Operations Plan.

Candidates applying for positions with the Marin Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.



The following documents must be attached to your application in order to render it complete.  Use the Attachment Type indicated in parentheses when making your attachments.


A.)  Cover letter (cover letter)

B.)  Resume or C.V. (resume)

C.)  Complete copy of college transcript conferring Bachelor's degree (bachelor's transcript)

D.)  Complete copy of college transcript conferring Master's degree (master's transcript)


(If you hold additional degrees beyond the Bachelor's and Master's level, please attach a copy of your transcript conferring these degrees as well.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for application purposes, as long as they confer the degree and show the coursework taken and grades achieved.  An official transcript would be required upon hire.)



Where applicable, foreign degree credentials must be evaluated by a third party to determine the equivalent U.S. degree and major.  Please review the following points carefully to determine whether you must submit a Foreign Credential Evaluation (FCE) with your application.  Evaluations should provide the name of the institution attended, a description of your credentials, the major of study, and the U.S. equivalent for each credential.  For a list of evaluating agencies, visit the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

If you satisfy the minimum educational requirement with a degree that was granted in the U.S., but your previous degree(s) was obtained from a foreign institution, you do not need to attach a Foreign Credential Evaluation (FCE) for your previous degree(s). You must, however, attach a copy of a (translated) transcript for the previous degree. For additional clarification of acceptable transcripts, please contact Human Resources.

If your degree that satisfies the minimum educational requirement was obtained from a foreign institution, you must submit an FCE for that degree and any other foreign degrees leading up to it.

If you are asserting equivalence (see Minimum Qualifications for Faculty/Administrators above) because your degree does not specifically match the minimum educational requirements as listed and any of your degrees was obtained outside the U.S., you must attach an FCE for your foreign degree(s).


 Supplemental & Salary Information:



UPM – Part-time Faculty:

Employees in this position classification are considered Temporary Credit Unit Members and are represented by the United Professors of Marin (UPM/AFT 1610).  Part-time faculty members are required to comply fully with the United Professors of Marin Collective Bargaining Agreement, including payment of union dues or charitable contributions. General information regarding rights and responsibilities under the Agreement can be found in the Collective Bargaining Agreements section of our Human Resources site.  Part-time UPM employees are also members of the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS).



FLSA Status: Exempt

Please refer to the Faculty (UPM/AFT) Salary Schedule on our Human Resources site for detailed information.


Salaries for Part-time Temporary Pool members are based on the number of units taught and are paid at 95% of the Full-time Faculty Salary Schedule. New part-time instructors will be placed between Step 1, Column 1, and Step 9, Column 5 of the salary schedule, depending on background and experience.


Temporary part-time credit instructor payment formula:

Annual salary x # of units divided by 30 units x 95% = semester payment; divided by five (5) = monthly salary.



Applications must include the documents listed in the Required Documents section to be rendered complete; incomplete applications will not be accepted.  Screening will begin after the application deadline, and applicants will be notified of their status, either way, thereafter. Applicants selected to interview will be contacted to schedule an interview appointment with the screening committee, and those who are forwarded by the committee following the first interview may be invited for a second interview.  Regrettably, College of Marin is not able to offer reimbursement for travel to interviews at this time.


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