Physics/Astronomy Instructor
Solano Community College, School of Mathematics and Sciences
United States


Solano Community College is seeking a pool of qualified applicants for possible temporary part-time teaching assignments in the physics/astronomy department. In general, we may have a need during any semester including summer. The start months are August, January, and June in each year. These positions are filled on an as needed basis and are on-going recruitments. Assignments may include day, evening and weekend courses. The district may cancel classes or change instructors as enrollment needs are determined.


We anticipate two or more opening and are looking for individuals who can teach calculus based physics or a variety of astronomy courses.



Paid office hours are available to adjunct faculty in fall and spring semesters who teach a 40% assignment or more.  These positions are filled on an as needed basis and are on-going recruitments. Assignments may include day, evening and weekend courses. The district may cancel classes or change instructors as enrollment needs are determined.


Set in the tranquil valley of Solano County, an area rich with agriculture, Native American history and wine production, Solano Community College is ideally located along the I-80 corridor between San Francisco and Sacramento within minutes of the Napa/Sonoma Valley. In addition to the campus in Fairfield, the College has two centers in Vallejo and Vacaville as well as a state-of-the-art School of Aeronautics at the Nut Tree Airport. The College also offers additional courses at Travis Air Force Base and two correctional facilities.


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Teach classes in trigonometry based physics, calculus based physics, or non-majors physics as well as a variety of astronomy classes.


Provide instruction in accordance with established course outlines and expectations; create and follow a course syllabus; inform students about course requirements; prepare and grade assignments and examinations in a timely manner; meet administrative timelines and submit completed and required documents and reports; maintain required student attendance and scholastic records; and perform assessment of student learning outcomes.



 Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree in physics, astronomy, or astrophysics; OR Bachelor's degree in physics or astronomy AND Master's degree in engineering, mathematics, meteorology, or geophysics; OR


Possess a valid California Community College Instructor Credential authorizing service in the discipline {please note that issuance of CC Credentials was discontinued in July of 1990; they are no longer available);


If you do not possess the minimum qualifications exactly as stated above you must request an equivalency review and submit conclusive supporting documents at the time of submitting your application. Equivalency is defined as possessing the general education for the degree and the major coursework for the degree. The equivalency request form shall be included in the application. All degrees must be from accredited institutions.


 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The ideal candidate will be adept in the use of instructional technology, be familiar with college level transferable curriculum, and be interested in joining a campus community that promotes diversity, equity, respect, and inclusion.


The successful candidate is a broadly trained individual who possesses both depth and breadth of knowledge in major areas of physics and/or astronomy; has an approachable personality; uses multiple teaching methods that include critical thinking and problem-solving strategies; and adheres to college academic requirements and standards especially laboratory safety.


The successful candidate can demonstrate that they encourage learning; are sensitive to students from diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds; encourage all students in the classroom including those with variable learning ability; can accommodate students with disabilities; and participate in professional growth activities.



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