West Los Angeles College | Earth Science Instructor

  • Position: Earth Science Instructor 
  • Employer: West Los Angeles College
  • Qualifications: Master’s in geology, geophysics, earth sciences, meteorology, oceanography, or paleontology
  • Location: Culver City, California, USA
  • Application Deadline: the position is available until June 2nd 2017
  • Queries: joneswc@wlac.edu
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West Los Angeles College

Earth Science Instructor

Full time: Tenure Track Position

Application Deadline: June 2, 2017 


West Los Angeles College,(West) founded in 1969, is part of the California Community College system.  We are located in the hills of Culver City on 80 beautiful acres with views of Marina del Rey, West LA and Century City.  The park-like setting gives the campus a private school atmosphere.  West offers over 65 associate degree and certificate programs.  Offerings include University transfer courses and career training in high-paying occupations including aviation technology, computer science, dental hygiene, paralegal, real estate, and more.

West has a total commitment to student success.  We offer a variety of support services to help students reach their goals including educational counseling, a university transfer center, and financial aid; EOP&S, TRIO and CARE are just a few programs to help low income and non-traditional students reach their goals.  The Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) office assistance to students with learning and physical disabilities


West’s Science Division is seeking an academically focused Earth Scientist who will deliver lecture and laboratory instructions in a range of Earth Science courses – Earth Science, Physical Geography, Cultural Elements of Geography, World Regional Geography, Environmental Science (Physical Environment), and Oceanography.  The person selected shall, in collaboration with other full time instructors, coordinate multi-section Earth Science courses and will be a key player in developing a robust Earth Science curriculum which includes state and local environmental initiatives.  Other responsibilities include academic advisement, assessment, developing Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for courses that he/she teaches, and service on college committees.

The Science Division works with others on campus toward continuous improvement in our instructional program and successful student outcomes.  We are interested in attracting candidates with experience and willingness to reach out to our student population by fostering equity, increasing student retention/persistence and enhancing their chances of goal achievement.


Master’s in geology, geophysics, earth sciences, meteorology, oceanography, or paleontology;


Bachelor’s in geology, AND Master’s in geography, physics, or geochemistry OR the equivalent.

DUTIES: The successful candidate will:

  • Teach a range of courses representing the full spectrum of coursework in Earth Sciences.  Note: The teaching schedule may include evening or weekend hours as part of the assignment, and the teaching assignment may include coursework online. A full-time teaching load generally consists of 15 credit hours per semester and 5 hours of office time per week.
  • In consultation with full-time Earth Science faculty and the Division Chair, develop lecture and lab courses, as well as certificate programs in relevant disciplines.
  • Provide support on duties associated with instruction, including updating official course outlines, evaluating student performance, maintain a posted schedule of office hours, as well as be available by appointments.
  • Conduct program review and participate in curriculum development and the assessment of student learning outcomes (SLO) within the Earth Sciences.
  • Participate in shared governance related to academic and professional matters. These activities will occur both within the division as well as in the larger College setting.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college faculty, staff and students.
  • Maintain accurate records in accordance with the policies, rules, regulations, and procedures of the Los Angeles Community College District.
  • Perform other duties such as faculty committee assignments, advising students majoring in Earth Sciences and related fields, sponsoring student clubs and as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
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  • Evidence of teaching online at the college level (preferably possessing Canvas Certification).
  • Experience in teaching community college students in a range of Earth Science courses (lecture and laboratory) with special emphasis in Geography (including Geographic Information System, GIS), Earth Science, Oceanography, and Environmental Science (Physical Environment).
  • Experience in teaching at community colleges to a wide range of students representing culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, students in need of remediation, and students with learning and physical disabilities.
  • Experience working as a team member on divisional committees, campus-wide committees, or in community or professional committees.
  • Experience with Earth Science research and initiatives that revolve around issues unique to California and its local communities.
  • Knowledge and experience to incorporate multi-media and is adept in the use of technology and varied pedagogies to enhance services in lecture and laboratory classrooms.
  • Familiarity with diverse modes of instruction, including online, hybrid, and web-enhanced delivery.
  • Experience recruiting historically underrepresented students to pursue careers in science.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience with successful grant development, implementation, management and readiness to maintain continuous development.
  • Ability to guide and instruct students with widely varying learning styles using a variety of successful teaching techniques and innovative academic learning environments.
  • Familiarity with community college student success initiatives especially related to equity.
  • Familiarity with and commitment to the mission and functions of a community college and can provide assistance in implementing College policies, and achieving College goals according to College philosophy and procedures.


The selected candidate will be rated into the salary schedule based on previous salary.  The yearly salary range is $54,670 to $85,120.  The doctoral differential is $3,440 per academic year.  An excellent benefits package which includes medical, vision, dental and life insurance is available for the employee and eligible dependents.


All applications will be screened to ensure they meet minimum requirements as stated above.  All required materials must be received or the application package will be considered incomplete and will not be submitted to the screening committee.  The search committee will select applicants to be invited to the College at their own expense for an interview.  Finalists may be invited back for a second interview.


For consideration in the selection process, all interested applicants must submit the following:

  1. A detailed letter of interest that describes how the applicant is qualified to fill each responsibility, and meets minimum and desirable qualifications;
  2. A current resume;
  3. List of three references, including contact information;
  4. Copies of transcripts form accredited institutions, official transcripts will be required at the time of interview.  Documentation from an approved foreign transcript evaluator is required for degrees received from other countries.  Transcripts from foreign institutions must be submitted with an approved evaluation of equivalency from a foreign evaluation service approved by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl635.pdf;
  5. At least two signed letters of recommendation, on official letterhead, dated within the last year.  These letters should pertain to professional teaching experience, and are not general “character references.”
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Employment is contingent upon verification of qualifications.  West Los Angeles College reserves the right to modify and/or withdraw this position at any time.  Notification regarding the advancement in the selection process will be provided to each applicant.  All materials submitted become the property of West Los Angeles College and the Los Angeles Community College District.

For consideration, please submit your application and required documents by 4PM, June 2, 2017.  [Application materials may not be submitted by Fax or e-mail.]  Applicants will be required to file the application using web-based software to create an applicant profile account, allowing documents to be saved and uploaded as attachments.  Please go to https://laccd.csod.com/ats/careersite/search.aspx?site=6&c=laccd to file the applicant packet.  After review of application materials by the selection committee, candidates will be contacted if selected for interview.

For additional information or questions, please contact:

Dr. Walter Jones, Dean of Academic Affairs


Individuals protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may request an accommodation in the selection/interview process with at least three business days prior notice.  Documentation of the need for accommodation may be requested.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

It is the policy of the Los Angeles Community College District to provide an educational, employment and business environment free from all forms of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, Ethnic Group Identification, ancestry, religion, creed, sex or gender (including sexual harassment), pregnancy, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related), sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, perceived to be in a protected category or associated with those in protected category and veteran status.”

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Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)