Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Instructor in Marine Biology

Los Angeles Pierce College
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
Closing Date
19 November, 2021

Located on about 426 acres in the west San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Pierce College (LAPC) combines state-of-the-art technology and learning with the picturesque beauty of its rolling hills. Founded in 1947, LAPC is a growing two-year public institution with more than 100 disciplines being taught to more than 20,000 students each semester. The college’s emphasis on student success makes it an educational leader statewide with a reputation for innovation and academic excellence; and that enjoys one of the highest transfer performances in Southern California. LAPC is now seeking to expand its outstanding faculty by offering a full-time tenure track Marine Biology / Biological Sciences position in the Life Science Department starting with the Spring 2022 semester.

The Life Science Department of LAPC is an active, student-oriented department with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate education. The department currently consists of ten (10) full-time faculty members in four disciplines: Anatomy & Physiology, Majors & Non-majors Biology, Microbiology, and Marine Biology.

Duties and Responsibilities

In accordance with its mission as a community college, instruction at LAPC includes lower division courses. Faculty members at LAPC are expected to foster student learning by designing varied and exciting learning environments. The regular weekly teaching load is 15 standard hours. Evening and/or weekend classes may be scheduled based on department needs. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Teach courses in Marine Biology and Majors or Non-Majors Biology in accordance with established course outline;
  • Participate in the development and the assessment of student learning outcomes (SLOs);
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours for student contact;
  • Participate in professional development activities and maintain current knowledge in the discipline;
  • Develop and update department course curricula;
  • Develop resources, materials, and strategies, including using multimedia technology;
  • (Canvas) to teach students in a multicultural environment:
  • Participate in department, campus, and/or district committees.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s in any biological science, or Bachelor’s in any biological science and Master’s in biochemistry, biophysics, or marine science, or the equivalent.
  • A sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college faculty, staff and students.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced education beyond the required minimum preferred, research experience, and possession of an excellent academic record that indicates a strong background in marine biology and general biology, including biodiversity, ecology, organismal biology, and cell/molecular biology;
  • Field experience in marine biology;
  • Commitment to leading and promoting the marine biology program, arranging ship time for student groups, and managing marine biology teaching resources;
  • Demonstrated commitment to maintaining up-to-date knowledge of recent developments in marine biology and related areas of interest;
  • Experience teaching marine biology, general biology, and introductory biology in a community college or other college setting;
  • Proven ability to make introductory biology courses exciting and meaningful to non-major students or to those with disadvantaged backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in current teaching technologies and a willingness to embrace new teaching technologies as they become available;
  • Demonstrated willingness to accept extracurricular responsibilities within the department and college;
  • Demonstrated success at initiating, executing, and following up on projects, including the ability to set specific learning objectives and measure achieved results;
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaborate with colleagues on projects within the discipline and department;
  • Commitment to a career in a student-centered college;
  • Demonstrated willingness to accept department and college-wide collegial responsibilities

Vaccination Status

Pursuant to LACCD Board of Trustee's Policy 2900, all students and employees must be fully vaccinated by November 3, 2021, or have an approved exemption. LACCD employees are required to provide their vaccination status in compliance with the LACCD Board of Trustees’ policy. Newly hired employees will be required to provide their vaccination status prior to starting a position or, at the latest, by their position start date

To Apply

Applicants will be required to submit the following using the LACCD On-Line System a web-based software to create an applicant profile account, allowing documents to be saved and uploaded as attachments. After review of application materials by the selection committee, candidates will be contacted only if selected for interviews.  All submitted materials become property of Los Angeles Community College District.

Apply online at accd.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?site=6&id=1122. For consideration in the selection process, all interested applicants must submit the following:

  • Current resume or CV, describing how the applicant meets the qualification for this position;
  • The names, addresses, e-mail addresses, business and/or cell phone numbers of at least three (3) references;
  • Copies of transcripts undergraduate and graduate with posted degrees (official transcripts are required for all candidates invited to the final interview). All degrees must be granted by an accredited college or university in the United States. Transcripts from foreign institutions must be submitted with an approved evaluation of equivalency from a foreign evaluation service approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. For a list of approved foreign transcript evaluation agencies, please go to ctc.ca.gov/docs/default-source/leaflets/cl635.pdf?sfvrsn=6.

The completed application package and required documents must be submitted 4:30PM, November 19, 2021. Application materials will not be accepted by Fax, Mail or E-mail). After review of application materials by the selection committee, candidates will be contacted only if selected for interviews.

In order for the application to be completed successfully, please read the job announcement and upload all the required materials. Applicants will need to edit the application and documents before uploading/submitting them to the system. Applicants will not be allowed to change the application information after having applied for this position. Make sure the documents uploaded are not larger than 5 MB; if they are, please reduce the size for each document or split into more than one document. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have any questions concerning the hiring process please submit all inquiries to Ms. Mary Fellows at fellowm [at] piercecollege.edu. Employment is contingent upon verification of qualifications. Position is contingent upon available funding. LAPC 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.

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 Policy

The policy of the Los Angeles Community College District is to implement equal opportunity to all qualified candidates for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, medical condition (cancer related), sexual orientation, or veteran status. Positive action will be taken to ensure that this policy is followed in all personnel practices including recruitment, hiring, placement, upgrading, transfer, demotion, and treatment during employment, rate of pay or other forms of compensation, selection for training, layoff or termination. A vigorous equal employment opportunity program will be maintained to ensure a diverse work force and to achieve expected representation of qualified members of under-represented groups through the implementation of specific result-oriented plans and procedures (Board Rule 101301).

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