Job Details
Physics/Astronomy Instructor
Opened until filled





$52.865 TO $71,292





This is a full-time, tenure track faculty position. The teaching assignment could include evening, off-campus and/or distance education, including online, hybrid, and video conference courses. Assignment could be a mixture of day, evening, and weekend classes at the Weed or Yreka Campus, or other off-campus sites.


The College is seeking applications from an individual who has the skills and charteristics necessary to provide exemplary service to students. It is a continuing goal of College of the Siskiyous to hire and retain people who reflect the rich diversity of the District and its student body.




  • Duties related to Physics/Astronomy Instructor: Ability to teach a variety of physics (calculus based and non-calculus based) and astronomy courses, including classes focused on the solar system, as well as those focused on stars, galaxies, and cosmology.
  • Classroom duties: Provide instruction that may include lecture and laboratory classes in the discipline in accordance with established College of the Siskiyous approved curriculum and course outlines. Design and implement current physics and astronomy laboratory techniques, including computerized laboratory exercises. Inform students about course requirements, evaluation procedures, attendance and participation requirements in a course syllabus. Ability to develop effective strategies in supporting and communicating astronomy and conceptual physics topics and concepts to underrepresented groups including women, students of color, students of diverse backgrounds, along with STEM and non-STEM majors.
  • Interaction with students outside of class: Advise students on academic and career matters assist in outreach, recruiting and articulation with high schools, four-year colleges and universities post and maintain adequate and regular office hours in accordance with prevailing policy.
  • Out-of-class duties: Maintain necessary attendance, scholastic and student records, and submit them according to published guidelines prepare and grade class assignments and evaluations according to course syllabus. Communicate and coordinate with the Instructional Support Specialist in setting up labs.
  • Professional and curriculum development: Remain current in field develop, maintain and evaluate curriculum including development and assessment of student learning outcomes select textbooks evaluate course materials interact with faculty and staff in other areas of instruction and participate in the development of instructional methods, technology, and materials work with peers in higher education, and where appropriate, business and industry to maintain currency of instructional programs.
  • Interaction with colleagues: Participate in college governance by serving on college committees participate in professional development, including flex obligations assist with student and other educational activities in accordance with college policies establish and maintain effective work relationships


  1. Master’s degree (or higher) in Physics, Astronomy, or Astrophysics from a regionally accredited college or university OR
  2. Bachelor’s degree in any of the above AND a Master’s degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Meterology,or Geophysics from a regionally    accredited college or university OR
  3. The equivalent
  4. Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic socio-economic, cultural and ethnicbackgrounds of community college students.

Note: Applicants applying under "equivalency" must provide the following:

  1. Equivalency Application
  2. Grid that compares upper graduate coursework with a degree that meets minimum qualifications of the discipline.




  • Meets minimum qualifications or is equivalent to teach in the Mathematics discipline.
  • College teaching experience in physics and astronomy.
  • Commitment to community college education as demonstrated in personal and/or professional experience.
  • Excellence in teaching (enthusiasm, knowledge of subject matter, student motivational skills, diverse teaching methods to address a variety of learning styles).
  • Experience in designing and conducting laboratory experiments and/or activities in Physics and/or Astronomy.
  • Ability to adapt instructional techniques to accommodate varied learning styles, a variety of teaching modalities including distance learning, and use of technology.
  • Online teaching experience, particularly with Canvas Learning Management System including Canvas Certification.
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to remaining current in the discipline.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with students and staff, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, students, other on-campus groups, off-campus community groups and educational partners.





  • The annual salary range for a 175 day contract is: $52,865—$71,292. Starting placement on the District salary schedule is based upon years of experience and number units completed beyond the Masters degree. New academic employees may receive credit for no more than 5 years of job-related experience.
  • Faculty members with an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution receive an additional $2,000 annual stipend.
  • The District offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage to employees and qualified dependents.
  • The employee participates in the CalSTRS through District and employee contributions.



After the preliminary screening, selected candidates will be invited to the campus for an initial interview with the Search Committee. At the discretion of the District, videoconference interviews (in lieu of an in- person initial interview) may be offered. Candidates to be interviewed will be selected from applicants who most closely meet the minimum and desired qualifications. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. The Search Committee will recommend a slate of finalists to the Superintendent/President for a final interview.

The District reserves the right to re-advertise the position or to delay indefinitely filling of the position if it is deemed that applicants for the position do not constitute an adequate applicant pool or if funding is not available.


Employees must satisfy all the pre-employment requirements prior to appointment that include, but are not limited to, tuberculosis clearance (EC 87408.6), fingerprint processing, and verification of their legal right to work in the United States. A pre-employment physical examination may be required.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations in completing the application or interview process must notify the Human Resources Office in advance.

College of the Siskiyous is an equal opportunity employer. The policy of the District is to encourage applications from ethnic and racial minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and Vietnam-era veterans. No person shall be denied employment because of ethnicity or race, color, sex or gender, gender identity, age, religion, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, medical conditions, status as a Vietnam-era veteran, ancestry, or political or organizational affiliation.

College of the Siskiyous is accredited by the Accrediting commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


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