Associate Professor of Biology

Employer
Navarro College
Location
Mexia, Texas, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jul 24, 2021
Closes
Aug 02, 2021
Ref
2338570037
Discipline
Biology, Marine
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
Navarro College is a two-year, accredited, state-supported community college and is home to four unique campuses. Our main campus is nestled in the historic town of Corsicana, Texas, with branches located in Waxahachie, Midlothian, Mexia and Online.

We are seeking individuals who strive for excellence, value, creativity and innovation, are looking for a joyful workplace, are respectful toward others, are team players and have integrity.

We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religion, gender, marital, or veteran status, the presence of a medical condition, disability, or any other legally protected status. According to state law, if you are related to any member of the Board of Trustees, your application for employment cannot be considered. If you are related to any member of the Faculty or staff at Navarro College, you will not be permitted to work under the supervision of or in the same department as any relative of your family or their spouse's family.


Job Description:


POSITION PURPOSE:

This position will primarily be assigned to teach classes on the Mexia Campus. All instructional personnel are expected to dedicate their primary energies and loyalties to the service of their students. A major responsibility of all instructional personnel is to meet every scheduled class period for classes which meet on a regular basis. Instructors shall not dismiss class or change class meeting hours, dates or classrooms without prior approval from the appropriate Dean, or Administrator. Instructors must not permit any outside interests to interfere with their obligations to students. All full-time faculty members may be required to teach at locations away from their primary campus, including dual credit courses, weekend or evening classes.

GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

TEACHING
  • Instructors are expected to serve as student advocates.
  • Instructors shall provide student-centered learning opportunities.
  • All instructors must make continuing efforts to improve the quality of their courses.
  • Instructors are expected to conduct classroom instruction at the highest possible level of quality, efficiency, and interest for students.
  • Instructors shall communicate their knowledge and experience effectively to students.
  • Instructors shall have good rapport with students in class, instilling an atmosphere in which students are engaged and feel comfortable asking questions.
  • Instructors shall evaluate students regularly and fairly based on outcomes and objectives identified in course syllabi.
  • Instructors shall conduct classes that encourage critical thinking skills and/or instill professionalism in the students.
  • Instructors shall respect student privacy and comply with FERPA laws.
  • Instructors shall grade and return assignments and tests in a timely manner.
  • Instructors shall respond to student correspondence in a reasonable and timely manner.
  • Instructors shall utilize student evaluations to improve the quality of their instruction.
  • Instructors shall adequately plan courses so that content is up to date and presented in an orderly manner.
  • Instructors shall provide course averages to students at regular intervals throughout the semester.

COURSE MANAGEMENT
  • Instructors will utilize the departmentally adopted and approved textbook for every course taught and will require students to use that text in the instructional process.
  • All faculty will be responsible for classroom management. Clear expectations and standards for optimum learning will be discussed on the first day of class or within the first week of classes so that all students will understand the learning environment at Navarro College.
  • Instructors are expected to plan and develop efficient procedures for evaluating student learning.
  • Instructors are expected to develop efficient procedures for notifying students of poor academic performance.
  • All instructors are to be familiar with and adhere to all policies and procedures of the institution.
  • Instructors who are assigned laboratory sections are expected to remain with the students during laboratory periods.
  • Instructors are expected to meet every scheduled class on time and keep the class for the entire scheduled period.
  • Instructors are to prepare a course syllabus for each course which they are teaching and distribute within the first week a copy of the syllabus to each student in each class with a copy submitted to the appropriate Dean. Syllabus shall be uploaded to Canvas by assigned date.
  • Each course syllabus will include the College policy and/or procedures adopted by the Board of Trustees and Executive Administration relative to classroom decorum and student expectations while attending classes.

PROFESSIONALISM AND CONTINUED IMPROVEMENT
  • All instructors are expected to continually seek out ways and methods to improve the effectiveness of their instruction.
  • Instructors shall engage in professional development, in-service training opportunities, and scholarly activities to stay current in their academic discipline and teaching best practices.
  • Instructors shall work effectively with colleagues in achieving departmental goals and objectives, including submission of data to department chairs for measuring effectiveness.
  • Instructors are expected to voice concerns constructively and actively participate in finding solutions.
  • Instructors shall work effectively with colleagues outside of their respective department in achieving College or organization goals and objectives.
  • Instructors should be knowledgeable of and comply with the contents of the current College Catalog, Navarro College Policies and Procedures Manual, and other appropriate college publications.

SERVICE
  • All instructors are required to attend and participate in Convocation, Professional Development Day, and other faculty or mandatory meetings unless they are excused by the person authorized to call the meeting.
  • Instructors may volunteer to sponsor student clubs and organizations.
  • Full-time instructors are required to keep regular office hours for student conferences, advising and other duties.
  • Instructors shall advise students about regulations of the College concerning sequence of courses, majors, minors, graduation requirements, transferring to senior colleges, and other such information by participating in the college Faculty Centered Student Advising Program.
  • Instructors should perform other appropriate duties as assigned by authorized personnel, i.e. Career Day, UIL activities, advising, student recruitment, etc.
  • Instructors shall attend graduation ceremonies and equivalent, i.e. pinning ceremonies, unless excused by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  • Instructors are expected to support all and attend a reasonable number of college events such as music productions, athletic contests, club sponsored activities, drama productions, celebrations of student success, etc.
  • Perform other duties as assigned where reasonable and appropriate.


Requirements:


POSITION QUALIFICATIONS:

Required
  • Masters degree in Anatomy and Physiology or Microbiology OR Masters degree in Biology, Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biomedical Science, Integrative Biology, Marine biology, Microbiology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Neuroanatomy, Neuroscience, Genetics or Zoology with course hours or demonstrated experience in Anatomy and Physiology or Microbiology OR Masters degree with 18 graduate hours in any of these disciplines with course hours or demonstrated experience in Anatomy and Physiology or Microbiology.

Preferred
  • Prior teaching experience in a community college environment highly preferred.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
  • Must have a willingness to utilize technology and computerized instructional methods.
  • Must have strong human relations skills and must be student-oriented.
  • Successful experience in the application of student learning and assessment practices, processes, and technologies that enhance teaching is preferred.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • Variances from regular working hours may be necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.
  • Busy working environment with numerous interruptions.


Additional Information:


REPORTS TO: Assistant Dean of Mexia Campus

SALARY: Commensurate with Education and Experience (This is a 9 month position to be paid over 12 months annually)

FRINGE BENEFITS:

Navarro College pays 100% of the health insurance premium for the employee and 50% for eligible dependents (spouse and children under the age of 26). Navarro College participates in the State of Texas insurance program where our employees are eligible for health insurance benefits on the first of the month following sixty (60) days of full time employment.

Other optional coverages are available immediately upon employment, including dental, vision, optional term life insurance, voluntary accidental death and dismemberment insurance, dependent term life insurance, short and long term disability, and TexFlex dependent care and health care reimbursement accounts.

Navarro College also participates in the Texas Teacher Retirement System (TRS) with 7.7% employee contribution and 6.8% employer contribution, and Optional Retirement Program (ORP) with 6.65% employee contribution and 6.6% employer contribution. These options are available upon full-time employment. Full-time employees also have the option of joining the Navarro College Retirement Plan after one year of service with 5% employee contribution and 8% employer contribution.

Full-time employees may apply for tuition reimbursement through Navarro College's Educational Assistance Program.

Navarro College also has a generous leave plan where employees accrue 6.67 hours of vacation time and 8 hours of sick leave per month. Vacation accrual increases with tenure. The college also recognizes most major holidays, including Thanksgiving (3 days), Christmas break (varies, but normally 10 days), and Spring Break (5 days). During these times, all departments are closed.


Application Instructions:


Interested applicants should click on the APPLY NOW button. Please note that you will be required to submit all requested documents in order to complete the application process.

PLEASE BE ADVISED:

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials are received by the deadline date, if date is provided. All materials included in your application packet (1) become Navarro College District property, (2) will not be returned, and (3) will be considered for this opening only.

Initial Interview travel costs will be assumed by the applicant (if warranted).

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