Earth and Space Sciences Faculty at Santa Rosa Junior College

published Jan 28, 2013 4:29pm
Santa Rosa Junior College
Faculty Employment Opportunities

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
(initial screening date - open until filled)

*It is the candidates responsibility to be sure that all required materials reach Human Resources by 4:00 p.m. on the priority filing deadline to be given priority consideration for the position. For applications received after the priority filing deadline where the committee has already begun the initial screening process, materials will be kept on file and only be considered if the initial screening is unsuccessful. Contact Human Resources for details.


Santa Rosa Junior College is seeking an individual with demonstrated instructional skills to join an outstanding team of faculty and instructional administrators to provide high quality services to our district, our community, and most importantly to our students. This is a full-time, regular contract position, located at the Petaluma Campus, beginning Fall Semester, August 2013. Appointment is contingent upon funding and Board approval.


The Earth and Space Sciences Department is seeking an interdisciplinary instructor to teach in the Earth Sciences at the Petaluma Campus. This position requires teaching in at least two of the Earth Sciences disciplines (environmental science, geography, geology, meteorology and/or oceanography), with a preference that at least one of the two disciplines be environmental science, geography or geology. A typical assignment might include lecture and lab courses, and both day and evening classes; specific assignments will vary depending upon department needs and instructor expertise. The new faculty member will be joining one other Earth and Space Sciences faculty member at the Petaluma campus, and will be expected to support the department on this campus, in addition to department-wide responsibilities on both campuses.

SRJC offers courses at the Santa Rosa and Petaluma Campuses, at the Southwest Center, and in online formats as well. While this assignment is primarily for the Petaluma Campus, please note that the District reserves the right of assignment to any location, and that assignments could involve any combination of day or evening classes with mandatory weekly Student Consultation Time. Instructors assume responsibility for maintaining currency in the field and for updating existing courses and developing new curricula; participating in the assessment of student learning outcomes; managing labs and Tutorial Centers; and participating in community outreach on behalf of the College.


The Earth and Space Sciences Department offers courses in Astronomy, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology and Meteorology. Four full-time and fifteen adjunct instructors maintain high academic standards and place primary emphasis on quality undergraduate education with a strong commitment to student learning and student success. District-wide, the department has large rock and mineral collections, a well equipped rock-cutting and preparation workshop, a weather station, map collections, telescopes, and a first-class planetarium staffed by a full time specialist, all of which are resources available for department faculty. The Petaluma campus has newly renovated science labs, computer labs, lecture halls, and full administrative and academic support.

The department serves transfer students, associate degree students, and general interest students from the community. Classes are offered during the day and evening at the Santa Rosa and Petaluma campuses; some classes are offered in an online format as well.

Faculty are required to maintain currency in their fields by regularly participating in professional development activities, such as attending conferences and workshops. In addition, faculty are expected to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with community members outside the department by doing outreach activities, such as leading field trips, hosting workshops, or meeting with community groups.


The SRJC Petaluma Campus currently enrolls nearly 6,000 students in credit and non-credit courses. Each semester, approximately 350 course sections in nearly 60 disciplines are offered, including many majors and certificates as well as all of the courses necessary for transfer to UC, CSU, or to complete SRJCs general education requirements. SRJC has been offering courses in the Petaluma area for nearly 50 years. The original Petaluma Center operated primarily as an evening program until the completion in 1995 of permanent facilities on its current site, and was granted campus status by the SRJC Board of Trustees and the California Community College Chancellors Office in the spring of 1999. A second phase of new construction was completed in 2008; a third phase renovated the original campus. This project, the largest of its kind in SRJCs history, tripled the square footage of the campus. Among the new facilities are labs and classrooms, a second art studio, a 35,000 square foot library, a physical fitness center, a bookstore, student services and support areas, expanded dining space, faculty/administrative offices, and a 256-seat auditorium. The campus offers state-of-the-art technology throughout, including a wireless network, fully mediated instructional facilities, and video-conferencing capabilities. Other unique features of the campus include the Capri Creek restoration project and an accessible walking and bike trail system. A Cinema Series, Digital Media, Networking, Help Desk, Fitness, Nutrition and Health, CISCO, and Water Resources Technology certificates are some of the program offerings unique to the campus. This beautiful campus is located 35 miles north of San Francisco.



Environmental Science: Masters degree in Geography, Geology, Environmental Science (with physical science emphasis), Meteorology, or related field; OR the equivalent; OR possession of a fully satisfied (Life) California Community College Instructors Credential in Ecology or any of the above disciplines, AND (B) Coursework within Atmospheric Science, Ecology, Hydrology, Pollution, Energy Resources, and/or Waste Management.

Geology/Meteorology/ Oceanography: Masters degree in Geology, Geophysics, Earth Sciences, Meteorology, Oceanography, or Paleontology; OR Bachelors Degree in Geology AND Masters Degree in Geography, Physics or Geochemistry; OR the equivalent.

*Geography: Masters Degree in Geography; OR Bachelors Degree in Geography AND Masters degree in Geology, History, Meteorology or Oceanography; OR the equivalent.

*Geography - you must also qualify in one of the other areas noted (Environmental Science or Geology/Meteorology/Oceanography)

If you do not possess the minimum qualifications exactly as stated above, you must file for equivalency. If claiming equivalency, applicants are responsible for documenting all course work, degree programs and related professional experience at time of application.

  • Experience teaching Earth Science courses at the college level
  • Experience with curriculum development and student learning outcomes assessment
  • Demonstrated commitment to student-centered learning and the use of innovative teaching modalities, such as multi-media, web-based and cooperative learning
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively within department, across disciplines, and across campuses
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including the ability to self-motivate, take initiative and solve problems


In order to be given priority consideration for this position, applicants must submit AN ORIGINAL PLUS ONE COPY OF EACH of the following documents by the priority filing deadline:
  • A completed Santa Rosa Junior College Faculty Application Form, Personal Data Form and Applicant Notification Form. Voluntary Data Form is optional.
  • If applicable, completed Equivalency Form and supporting documents.
  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the position, including how you meet the requirements and are qualified to perform the duties as listed in the Position Description section of this announcement.
  • A statement describing your demonstrated experience in understanding and being sensitive to the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and disabled community college students, faculty and staff.
  • Current Resume.
  • Copies of transcripts of all college level course work. Unofficial copies (both sides) are acceptable, but official transcripts must be submitted prior to hiring. If transcripts are from an institution outside of the United States, applicants must provide a formal evaluation of their foreign degree(s) at the time of application. Contact the Human Resources Department for more information.
  • If applicable, a copy of your California Community College Instructors Credential (both sides).
  • Completed Supplemental Questionnaire.

(In loose-leaf form - no folders or binding please.)

  • Starting Salary Range: $53,938 - $76,871 per year (2013/14 Faculty Salary Schedule - the rates on this schedule include a 2.116% pay reduction and a 1.13% furlough). Teaching experience, other related professional experience, and academic degrees determine salary placement on a schedule that is competitive with other California Community Colleges.
  • Benefits: The District offers a competitive health and benefit package for employees and eligible dependents.
  • Leave/Holiday time: Full-time faculty members earn one day of sick leave for each month worked.
  • Housing: A mortgage loan at reduced fees may be available to the candidate selected for this position (contact Human Resources for more information).


Application Materials & Procedures

To download job announcements and application materials, please go to or contact us to be mailed the materials to apply :
Human Resources Department
Santa Rosa Junior College
PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 1988 Armory Drive
MAILING ADDRESS: 1501 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
PHONE (707) 527-4954
FAX (707) 527-4967
The office is located in the Button Building on the college campus and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

All documents included in your application file become the property of the college and will not be returned. Your file for this opening will not be considered for future openings. New documents must be submitted for each opening.

It is the candidate's responsibility to be sure that ALL required materials are in the Human Resources Department by 5:00 p.m. on the priority filing deadline to be given priority consideration. Applications received after the priority filing deadline will be considered only if the initial priority screening is unsuccessful.

Following the priority filing deadline, applications which are complete for screening will be forwarded to a screening committee for review. Approximately 15 to 20 days later, we will notify you whether or not you have been chosen for interview. Those applicants most suitably qualified for the position will be invited to appear for oral interviews before a Screening Committee. The Screening Committee may include representatives from the Faculty, the Administration, the Classified Staff, the Student Body, and the Board of Trustees.

Although Santa Rosa Junior College does not reimburse candidates for expenses related to the first interview, candidates traveling from out of the area for administrative or full-time faculty positions who are selected as finalists will be offered a travel stipend for their administrative interview(s).

If you are in need of special services or facilities due to a disability in order to apply or interview for this opening, please call the Human Resources Department.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT (Prior to beginning employment):
  • In accordance with Federal Law all employees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
  • Pass a pre-employment physical examination, at employee's expense.
  • Must be fingerprinted and have background clearance (at applicant.s expense); and
  • Must take a TB test (once hired and every four years thereafter).
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Equal Employment Opportunity

SRJC attracts and retains the most qualified faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. This is achieved through an inclusive recruitment strategy and a rigorous, thorough hiring process that begins with the fair and consistent evaluation of each application for minimum qualifications and demonstrated skills specific to each position. Because the ability to serve students from broad cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds and genders is a key commitment of the College mission, SRJC actively encourages applications from candidates who recognize the value that diversity brings to a professional educational community.