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Part-Time Instructor Pool – Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences - UC Berkeley Extension

Application Window

Open date: July 8th, 2020

Next review date: Tuesday, Jun 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Job Location

Online and onsite at Berkeley, San Francisco, Oakland, Belmont, Hayward, and Redwood City, CA.

Job Type

Temporary, Part-Time, Academic (Non-Tenure Track)

Job Summary

UC Berkeley Extension, the professional and continuing education division at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for a pool of qualified, temporary, part-time instructors to teach on-site and online courses in the Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences.

UC Berkeley Extension seeks dynamic part-time instructors with a commitment to undergraduate, professional and continuing education in biological, chemical, and physical sciences to lead multiple courses each year. The pool will remain in place for one calendar year; those interested in remaining in the pool beyond June 30, 2021 must reapply. Screening of applicants begins immediately and will continue as needed; some appointments may begin as early as the 2021 Spring semester. The number of these temporary, part-time, non-tenure track, academic positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the department. Appointments are offered on a course-by-course basis, and appointment length is based upon course section schedule(s). Appointments may be renewable based on need, funding, and performance.

Courses are offered online and on-site at various locations in Berkeley, San Francisco, Oakland, Belmont, Hayward, and Redwood City, CA. Most on-site courses are offered in the evening and on the weekend.

General Duties

We are seeking qualified applicants who possess current subject matter expertise and/or teaching knowledge in the following specialization(s), subject(s), or discipline(s), or course(s):


  • General Biology I lecture and lab (cell structure + function, prokaryotes, eukaryotes, metabolism, molecular genetics, classification, animal development, form + function)
  • General Biology II lecture and lab (fungi + plant development, population genetics, ecology, conservation, origin of life, evolution, classification)
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology of Aging
  • Biology of Human Cancer
  • Biostatistics
  • Cell Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Endocrinology
  • Genetics
  • Genomic or Personalized Medicine
  • Hematology
  • Human Anatomy lecture and lab
  • Human Nutrition
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology/Infectious Disease (Microbiology lab, Medical Microbiology lecture, Principles of Infectious Disease lecture)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Parasitology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology/Toxicology
  • Physiology (Exercise)
  • Physiology (Lecture/Lab: general human, Lecture Only: mammalian + systemic, cardiac + respiratory)
  • Stem Cell Biology
  • Virology


  • General/Inorganic Chemistry lecture and lab
  • Organic Chemistry lecture and lab
  • Clinical Chemistry


  • General Physics lecture and lab

Instructor duties include but are not limited to:

  • Complete mandatory training programs by deadlines established by UC Berkeley.
  • Complete required administrative tasks in a timely manner including: updating and submitting syllabi using approved syllabus template; signing semester contract(s); communicating required texts and materials; communicating classroom technology and support needs.
  • Make appropriate adjustments to continually improve the syllabus, curriculum and course materials. May be based upon programmatic and/or student feedback.
  • Prepare and deliver course materials, lectures/presentations, and design learning assessments.
  • Design interactive and motivational classroom activities to fully engage participants and to reinforce student learning.
  • Stay current within the subject, discipline or field of practice.
  • Use subject-matter expertise and leverage additional resources appropriately to enhance the curriculum.
  • Utilize course support platforms, including the Canvas Learning Management System and Zoom Pro (as applicable).
  • Communicate teaching objectives and specific learning outcomes to students, and clearly outline/explain the grading policies for the course.
  • Respond to student questions and learning needs in a timely manner.
  • Employ culturally competent and inclusive teaching methodologies in the classroom (including teaching non-native speakers and/or students with academic letters of accommodations for learning disabilities).
  • Evaluate student achievement of specific learning outcomes and assign grades.
  • Post final student grades to the transcript system within two weeks of course completion.
  • Handle student inquiries about final grades and consult with the Program Director as needed.
  • Retain student records according to University policies.
  • May be appointed by the department to serve as a subject matter expert to write original online course curriculum and content. Collaborate with the academic department and instructional designer(s) on project deliverables and deadlines, including the online course design/roadmap, learning strategies/activities, and media production/recordings. May develop and provide raw original content for the following: the online course syllabus, learning objectives, lecture segments and scripts, reading assignments, assessments/assignments, discussion prompts, course midterm exam(s) or project(s), final exam(s) or project(s), student instructions, etc.

Basic Qualifications (at time of application):

  • Doctorate degree or equivalent international degree required.

Additional Qualifications (by the start date of the position):

  • For those who are not US citizens or permanent residents, a legal permit that allows work in the United States (such as a US visa that allows employment) is required by the start date of the position. Due to the part-time, temporary nature of instructor positions, UC Berkeley Extension is unable to sponsor visa/work permits.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3 or more years of professional and/or academic experience in the course subject areas being considered.
  • Experience teaching in a college/university environment.
  • Experience in course development, including creating original academic content such as syllabi, learning objectives, lectures/presentations/scripts, learning activities, assignments, assessments, exams, and quizzes.
  • Experience teaching and/or developing online courses.
  • Effective organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Effective verbal/written communication and presentation skills (English).
  • Ability to convey conceptual and complex ideas and information.
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and work within a team environment.
  • Proficiency in (or willingness to learn) instructional and other technology, such as: Learning Management Systems (Canvas, Moodle, Blackboard, edX, etc.); lecture/presentation capture applications (Camtasia, Panapto etc.); online tele/video conferencing tools (e.g., Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, Adobe Connect, etc.); iWork (Pages, Numbers, Keynote); Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.); Google Home and Office tools (docs, sheets, slides, etc.); online file sharing (e.g., Google drive, Box, Dropbox, etc.); online shared calendars (e.g., Google calendar, Outlook, etc.).

For Online Curriculum Writers/Designers only:

  • Ability to commit time to approximately 10-15 hours a week over 6-8 months and ability to participate in regular phone/video conferences M-F between 9am-5pm Pacific Time (PT).
  • Experience and/or comfort with video and audio recording, including voice overs for videos and/or PowerPoint presentations.

The Campus Community

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Benefits Summary

Access to UC Berkeley library stacks and online resources, free and discounted software, and professional development through LinkedIn Learning. Workers compensation and general liability insurance coverage, Medicare contributions, mandatory Safe Harbor Defined Contribution Plan contributions (in lieu of Social Security), and voluntary 403b plan.

To Apply

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At time of application, please provide three names of references with contact information in the Instructor Information Form. References will only be solicited for finalists. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letters.

Contact Kerry Everett at for further information. For more information about UC Berkeley Extension, please visit our website at:

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Instructor Information Form - Please download the following Instructor Information Form (MS Word).

    The form works best if you download it and open it in MS Word (rather than opening it in Google Docs).
    Complete the form.
    Save the form as a PDF.
    Upload the form to your application.
    If you have any questions or need assistance completing the Instructor Information Form, please email

Job location

California, 94704