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

Position overview

Percent time: Part-time temporary appointments are offered on a course-by-course basis.
Anticipated start: Screening of applicants begins immediately and will continue as needed; some appointments may begin as early as the spring 2022 semester.
Position duration: Appointment length is based upon course section schedule(s). Appointments may be renewable based on need, funding, and performance.

Application Window

Open date: August 26th, 2021

Last review date: Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Aug 26, 2022 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 Type

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 instructors to teach on-site and online courses in the Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences.

UC Berkeley Extension seeks dynamic 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 the final closing date must reapply. The number of these positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the department.

Courses are offered on-site in the San Francisco Bay Area (Berkeley, San Francisco, Oakland, Hayward, and Redwood City, California, USA) and in asynchronous online and synchronous live online formats via Canvas and Zoom. Most on-site and synchronous live online courses are offered in the evening and on the weekend (USA Pacific Time).

General Duties

We are seeking qualified applicants who possess current subject matter expertise and/or teaching knowledge in the following course subjects.

Biology

  • General Biology I lecture and lab (cell structure + function, prokaryotes, eukaryotes, metabolism, molecular genetics, classification, animal development, form + function)
  • Introductory Biology With Lab
  • 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
  • Current Topics in the Biosciences
  • Developmental Biology
  • Endocrinology
  • Genetics
  • Genomic or Personalized Medicine
  • Hematology
  • Human Anatomy lecture and lab
  • Human Nutrition
  • Immunology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Microbiology/Infectious Disease (Microbiology lab, Medical Microbiology lecture, Principles of Infectious Disease lecture)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Parasitology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology (Exercise)
  • Physiology (Lecture/Lab: general human, Lecture Only: mammalian + systemic, cardiac + respiratory)
  • Stem Cell Biology
  • Toxicology
  • Virology

Please refer to the following biology course descriptions for more information.

Chemistry

  • General/Inorganic Chemistry lecture and lab
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry lecture and lab
  • Quantitative Analysis: Applications in Clinical Chemistry

Please refer to the following chemistry course descriptions for more information.

Physics

  • Concepts of Physics
  • General Physics lecture and lab

Please refer to the following physics course descriptions for more information.

Teaching Experience and Availability

In your application, indicate whether you have experience and availability for the following:

  • Classroom Teaching Experience
  • Classroom Teaching Availability (in-person and onsite in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA)
  • Live Online Teaching Experience (synchronous online teaching via Zoom/Canvas)
  • Live Online Teaching Availability (synchronous online teaching weekday evenings and weekends USA Pacific Time)
  • Asynchronous Online Teaching Experience
  • Experience as an Online Curriculum Writer/Course Developer

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 curriculum writer/course developer 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.

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.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Doctorate degree or equivalent international degree.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

    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 provide visa/work permits.

Preferred qualifications
    • 3 or more years of professional or undergraduate-level teaching experience (as the primary instructor) in the course subject.
    • Experience teaching at a four-year U.S. college/university institution.
    • 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); lecture/presentation capture applications (Camtasia or Panopto); online video conferencing (Zoom); Microsoft Office (Word and PowerPoint); Google docs and slides; file sharing (Google drive or Dropbox); online shared calendars (Google calendar).

    For Online Curriculum Writers/Course Developers only:

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

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Instructor Information Form - Please download and complete the following Instructor Information Form.
    -Select File, Download, Microsoft Word (.docx)
    -Find the downloaded document on your computer, open it in MS Word, and complete the information requested.
    -Save the document as a PDF (File, Save As, File Format, PDF).
    -Upload the PDF document to your AP Recruit application.

Reference requirements

References are requested from candidates in the Instructor Information Form and confirmed at the interviewing stage. References are only contacted for finalists.

Apply link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF03036

Help contact: extension-jobs@berkeley.edu

Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley 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: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

In searches when letters of reference are required 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 (http://apo.berkeley.edu/ucb-confidentiality-policy) prior to submitting their letter.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/SARS-CoV-2_Covid-19. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

Job location

San Francisco Bay Area, CA