Job Details

San Mateo County Community College District
  • Position Number: 5145755
  • Location: San Mateo, CA
  • Position Type: Science - Biology

Biology Instructor (Anatomy and Physiology) (Full-time, Tenure-Track Faculty Position)

San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number: 2014383F
Department: Mathematics & Science CSM (DEPT)
Location: College of San Mateo
Position Number: 4F0107
Percentage of Full Time: The work year is 175 days (10 months of service).
FLSA: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year: 10
If other, please specify:
Salary Range: Depending on educational credentials, placement can range from $83,796 to $117,948 per year.
Min Salary:
Max Salary:
Position Type: Faculty Positions

Who We Are:
The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the Districts Strategic Plan, "success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals." The Districts "Students First" Strategic Plan is focused on "Student Success, Equity and Social Justice." We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences - emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our San Mateo County Community College District team, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty and classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District:
College of San Mateo (CSM) is part of the San Mateo County Community College District and is a Hispanic Serving Institution and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution. The college enrolls approximately 15,000 students each academic year. CSM has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on College of San Mateos Office of Planning, Research, Innovation, & Effectiveness (PRIE) website.

The President has called for the college community to be student-focused, always find a way to get to "yes" as one team, and serve local communities to the best of our abilities. The college recognizes the need for all students to achieve their goals and recognizes that as an institution we are stronger together. To learn more about CSMs antiracism and justice-centered efforts, please read our Solidarity Statement.

Who We Want:
We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. An equity-minded individual is a person who already does or has demonstrated the desire to:

(1) Understand the importance of holding ourselves accountable as educators for closing equity gaps and engaging in equitable practices;

(2) Reframe inequities as a problem of practice and view the elimination of inequities as an individual and collective responsibility;

(3) Encourage positive race-consciousness and embrace human difference;

(4) Reflect on institutional and teaching practices and aim to make them more culturally responsive; and

(5) Strategically build buy-in and participation among colleagues for equity-related initiatives.

The San Mateo County Community District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals. All departments strongly encourage collaboration across disciplines to create inclusive, integrated, and interdisciplinary learning experiences. College faculty are expected to be knowledgeable about, and willing to use, different learning and teaching methods appropriate to the students they serve.

The Position:
The College seeks a full-time, tenure track faculty member in Biology with specialized experience in teaching human anatomy and physiology with cadavers. The ideal candidate will share the College's commitment to educating a racially and socioeconomically diverse student population.

Start date of this assignment: Fall 2024

Duties and Responsibilities:
The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s)of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.
  1. Teach lecture/lab sections of biology courses with a primary focus on human anatomy, physiology, and human biology
  2. Maintain, dissect, and utilize human cadavers for instructional purposes and assessment of student learning
  3. Develop and practice effective teaching strategies that foster success in students with diverse backgrounds, learning differences, interests, and abilities
  4. Develop and maintain expertise in the biological sciences discipline and integrate this learning into the curriculum and classroom
  5. Assist in curriculum revisions and new course development, department planning, and program review
  6. Participate in the development and/or selection of course materials, equipment, and technology that will enhance offerings of the Biology Department
  7. Participate, on an ongoing basis in the assessment and analysis of student learning
  8. Provide one-to-one and small group support to students at office hours and open Anatomy Lab
  9. Participate in department, division, and college meetings and committees
  10. Teach day and evening classes as required by the college
  11. Perform other duties as required by contract, collective bargaining agreement, and general institutional needs

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Possession of a Masters or above in any biological science OR Bachelors in any biological science AND Masters or above in biochemistry, biophysics, or marine science, OR the equivalent (see below)
  • Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff as these factors relate to the need for equity minded-practice both within and outside of the classroom

Physical Requirements:

Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications:
For persons applying for this position based on Equivalence, please answer the supplemental question on the online application by choosing one of the following:

Degree Equivalence
The applicant possesses a degree(s) with similar content to those listed for the relevant discipline. The name of the degree is close to that specified on the Disciplines List but the degree either has a different title or area of expertise or the coursework is slightly different.

Academic Background Equivalence
Related to disciplines in which a Masters Degree is not generally expected or available. The applicant must have completed at least 24 semester units of coursework in the academic field and must possess at least the equivalent level of achievement and the equivalent in breadth, depth of understanding, and rigor in each of the following:

i) a broad cultural education usually met by the general education requirements for any Bachelors or Associates Degree, and

ii) a detailed study of the discipline in breadth, depth, and rigor, usually met by course work required for the degree major.

Professional Achievement Equivalence
The applicant must have completed the General Education requirements for that degree and show evidence of outstanding professional achievement and/or substantial training in the requested field. The applicant must submit substantial evidence, which demonstrates that his/her preparation, teaching experience, work experience, and ability are equivalent to those expected from a person who meets the minimum qualifications.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Subject matter preparation:
  1. Recent successful experience in teaching human anatomy, physiology, and human biology in a community college to students preparing to work in allied health fields, such as nursing
  2. Experience maintaining, dissecting, and using human cadavers for instruction and assessment of student learning
  3. Experience developing and teaching inquiry-and research-based labs in human physiology

Evidence of outstanding ability as a teacher:
  1. Genuine enthusiasm for and deep understanding of the role and purpose of the community college in fostering accessible and equitable education for all students, with a commitment to humanizing pedagogy that prioritizes student well-being, inclusion, and empowerment
  2. Demonstrated ability to critically evaluate and continuously improve ones pedagogical approaches to enhance student learning outcomes, particularly by incorporating humanizing pedagogical strategies that acknowledge and affirm students diverse identities and experiences
  3. Proven expertise in effectively teaching both online and hybrid courses, utilizing innovative instructional technologies and pedagogical techniques to create engaging and supportive virtual learning environments
  4. Ability to employ teaching methods within biology lecture and laboratory courses that not only transmit content knowledge but also actively engage students, foster critical thinking skills, and promote cooperation and collaboration among diverse student populations
  5. Extensive experience in addressing differential achievement rates among students from diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds, through the implementation of inclusive teaching practices and targeted support interventions
  6. A commitment to maintaining transparent and equitable assessment practices, including consistently and appropriately assessing student progress, providing constructive feedback, and employing communication best practices to keep students informed and engaged in their learning journey. This includes utilizing culturally responsive assessment strategies that honor students diverse ways of knowing and demonstrating understanding
Evidence of effectiveness as a colleague:
  1. Demonstrated initiative and a strong commitment to working collaboratively with faculty and staff to enhance instruction, curriculum development, and student success, with a specific focus on fostering inclusivity and addressing the needs of racially minoritized, LGBTQIA+, and other disproportionately impacted students
  2. Proven track record of actively engaging in professional responsibilities beyond the classroom, including making meaningful contributions to departmental, divisional, and college-wide activities aimed at promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion. This may include participation in committees, task forces, or initiatives dedicated to addressing systemic barriers and fostering a more inclusive campus environment

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Recent experience working with racially minoritized, LGBTQIA+, and other disproportionately impacted students in the classroom, with a strong emphasis on addressing antiblackness and promoting inclusivity. Understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups within higher education and particular fields shape patterns of participation and outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to critically examine and remediate ones instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support racially minoritized, LGBTQIA+, and other disproportionately impacted students, including being comfortable having conversations about race, racism, and LGBTQIA+ issues
  • Experience and skill in facilitating active learning, discussion, and peer-instruction within science lecture courses, while fostering an inclusive and respectful environment for all students, regardless of their backgrounds
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the implications of the Hispanic-Serving Institution designation for institutional, departmental, and instructional practices, with a commitment to promoting equity and diversity within this context

Benefits include a choice of medical plans, dental coverage, vision care, sick leave, salary continuance insurance, and an optional tax-deferred flexible benefit plan. Coverage is offered for employees and all eligible dependents. Academic employees participate in the State Teachers Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California (no contributions to Social Security). Employees may also be eligible for various first-time homebuyer programs.

Open Date: 03/28/2024
First Review Date: 05/02/2024
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary:
Required Application Materials
All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to to complete the application and to apply for this position)

2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and teaching experience (including courses taught), and other work experience

3. Undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts (copies accepted)Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts may be submitted with the application; official copies will be required at the time of hire.
4. Your cover letter must include a discussion of the following questions:
  • What do you feel are the best strategies for supporting students who have been historically marginalized?
  • Think of the most successful class you have taught. What were the key factors in creating that success for racially-minoritized and other underserved students?
  • How is your teaching approach culturally-responsive to the students you serve?

If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact:

SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555 Fax (650) 574-6574
Web Page:

Conditions of Employment:
Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)
Foreign Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs in order for it to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a U.S.-based credentials evaluation service. The District currently accepts evaluations from agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

2. Submit verifications of prior employment

3. Satisfactory references

4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process
In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States

6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees

7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.

8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement:
The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.

Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation requests and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures can be made by completing our: Applicant Reasonable Accommodation Request Form

Annual Security Report:
San Mateo County Community College Districts (SMCCCD) 2022 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2022 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2022 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2022 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000. The report includes information about criminal activity on our campuses, emergency procedures and resources.

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