Job Details

Cuesta College
  • Position Number: 2121345
  • Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Position Type: Science - Geology, Earth Sciences & Oceanography

Earth and Ocean Sciences Full-Time Tenure Track Instructor

Cuesta College

Salary: Depends on Qualifications
Job Type: Full Time
Job Number: FY2021-00050
Location: Arroyo Grande), CA
Department: Physical Sciences
Closing: 3/8/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

Job Description Summary
The Physical Sciences Division at Cuesta College is looking for a Full-Time Tenure Track Earth and Ocean Sciences Instructor. The ideal candidate will exhibit a passion for educating Cuesta College's racially and socioeconomically diverse student population. We are searching for a person who will enthusiastically engage students in Geology, Oceanography, and Geographic Information Systems courses and serve as a faculty leader for the department. Successful candidates will be innovative, collaborative, and supportive individuals who demonstrate a sensitivity to diversity and excellence in teaching. The Physical Sciences Division consists of Earth and Oceanography, Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics, and Physical Sciences. There are 10 full-time faculty, 10 part-time faculty, and 4 lab technicians in the Division.

Cuesta College provides 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 Cuesta College 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, classified staff, administration, students, and community partners.

Cuesta College and the Physical Sciences Division value the ability to serve and honor our diverse students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities, and orientations. Therefore, it is important to us that our faculty, staff, and administrators demonstrate an understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds as well as sexual orientation and abilities of all constituents in the Cuesta College community. A successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students, and community partners, and who are 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 differences;
(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.

Cuesta College 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.

Teaching begins with good preparation. Faculty are expected to research appropriate textbooks, including consideration of low- and no- cost options, and select an option that best supports students' success and diversity of viewpoints. For every course, a clear syllabus must be prepared that clearly outlines an instructor's expectations of students in the course as well as the content to be covered (selection of which should adhere to the college-approved Course Outline of Record). When creating a plan for delivering content, faculty must consider a variety of methods that are both equitable and consider a range of learning styles. Finally, the development of assessment strategies that effectively and equitably assess student learning and course outcomes is vital for assigning grades that correctly reflect a student's grasp of course material. It is vital that communication with students is maintained throughout the semester through a variety of avenues synchronously and asynchronously, including intervention if needed. It is also the responsibility of an instructor to support students outside of the classroom, including guiding students to useful and applicable college support services available, as appropriate.

Subject Matter Preparation
Preference will be given to candidates who:
  • Have recent experience teaching at the community college level; and
  • Are well-qualified to teach courses in the Earth and Ocean Sciences Department.

Evidence of Outstanding Ability as a Teacher
Appropriate evidence includes, but is not limited to, experience, training, or achievement that the candidate has:
  • Commitment to staying current with the latest developments in the Earth and Ocean Sciences disciplines and in collaborating with industry and/or professional organizations on curriculum and partnership development;
  • The ability to continuously evaluate and improve teaching methods;
  • The ability to organize and explain materials in ways appropriate to students' abilities and learning styles;
  • The ability to use teaching methods that engage students actively in their own learning, promote development of critical thinking skills, and encourage them to become lifelong learners;
  • The ability to use instructional methods that emphasize cooperation and collaboration and that reflect cultural sensitivity
  • The ability to motivate students from a broad spectrum of cultural, academic, socioeconomic, and language backgrounds;
  • The ability to develop student learning outcomes and methods for assessing students' achievement of those outcomes;
  • The enthusiasm for, understanding of, and commitment to the role and purpose of the community college;
  • Familiarity with and willingness to expand the use of technology in Earth and Ocean Sciences, including online instruction; and
  • A commitment to the teaching profession, its goals and ideals, and enthusiasm for the mission of the community college.

College and/or departmental responsibilities include the following activities:
  • Developing and updating curriculum;
  • Serving on college committees and taskforces (Participatory Governance);
  • Researching and writing program review;
  • Serving on peer evaluation and hiring committees;
  • Scheduling and working with part-time instructors in the department;
  • Collaborating with the community about curriculum changes, job opportunities, or scholarship opportunities for students;
  • Maintaining collegial, professional and ethical conduct;
  • Coordinating/collaborating with the Teacher Pathways team to support student teachers, partnerships, and grants;
  • Achieving and maintaining Cuesta College Distance Education certification;
  • Regularly submitting assessment results into the college outcomes and assessments database.
Selected applicants will be asked to interview for a full-time tenure track position as an Earth and Ocean Sciences instructor in the Physical Sciences Division. Assignments may be day, evening, or online classes at the San Luis Obispo Campus, North County Campus in Paso Robles, South County Center in Arroyo Grande, other sites within San Luis Obispo County, or Distance Education.

Located in the heart of scenic San Luis Obispo County, Cuesta College has provided comprehensive associate degree offerings, certificates, and community programs to the region since 1964. Cuesta College faculty and staff are committed to being an inclusive institution that inspires a diverse student population to achieve their educational goals, we are proud to be designated as an Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education. Cuesta College is committed to racial and socioeconomic diversity that reflects our student population; we strive to hire candidates that share the value of commitment to diversity and inclusion. As part of the Cuesta College team, you can expect to be part of a collaborative community of faculty, classified staff, administrators, students, and community partners advancing educational excellence with intentional support services leading to student success and completion.

Additional information about the college can be found at:
The college planning documents can be found at:
Our Student Equity Action Plan can be found at:
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Essential Functions & Qualifications
-Master's in geology, geophysics, earth sciences, meteorology, oceanography, or paleontology


-Bachelor's in geology
-Master's in geography, physics, or geochemistry


-The equivalent (candidates making application on the basis of equivalency must submit all materials requested for an equivalency judgment, indicated on the Equivalency Process link listed in Additional Information)


-A valid Community College credential in the discipline

Additional Requirement:
-Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Recent teaching experience in the discipline in multiple formats (such as in-class, hybrid, online), community college level;
  • Awareness and understanding of the philosophy and objectives of California Community Colleges;
  • Knowledge of developmentally and culturally appropriate teaching strategies, and curriculum;
  • Familiarity with current/common assessment tools used in community college classrooms, including their strengths and limitations;
  • Recent experience working with racially minoritized and other disproportionately-impacted students in the classroom and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups within higher education and particular fields shape patterns of participation and outcomes;
  • Willingness to examine and remediate one's instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support racially minoritized and other disproportionately impacted students;
  • Experience and skill with addressing inequity in the classroom and on campus;
  • Demonstrated ability to address equity gaps in their courses;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the implications of the Hispanic-Serving Institution designation for institutional, departmental and instructional practices;
  • Interest in developing and participating in campus and community outreach activities;
  • Training and experience teaching distance education, including maintaining courses on a learning management system;
  • Recent experience using relevant instructional lab equipment and instruments;
  • Interest in leading student field studies.

Additional Information
Candidates are required to submit a cover letter, teaching philosophy, resume/CV, two current letters of recommendation, reference list, and unofficial transcripts.

Teaching Philosophy Instructions:

  • Please limit this document to 500 words.
  • Describe your approach to teaching a diverse student body.
  • Discuss your values, beliefs and/or goals related to teaching.
  • Consider how the Cuesta College Mission Statement connects to your philosophy.
  • Consider your experience teaching face-to-face and distance education.
  • Consider answering one or more of the following questions:
    1. Cuesta College is committed to closing racial equity gaps in experience and outcomes for our Black and Latinx students. What would be your approach to advancing this goal in your classes?
    2. Think of the most successful class you have taught. What were the key factors in creating that success for racially-minoritized and other underserved, disproportionately impacted students?
    3. What are some of the techniques you use to teach in a culturally responsive way?

  • Include all relevant education, training, and teaching experience (including courses taught), and other work experience.

Professional Reference List:
  • Include names, job titles, phone numbers, email addresses;
  • Include a minimum of three (3) professional references.

Letters of Recommendation:
  • Must be current within the last two years.

    Equivalency: If you do not meet the minimum qualifications for the position please include an equivalency argument. For directions on what is an acceptable equivalency argument please review the requirements listed on the following link:

    Completed online applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by the closing date for this position. LATE, INCOMPLETE, FAXED, MAILED OR EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

    Please contact HR to ensure all documents have been uploaded and your file is complete up until 72 hours before the closing date.

    Additional Information:
    Cuesta College will not sponsor any visa applications.

    San Luis Obispo County Community College District ("Cuesta College") is an equal opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), age, disability (physical and mental), genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal and state law in admission and access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities at any of its campuses. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Cuesta College also prohibits harassment on any of these bases, including sexual harassment, as well as sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

    In compliance with California law, all prospective staff and students are entitled to read the Annual Security Report, published each October by the Cuesta College Department of Public Safety. This report contains information about our emergency and crime reporting procedures, as well as crime statistics for the past 3 years. You may request a copy of this report at one of our two Public Safety Offices: on SLO campus at Building 6600A or on North County Campus at building N1021, during campus business hours. You may also access the complete text of this report at the following website address:

    Interview Process Information
    Selected applicants will be required to attend an interview and teaching demonstration on Monday, March 29 or Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

    Second interviews will be held on Friday, April 2, 2021.

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

    The San Luis Obispo County Community College District promotes inclusiveness, prohibits discrimination, and encourages all qualified persons to apply. As an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, Cuesta College actively seeks candidates with diverse backgrounds to assist students, staff, and faculty. For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) assistance with the application and/or interview process, please contact the Human Resources Office: (805) 546-3129.

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