Geology/Earth Science Instructor (Full-Time, Tenure Track Position)

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East Los Angeles College, (ELAC), with an enrollment of approximately 35,000, is the largest of the nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District, and is located in the Los Angeles suburb of Monterey Park, in the San Gabriel Valley.  ELAC is dedicated to providing the highest quality of transfer and workforce education courses, along with superior adult education, basic skills, and community service programs.  We serve a culturally diverse community in a dynamic urban setting with the purpose of supporting students in achieving associate of arts degrees, general education, skill/certificates, and/or personal development.  The college seeks to fulfill the potential of each student through innovative teaching methods, the latest in educational technology, and committed support services.

The College is interested in candidates who possess academic or life experiences that enhance teaching in a multicultural setting.  The Anthropology, Geography, and Geology Department is looking for faculty to join in its pursuit of student success and professional excellence.


  • Teach 5 courses (15 hours per semester).
  • Maintain scheduled office hours.
  • Participate in curriculum development.
  • Participate in the development and assessment of Course Learning Outcomes and Program Learning Outcomes.
  • Serve on department, campus, and/or district committees.
  • Participate in professional development activities.
  • Assignment may include morning, afternoon, evening, and/or weekend classes, and may include classes on the main campus in Monterey Park or at other offsite locations, such as the South Gate Educational Center.


  • Master’s degree in Geology, Geophysics, Earth Sciences, Meteorology, Oceanography, or Paleontology;


  • Bachelor’s degree in Geology AND a Master’s degree in Geography, Physics, or Geochemistry;

OR the equivalent.

  • A sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.


  • Successful experience in the teaching of Geology, Earth Science and related fields, preferably at the community college level.
  • Sufficient expertise in geobiology and/or paleontology to teach the Earth History lecture and lab sequence required for the Geology AS-T.
  • Ability to provide college-level instruction in lecture and lab classes in Earth Science, Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Geological Catastrophes (Environmental Geology), Oceanography and Environmental Science, including lecture/lab preparation, classroom management and student assessment/evaluation.
  • Familiarity with contemporary geotechnologies.
    Experience using technology and innovation in the classroom.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Sensitivity to -and understanding of- the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
  • Knowledge of different learning styles and teaching techniques.
  • Experience with the student learning outcome assessment process.
  • Willingness to participate in student activities, including arranging and leading field trips.
  • A strong commitment to professional growth.
  • Willingness to engage in additional non-teaching activities that may included but are not limited to service on district campus, and department committees, participation in community outreach and campus in reach efforts, student club advisement, and other responsibilities as needed.


Initial placement $57,270 to $89,170 (10-month assignment).  Placement on the salary schedule is based on formal education, full-time and/or part-time teaching history, and related work experience. Opportunities for additional earnings exist with winter and summer assignments.  The district provides medical, dental, and vision insurance for the employee and eligible dependents and life insurance for the employee.  In addition to the State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS), employees have the option to participate in a 403b plan.


All applications will be evaluated to determine which applicants meet the minimum qualifications.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications and who are deemed to possess the highest degree of desired qualifications will be invited for an interview.  A short teaching demonstration will be required as part of the interview.  The committee will recommend finalists for a second interview to the President who will make the final recommendation to the Board of Trustees.  After review of application materials by the selection committee, candidates will be contacted only if selected for interviews.

Note: Final hiring will depend on availability of funding. The District does not provide expense reimbursements for those invited to interviews.


Applicants will be required to file the application using web-based software by creating an applicant’s profile account, allowing documents to be saved and uploaded as attachments.  Please go to< /b> to file the application.  The completed application package must be filed no later than 4:30PM March 15, 2019 to be considered.  Application materials may not be submitted by Fax, Mail or E-Mail.  All materials submitted will become the property of ELAC.  After review of application materials by the selection committee, candidates will becontacted only if selected for interviews.

For consideration in the selection process, all interested candidates must submit the following:

  1. Letter of interest, no more than one page, describing your interest in the position;
  2. Current descriptive resume that summarizes how you meet the position qualifications;
  3. Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate transcripts: Note: All degrees must be granted by an accredited college or university in the United States.  Transcripts from a foreign institution must be submitted with an approved evaluation of equivalency from a foreign evaluation service approved by California Commission on Teaching Credentialing.

Immediate filing is recommended.  For questions concerning the application process, please contact Aura Orellana in Academic Affairs, 323-265-8723.  For additional information regarding the job description, please contact Julie Bernard, Department Chair at 323-780-6744.

Individuals protected by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) may request an accommodation in the selection/interview process with at least three business days prior notice.  Documentation of the need for accommodation may be requested.

Equal Employment Policy: The policy of the Los Angeles Community College District is to implement equal opportunity to all qualified candidates for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, medical condition (cancer related), sexual orientation, or veteran status. Positive action will be taken to ensure that this policy is followed in all personnel practices including recruitment, hiring, placement, upgrading, transfer, demotion, and treatment during employment rate of pay or other forms of compensation, selection fort raining, layoff or termination.  A vigorous equal employment opportunity program will be maintained to ensure a diverse work force and to achieve expected representation of qualified members of under-represented groups through the implementation of specific result-oriented plans and procedures (Board Rule 101301).

Los Angeles Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is strongly committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce.