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Physics Faculty, Tenure-Track

Skagit Valley College

Job Description



Physics Faculty, Tenure-Track

$63,160.00 - $84,213.00 Annually

Mount Vernon, WA

Job Type
Faculty, Tenure-Track

Academic Education

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Position Summary

The Opportunity:  Skagit Valley College (SVC) is seeking qualified equity-minded applicants for full-time, tenure track faculty positions in Physics. The successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional classroom skills, enthusiasm for the subject matter, an inclusive and equity driven approach to teaching and learning, and innovative pedagogy and teaching strategies. Candidates should be able and excited to teach a variety of first- and second-year Physics courses including algebra-based and engineering (calculus-based) physics courses. Faculty at SVC respect and work effectively with diverse students, colleagues, staff and others in a campus climate that promotes innovative and equity-minded teaching, a diverse learning environment, and a strong focus on improving student success rates and addressing systemic inequities in access and achievement for all students.
Science classes for the Skagit Valley College District are offered at our Mount Vernon Campus and Whidbey Island Campus located in Oak Harbor. This position is primarily based at the Mount Vernon Campus, however instructors may be called upon to teach at the Whidbey Island Campus located in Oak Harbor or to teach students via online instruction.
SVC Physics faculty teach an equivalent of 13-15 credits per quarter (2-3 classes) and participate in College service. This position is expected to begin in Fall Quarter, September 2023.
About SVC: Established in 1926, Skagit Valley College is a comprehensive community college providing associates and bachelor’s degrees, as well as certificates, in high-quality academic transfer pathways, workforce training, basic education for adults, and lifelong learning opportunities. SVC's commitment to equity and social justice drives our collective work to increase access to higher education, inspire student learning and achievement, and strengthen our diverse community. SVC aspires to reflect the diverse racial, ethnic, and linguistic demographics in the district, particularly a growing Latinx population. This aspiration reflects both our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice, and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty.
Mission: Skagit Valley College cultivates student learning and achievement; contributes to the educational, personal, and economic success of students; and promotes equitable and thriving communities.
Vision: The primary focus of Skagit Valley College is student-centered teaching and learning. We are committed to:

  • Equitable student outcomes in access, achievement, and community;
  • Our Guiding Principles;
  • Decisions based on strategy and evidence;
  • The development of our employees;
  • A diverse and inclusive college community where everyone belongs.

 Guiding Principles: Respect, Integrity, Open and Honest Communication, Collaboration,
and Compassion.
The Location: Skagit Valley College is nestled between the Cascade Mountains and the Salish Sea in the scenic northwest corner of Washington State. Located in a geographically diverse region between the dynamic metropolitan hubs of Seattle and Vancouver, BC, SVC is never far from world-class outdoor recreation, urban arts scenes, and local cultural events. SVC serves our local communities with a campus in Mount Vernon, Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, and centers in Friday Harbor, a Marine Technology Center in Anacortes, and a Brewing Academy in Burlington.
Did You Know: Skagit Valley College is an innovative community college committed to offering inclusive access to educational opportunities, supporting student achievement, and engaging our community. SVC is nationally known for learning communities and support for high impact teaching practices that improve the lives of our students. We are committed to creating student learning experiences that foster equity and diversity to strengthen our local and global communities. We practice a high degree of collaboration among faculty, staff, and administrators to lead initiatives that advance student success and strengthen our increasingly diverse district. We value student and colleague engagement in creating an equitable, diverse, innovative, learning-centered environment.
Skagit Valley College offers:

  • An unrelenting focus on our mission to improve the lives of our students and to strengthen our diverse community.
  • Support for innovative teaching, learning, and scholarship.
  • Exciting opportunities for personal and career growth.
  • Diverse cultural and environmental benefits of rural, suburban and urban lifestyles.
  • Friendly, supportive, and diverse work environments.
  • Excellent benefits including competitive leave packages and an array of health, dental, vision, and retirement plans to meet your current and future needs.


Duties and Responsibilities


  • Provide classroom and/or online instruction in general and engineering Physics and/or other closely related disciplines; 
  • Provide leadership in developing the Physics program, developing innovative programming, curricula, and pedagogy that incorporate program and general education learning outcomes; 
  • Conduct ongoing development, assessment, and revision of curriculum that reflects innovative pedagogy and advances in the field of Physics; 
  • Work collaboratively with SVC faculty from other fields to develop appropriate curriculum for the Physics program that reflects diversity of student experience, including underrepresented and underserved students; 
  • Create a positive learning environment for students using diverse teaching methods to support and enhance student success; 
  • Collaborate with faculty from other disciplines or fields to develop and to offer integrative learning experiences; 
  • Develop, monitor, and assess student learning outcomes; participate in the college’s program review process;
  • Advise and mentor students, including those from underrepresented and underserved groups; 
  • Collaborate with other disciplines and transfer institutions to increase enrollment and support student retention in the program with a focus on ameliorating equity gaps; 
  • Assist in developing, assessing, and analyzing program outcomes for the purpose of program improvement and enhanced student learning; 
  • Engage in scholarly activities that complement and inform teaching; 
  • Use inclusive and effective teaching methods to support and to enhance learning for students inside and outside of the classroom; 
  • Incorporate an equity-minded approach to teaching and learning; 
  • Engage in scholarly activities that complement and inform teaching; 
  • Mentor and assist part-time faculty teaching Physics or similar disciplines; 
  • Participate in unit, department and other college activities, including college governance; 
  • Fulfill full-time faculty responsibilities in accordance with the negotiated agreement and Skagit Valley College policies; 
  • Perform other related duties and special projects as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Impart excitement and enthusiasm into teaching of Physics; 
  • Demonstrate knowledge and familiarity with current theories, research, and practice in Physics; 
  • Develop innovative programming, curricula, and pedagogy that incorporate program and general education learning outcomes; 
  • Engage students through innovative instructional approaches including learning communities, service learning projects, contextualized learning, etc.; 
  • Demonstrate commitment to equity-minded approaches to teaching and learning for all students; 
  • Practice and adopt a variety of active learning strategies that facilitate student learning and that are inclusive of all cultures and backgrounds; 
  • Support students in accessing appropriate instructional and non-instructional services to facilitate student retention, completion and academic success for all students; 
  • Adapt to a variety of teaching situations, including interdisciplinary learning communities, online and hybrid modalities, etc.; 
  • Express appropriate awareness of the history of underrepresented groups and promote an equitable work and learning environment; 
  • Build a Physics program that meets the needs of the college's students and the community; 
  • Recruit and inspire diverse student populations to embrace learning and facilitate completion; 
  • Work and interact effectively with colleagues, staff, students, administrators and other various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds in support of SVC's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion; 
  • Act according to principles of integrity, respect, open and honest communication, collaboration, and compassion.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Have, or ability to obtain a Master's Degree in Physics or closely related field by June 2023; 
  • One (1) year of teaching experience, which may include previous community college, university, K-12, graduate school, teaching assistant, and/or substitute teaching.

  Desired Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Physics, or closely related field;
  • Teaching experience in a higher education setting;
  • Demonstrated commitment to equitable teaching and learning practices.


Salary, Benefits, Conditions of Employment, Application Procedure

Salary and Benefits:

  • Initial annual salary placement ranges from $63,160-$84,213  for a standard 172-day contract. The College has a negotiated faculty wage scale in which placement on the salary structure is in accordance with the SVC Federation of Teachers Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • A standard 172-day contract is written annually for the period of September to June. Late contracts will be prorated on the basis of work days remaining in the contract year.
  • This position is exempt from the overtime pay requirements of The Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • This is a union represented position subject to a Collective Bargaining Agreement. 
  • Salary, retirement, medical and insurance benefits are provided in accordance with state regulations and may be subject to change in accordance with legislative mandates and collective bargaining agreements. Additional information on benefits can be found at https://fortress.wa.gov/hca/pebbhealthplan/compare.aspx.
Conditions of Employment:


  • Prior to employment, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
     Additionally, pursuant to RCW 28B.112.080, applicants must declare whether they are the subject of any substantiated findings of sexual misconduct in any current or former employment or are currently being investigated for, or have left a position during an investigation into, a violation of any sexual misconduct policy at the applicant’s current or past employer. By law, post-secondary education institutions cannot hire an applicant who refuses to declare the existence or non-existence of an investigation or findings subject to this statute.
  • In the interest of providing a healthy, safe and secure educational and work environment, and in order to meet the requirements of federal legislation, it is the policy of Skagit Valley College to maintain an alcohol and drug-free workplace for our employees and students. 
  • If hired you will be required to provide proof of identity and documentation of U.S. Citizenship or appropriate authorization to work in this position as required by the Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986.
  • Completion of academic degree(s) will be verified through receipt of official transcripts at the time of hire.


Application Procedure:
To be considered for this position, applicants must:

  1. Meet the minimum qualifications and;
  2. Submit a complete application to the online recruitment system at www.skagit.edu that includes the following:
  • The online application, which includes answers to all supplemental questions and contact information for at least three (3) professional references;
  • A current resume; (Attachment: Resume)
  • A letter of interest addressing the minimum, desired qualifications, and your education and experience as it supports the responsibilities of this position; (Attachment: Cover Letter).

In order to be considered for the position, you must complete the online application in full and attach the required supplemental documents. Failure to provide this information may eliminate you from consideration for this position.

Application Deadline: Priority screening will begin after January 6, 2023.  Applications received on or before this date will receive first consideration. Applications received after the screening date may be considered until the position is filled.
Please be aware that the College hiring authorities reserve the right to hire one or more candidates and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision prior to the conclusion of the recruitment process. Only candidates selected to interview will be contacted.

Recruitment Timeline: The following recruitment timeline has been established for this position. First round interviews may take place via the video conferencing application, Zoom, or in-person. Finalist interviews may also be via video conference unless specified otherwise during the recruitment process. This timeline will be updated as dates are finalized. Timelines may be subject to change.

Priority Screening Date:                    January 6, 2023

Interviews with Committee:             Anticipated to be the week of January 16, 2023

Finalist Interviews:                             Anticipated to be week of January 30, 2023

Selection:                                            February 2023

Application Assistance: If you have questions about the position or require special accommodation, you may contact Human Resources at (360) 416-7794, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Time. SVC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the recruitment process may leave a TDD/TTY message at (360) 416-7718 by the application closing date.  Information on SVC's Reasonable Accommodation policy can be found at OPPM 3040 .
For questions regarding the online application system, you may call NEOGOV Applicant Tech Support at (855) 524-5627 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Time. For best results, apply using one of the following browsers supported by NEOGOV: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and later versions of Internet Explorer.

SVC Annual Security Report: The U.S. Department of Education and the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act requires all colleges to provide information to current and prospective students and employees about campus safety policies, procedures and statistics on certain crimes, including hate crimes, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault. We are required to report our campus security information and statistics in an Annual Security Report, which is updated annually each October. All prospective employees may obtain a copy of the Annual Security Report from the Human Resources Office by calling (360) 416-7794 or by accessing the Report at: https://www.skagit.edu/about/safety-security-parking/
Skagit Valley College is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all groups in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices. SVC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. All faculty and staff hired at Skagit Valley College are encouraged to embrace, continually support, and enhance diversity and equity on our campus and in our community. Annual Notice of Non-Discrimination.


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