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Instructor of Geography

Yosemite Community College District

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Job Title
Instructor of Geography - Full-Time Temporary 1 year - School of Behavioral and Social Science - Modesto Junior College 2024-2025

Modesto Junior College

Tenure Track
Non-Tenure Track Position

Salary Range / Other
Placement on the Yosemite Community College District salary schedule dependent upon education and experience. 2023-2024 Salary Schedule – $66,367 to $123,891 per year, plus an annual $2,789 stipend for an earned doctorate. New personnel limited to a maximum tenth step initial placement based on previous experience – maximum equals $103,027.

The District currently pays for a health options for the employee and dependents. Employees may elect to pay a premium for a higher health option. Vision care and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents is District paid. Income protection and life insurance premiums for the employee are also District paid. The estimated cost of District provided benefits (health, dental, vision, and life) is $24,408 annually.
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Required Quals Summary
Master’s in geography, OR Bachelor’s in geography AND, Master’s in geology, history, meteorology or oceanography OR the equivalent OR see Interdisciplinary Studies
Determined by California State Chancellor’s Office. Click link below for discipline applicable Minimum Qualifications:
Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges (cccco.edu)
The District has adopted an equivalency procedure that enables consideration of applications by individuals who may not directly meet the qualifications listed above. For more information on equivalency, you may access the link below:
Candidates not possessing the required qualification(s) as stated on this announcement must complete the Request for Equivalency Form as part of the application process to explain in detail how their qualifications are equivalent to those above; OR valid California community college instructor credential in appropriate subject issued prior to July 1, 1990 (per California Education Code 87355).

Knowledge of and ability to appraise the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students. Sensitivity to the needs, problems and challenges associated with the diversity of the community college student population.

Job Description Summary
All full-time faculty are expected to participate actively in their disciplines, department activities, and the general intellectual life and governance of the college. Part of the teaching assignment may be online, in the evening, and/or on Saturdays. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    • Teaching physical, cultural, economic, and work regionally geography
    • Teaching assigned courses using the course content stated in the approved course outlines of record and in a manner consistent with the college standards. Assignments may include offerings in the day, evening, or non-traditional (e.g., off-site or Saturday) time slots and/or distance education.
    • Maintaining expertise in current teaching and learning methods and developing new instructional materials and techniques to meet students’ changing needs.
    • Maintaining state-of-the-art knowledge in the field of study through professional organizations and/or other research and staff development opportunities.
    • Posting and holding regular office hours by prevailing contractual obligations.
    • Participating in curriculum and degree development, evaluation, and revision, including assessing student learning outcomes and Course Outline of Record.
    • Collaborating in the development and revision of curriculum and program review.
    • Collaborating with faculty and staff to enhance instruction, curriculum, and student success.
    • Collaborating with faculty and staff to enhance Geography Department programmatic events and outreach to students and the community.
    • Assisting in special projects related to the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
    • Engaging in the college’s participatory governance processes.
    • Working to support marginalized students, especially in collaboration with instructional support programs, such as Umoja and Puente.
    • Performing other duties as required by contract and general institutional needs promptly.
    • Advancing equitable student learning through dedicated, exemplary instruction by established course outlines.
    • Informing students of course requirements, evaluation procedures, and attendance requirements.
    • Preparing and grading class assignments and examinations and informing students of their academic progress.
    • Maintaining attendance, scholastic, and other records and submitting them according to published policies and deadlines.
    • Attending department, division, and college-wide meetings regularly.
    • Developing, implementing, and assessing student-learning outcomes for courses and programs and using the results for improvement.
    • Engaging in data inquiry and self-assessment to develop strategies for student course success, persistence, equity, and program completion.
    • Engaging in department program improvement initiatives.
    • Participating in professional development activities, both departmental and college-wide, especially connected to closing disproportionate impact gaps and improving completion goals.
    • Maintaining appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Mobility: ability to sit or stand for long periodsmove about an office, and reach above and below desk level.
  • Dexterity: fine manipulation sufficient to operate a keyboard, handle individual papers, write and take notes.
  • Lifting: occasional lifting of papers, files, equipment and material weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Visual Requirements: close vision sufficient to read files, documents, and computer screens and do close-up work; ability to adjust focus frequently.
  • Hearing/Talking: ability to hear normal speech, speak and hear on the telephone, and speak in person.
  • Emotional/Psychological Factors: ability to make decisions and concentrate; frequent contact with others including some public contact; frequent deadlines and time-limited assignments.

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Qualifications
  • Possess at least a Master’s in Geography, or equivalent
  • Have at least one year of teaching experience at the college level.
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for teaching at the community college level.
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for continual professional development.
  • Demonstrate outstanding ability as a teacher to engage students and promote critical thinking skills, collaboration, and empathy development.
  • Demonstrate commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Have a demonstrated ability to address equity gaps within the classroom, no matter the modality used.
  • Demonstrate cultural competence, sensitivity to, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic 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.
  • Are committed to working collegially and respectfully with other faculty and staff.

Desirable Characteristics
Desirable Characteristics
  • Ability to develop curriculum or services that stress innovation and multicultural and multiethnic emphasis.
  • Enthusiasm for the learning process.
  • Commitment to supportive relationships with students and colleagues.
  • Capable of instructing using teaching methods that accommodate various student learning styles.
  • Participate in professional growth and remain current in the subject areas and major state initiatives.
  • Ability to operate effectively in an environment of change and ambiguity.
  • Vision and energy to plan and organize programs to enhance student success.
  • Willingness to participate effectively in shared governance and to work collaboratively.
  • Personal qualifications such as effective interpersonal communication skills, participation in community affairs, and ability to conduct effective public presentations.

Special Instructions for this Posting
Applications are accepted online only at: https://www.yosemite.edu/recruitment/employmentopportunities/
Select Job Openings, Select Search Jobs, Select Job Title, Create an account and Apply to this job.

Please note: The District does not integrate with the third party service of Interfolio; therefore, reference letters must be submitted along with the application documents required.

Only online application packets will be accepted including:
  • YCCD Administrative online application
  • Resume
  • Personal letter of interest
  • Unofficial Transcripts
Those applicants selected for personal interview will be notified by email or phone. In accordance with Board policy official offers of employment will be made only by the Chancellor or Vice Chancellor/Human Resources, YCCD. Final appointment is subject to confirmation by the Board of Trustees.
Federal law requires the District employ only US citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States. Written verification of employment eligibility is required.
TRANSCRIPTSAt the time an offer of assignment is made, proper salary placement is contingent upon receipt of OFFICIAL (sealed) transcripts. Instructors with advanced degrees and coursework shall be attached during the application process. An ORIGINAL of the evaluation(s) must be presented at the time of hire.
FOREIGN DEGREES: Applicants with foreign degrees from colleges or universities outside of the United States must have their coursework evaluated by a professional association. A copy of the evaluation must be attached during the application process. An ORIGINAL of the evaluation(s) must be presented at the time of hire.
Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

BACKGROUND CHECK: A background investigation of new employees is required, including reference checks and a state criminal history report. Employment will not begin until the history check has been cleared by Human Resources. The cost for the criminal history report will be the responsibility of the successful candidate.

The District may hire more than one applicant from this applicant pool.
Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

The Yosemite Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

It is the policy of Yosemite Community College District (Modesto Junior College and Columbia College) not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or disability in its educational programs and its employment practices. YCCD BP 3410 Nondiscrimination can be found at: https://www.yosemite.edu/trustees/board_policy/3410%20Nondiscrimination.pdf
Title IX Sexual Harassment regulations define Title IX Sexual Harassment to include four terms “as defined in” the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking.
In accordance with 34 C.F.R. §§ 100.6(d), 104.8, and 106.9; and 28 C.F.R. § 35.106, the following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504/Title II policies:
District Title IX/Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
Yosemite Community College District
2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto, CA 95358

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