Environmental Science, Assistant (Tenure-Track) Professor, Bellevue College

published Mar 3, 2022 3:22pm

Mar 3, 2022 - Apr 3, 2022

Environmental Science, Assistant (Tenure-Track) Professor

Job ID: 11007

Location: Bellevue College

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Position Summary

Bellevue College Science Division is seeking a qualified candidate to fill a full-time tenure-track Environmental Science position to start Fall 2022.

Environmental Science faculty perform duties and responsibilities under the general direction of the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and is responsible primarily to the Dean of the Science Division. An assistant professor in Environmental Science works within the Earth & Space Science program and has duties in both teaching and governance. Candidates should be committed to improving student education both directly (through high-impact and effective instruction) and indirectly (through service to the department, college and community aimed at improving student success at Bellevue College).

A successful candidate will be dedicated to teaching environmental science at an open-enrollment institution and have expertise in sustainability or social aspects of environmental issues. The department is particularly interested in candidates with demonstrated commitment to closing equity gaps in STEM fields as well as experience creating supportive learning and work environments for diverse students and colleagues.

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule

Annual salary is based on a 176-day contract with a minimum of $67,712.30; beginning salary will be determined by the assessment of the candidate's education and related experience. New hires cannot be placed above $72,604.27 unless exceptional circumstances prevail.

We offer a comprehensive compensation package with salary and benefits as the main components. A generous benefits package is offered through Washington State plans that includes multiple medical, dental, life, and disability coverage choices for employees and dependents; choices of retirement and deferred compensation plans; paid personal leave plan; transit program, reduced tuition, employee discounts, and memberships, etc.

In addition to teaching, full-time faculty maintains office hours and participate in department and college activities. This position is represented by the Bellevue College Association of Higher Education (BCAHE) union.

About The College

Bellevue College is a diverse student-centered, comprehensive and innovative college, committed to teaching excellence that advances the life-long educational development of its students while strengthening the economic, social, and cultural life of its diverse community. Bellevue College is located just 10 miles east of Seattle where we serve a student population of over 44% students of color and over 1,100 international students. The college promotes student success by providing high-quality, flexible, accessible educational programs and services; advancing pluralism, inclusion, and global awareness; and acting as a catalyst and collaborator for a vibrant region.

We strive to create a vibrant and inclusive campus community that supports a diverse student body, faculty, and staff. As an essential part of our Future Vision, diversity, equity and pluralism are promoted and fostered in all aspects of college life. By enriching student life through leadership opportunities, personal learning, and cultural experiences, we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse campus community that fosters creativity, innovation, and student success.

About the Department

The Science Division provides opportunities for students to explore and pursue degrees in STEM. Our Division has set a goal of reducing opportunity gaps and we are engaging in conversations and initiatives to address these within our pedagogical and organizational practices.

The Earth & Space Sciences Program includes astronomy, environmental science, geology, meteorology and oceanography. Environmental Science typically offers 7 to 8 class sections each academic quarter - about 25% of the total sections offered in Earth & Space Sciences Program. These courses primarily serve as electives for students earning their Associates degree. Members of the program participate in professional activities at both the regional and national levels. The program strives to build a supportive and encouraging community for both faculty and students and is committed to putting student success at the center of every decision.

Essential Functions

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Teach three 5-credit classes per quarter in the Fall, Winter, and Spring; or an equivalent course load. Class sizes typically range from 28 to 36 students.
  • Teach in face-to-face settings and synchronous and/or asynchronous virtual settings.
  • Create and revise course materials, including varied assessments of student knowledge.
  • Design and facilitate learning experiences centered around student needs and interests by using varied instruction methods and resources.
  • Hold at least five weekly office hours and generally assist students one-on-one both through electronic media and in-person.
  • Use data, self-reflection, and student/colleague feedback to revise your instruction, improve student success and better serve historically underserved, underrepresented, or marginalized student populations (e.g. students with disabilities, Black, Indigenous and student of color, first-generation college students, LGBTQIA+ students, Veterans, English language learners, etc.).
  • Grade and/or provide useful feedback to students in a way that promotes student understanding and improvement. Assign overall course grades.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to student success through fostering a positive, collaborative learning environment where diversity and pluralism are valued.

Non-teaching responsibilities:

  • Participate in curriculum design, assessment, and revisions aimed at 1) improvement of course relevancy and 2) promotion of educational equity in the classroom.
  • Engage in professional-development opportunities on-and-off campus to maintain currency in environmental science, research and teaching methodology, and to stay up-to-date on campus programs and policies.
  • Contribute to the department through service such as textbook selection, curriculum design, feedback regarding department policies and procedures, program and course-level effectiveness assessments, mentoring of adjunct faculty, and more.
  • Contribute to the division, college, and community, such as through representation of faculty and department interests on division-wide and campus-wide committees.
  • Participate in campus-wide efforts to dismantle barriers that can impact underrepresented and historically marginalized student populations.
  • Provide culturally responsive and compassionate guidance and advising with an emphasis on the needs of historically marginalized student populations as they navigate courses and college systems.
  • Contribute to Science Division outreach and campus-wide sustainability efforts.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree or higher in Environmental Science, Ecology or a closely related discipline from an accredited institution
  • Experience teaching Environmental Science and related courses at the college level or relevant skills to do so effectively
  • Dedication to increasing inclusivity and closing achievement/access gaps with intentional curriculum and instruction design
  • Effective communication skills
  • Experience completing tasks independently and as part of a team

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise in social aspects of contemporary environmental issues (such as sustainability, environmental justice, environmental resources, or community resilience to environmental disasters)
  • Experience teaching students field methods in environmental science
  • Experience in working with underrepresented populations in STEM fields, or working in marginalized communities.
  • Training and/or experience to effectively implement varied teaching methods, (e.g. project-based learning, undergraduate research projects, field work, inquiry-based learning)
  • Effective implementation of accessible strategies using both specific accommodations and universal design
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development to maintain currency in environmental science and teaching methods
  • Experience in governance or other service to a campus, community, or workplace
  • Experience mentoring and/or advising students with diverse backgrounds

Conditions of Employment

Bellevue College intends to provide a drug-free, healthy, safe, and secure work and educational environment. Each employee is expected to report to work in an appropriate mental and physical condition to perform her/his/their assigned duties.

Bellevue College employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Per Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.1, state employees must be fully vaccinated and their vaccine status will be verified upon hire. Please reach out to the HR Office at jobs@bellevuecollege.edu if you need information on medical or religious accommodation.

Sexual Misconduct and Background Check

Prior to start of employment, finalists(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check as a condition of employment. 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.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington State Law.

Reference Check:

Reference checks may include, but are not limited to, contacting references and verification of work experience, and/or past job duties.

Other Information

* This position is eligible for relocation allowance
* Sponsorship for employment-based visa may be an option for full-time tenure-track faculty position only and depending upon applicant's qualification

How To Apply

Applications received by 03/20/2022 will be given full consideration. Applications received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. This position will begin Fall Quarter, 2022.

All individuals interested in this position are encouraged to apply. Your application must include a complete online application and all of the required documents below to be considered complete. Any application that does not provide all requested information will not be considered for the position (only submit required documents with the application, additional documents will not be reviewed.)

Required application materials:

  • Attach a Cover Letter (min 1 pg., max 2 pgs.)
  • Attach a Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Attach a statement of your Teaching Philosophy (max 2 pages)
  • Attach a Diversity Statement (min 1 pg., max 2 pgs.) that addresses the following: Please provide specific examples of how your educational and/or professional experiences, background or philosophy demonstrate your commitment to diversity and equity, and how these prepare you to contribute to Bellevue College. Please note that your Diversity Statement must be a separate response from your Teaching Philosophy
  • Attach copies of academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts may be submitted - official transcripts are required upon employment)
  • Complete Job Questionnaires if applicable


If you have questions regards to application or hiring process, please contact Office of Human Resources at 425-564-2274 or email to jobs@bellevuecollege.edu.

EEO Statement

Bellevue College is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing equal opportunity and nondiscrimination to applicants and employees without regard to race or ethnicity; creed; color; national origin; sex; marital status; sexual orientation; age; religion; genetic information; the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability; or whether a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran. Please see policy 4100 online.

Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the recruitment process may contact hr@bellevuecollege.edu or 425-564-2271. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Title IX Coordinator, 425-564- 2641, Office C227, and EEOC/504 Compliance Officer, 425-564- 2178, Office R130.

To apply, visit the online portal.

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