Professor, Biology- Lakeland (2023008)



Job description

About the Opportunity:

At Polk State College, our amazing faculty and staff create an inspiring workplace. This professional, full time, faculty position plays a key role in our college and student success. In addition to excellent academic programs, we offer a collaborative, creative and culturally diverse work environment. If you want to be supported in your professional growth and to be recognized for your contributions, then come work for Polk State!


About the Position:

Reporting to the campus Academic Dean on the Lakeland Campus, the primary role of this full time instructional position is to provide college level instruction and instruction-related activities designed to encourage, support and enable students’ success. Working for Polk State College, you join a talented and dedicated academic community as they prepare tomorrow’s leaders

Essential Functions/Duties:

  • Teach courses in accordance with published course descriptions, schedules, procedures and course outlines.
  • Work with the campus dean, associate dean, department chairs and other faculty and staff as appropriate to assess and modify course and program goals, objectives, methods and content.
  • Conduct on-going evaluation of student progress and maintain records of student course/class performance.
  • Prepare and submit grade reports and other reports on student performance as may be scheduled or required.
  • Conduct class evaluations and complete other college evaluations in accordance with college policy.
  • Maintain a high level of expertise in the subjects taught.

The compensation (pay level) for this position is based upon the degree level attained and years of experience in the specific discipline (Step 10 is the maximum step for an incoming faculty member). Please review the Polk State College Salary Schedule here to ensure our pay ranges are within your compensation expectations.

NOTE: This position is for a FALL (August) 2023 start.

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated extensive knowledge of the subject area(s) in which the individual is responsible for instruction.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of effective communication and of effective instruction.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of community college students.
  • Knowledge and understanding of principles of curriculum development.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing, and orally with a variety of audiences in a variety of settings.
  • Ability to make professional judgments within defined parameters of policy and professional standards.

Required Education:

A minimum of a Masters degree in Biology, Botany, Zoology, or related biological science subfield; or a Masters degree with 18 graduate credit hours in Biology, Botany, Zoology, or related biological science subfield.

Preferred Education:

A Doctorate in Biology, Botany, Zoology, or related biological science subfield.

Required Experience:
Two years college teaching experience is preferred.

Must be able to teach a broad selection of topics across the discipline including, but not limited to: Anatomy and Physiology, Botany, General Biology, etc.

Preferred Experience:

Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience in community or state college teaching and assessment.

Familiarity with distance education delivery methods is desirable.

We offer an excellent employer-paid benefits package including the following: Medical, Dental, Life, Long-Term Disability, Holiday and Sick Leave, Retirement (if eligible) and college fee waivers. Other employee-paid, voluntary benefits (vision, short-term disability, etc.) are also available.

Important Information:

  • Application Requirements: A completed online application consists of five (5) documents:
    • a cover letter,
    • your resume/CV,
    • the Polk State electronic job application (eApp) with all sections completed in full,
    • unofficial transcripts (with degree and date conferred – see instructions below), and
    • a statement of teaching philosophy, not to exceed one double-spaced typed page.

Submissions that do not include all required information will not be considered.

  • Background Screening: Reference checks, third-party education verification, and successful completion of a Level II background check (fingerprinting) will be required prior to employment.
  • UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS: When uploading unofficial transcripts, please redact any of the following items which appear on the transcript: Social security number, birth date, age, gender, and date of high school graduation. Unofficial transcripts for required degree must contain the date conferred.
    • Foreign Transcripts: Faculty with international degrees must have their coursework evaluated in terms of U.S. “equivalency.” Polk State College requires that all international credential evaluations be conducted by one of the companies affiliated with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). More information about NACES affiliates can be obtained at the NACES website.
    • Submission of official transcripts will be required as a condition of employment following receipt of job offer.
  • Relocation: Polk State College does NOT provide relocation assistance for this position.
  • This position will close at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, February 6, 2023.

NOTE: We encourage applicants to provide feedback of their experience or request help at [email protected].

If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.

As a general rule, Polk State College does not provide H1-B visa sponsorship. Exceptions may be made based on the College’s need for a candidate with unique skills and expertise and where the College cannot otherwise recruit and hire qualified non-sponsored candidates.

Polk State College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution committed to excellence through diversity in education and employment. The College complies with all state and federal laws granting rights to students, employees, and applicants for employment or admission to the College. Polk State College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, disability, or pregnancy in its programs, activities, or employment. For questions or concerns, please contact: Lonnie Thompson, Chief Diversity Officer, Title IX Coordinator, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; 999 Avenue H, NE; Winter Haven, FL 33881; Office: WAD 227; 863.2 97.1000 Ext. 5378; [email protected]

Polk State College is a drug-free workplace and participates in E-Verify.

Polk State College is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities. If you feel you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a position with Polk State, please call 863-297-1070 or e-mail [email protected] and let us know the nature of your request, along with your contact information. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will receive a response.

Company Location: Lakeland Campus
Salary Type: Monthly
Salary: 40,570.90 – 57,661.21 USD
Employment Term: R-Regular
Assignment Type: FULLTIME
Pay Level: FACULTY
FLSA Status: Exempt

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