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Physics Instructor

Position overview

Position title: Instructor
Salary range: $4,387.50 - $5,470 per course or quarterly; Course duration: 1 quarter (11 weeks)

Application Window

Open date: February 24, 2023

Most recent review date: Sunday, Apr 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

UCLA Extension is considered one of the top programs of its kind, offering to more than 35,000 students per year approximately 4,500 classes and non-degree certificate programs to meet the professional development, continuing education and personal enrichment needs of the full spectrum of nontraditional students as well as companies and organizations throughout and beyond the Los Angeles region.

Course Description:

Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Mechanics and Energy
This is the first course in pre-medical physics sequence, which discusses the statics and dynamics of forces, motion and energy.

Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Thermodynamics, Fluids, Waves, Light, and Optics
This is the second course in the pre-medical physics sequence, which provides an introduction to thermal properties of fluids, sound, light, waves, and optics.

Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Electricity, Magnetism, and Modern Physics
This is the third course in the pre-medical physics sequence. It explores electrostatics in vacuum and in water, with applications to biological and biochemical systems.

Job Description:

The Department of Health Sciences and Sciences at UCLA Extension offers a wide variety of certificate programs and courses including transfer-credit (XL) and post-baccalaureate credit-bearing (X-400 level). UCLA Extension courses and certificate programs offer students the opportunity to learn from highly qualified practitioners who hold advanced degrees, are passionate about teaching and impart knowledge within their field of expertise. All courses are offered using the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS).

Applications to teach are accepted throughout the year in order to fill immediate program needs and to increase the depth of the instructor pool.

A current opening is available for an instructor to teach physics courses in the Pre-Medical and General Sciences certificate. Qualified applicants possessing a minimum of a master's degree in physics or a related field, with teaching experience are encouraged to apply.

Instructor Duties:

· Update course syllabus in consultation with the UCLA Extension Program Director using an approved syllabus template
· Prepare and deliver course materials and learning assessments in assigned format
· As clearly outlined in the syllabus, communicate the Teaching Objectives and Specific Learning Outcomes to students and review the grading policies of the course
· Throughout the quarter, provide timely feedback on outcome of all learning assessments. Post individual student scores on secure Canvas LMS no later than one week from the date of exam/assignment
· Evaluate student achievement of Specific Learning Outcomes and assign grades
· Post final student grades to the transcript system in a timely manner no later than 2 weeks after the last date of course meeting
· Respond to student questions and learning needs in a timely manner
· Communicate about administrative matters with Program Director and Program Representative in a timely manner
· Utilize the Canvas LMS as the platform for this course which is offered in the online learning format
· Respond to student inquiries about final grades and consult with Program Director as needed
· Keep final exams/papers for up to 13 weeks following the last class session of each course and allow students to access them during that time period
· Complete required administrative tasks in a timely manner including: complete all hiring paperwork; submit updated quarterly syllabus; post bio and photo on the UCLA Extension website; review and sign quarterly contract; order required texts
· Stay current regarding the professional body of knowledge in the field
· Employ cultural humility and competent teaching methodologies in the classroom inclusive of a diverse domestic and international student population

General Employment Information:

Employment as a UCLA Extension Instructor is dictated by contract terms and conditions. Please take the time to read the UCLA Extension Instructor Employment Policies.

For information on UCLA Extension instructor benefits, please visit Pay, Benefits, & Privileges.

Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (AEDI) is one of UCLA Extension’s guiding principles. We strive to extend access to UCLA, our programs, and services to underrepresented communities and populations, while serving as a model organization for AEDI in the field of continuing higher education. Committed to attracting and retaining diverse staff & instructors, UCLA Extension welcomes your experiences, perspectives, and unique identity. Please visit our website dedicated to our AEDI efforts as an organization: Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion @ UNEX.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

· Minimum of a master's or doctoral degree in physics or a related field
· College-level teaching experience required
· Must be committed to maintaining the highest level of academic standards and integrity
· Highly effective oral and written communication skills
· Highly effective interpersonal skills
· Proficiency in (or willingness to learn) the use of instructional technology and online learning
· management systems including but not limited to the Canvas Learning Management System
· Laboratory teaching experience (preferred)

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

References will be conducted through SkillSurvey 3rd party service.

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Campus Information

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA