Optics Instructional Faculty Applied Technology Division | Pima Community College

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Position Location: 
Tucson, AZ
Job Description: 

Position Type

Faculty - General Funding


$820 per credit hour Note: Compensation (salary/hourly) rates are reviewed by the Board of Governors annually and are subject to change.

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About Pima Community College

Pima Community College is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.  We value the diversity of our workforce and seek to hire and support employees who consistently and actively embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We are intentional about social justice, and addressing issues of equity and inclusion, as well as institutional, structural, and environmental inequity, power and privilege.  See ourDiversity website for additional information about our commitment.

Pima Community College is committed to becoming a premier community college, one that is built on a foundation of student success, community engagement, and diversity. We hire people who:

  • set and meet high standards
  • believe in service and accountability
  • have a passion for learning
  • are creative
  • can help fulfill our mission
  • understand the first-generation college student experience
  • are knowledgeable about the challenges of underprivileged populations
  • are knowledgeable about the traditions and culture of the populations of the Southwest,  including Latinos and Native Americans
  • have cultural sensitivity and understanding of needs of differently-abled, veterans, LGBTQ

We are one of the largest multi-campus community colleges in the nation, opening our doors to nearly 45,000 credit and noncredit students each year. With six campuses and more than 100 learning sites, we are a comprehensive community college, offering learners of all backgrounds and ages a variety of opportunities to meet their educational goals:

  • University transfer programs
  • Occupational education programs
  • Adult Education/HSE preparation
  • Workforce and Business Development
  • Continuing Education

The College meets the needs of the community by offering instruction when and how our students want it: evenings, weekends, year-round, in traditional classroom settings, online, in web-classroom hybrids, and in semester-long or accelerated formats. Employees can expect to participate in innovative, flexible scheduling, in keeping with the College’s vision, to provide access to learning without the limits of time, place, or distance.

Pima Community College is in Tucson, an inclusive and welcoming oasis in the Arizona desert. A cosmopolitan community just 65 miles from the Mexico border, Tucson is enriched by a tapestry of vibrant cultures. Tucson enjoys nearly 300 sunny days a year, and, as the city sits in a valley surrounded by four mountain ranges, residents can travel from the saguaro-studded desert floor to inviting pine forests in 45 minutes. With a population of about 1 million, metropolitan Tucson boasts excellent schools, hundreds of miles of hiking trails and cycling paths, affordable housing, an active LGBTQ community, a vibrant arts and culture scene, and an up-and-coming downtown. In all, Tucson is as great a place to live.

Additional information about the College may be found atwww.pima.edu.

Summary of Position   

Position is available beginning the 2019-20 fiscal year. Faculty teach and work over the 12-month academic year, August – May and summer that could include day, evening, and weekend duties.

Optics faculty provide instruction in the study of optical systems and processes for application in industries such as manufacturing, defense, and telecommunications.

Priorities include candidates with experience in optics, photonics, physics, engineering, and/or materials science.

Our faculty have highly varied schedules often including afternoons, evenings, and weekends. Typical courses may include:

Duties and Responsibilities

AIT 103 – Light and Optical Systems

AIT 113 – Problem Solving for Electronics and Optics

AIT 117 – Optical Assembly Techniques

AIT 286 – Fiber Optics Installation and testing

AIT 287 – Laser Fundamentals

AIT 288 – Optical Testing

General Duties:

  • Instruct students and work with them on strategies to help them achieve academic success
  • Use current, effective classroom management techniques
  • Monitor and continuously improve instruction to ensure Student Learning Outcomes are met on a classroom, discipline/program, and College level
  • Evaluate student performance
  • Continually improve instruction utilizing appropriate delivery methods
  • Evaluate and revise course outlines and course materials
  • Provide academic advising
  • Maintain competency and currency in the teaching fields as well as in teaching strategies, subject delivery modalities, and assessment methods
  • Serve actively as a member of the department and discipline groups
  • Participate in fostering partnerships that strengthen educational opportunities in response to community needs
  • Represent the department and/or campus on college-wide committees
  • Work collaboratively with faculty, staff and students and utilize a collegial style in all forms of communication

The ideal candidate will have knowledge, skills, and abilities related to:

  • Teaching a broad range of courses in Optics, including the following topics: light and optical systems, photolithographic processes, semiconductor manufacturing, standing waves, calibration, attenuation, dispersion, resistive-capacitive transient behavior, circular functions, Snell’s law, optical assembly techniques, types of fiber optics, cable assembly and testing, fiber optic applications, quantum mechanics, laser types, paraxial parameters, use of interferometers, and surface profiling.
  • Student learning styles: ability to adapt and modify instruction based on the instructional needs of students, including working with accommodations and accessibility
  • Assessment instruments and their interpretation: knowledge of appropriate and effective use of assessment information to improve instruction
  • Evaluation of students' educational progress: ability to maintain high instruction and learning standards and assess students' academic progress in meeting course objectives and student learning outcomes
  • Teaching in traditional and non-traditional formats such as online, web-enhanced, and D2L courses: knowledge of curriculum development, course design, and delivery
  • Techniques for academic advising: knowledge of the resources available to students to assist them with academic and personal challenges, and ability to help students access those resources
  • Competencies in multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusivity: knowledge of diverse community college student populations, and the ability to address diversity in effective instructional practice and student learning
  • Mission: appreciation for the Community College mission

Job Requirements

Minimum qualifications requirements for faculty positions are governed by our faculty qualification standards. This position is in an Occupational/Workforce discipline and requires the following to obtain Pima Community College teaching certification:

  • Master’s degree in the field of study OR
  • Master’s degree in any discipline and 18 graduate semester hours in the field of study OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of study OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in any field and 3 years of work experience in the field OR
  • Associate’s degree in any field and 3 years of work experience in the field OR
  • 64 semester credit hours in the field of study and 3 years of work experience in the field OR
  • Industry-recognized certification in the field of study and 3 years of work experience in the field OR
  • License in the field of study and 3 years of work experience in the field.\

Acceptable fields include:

Fields of study (discipline/subfields) are: industrial technology; industrial maintenance; electronics; electronics assembly; electrical engineering; mechanical engineering; manufacturing engineering; fluid power (hydraulics/pneumatics); programmable logic controllers; automation/robotics; mechatronics; computer science; other closely related fields.

Other Requirements: The selected candidate will:

  • Work a flexible schedule including afternoons and evenings as needed to meet student demand
  • Possibly work at more than one Pima Community College Campus, depending on need

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching developmental, occupational and academic courses
  • Experience with innovative teaching methodologies


Please refer to the College Employees Personnel Policy Statement, under the section Benefits at:  pima.edu/administrative-services/human-resources/personnel-policy-statements/common-policy.html

Directions for Applying and Other Important Information

Degrees and courses qualifying for Pima Community College teaching certification must be from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants currently in progress for a degree or additional coursework to meet the minimum qualifications must have the degree conferred and/or coursework completed by May 2019.

A degree from any college outside of the United States (even if the transcript is in English) may need to be evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation service. Pima Community College requires that applicants use an evaluation agency that is a member ofNACES orAACRAO's corporate partners

Before ordering an evaluation, check with the Faculty Certification Office to confirm whether you will need to complete this step.

To submit an application you must include the documents that are listed within the application form as required.  Documents listed as optional do not have to be attached in order to submit the application.  Follow the directions in the application form to upload your documents.  At minimum, these documents are required:

  • Resume.This should be up to date and account for and describe all gaps in employment.
  • Letter of interest or cover letter.This is a description of your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience related to the duties and responsibilities of the position, as well as the strengths you would bring to the assignment. The letter should not exceed three (3) pages.
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts. These must be
  • for all post-secondary degrees you have listed in your application
  • legible (front and back) and show the name of the regionally accredited institution, the degree conferred, and the page(s) explaining the institution's grading system
  • attached to the application even if they have been submitted in the past

The selected candidate(s) must provide Faculty Certification with official (unopened) transcripts and/or official (unopened) foreign transcript evaluation.


The selection process typically consists of one or two advisory group interview(s), a teaching demonstration, and an administrative interview.

Candidates invited to the interview process will be chosen from those who most closely meet the stated requirements.  Meeting these qualifications does not guarantee an interview.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please call Greg Wilson at (520) 904-08434603 or gwilson@pima.edu.  Hours are normally Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer:

Minorities/Females/Disabled/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.